Easy Pumpkin Trifle Dessert

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My mom makes an amazing dessert that we call “Death By Chocolate”, which is basically layers of whipped cream, chocolate pudding, brownies and chocolate-y deliciousness. We determined that this Easy Pumpkin Trifle Dessert is just the fall version of that. It is SO GOOD; I can’t even describe it. You’ll just have to taste it to believe it. ; )

easy pumpkin trifle dessert

The pumpkin part of this trifle was inspired by the Pumpkin Mousse from Delish. Super simple to make and so, so yummy. Instead of incorporating the pumpkin part with the whipped cream, I layered them and threw some crunchy goodness in the mix for some extra texture and yumminess.

I made my own whipped cream from heavy whipping cream and granulated sugar using electric mixers, but if you want to take the super easy route, just buy pre-made whipped cream. ; ) Definitely less time and mess!

easy pumpkin trifle dessert

However, if you want to make your own whipped cream, too, try out this easy recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction. Sally knows what she is doing when it comes to sweet treats!!! Click here for the recipe, and stay a while and explore her site while you’re there. You’ll be drooling over all of her recipes!

easy pumpkin trifle dessert

ingredients needed for this easy pumpkin trifle dessert

This Pumpkin Trifle consists of mostly staple items that you probably already have on hand. That is if you always have pumpkin puree in the pantry like we do. ; ) Just go out and grab some pudding mix & the refrigerated items and you’re ready to go!

What You Need:

  • Pumpkin Puree
  • Vanilla Pudding Mix
  • Spices
  • Vanilla extract
  • Maple syrup
  • Whole milk
  • Heavy whipping cream (or store bought whipped cream)
  • Graham crackers
  • Chopped pecans

With the leftover pecans you can make my Blueberry Pecan Baked Oatmeal for a delicious and healthy meal prep breakfast!

two serving options: individual cups or serving bowl

As you can see from my photos, I made several individual trifles in cups (okay, wine glasses), but you can also make this dessert for a group in a medium to large bowl, and let everyone serve themselves in individual dishes. I actually made a bowl too for our Thanksgiving celebrations, but didn’t get a chance to snap a picture!

Either way, you will layer the items the same and it will taste equally delicious. It’ll also take up less space in a bowl vs. multiple individual dishes, but these are so cute and festive for parties. Just depends on how many people you’re serving and what you prefer!

If the single serving is too much for one person, don’t fret – you can stick it back in the fridge! These keep well for several days if you throw some Press ‘N Seal over the top and keep them refrigerated.

easy pumpkin trifle dessert

Here’s the recipe for this Easy Pumpkin Trifle Dessert!

Easy Pumpkin Trifle Dessert

Shanna Hutcheson
This Easy Pumpkin Trifle Dessert consists of delicious layers of pumpkin mousse, whipped cream, crushed graham crackers, pecans and spices — it's basically fall in a cup!
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 198 kcal


  • 1 3.4 oz package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon more for garnish
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 can pumpkin puree
  • 2 Tbsp 100% pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 container whipped cream or heavy whipping cream
  • 8 honey graham crackers crushed
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans


  • In a large bowl, whisk together pudding mix, spices, and salt. Add pumpkin, maple syrup, vanilla, and whole milk and beat with a hand mixer or large spoon until smooth.
  • Assemble your individual pumpkin trifles by doing the following layers:
    -1/2 of a graham cracker, crushed + 1 Tbsp chopped pecans
    -1/4 cup pumpkin mousse mixture
    -1/4 cup whipped cream
    (If doing this in a medium to large bowl, double the layers: 1 whole crushed graham cracker + 2 Tbsp chopped pecans, 1/2 cup pumpkin mousse, 1/2 cup whipped cream)
  • Repeat layers one more time. Top with 1-2 Tbsp chopped pecans and sprinkle of cinnamon.
  • Keep refrigerated until serving. Cover with Press & Seal and store in fridge for up to 3 days.


Calories: 198kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 4gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 256mgPotassium: 236mgFiber: 3gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 8425IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 86mgIron: 2mg
Keyword dessert, Fall Dessert, holiday recipe, pumpkin trifle, thanksgiving dessert
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I hope you love this Easy Pumpkin Trifle Dessert! Please be sure to tag me in your creations if you give it a try! @wellnessforthewin on Instagram and share the love by pinning this on Pinterest!

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