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No-Bake Brownie Trifle 3 Ways

Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 8 jars

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A simple, no bake summer dessert made 3 different ways: Red, White and Blue Berry, Peanut Butter Cup, and Heavenly Hash! Only 4 main ingredients plus your choice of mix ins! A perfectly portable dessert for picnics.

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You guys, I’m just loving summer.

I can’t get over it.

Mostly because the weather has been just absolutely beautiful lately (even a touch on the too-hot side if you ask me, but as a Manitoban I really try not to complain about any summer heat), but also because my husband has been “at home” (somewhere on our 13 acres) for about the last month which means our 3 year old has had more freedom to get out and explore outside.

3 small jars with brownie trifles in three different flavors

This gives me a little more time to experiment in the kitchen, and even so, I haven’t baked anything in such a long time. It’s just too warm!

There is a part of me that misses it though. I mean, baked goods. Carbs. Just a few of my favorite things. And I think when fall finally hits I’m going to go through some serious baking extravaganzas.

Until then? I’m bringing you all things no bake, frozen, or grilled.

raspberry and blueberry brownie trifle layered with chocolate pudding and whipped topping in jar

Do you know what else I love? Picnics.

I have a 3 year old and a 6 month old, and there are about 8 months of the year here where if we are out and have to eat somewhere other than in our home (or in someone else’s), it’s in a restaurant. And those of you with young kids might be able to appreciate what kind of a gamble that can be at times.

So I’ve come to love portable, packable foods that we can take to the park and enjoy without the stress of trying to get two somewhat excitable children to sit somewhat quietly while we wait for food. That doesn’t mean you can’t eat fabulous food!

peanut butter cup brownie trifle in small jar layered with chocolate pudding and whipped topping

I love packing desserts in jars. (a) They’re super cute and (b) portable, and (c) everyone can make their own (even the kids!) and add in whatever flavors they want! It’s just kind of a wonderful thing.

But there was no way I was going to be baking brownies to make these trifles, so I grabbed some Two-Bite Brownies. These have kind of been an obsession of mine for a long time now, and they are the perfect excuse to leave the oven off!

I also grabbed some chocolate pudding mix and some frozen whipped topping – it’s summer, and I am all about easy. I also tend to buy the reduced fat/sugar/light version of everything when I’m making dessert, so I feel a little less guilty about the peanut butter cups!

I had so many ideas for flavor combinations, and in the end I just couldn’t decide so I made the brownie trifle 3 different ways! This just goes to show how easy it is for everyone to mix and match what goes in.

heavenly hash brownie trifle in small jar with mini marshmallows and sliced almonds

I’m not going to include measurements for the mix ins, because it really depends how many people want each one, and there are really no hard and fast rules for combining them. It’s just a super simple dessert that’s perfect for summer!

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No-Bake Brownie Trifle 3 Ways

These easy No Bake Brownie Trifles are a fun cheater summer dessert using store bought brownies!
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Servings 8 jars
Calories 224cal

Ingredients

  • 1 box instant chocolate pudding 4 serving size
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 L tub frozen whipped topping thawed
  • 635 g tub Two-Bite Brownies

Optional Mix Ins:

  • Chopped peanut butter cups and smooth peanut butter
  • Raspberries and blueberries
  • Mini marshmallows toasted almonds and chocolate sprinkles

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, whisk pudding mix and milk as directed on package until thickened (1-3 minutes). Set aside.
  • Chop brownies into smaller pieces.
  • Add a layer of brownies to the jar. Top with a spoonful of chocolate pudding and a spoonful of whipped topping. Top with mix ins as directed below. Repeat one more time so there are two layers of everything.
  • Screw the lid on the jar and place in the refrigerator until ready to serve. To transport, place in a cooler bag with an ice pack.
  • Peanut Butter Cup:Place a teaspoonful of smooth peanut butter in a small ziploc bag and microwave on high for 5-10 seconds until slightly warm. Snip the tip of the bag and add a small drizzle of peanut butter on top of whipped topping, follow by a layer of chopped peanut butter cups.
  • Red, White and Blue Berry:Add a layer of berries on top of whipped topping.
  • Heavenly Hash:Add a layer of mini marshmallows, toasted almonds (or other nuts of choice) and chocolate sprinkles on top of whipped topping layer.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 224cal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 118mg | Potassium: 215mg | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 320IU | Calcium: 204mg

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Meet Ashley

My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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  1. [email protected] says

    I love this idea for a picnic Ashley! They look so good! When Luca, my 5 year old, was younger we use to avoid restaurants because one of us was always away from the table running after him 🙂
    ps. glad you get to spend some quality time with your hubby and kids!

  2. Danielle says

    I think desserts in little jars just taste better! These look so cute and delicious too. Love the different variations you did too, I’ll take one of each!

  3. Mariah @ Mariah's Pleasing Plates says

    These trifles are perfect for summer!!! Love all the fun flavors. Easy desserts just can’t be beat during the summer! Pinned!

  4. Dorothy Dunton says

    Hi Ashley! Having raised two kids who are four years apart I remember well about deciding to take them out to eat – sometimes it went really well and others not so good! I’d go straight for the peanut butter cups and then move on to the others!

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