Caramel Apple Trifles

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These Caramel Apple Trifles are the perfect apple dessert – no bake, super easy and full of caramel, cinnamon and apples! An easy recipe for Fall!

Looking for more trifle recipes? Try this easy Triple Berry Trifle recipe!

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Caramel Apple Trifles

I’m totally loving these cute little trifles. With so many tasty layers, what’s not to love? Here’s what’s in there:

  • Cinnamon apples
  • Caramel sauce
  • Cinnamon granola
  • Cinnamon whipped cream

Clearly there’s loads of cinnamon, apples and caramel sauce. So many of my favorite fall things! And unlike so many trifles that use cake or brownies or something similar, these use granola. It not only adds some crunch, but also lightens the trifles up just a bit. I love the texture and flavor of it with the apples and caramel, but of course you could use something like pound cake too.

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How to Make Caramel Apple Trifles

The first thing you’ll want to do is make the caramel sauce so that it has some time to cool. You could even make it several days ahead if you want. I use my Easy Salted Caramel Sauce and I totally recommend it, but you could certainly use a store bought sauce if you want to make things even easier.

Once your sauce is made, you can make the cinnamon apples. Combine the apples, lemon juice, nutmeg, cinnamon and brown sugar in a pan and cook until the apples are tender. Easy peasy!

Let the apples cool a bit, then make the cinnamon whipped cream and it’s time to layer everything together.

Start with the whipped cream, then the granola, caramel sauce and apples. Top the trifles with a little more caramel sauce.

These trifles are great for making a little bit ahead. I like the crunch of the granola, but I also like it soften just a bit. So for me, these are great a few hours after making them. But you could certainly eat them immediately or even make them a day ahead. After that, the granola does soften up a good bit. Totally still yummy, but you lose that crunch.

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These Caramel Apple Trifles are so delicious and great for fall! The recipe makes just 4 trifles, so it’s great for just making for the family as a special treat, or for doubling up for a group. Either way – a great way to use up some apples and try a treat that’s full of flavor and texture. I hope you enjoy them!

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Caramel Apple Trifles

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Trifles 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


These Caramel Apple Trifles are the perfect apple treat – no bake, super easy and full of cinnamon!



Caramel Sauce


  • 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp (56g) packed brown sugar


  • 1 cup (240ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup (58g) powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup Cinnamon Granola (I used this granola)


1. Make the caramel sauce according to the recipe. Cool caramel to about room temperature.
2. To make the apples, combine apples, lemon juice, nutmeg, cinnamon and brown sugar in a medium pan and toss to coat.
3. Cook apples for about 10-15 minutes, or until at preferred softness. Allow to cool for about 10-15 minutes.
4. To make cinnamon whipped cream, add the heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar and cinnamon to a large mixer bowl and whip on high speed until stiff peaks form.
5. Once everything is made and ready, build the trifles. Add an even layer of whipped cream into the bottom of the cup or jar you are using.
6. Add about 2 tbsp granola in an even layer.
7. Drizzle about one tablespoon of caramel sauce over granola.
8. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of apples over the caramel.
9. Repeat the layers once more then drizzle more caramel over the tops of each trifle.
10. Store in the fridge for 2-3 hours, or until ready to serve. Trifles are best when eaten within 1-2 days.
*You can replace the caramel sauce with a store-bought sauce, if preferred.

Keywords: easy trifle recipe, apple dessert recipe, easy apple dessert, fall dessert recipe


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  1. Chelsea+@chelseasmessyapron

    These are gorgeous Lindsay!! I love them! Also your cake stand – did you get it from pick your plum? I just got mine a little bit ago and love it! All that dripping caramel off these trifles is perfect and I’ve loved all your apple week treats! Pinned 🙂

  2. Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking

    That’s so creepy about your Casper episode! I’d be up for the rest of the night, absolutely terrified that someone broke in to the house. Especially because our dog isn’t exactly the greatest watch dog… She doesn’t even bark if we aren’t home! So strange. But anyway, I’m loving your trifles! I grew up eating an apple every day in my lunch, so they’re one of my favorite fruits. And all that drippy caramel? Pure heaven! 🙂 Already pinned!


      Thanks for the pin Amy! If I hadn’t been so tired, I might’ve been up worrying. 🙂 Our dog is usually on top of it, so it was kind of weird.

  3. Heather+@+Shards+of+Lavender

    Thank you both for sharing your best apple recipes this week! These look like the perfect treat for this fall and I love how the granola adds a nice crunch to the trifles. Majorly creepy about the TV; I don’t think I’d be able to go back to sleep. My husband wouldn’t have a problem, but I’d be freaked out:)

  4. Annie @ Annie's Noms

    These are gorgeous! I’m on such a caramel apple kick right now and I’ve loved your recipes this week!

  5. Mir

    I’ve really enjoyed the theme week, Lindsay! And you’re finishing off with such a great idea! I’m going to try this at my next fall party!
    Your TV is possessed, BTW. But better the TV than your blender or mixer! 🙂


      Thanks Mir! Glad you liked all the apple!

      You are so right – if my mixer was possessed, we’d have a BIG problem! 🙂

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