Triple Chocolate Trifle

This is by far one of the best things we made on vacation last week! And we made a lot of delicious stuff. I’m not the hugest cake fan (a little dry for me) but pair it with pudding, whipped cream (or cool whip in this case) and something sweet and crunchy and I’m SO freakin on board!

My favorite thing about this vacay is that I felt 100% free to bring whatever food I wanted to with zero anxiety or guilt. So we brought along potato chips (sweet and regular), cheezits, trail mix, chocolate chip cookies, sugary cereal, all things I used to restrict myself from (and then of course binge on)!

Being able to freely enjoy food seriously makes vacation a million times better! It makes life a million times better! Food is a bigger part of our lives than we realize, and there is nothing that food freedom (or bondage) does not touch.

Recipe notes:

  • I made this in a large glass bowl but you can also use a fancier trifle bowl or make individual trifle cups (I’m guessing this recipe would make 8-12 depending on the size)
  • This recipe is extremely forgiving and you can tweak it however you want! Vary the cake/pudding/cookie flavors, add chocolate chips, candy pieces, nuts, fruit, etc

Fueling notes:

  • This dessert is a great source of carbs! You can use it to fuel pre-climbing and pair it with some protein post-climbing.

The Stuff

  • 1 box of chocolate cake mix (plus eggs, oil, and water to prepare)
  • 2 boxes of instant chocolate pudding (plus milk to prepare)
  • 1, 8-oz container of cool whip
  • 1 package of crunchy chocolate chip cookies

The Steps

  1. Prepare the cake according to the directions on the box in a 13×9 pan
  2. While the cake is baking, prepare the boxes of pudding in 2 separate bowls
  3. Once the cake is finished, allow it to cool and then slice it into 2’’ squares (they don’t need to be exact)
  4. Take a trifle bowl or a large glass bowl and layer your ingredients. You’re going to start with cake followed by pudding, cookie crumbs, and cool whip. Start by placing half of the chocolate cake on the bottom of the bowl
  5. Add one bowl of chocolate pudding as the second layer and spread evenly
  6. Take half of the cookies and crumble them over the pudding
  7. For the middle layer, spread the tub of cool whip
  8. Complete the trifle by adding another layer of cake, then the other bowl of pudding, and the rest of the cookie crumbs to top it off

Did you make it? I’d love to see how it turned out! Tag @climbingdietitian on instagram.

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Published by Chiara

I’m a rock climber and registered dietitian teaching fellow climbers to become the strongest and happiest versions of themselves with evidence-based fueling strategies and by making peace with food.

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