Holiday Dessert Recipe: Banana Berry Trifle

The holidays can be stressful and when it’s your turn to bring dessert, you’ll want to make sure it’s easy and a crowd pleaser. If you need a quick holiday dessert recipe that is super simple, try this banana berry trifle. Even your kids can make it!

Easy Banana Berry Trifle Dessert

Serves 4-6


(2) 3.4 oz. packages vanilla instant pudding mix
3 1/2 cups milk, 1%
8 oz. light sour cream
11 oz. vanilla wafer crackers (Nilla)
3 bananas
1 pint strawberries
1 pint blueberries
8 oz. whipped topping

Supplies: trifle bowl or any deep glass bowl


Prepare instant vanilla pudding mix according to package directions. Once the pudding mix is thoroughly mixed, add the container of sour cream. This should make the mixture extra thick. Place the bowl of pudding in the refrigerator and allow to cool for 10-12 minutes.

My recipe calls for bananas and berries. Like all if our recipes, I allow flexibility, so whatever berries you have available at your local grocery store will work just fine with the bananas.

Slice the bananas into even rounds, then slice the strawberries into halves.

Layering the Ingredients

You don’t need a trifle bowl to make this recipe work, however, make sure to use a glass bowl that is deep enough to show off the layers of pudding and fruit.

Start by covering the entire bottom of the bowl with vanilla wafers. Then add a layer of the bananas and berries. Next, get your pudding mix out of the refrigerator and use about 1/3 of your mix and pour over the fruit. This is your base.

Repeat with another layer of cookies, fruit and pudding until you have used up all of your ingredients.

Final Touches

Use the whipped topping as the very last layer. You can place the trifle back in the refrigerator and allow to cool for another 30 minutes or you can serve immediately. You can also allow this dessert to sit overnight and serve the next day–the cookies will soak up the juices and become more like a pie crust.