In the realm of vegan desserts, the Vegan Banana Split Trifle reigns supreme, offering a delightful symphony of flavors and textures. Let’s embark on the culinary journey to create this masterpiece, starting with the cornerstone – the Vanilla Custard. In a medium saucepan, a harmonious blend of plant-based milk, sugar, and cornstarch is meticulously whisked until achieving the coveted custard consistency. The infusion of vanilla extract provides the finishing touch, resulting in a velvety custard that forms the decadent foundation of our trifle.
Whipped Coconut Cream Elevation
To elevate our Vegan Banana Split Trifle to a realm of pure indulgence, the Whipped Coconut Cream takes center stage. Extracting the solid cream from a refrigerated can of coconut milk, we embark on a transformative process, whipping it into clouds of airy perfection. The addition of powdered sugar and vanilla extract enhances its sweetness and depth, culminating in a luscious coconut cream that will envelop each layer of our trifle with luxurious delight.
Meticulous Trifle Assembly
Now, let’s turn our attention to the meticulous assembly of our trifle layers. With a discerning eye, we layer our trifle dish or individual serving glasses, commencing with a decadent bed of vanilla custard. Sliced bananas follow suit, contributing a natural sweetness, while strawberries and diced pineapple introduce vibrant bursts of flavor. A generous drizzle of vegan chocolate sauce adds a rich, velvety element, creating a symphony of tastes that dance on the palate.
Culmination of Decadence
As we ascend the layers, the pièce de résistance emerges with each dollop of Whipped Coconut Cream, serving as a heavenly crown atop our trifle. The alternating layers of fruit, chocolate, and cream weave a tapestry of indulgence, promising a sensory journey with every spoonful.
Optional Toppings – A Final Flourish
For those seeking an extra layer of opulence, optional toppings provide an opportunity for personalization. Chopped nuts, be they walnuts, almonds, or peanuts, introduce a delightful crunch, while shredded coconut and vegan sprinkles add whimsy and visual appeal. These toppings elevate our Vegan Banana Split Trifle from a delectable creation to a work of art.
Culinary Symphony: Chill and Serve
Allowing our creation to harmonize in the refrigerator for a minimum of 2 hours is the final touch, as the flavors meld into a cohesive and exquisite composition. When the time comes to serve, the Vegan Banana Split Trifle unveils itself as a culinary symphony, promising an indulgent experience that transcends the boundaries of traditional desserts. From the first spoonful to the last, this trifle is a testament to the artistry of plant-based gastronomy.
Vegan Banana Split Trifle
For the Vanilla Custard:
2 cups plant-based milk (almond, soy, or coconut)
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the Whipped Coconut Cream:
1 can (14 oz) full-fat coconut milk, refrigerated overnight
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the Trifle Layers:
4 ripe bananas, sliced
1 cup strawberries, hulled and sliced
1 cup pineapple, diced
1 cup vegan chocolate sauce (store-bought or homemade)
Chopped nuts (walnuts, almonds, or peanuts)
1. Vanilla Custard:
In a medium saucepan, whisk together the plant-based milk, sugar, and cornstarch until well combined.
Heat the mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it thickens to a custard consistency.
Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Allow it to cool completely.
2. Whipped Coconut Cream:
Remove the solid coconut cream from the refrigerated can, leaving the liquid behind.
Place the solid coconut cream in a bowl and whip it using a hand mixer until soft peaks form.
Add powdered sugar and vanilla extract, then continue whipping until stiff peaks form.
3. Assembling the Trifle:
In a trifle dish or individual serving glasses, start with a layer of vanilla custard at the bottom.
Add a layer of sliced bananas on top of the custard, followed by a layer of strawberries and then pineapple.
Drizzle a generous amount of vegan chocolate sauce over the fruit layer.
Add a layer of whipped coconut cream over the chocolate sauce.
Repeat the layers until you reach the top of the trifle dish, finishing with a layer of whipped coconut cream.
4. Optional Toppings:
Sprinkle chopped nuts, shredded coconut, and vegan sprinkles on top for added texture and flavor.
5. Chill and Serve:
Refrigerate the vegan banana split trifle for at least 2 hours before serving to allow the flavors to meld.
Serve chilled and enjoy your delicious vegan dessert!