Healthy Six-Layer Breakfast Trifle


Every year, my mother-in-law makes holiday trifles for friends and family. Since they are pretty much dairy and gluten bombs, it isn’t a tradition that Tony and I can partake. However, it’s really a blessing in disguise. The layers of fat and sugar in a traditional English trifle aren’t exactly waistline-friendly. Fortunately, we can all enjoy this healthy breakfast trifle without the guilt!

Healthy Six-Layer Watermelon Breakfast Trifle Recipe (dairy-free!)This recipe for a watermelon breakfast trifle was shared with us by the National Watermelon Board.

Special Diet Notes & Options: Healthy Breakfast Trifle

This healthy breakfast trifle is easily vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free / non-dairy, gluten-free, egg-free, peanut-free, tree nut-free and soy-free – just keep an eye on the yogurt, granola and cereal that you use.

For flavored dairy-free yogurt, I recommend trying brands like Silk (soy-based and SO good!), So Delicious (coconut-based and easy to find), Coconut Dream (coconut-based and indulgent), or CoYo (coconut-based, incredibly rich and very low sugar).

If coconut isn’t your cup of tea, use sliced almonds instead, or simply omit for a 5-layer breakfast trifle. And don’t forget that other fruit or melon can be used once watermelon season has passed.

Healthy Six Layer Breakfast Trifle
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Serves: 8 servings
  1. Spread the vanilla yogurt over bottom of a deep glass casserole or trifle dish.
  2. Layer the remaining ingredients evenly, starting with the granola and ending with the shredded coconut.
Individual Trifles: You can layer the ingredients in single-serve tall glasses.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. I need the individual ingredients for just one serving I want to try this today and it says it serves 8 and it’s just me

  2. I’m a trifle addict (there is a whole chapter to them in the third book!), and this looks delicious and so easy to modify. Thanks for the idea! Love it!

  3. This looks fantastic! What a great way to use watermelon, and what a great way to enjoy a guilt-free TRIFLE!! I must admit I am one of those people who loves trife, but I agree with you about all that fat and sugar. I could easily go for this in the morning (or any time). 🙂

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