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Cranberry Oat Trifle Cups

Cranberry Oat Trfile Cups

If you’re a fan of the classic TV show “Friends,” then you know of the iconic scene where Rachel Green includes “beef sauteed with peas and onions” in her Thanksgiving trifle by mistake! Well, we have a festive trifle recipe for you to try too… but don’t worry, ours is actually delicious and vegan-friendly! 

Our Cranberry Oat Trifle Cups would be the perfect little late night snack for yourself or the perfect festive dessert to bring to a holiday gathering! Using our Cacao & Coconut Overnight Oat Mix, you can easily make this dish in just a few steps. Be sure to give it a try and let us know what you think @eatmajafood!

Cranberry Oat Trifle Cup Recipe

Yield: 4-6 servings

Cook time: 30 minutes

Inactive time: 2 hours

Special equipment: 6 individual trifle cups OR 1 large trifle dish


Cranberry Chocolate Coconut Oat Bars:

  • 1 package of Maja's Cacao & Coconut Overnight Oat Mix 
  • ¼ cup sugar (or coconut sugar)
  • ½ cup melted coconut oil (or melted vegan butter)
  • ⅓ cup almond milk (or your favorite non-dairy milk)
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup gluten-free flour blend (or your favorite flour)
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup mini chocolate chips

Vegan Chocolate Pudding:

  • 2 cups almond milk (or your favorite non-dairy milk)
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • ½ cup sugar (or coconut sugar)
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 4 oz. chopped vegan baking chocolate (or chocolate chips)
  • 4 tbsp vegan butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Cranberry Dessert Sauce:

  • 2 cups fresh cranberries (or defrosted frozen cranberries)
  • ¾ cup orange juice
  • ½ cup sugar (or coconut sugar)

Trifle Assembly: 

  • Dairy-free whipped cream
  • Sugared cranberries (optional garnish)


To begin this trifle, first begin by preheating your oven to 350° Fahrenheit and grease an 8-inch square baking dish with nonstick spray. Next comes the cranberry chocolate oat bars!

To make the bars, begin by combining the sugar, oil, and milk into a large mixing bowl. Add in the baking powder, Maja’s Cacao & Coconut Overnight Oat mix, and flour. Stir all ingredients until evenly combined. Gently fold in the cranberries and chocolate chips, and then pour the batter into the baking dish. Bake for about 15 minutes. You can test these bars with the toothpick test! Let these cool completely before completing the rest of the trifle.

The next step is to make the vegan chocolate pudding. In a medium saucepan, whisk together the milk, cocoa powder, sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Bring this mixture to a simmer and continue whisking until the pudding becomes slightly thickened. Once the pudding has a nice thick texture, remove it from the heat and add in the vegan butter and chopped chocolate. Continue to stir until smooth. Add in the vanilla, and give the pudding one final stir! Transfer the pudding into a covered dish, and allow it to cool and set in the fridge for at least 2 hours.

The cranberry dessert sauce is next! In a small saucepan, combine the cranberries, orange juice and sugar over medium heat. Once the mixture comes to a boil, reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 8-10 minutes until the sauce has thickened. Transfer the cranberry sauce into a covered dish and let it cool in the fridge for about 2 hours or until it is well-chilled.

Once all of the layers have been prepared and cooled, you can begin to assemble the trifle. Begin by spreading one layer of crumbled or cut oat bars along the bottom of the individual cups or the large trifle dish. Then add in a layer of the chocolate pudding followed by the cranberry sauce and the whipped cream. Repeat these layers (at least once) or until the trifle cup/dish has reached the top.

Feel free to garnish with some sugared cranberries if desired, and enjoy!

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