Dairy Free and Gluten Free Strawberry Cherry Chocolate Dessert Trifle


Dairy Free and Gluten Free Strawberry Cherry Chocolate Dessert Trifle



Dairy Free and Gluten Free Black Forest Chocolate Dessert Trifle

So “Friends” is back on TV - thank you Netflix!

It was to my discovery (very recently)  that there is a whole generation who have never experienced Friends and their insanely relatable viewing experience. As I write this, I am 23 years and 4 months old and I would regard myself as the lower age group who watched in its first release.

Again, I have found a second wind of respect watching it from a much older perspective and resonating with the show even more. I still find myself moving house and shouting pivot when moving a sofa around a staircase. I still find myself singing “Smelly Cat” when I pick up a guitar. Finally, I still find myself eating  trifle and feeling obliged to say:

What's not to like? Custard, good. Jam, good. Beef, GOOD!”

Thankfully, this recipe isn’t a mixture of a traditional trifle and a shepherd's pie (though please comment, if it also bugs you about the show’s mistake. Shepherd's Pie = Lamb. Cottage Pie = Beef).
For anyone who hasn’t quite watched Friends as many times as I have. Rachel has been given the responsibility of making a trifle as a new challenge for herself. Unfortunately, the recipe book’s pages got stuck together and ended up making a Frankenstein recipe instead - much to Ross’ dislike and Joey’s delight.

So, if you’ve been with Designed2Eat for a while, you may know that we were founded on the fact, that we have autoimmune conditions running through the family. Mainly food allergies related which makes it a little tricky when making healthy desserts for celebratory occasions.

Well, after much practice, I hope we can help. We thought it would be about time, we made a Trifle recipe as it's a great dessert for all year round. Simply change a few items around and you automatically feel like you have a new dessert each time!

Plus, sponge good. Jam. good. Cream good - what’s not to like right?

Let us know what’s your favourite trifle ingredients at:


Layers you will need:

  • Chocolate Sponge
  • Jam
  • Cherries
  • Protein Chocolate Cream
  • Vanilla Coconut Cream
  • Chocolate Chip (optional)
  • RAWnola


For the Sponge:

For the Jam:

  • 1kg Strawberries
  • 750ml Honey/Agave
  • Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 2 Tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 3 tsp Xanthan Gum

For the Fruit Layer:

  • Cherries, pitted and chopped

For the Protein Chocolate Cream

  • 800ml Coconut Milk, chilled in the fridge overnight
  • 5 Tbsp Honey
  • 2 Tbsp Tapioca Flour
  • 3 tsp Xanthan Gum
  • 2 Scoop Chocolate Protein Powder

For the Vanilla Coconut Cream:

  • 800ml Coconut Milk, chilled in the fridge overnight
  • 5 Tbsp Honey
  • 2 Tbsp Tapioca Flour
  • 3 tsp Xanthan Gum
  • Vanilla Essence
  • Vanilla Pod

To Serve:

  • Chocolate Chip (optional)
  • RAWnola (Optional)(As seen in the picture)


Jobs to do the night before:

For the Protein Chocolate Cream/the Vanilla Coconut Cream:

  1. Chill your coconut cream or coconut milk in the refrigerator overnight, being sure not to shake or tip the can.
  2. The next day, chill a large mixing bowl 10 minutes before whipping.
  3. Remove the coconut cream or milk from the fridge without tipping or shaking and remove the lid. Scrape out the top, thickened cream and leave the liquid behind.
  4. Place hardened cream in your chilled mixing bowl. Beat for 30 seconds with a mixer until creamy.
  5. Split the cream into two bowls for the two flavours.
  6. Add the corresponding ingredients to each bowls and whisk as fast as you can until you get no lumps (unless you want lumps?).
  7. Taste and adjust sweetness as needed.
  8. Use immediately or refrigerate - it will harden and set in the fridge the longer it's chilled.
  9. Will keep for up to 1 - 2 weeks!

For the Jam:

  1. Place all the strawberries, honey, lemon juice and chia seeds into a large crockpot and leave on a low simmer for 30 minutes.
  2. Keep stirring until the strawberries become soft. At this point, add the Xanthan Gum and really stir hard. Keep going until all the lumps have gone.
  3. Pour the strawberry jam into a cold bowl and leave to cool.
  4. When the jam is cool enough, place the jam into the fridge and leave overnight.


To Assemble:

  1. To begin, find a traditional Trifle bowl.
  2. To start the layering process. I would recommend taking the Designed2Eat brownie out of the packaging and cutting it in half lengthways.
  3. Sit the brownies in the bowl to form the first layer. Top is with the pitted cherries and strawberry jam with a thin layer.
  4. Repeat this process. You can do this up to 3 times (depending on your bowl), I think we went for 2 biiiiggg layers.
  5. An optional combination would be a jam layer, custard layer, jam layer in between all the fruit and cake. Have a play and see what you feel. You really go wrong.
  6. Finally, finish with the two different coconut cream layers and place in the fridge to keep cool.
  7. I would recommend assembling the trifle 30 minutes before you’re about to eat.
  8. Finish with the RAWnola and Chocolate Chips to eat a bit of texture.
  9. Enjoy!





Author: Charleh Dickinson

Founder & MD of Designed2Eat

Food Marketing Management Graduate at Sheffield Hallam University

Digital Marketing Manager & Food Photographer for KUB Ltd

Read more on the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-34774965

Watch more via SHU: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3u1JbX5_4o

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