Cinnamon Apple Cheesecake Trifle


6 Reasons I love this Cinnamon Apple Cheesecake Trifle recipe:

  1. It is SUPER EASY. Like super easy. As in, even if you make all the ingredients from scratch, all the ingredients are so EASY themselves, so the trifle is still EASY.
  2. The finish product makes the recipe seem way more difficult than it actually is, and therefore FANCY.
  3. Utilization of my current favorite Fall recipe: Slow Cooker Cinnamon Sugar Apples!
  4. You can make a larger, for scoop-able sharing, beautifully layered trifle to bring to the table at Friendsgiving, OR you can make individual desserts for everyone in the small dessert glassware you have gathering dust in the cabinet.  Or if you are like me, you sloppily spoon it into Ball Jars because chucky stripes were always my preference to pin stripes.

  5. Speaking for Friendsgiving, the entire time I worked on this deliciousness, I thought about one of the BEST episode of Friends ever, The One Where Ross Got High.  This is one of my most favorite episodes of the show, definitely Canon Worthy in my opinion, which is why this is considered a “reason” on this list of reasons why I love this recipe. 

    By the way, in case you want to make a copy of Rachel Green’s infamous “Traditional English Trifle” for your own Turkey Day table, the internet has got you covered: How to Make Rachel’s Thanksgiving Trifle and How to Survive Serving It and It was Gross, then Good, then Really Gross

  6. This recipe is easily customizable, which makes the individual serving idea an extra fun one! This would be a great dessert for everyone to prep together, layering their ingredients of choice into their Ball jar before screwing on a lid [I love this type for reusability which I’ve seen at Target, Wal-mart and on Amazon, too] and storing in the fridge for when dessert came around. [Don’t forget to label them!]

    It’s like an at-home take on the Fro-Yo craze, right?   Each human determining their own right amount of crunch to soft ratio.  Each mouth prepared for the flavor dynamics of repetitive layers. The ability to add peanuts or nut butter without sending anyone to the hospital. Everyone wins!

  7. It fits into this week’s Recipe Wednesday Link-Up Theme over at Thanksgiving Desserts!
    Fellow bloggers; you can link-up your own dessert recipes in the link-up, too! If you add a recipe that fits the weekly theme, we share your recipe on social media.  It’s a great way to support the HLB community and promote your blog, too.  Add your recipes here: Recipe Wednesday: #TurkeyDayYums Dessert Time



Here’s how I layered my ingredients in these individual Jar Cinnamon Apple Cheesecake Trifles:

Super Simple Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Cinnamon Apples
small cubes of Vanilla Cinnamon Sugar Swirl Bread
extra syrup from the apples
Cheesecake flavored pudding [I made mine from a JELL-O mix]
Toasted Maple Cinnamon Oats [recipe below]
more apples
more bread
more oats
more syrup from the apples
more pudding

HOLY DELICIOUSNESS, BATMAN.  Get a spoon. Next time I’m tossing some toasted pecans into the mix!


Toasted Maple Cinnamon Oats


  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup (packed) brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted [salted is a-okay in this one!]


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees, placing a rack in the middle of the oven.
  • Combine ingredients in a bowl, folding and stirring until well coated.
  • Spread evenly on a baking sheet.
  • Bake 10-30 minutes, depending on your desired crunch level. The longer you let it bake, the closer an eye you should keep on it. It can burn quickly if you aren’t paying attention.
  • Cool on pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to storage dish to finish cooling. 
  • Once cool enough to touch, crumble any large pieces and set aside for use in Cinnamon Apple Cheesecake Trifle.

Resources to Help You #Make1HealthyDecision This Winter

Take a little time today to set at least one healthy intention for the winter season. Below are resources to help you #Make1HealthyDecision for yourself.  Then try to make another the next time a choice appears in front of you. Take it one step at a time. You’ve got this.

HYDRATE. Your body needs it all the time, and I especially feel a thirst when the climate is dryer, but we often forget about the importance of drinking up when exercising in the cold, too. One way our bodies get rid of water is through respiration, and in the cold we are working harder under extra layers of clothing and breathing more heavily because of it. [from here, which also highlights many other health benefits of water, too.]

Hydration Resources

GIFT YOURSELF SLEEP. Experience has taught me that I do my best work when I am getting “enough” sleep, which for me means 7 – 8 hours a night.  When I find myself feeling strayed from my happiest self, I often forget to look at my sleep habits.  What am I doing right before bed? How do I treat a mid-night wake-up? Do I have a routine to help prepare for sleeping these days?  I’m asking myself these questions TODAY to make sure I’m getting all the potential I can out of my sleeping time.

Sleep Resources


THINK ABOUT FOOD AHEAD OF TIME. If you’ve never meal planned or food prepped before, DO NOT get overwhelmed.  Start small and focus on what works best for you.  That could mean planning your meals for just two days out of the week. Or maybe cutting up all your veggies on Sunday afternoon so you are more likely to grab/use them throughout the week. Or packing your lunch of the office two days at a time. 

Meal Planning & Food Prep Resources

INDOOR AT-HOME FITNESS. This is my answer to NO EXCUSES and JUST DO IT ambitions. When the icy, snowy weather and freezing cold temperatures hit the Northeast, going to the gym or fitness class can seem daunting, let alone outdoor activities. 

You can easily make at-home fitness a possibility for your lifestyle; keep trying things until you find what you like and will stick with or try again and again. If you can’t keep morning workouts consistent, give evenings a try. If workdays are way to full, make weekend sweat sessions a priority. 

At-Home Fitness Resources


WELLNESS AND SELF-CARE. Have you guarded yourself from the hustle & bustle stresses that come with the holiday season and end-of-year tasks on your To Do list? This time of year can be especially hard for those of us in emotional seasons of loss or change.  But even if everything is peachy in your day-to-day taking time for YOU is still a necessity for a sane brain. Set an appointment with yourself or a friend to do something that helps you feel refreshed.

Wellness and Self-Care Resources