Grain Free, Vegan Strawberry, Jelly and Coconut Trifle

A Christmassy trifle using Naturelly Tropical Jelly, an instant jelly you just squeeze out of a pouch - vegan, gluten free and dairy free. This is one you won't want to miss. 

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So. Here's something Christmassy.

Grain Free Trifle - Healthy

And I just. Couldn't. Stop. Taking. Pictures. 

Grain Free Trifle - Healthy

This trifle is gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free and, if you top it with something other than pistachios, it's nut-free, too. It came about after seeing an ad for a Christmas supermarket here in the UK, pushing all these processed, sugary treats for Christmas pudding and dessert. I mean, trifles and Christmas go together. And I thought: Why can't there be a healthier, more nutritious version of trifle for people that don't want to fall totally off the bandwagon at Christmas time? 

And so I decided to make one. 

Grain Free Trifle - Healthy

You might remember my recipes using Naturelly Jelly - a vegan, dairy free and gluten free jelly - and I thought this would make the perfect wobbly layer to my healthy trifle. The jelly comes in a variety of flavours - I used the tropical one for this one - but if you wanted to use a different one, then go for it. 

Grain Free Trifle - Healthy

There's a raw layer of dates, cacao and coconut, that replaces the stodgy sponge layer in a conventional trifle. Then there are layers of strawberries, coconut cream, jelly and then pistachios. The whole thing took me about 10 minutes to whip up and put together, so you could have it done nice and quickly, too. Like, you could totally put this together while everyone's watching the Queen's Speech after lunch on Christmas Day. 

Grain Free Trifle - Healthy

The only thing I would say, is that, although it's made up in a small glass, there are quite a few layers, so I'd recommend this as a sharing dessert - snuggle up and watch Indiana Jones or one of the other films on over Christmas each armed with a spoon. It'll serve two hungry people, or three if you're after something lighter. 

Grain Free Trifle - Healthy

I really hope you love it. 

Grain Free, Vegan Strawberry, Jelly and Coconut Trifle
Serves 2-3
5 big, juicy Medjool dates
1 tsp raw cacao powder
1 tsp coconut oil
1 heaped tsp desiccated coconut
pinch of sea salt
1 pack Tropical Naturelly Jelly
250ml coconut cream, room temperature
half teaspoon vanilla extract
3 large strawberries
6-7 pistachios, shelled and chopped
desciccated coconut, to serve

First, blitz together the dates, cacao powder, coconut oil, desiccated coconut and the pinch of sea salt until it forms a rough, chunky paste. Press this into the base of a 15cm (or approx) wide glass bowl or dessert glass.

Next, slice the strawberries and arrange the slices around the glass, on the inside, making sure they all stick up the same way. They should stick to the glass, as you push them gently into the date base.

Open the carton of coconut cream and squeeze out any excess water. Pour the coconut cream into a bowl and trickle in the vanilla extract. Whip with a fork, until fluffy. Take half of the coconut cream and gently spread it around the date base of the trifle, spooning it inbetween the strawberry slices, so it can be seen from the outside.

For the next layer, squeeze out the pouch of Tropical Naturelly Jelly, again making sure you get it between the strawberry slices at the edges, so that the layers can be seen on the outside of the glass. Top with the remaining coconut cream. This will be easier if you use small teaspoons of the coconut cream instead of one big spoonful as by spreading it around you'll disturb the jelly layer underneath. Gently swirl the top of the coconut cream to make it snow-like and build up the topping.

To finish, sprinkle with the chopped pistachios and some more of the desiccated coconut, for a Christmassy look. You can store this trifle, covered, in the fridge overnight, but for the best flavour and texture, eat at room temperature. 

What are your favourite Christmas desserts? What would you like to see on a healthy trifle? Let me know in the comments below...