Chocolate, Raspberry, & Banana Breakfast Trifle

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Christina Ross
Christina Ross
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Chocolate, Raspberry, & Banana Breakfast Trifle

Clearly, I didn’t waste any time putting those leftover Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Muffins to use.

Chocolate, Raspberry, & Banana Breakfast Trifle

I have a confession to make: After luxuriating in the initial muffin or slice of quick bread still warm from the oven, I rarely eat the remaining baked goods plain. I cube ‘em up to make bread pudding, crumble ‘em over yogurt, or sandwich ‘em around peanut butter and other tasty fillings

Chocolate, Raspberry, & Banana Breakfast Trifle

Therefore, it comes as no surprise that as soon as I finished a freshly baked muffin on Monday morning, I began brainstorming uses for the remaining muffins.

This trifle was the first idea to come to fruition.

Chocolate, Raspberry, & Banana Breakfast Trifle

Muffin crumbles are layered with tangy and thick Greek yogurt, all-fruit raspberry preserves, and banana slices in this fancy-pants breakfast trifle.

Chocolate, Raspberry, & Banana Breakfast Trifle

As I was gathering the ingredients together on the counter this morning, John glanced over his shoulder on his way to work and casually commented on the decadent-looking cupcake impostor, “Chocolate for breakfast?”. I responded – in an equally casual manner – “A chocolate muffin for breakfast”, as he kissed me goodbye and headed out the door.

Then I added chocolate chips to the top of the trifle.

Hey, I’m on vacation (spring break!).

Chocolate, Raspberry, & Banana Breakfast Trifle

And this trifle is certainly a vacation-worthy breakfast. Reminiscent of black forest cake, the flavor play of rich chocolate and sweet red raspberry is nicely complimented by tangy yogurt and slightly under-ripe bananas. The grain-sweetened chocolate chips add a bit of texture and whimsy to the trifle, but you can leave them out if you’d prefer.

But let’s be honest… they complete that perfect bite.

Chocolate, Raspberry, & Banana Breakfast Trifle

Chocolate, Raspberry, & Banana Breakfast Trifle

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yield: one trifle


  • 1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp plain 0% (or 2%) Greek yogurt
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Muffin, crumbled
  • 2 Tbsp all-fruit red raspberry preserves, such as St. Dalfour
  • 1/2 large greenish-yellow banana, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 Tbsp grain-sweetened chocolate chips, optional


  1. Spoon 1/4 cup of yogurt into the bottom of a tall glass. Top with half of the crumbled muffin. Layer on 1 Tbsp preserves and half of the banana slices.
  2. Repeat step 1 with 1/4 cup yogurt, half muffin, 1 Tbsp preserves, and banana slices.
  3. Top with remaining 1 Tbsp yogurt and chocolate chips.
  4. Enjoy your chocolate for breakfast!

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