Christmas Caramel Apple Trifle

Hard to believe that Christmas is just two sleeps away eh?! As you're reading this, J and I are on our way to Cuba! In this post I'm sharing a delicious holiday dessert that we enjoyed the other evening. You might like to make it for the holidays too. It turned out just what I had envisioned, and is tasty beyond words.

My raw caramel apple cheesecake recipe proved to be a hit for Thanksgiving. I was so happy to hear from lots of you who made it and I enjoyed the photos that some of you posted on FB and emailed to me. This trifle is a just a deconstructed version of the cheesecake. Oh so easy, pretty, healthy, and delicious. I served it in mini trifle dishes that I found at Walmart, but you could double the recipe and make it in a large trifle dish that would serve many people.

Creamy apple pudding layered with apples, thick caramel, and chopped pecans...

Caramel Apple Trifle

Instead of cake, as in traditional trifle, I used sliced apples (more like apple sticks), but you could also add a layer or two of apple cinnamon nut crust. I used the apple cheesecake filling and then blended extra apples into it to make a creamy pudding.

Apple Cream

2 cups peeled, diced apples
3/4 cup cashews
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons melted coconut butter
4 tablespoons melted coconut oil
1 1/2 cups peeled, diced apples
Blend the first 5 ingredients until completely smooth.
Add the butter and oil. Blend again to incorporate. Transfer the mixture to a bowl.
Measure out 1 1/2 cups of the filling and add back to the blender with the 1 1/2 cups diced apples. Blend until smooth (or measure out more filling and and diced apples to use up all the filling. Equal ratio.)
Chill in the fridge for at least 8 hours.

Caramel Sauce

1/4 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons lucuma, sifted
3 tablespoons almond butter*
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla
Add the maple, almond butter, and vanilla to a small bowl. Sift the lucuma over top. Stir in.
*Use less if your almond butter is really thick.


Layer the apple cream, caramel sauce, sliced apples, and chopped pecans. Optional: Add the apple cinnamon nut crust too.


Happy Holidays my friends! May you enjoy a magical Christmas! 🙂

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  1. Shannon nix
    December 27, 2012 at 18:35

    If in a pinch, can i substitute stevia powder for the lucuma?<br /><br />If so, what would be the exchange ratio?

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