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Caramelized Banana Trifle

A Caramelized Banana Trifle is a special treat you can make in individual serving sizes for your next gathering. Your friends and family will love it!

Caramelized Banana Trifle

Caramelized Banana Trifle

Have you ever had grilled pound cake before? I hadn’t, but then today I took some pound cake and lightly toasted it on my grill, and then coated bananas with sugar and stuck those on the grill too to caramelize and get delicious. It was such a nice treat! You can make this into one large trifle, or break it up into individual portions.

Caramelized Banana Trifle

After the grilling is done, mix up your softened cream cheese until it is smooth and lump-free. Mix in 1/4 cup sugar until well combined, and then add your pudding mix. Mix until smooth, and slowly add your milk, mixing until smooth and thickened.

Cut the pound cake into cubes and layer the pound cake, then banana, then the pudding mix, repeat until ingredients are gone, and top with whipped cream and toasted coconut.

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Caramelized Banana Trifle

Serve immediately, or chill for up to 3-4 hours. Best made the day you will be eating it. Peeling bananas don’t always hold up so well kept over!

Caramelized Banana Trifle

Yield: 6 servings

Caramelized Banana Trifle

Caramelized Banana Trifle

Caramelized Banana Trifle is a super unique dessert that utilizes your GRILL, of all things. 

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 2 pound cakes
  • 4 bananas, peel on, split in half lengthwise
  • 2-3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 5.1 ounce Vanilla Instant Pudding
  • 8 ounce cream cheese, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups milk, 2% or higher
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 - 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup toasted coconut


  1. Preheat grill to medium heat, and clean well. Sprinkle sugar over cut side of bananas, and slice pound cakes into 1 inch slices. Grill over medium heat until the cake is lightly toasted and grill marked, and the bananas are golden brown and caramelized.
  2. Mix pudding mix, cream cheese, sugar, and milk together until smooth, combined, and thickened. Place into a large baggie, and set aside until you are assembling the trifle.
  3. Beat the whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla together until thick.
  4. Assemble trifle by cubing the pound cake slices, and then layering pound cake, sliced peeled bananas, and pudding. Top layer should be whipped cream, and then sprinkle with toasted coconut.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 673Total Fat: 37gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 125mgSodium: 343mgCarbohydrates: 74gFiber: 2gSugar: 56gProtein: 7g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate. If you are tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!

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Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.

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