Christmas Chocolate Chia Trifle

Christmas Chocolate Chia Trifle
Christmas Chocolate Chia Trifle
Christmas Chocolate Chia Trifle
Christmas Chocolate Chia Trifle

Trifle is a tradition in my family. I am hosting Christmas this year and I have decided to do a plant-based one because not only do I want a healthier Christmas but I want to show my family how easy it is to become mindful of the amount of meat and animal products we consume. You don't have to be vegan for this, you just have to care more about your environment and your body and think do I need as much as I take?  
I have been eating healthier and my body has been thanking me for it. Your will to if you give it a go. I don't want to have a full-blown sugar binge if I don't have to. I mean just look at this Trifle. Does it not tick all the boxes on every level? My mouth is watering just looking at it! You can play around by adding different nuts, nut butter and dark chocolate. 

It's so easy to make and a lot quicker than a normal Trifle. Plus it is refined sugar-free, gluten free and dairy free! 

Makes 2-3 glasses depending on glass size


Chia layer:

  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 
  • 1 tablespoon 100% maple syrup 
  • 1 cup almond milk 
  • 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk

Chocolate mousse layer:

Other layers:

  • 1/2 cup sugar-free granola - You can find great options at your local health store.  
  • 1 - 2 fresh bananas sliced 
  • 50 grams pecan nuts, chopped 
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • Banana bread *optional. You can bake a vegan bread or find one at your local health store. 
  • fresh cherries *optional 

In a medium pot over a medium heat add all ingredients for the chia layer. Bring to a simmer stirring often. Once the chia seeds begin to absorb the liquid, about 5 minutes of simmering, turn the heat off and set aside. The other option if you have time is to combine all ingredients and leave them in a jar in the fridge overnight. 

In a tall glasses begin assembling your trifle. Begin with two tablespoons of Chia pudding, then two tablespoons of chocolate mousse. Add the sliced banana. Top with granola and nuts and repeat ending off on a chocolate layer. Top the trifles with granola, almond butter and torn pieces of banana bread. 

Black Forest Trifle for Christmas

Black Forest Trifle for Christmas
Black Forest Trifle for Christmas
Black Forest Trifle for Christmas
Black Forest Trifle for Christmas
Black Forest Trifle for Christmas
Black Forest Trifle for Christmas

Nostalgia is a very strange thing. It pops up when you least expect it. A taste or a smell can take you right back to a moment.

The lease on my apartment wasn't renewed this year, which means its time to move out and move on.

I have been in my apartment for 9 years. It has been my home, a place that has hosted countless dinner parties, a place that holds many dear memories.

I have lived in this apartment with my best friend talking endlessly about life, our hopes, ambitions, dreams, and fears.

In between these walls; I have made new friends and said goodbye to old, built a career in food while navigating the tiny kitchen and have lived here with my love and our beautiful Piglet; my little family whom I cherish.

Funny how I have become so attached to a house that I have made into a home, a safe haven. 

I have celebrated many a Christmas whilst living here, have cooked for my tribe and shared my special family recipes.

Today I am going to do the same.

Today; I give you my grandmothers Black Forest trifle recipe which has been present at every Christmas celebration for as long as I can remember. To be honest it just wouldn't be the same without it.

It makes a magical appearance once a year, stays for a few days, all the while the flavour deepening into something truly extraordinary. 

I suppose it takes me back to so many memories a lot like my apartment. I can remember the face of every person that has tasted it for the first time. That moment of bliss as their eyes close and the mmmm that follows.

The dark chocolate paired with cherries and condensed milk are a match made in heaven. 

I hope you will share this and make beautiful memories of your own whilst doing so...

As for me? I am off to pack and although I am sure there will be many tears shed while saying goodbye to my home, at least I will have a bowl of chocolate trifle to cover the pain.

Merry Christmas.

Here's to new beginnings.


  • 2x 397 grams condensed milk 
  • 125ml lemon juice 
  • 1 x 425 grams tinned pitted and halved cherries 
  • 120 grams grated quality dark chocolate 
  • 500 grams smooth cottage cheese 
  • 1 dark chocolate swiss roll 600 grams
  • 150 grams flaked almonds 
  • 200 grams fresh pitted cherries 
  • Whipped cream and cherry liqueur



Mix condensed milk with cottage cheese and lemon. Whisk until smooth. 

Slice swiss roll and place a layer on the base of the serving dish. I made the individual in the images but you can also make it in a large serving bowl. 

Sprinkle with cherry liqueur. 

Dot with pitted cherries. 

Sprinkle with flaked almonds 

Spoon a layer of condensed milk mix over cake and sprinkle with dark chocolate. 

Repeat until all your layers are in, ending with cottage cheese mixture and grated chocolate. You can top with whipped cream and fresh cherries!