This is a very light dessert recipe from my friend, Ellen. It is so easy to make and is the perfect ending to a heavy meal.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Prepare pudding with milk according to package directions. In a trifle bowl or other glass serving dish, layer half the cake pieces, half the pudding, half the bananas, half the strawberries and half the whipped topping. Repeat layers. Cover and chill in refrigerator 4 hours before serving.

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Nutrition Facts

228.5 calories; protein 4.4g 9% DV; carbohydrates 36.7g 12% DV; fat 6.4g 10% DV; cholesterol 5.6mg 2% DV; sodium 271mg 11% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
Excellent! I made a few changes after my husband said it was a "little heavy". I used real whipping cream. After whipping and after preparing the pudding according to the box I gently folded the two together. I also used fresh strawberries. I then placed the cubed angel food caked in the bottom, then whip cream and pudding mixture followed by freshly sliced strawberries and continuing for 2 more layers. I topped the last layer of strawberries with freshly whipped lightly sweetened cream and garnished the top with uncut strawberries. I got rave reviews! It was light, simple and a perfect change from heavy desserts! BRAVO!!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/08/2008
I love trifle and make it often but this recipe had way too many bananas for our taste. I made my own whipped cream instead of cool whip. Everyone kept asking me if I had used banana pudding and it wasn't really flavorful other than the banana taste. Tip-dip banana slices in orange juice to prevent browning. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
Excellent! I made a few changes after my husband said it was a "little heavy". I used real whipping cream. After whipping and after preparing the pudding according to the box I gently folded the two together. I also used fresh strawberries. I then placed the cubed angel food caked in the bottom, then whip cream and pudding mixture followed by freshly sliced strawberries and continuing for 2 more layers. I topped the last layer of strawberries with freshly whipped lightly sweetened cream and garnished the top with uncut strawberries. I got rave reviews! It was light, simple and a perfect change from heavy desserts! BRAVO!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/17/2005
I used cheesecake flavored pudding (SO good!!) and real whipped cream with a touch of vanilla and sugar, insted of Cool Whip. This is a show stopper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
I made this for 4th of July. YUMMY and Beautful in my trifle bowl. I did make a few changes. I used 1 pint of real whipped cream and whipped it fluffy/stiff in my mixer and added about 3 to 4T of sugar to sweeten it and used in place of the frozen whipped topping. I also used lady fingers in place of the angel food cake. And to keep with the 4th theme, I used fresh strawberries and a row of fresh blueberries(instead of bananas) in the middle. I know I changed a lot of the recipe but I thank T's Mom for inspiring me! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/17/2010
Excellent! Light and delicious. Pudding is supposed to be the largest sized box. I now use 2 1/2 cups of milk in the pudding and fresh berries when they are in season. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
Delicious and forgiving recipe. I was short on time so I used the strawberries still frozen (cut in half) and slices of whipped topping, then chilled only 2 hours, but it still tasted great! It makes a huge amount and doesn't store well (brown bananas & soupy at the bottom by the next day), so unless you are feeding 10+, you may want to half the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
There are just not enough words to describe how delicious and absolutely FABULOUS this dessert is!! It's so light & creamy and all the flavors just blend together perfectly. Make sure you don't use skim milk when making the pudding -- it won't be thick enough & watery instead. I used French Vanilla pudding and it was sooooo good! Also made mine with fresh strawberries & put a few stawberry & banana slices on the very top for garnish. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
I served this in a glass trifle bowl and everyone thought it was just beautiful-delicious too! Huge hit with my family-thanks for a great recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
I omitted the bananas and used fresh strawberries instead of frozen. I served this at a party and what a hit! Everyone loved it and asked me for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
THIS WAS A GREAT RECIPE! I MADE MY OWN ANGEL FOOD CAKE AND USED WHIPPED CREAM INSTEAD OF COOL WHIP. ALSO ADDED SLIVERED ALMONDS THROUGHOUT. MADE A GREAT PRESENTATION. THANKS FOR A DEFINITE KEEPER! A:-))))) Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/08/2008
I love trifle and make it often but this recipe had way too many bananas for our taste. I made my own whipped cream instead of cool whip. Everyone kept asking me if I had used banana pudding and it wasn't really flavorful other than the banana taste. Tip-dip banana slices in orange juice to prevent browning. Read More
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