Mango & Orange Christmas Trifle


In the lead up to Christmas a few readers have asked me for a paleo friendly trifle recipe. For those unfamiliar with a trifle, it’s a dessert made with different ingredients such as thick custard, fruit, sponge cake, fruit juice or jelly and whipped cream, all arranged in layers in a glass dish. It’s a very festive, pretty looking dessert and it’s really quite simple to make.

There are many ways you to make a paleo friendly version of a trifle. The easiest is to use sliced fruit, berries and nuts and layer them with some whipped coconut cream in between (double cream or thick, full fat unsweetened yogurt is great too if dairy is ok for you). Sponge cake and jelly layers are very common so that’s what I went with in this recipe. It requires a a little effort and the cake has to be made in advance, however, feel free to simply use this as an inspiration to make your own version. Here are some other layer ideas:

Black Forrest trifle – layers of fresh, pitted cherries, melted dark chocolate, whipped coconut cream and nuts. Sponge cake could be added and you could make a cherry juice jelly.

Banana Caramel trifle– layers of sliced banana, whipped coconut, ground hazelnuts or almonds, ‘caramel’ sauce made with cooked dates, coconut oil, almond milk or coconut milk, vanilla and a little salt.

Chocolate Berry Nut trifle – whipped coconut cream with some cacao powder and vanilla, mixed ground nuts, lots of mixed berries and shaved coconut and dark chocolate.


Cook’s notes for this mango trifle:

  • For the cake layer, I used my Orange Cake, which is made with almond meal and eggs but you can look for a different recipe that is coconut flour based. Some decent paleo muffins can also be broken into chunks. Instead of making a sponge cake, you can also process almonds, hazelnuts and macadamia nuts with desiccated coconut and dates into a crumbly mixture and add a few scoops of that as a layer instead of the sponge cake. It’s all about creating different textures.
  • Coconut cream can be replaced with yoghurt or double cream, or a cashew nut cream (1 cup of raw cashews soaked overnight and then processed with say a banana or some mango or strawberries and a little water, and maybe vanilla and honey until smooth and creamy).
  • Jello and cake have to be made the day before and the trifle should be layered as close to service as possible to keep all ingredients nice and fresh.

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Mango Orange Christmas Trifle

Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours
Author: Irena Macri
Servings: 6
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Dessert
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4 from 1 vote
Calories: 405kcal
You can use my Orange Cake as one of the layers or get some pre-made gluten free sponge cake from a health food store. If you have a good paleo muffin recipe, that will also do.


  • 1-2 cups of diced paleo sponge cake such as my Orange Cake or nut and coconut crumble

For the jello layer

  • 500 orange & passionfruit juice 17 oz. (you can use any 100% juice)
  • 4.5 teaspoons gelatine powder I use Great Lakes gelatine

For other layers

  • 250 g coconut cream 1x400ml can refrigerated overnight
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2-3 mangos or other fruit
  • 1 banana
  • 1 handful Macadamia nuts or flaked almonds
  • Fresh berries or pomegranate for garnish


  • Make the sponge cake or get gluten-free orange cake from a cafe or a health food store.
  • To make the jelly, bring 200 ml of juice to a boil. Stir in the gelatine, whisking with a fork until dissolved. Add the remaining juice, and stir until well combined. Pour the jelly liwuif in a serving glass dish or individual glasses and set in the fridge for at least 3-4 hours. Wrap with some cling wrap.
  • Scoop out the coconut cream (minus the watery liquid) into a large bowl. Whip it together with vanilla and lemon juice for 1-2 minutes using an electric whisk or by hand (if you're strong).
  • Arrange the layers: mango sliced on top of jelly, followed by diced cake, then sliced banana, some nuts, some coconut cream or double cream, berries, nuts and more mango on top. Sprinkle some pomegranate or other berries for extra colour. That's it! Keep in the fridge until service if making ahead of time, but ideally prepare all ingredients and keep them in the fridge and layer the dish just before service.


Nutritional information is based on using two slices of my Orange Almond Cake recipe and higher end amounts of other listed ingredients. Actual macros may vary.


Calories: 405kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 18mg | Potassium: 542mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 1034IU | Vitamin C: 75mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 2mg
Keywords: Mango, Orange Cake, Gluten-Free Cake, Grain-Free, Gelatin, Pudding, Sweets
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Want more Christmas paleo treats?

Tahini & Mustard Paleo Crackers (nut free)
Cherry Ripe Balls
Festive Kiss-me Orange Cake
Paleo Raw Chocolate Bark
Coconut Raspberry Cake

Irena x

Irena Macri
By Irena Macri

About the author: Hi, I’m Irena Macri. I share delicious recipes that I have cooked and loved. I am a published cookbook author, have been food blogging for over 10 years and have a Diploma in Nutrition. You will find many healthy recipes as well as my favourite comfort food. More about me here | Subscribe to my newsletter and freebies

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  1. 4 stars
    Hi Irena.
    Made your Mango Orange Christmas Trifle yesterday.
    Well sort of.
    I made a jelly with orange juice, sweet lime juice, Stevia, pinch of salt and agar agar.
    The cake layer was gingerbread biscuits which had been sitting in the freezer for a while.
    For the “cream” layer I used Natural Coconut Yoghurt, a dash of coconut cream to give my required consistency and a dash of vanilla and a scoop of Stevia.
    Then sprinkled flaked almonds on top.
    Made enough for two meals for two.
    Needless to say there was none left last night.
    Thank you for the encouragement to experiment.
    Leone Oakhill

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