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Tropical Trifle With Coconut and Rum

Tropical Trifle With Coconut and Rum

The high-low tension of this very healthyish dessert—fresh tropical fruit and chia seeds paired with dollar-a-sleeve cookies—is peak Lil’ Deb’s Oasis, says co-chef-and-owner Carla Perez-Gallardo. She uses Thai coconut milk brands like Aroy-D: naturally sweet and free of stabilizers.


  • 1 13.5-oz. can unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 Tbsp. light brown sugar
  • 2 ripe mangoes, cut into pieces
  • 2 ripe but firm bananas, sliced
  • 4 oz. Marie biscuits or Nilla wafers

Recipe Preparation

  • Combine coconut milk, chia seeds, granulated sugar, vanilla, and a pinch of salt in a medium bowl. Cover and chill pudding until thickened, at least 2 hours and up to 12 hours.

  • Meanwhile, combine rum, lime juice, brown sugar, and a pinch of salt in another medium bowl. Add mangoes, bananas, and star fruit and let sit, tossing occasionally, at least 10 minutes and up to 1 hour.

  • Coarsely crush biscuits and divide half among 4 glasses. Top with half of fruit mixture and liquid, then half of pudding. Repeat layers with remaining ingredients.

Recipe by Carla Perez-Gallardo and Hannah Black, Lil' Deb's Oasis, Hudson, NYReviews SectionGreat recipe! Didn’t have Nilla or Marie cookies at home so I substituted them with some roasted pecans and it tasted really nice. Would recommend increasing the amount of sugar in the pudding by 1tsp if you have a sweet toothanushkaiyerSingapore 05/06/20Made this with gluten free ginger snaps and it was delicious. I cut up the bananas and mango smaller than in the pic and served one slice of the starfruit on top. I would have served right away though....the cookies got mushy. Everyone loved it regardless!carin1Long Beach, CA01/26/20Am i missing something or does the pudding not have to be brought to a boil ? Mine hasn't set at all after 12 hours.DELICIOUS! Subbed pears for bananas and shortbread for the tea biscuits. My new go-to for a simple, not too sweet dessert! Our vegan guests loved it. Great base for whatever fruit combinations you can imagine.AnonymousAustin, TX01/13/20

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