Oreo Brownie Banana Caramel Trifle – layers of rich, dark chocolate brownie, banana cream filling, salted caramel, Oreo pie crust, Oreos and whipped cream.
One of my favorite restaurants to visit growing up was Cafe Montana. Located in the heart of Santa Monica, Cafe Montana was a must visit any time we had a girls’ day in the area. I typically ordered the same salad every visit and we always ordered the same desserts: a molasses cookie and an Oreo brownie banana cream pie.
Oh. My. Goodness. That Oreo brownie banana cream pie was, and still is, one of my favorite desserts EVER! It was made up of an Oreo pie crust and then filled with layers of banana cream filling, brownies, fudge and topped with whipped cream. Basically what dreams are made of.
Cafe Montana closed down a few years ago and I’ve never been able to find the recipe to that epic dessert.
Oreo Brownie Banana Caramel Trifle
I simply decided, however, that I couldn’t live my life anymore without this dessert! So a couple weeks ago I called my mom and we dissected the dessert the best we could between our two memories so that I could recreate it – and now here we are!
Note: I did a mix of store-bought and homemade items for this trifle. Feel free to replace the store-bought elements with your favorite homemade recipes, or use all store-bought items to keep it super easy. Either way, this trifle will be delicious!
Oreo Pie Crust
First up, the Oreo pie crust. This was an element I decided to grab from the store. I bought two Oreo pie crusts in the baking aisle and crumbled them up in a bowl, being sure to leave some chunks. The store-bought Oreo pie crusts are thinner than ones I’ve made from scratch. If you’re using a from-scratch recipe, and the crust is pretty thick, I think you’ll only need one batch.
For the brownies, I also used a store-bought brownie mix – Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Brownie Mix to be exact. While I’ve tried dozens of brownie recipes over the years, I’ve never loved one as much as I love the Ghirardelli mix. And from the sound of it, many of you agree!
However, I am totally open to finding a from-scratch brownie recipe that I love. In fact, I’m on a mission to find it. Yesterday we just whipped up Two Peas and Their Pod One Bowl Brownies and they were delish!
I’ll be trying several more of your brownie recipe suggestions over the coming weeks and months, and will keep you posted on what I decide is my new favorite.
Feel free to use your favorite brownie recipe in place of the box mix.
Banana Cream Filling
For the filling, I made my Banana Cream Filling from my Banana Cream Cake. It’s a copycat Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding recipe and it’s to-die-for. I doubled the recipe from the cake version and added fresh bananas.
This is a great element to make ahead of time, but don’t add the bananas until you’re ready to assemble. Bananas easily brown.
I also used the salted caramel recipe from my Banana Cream Cake, but you can totally use a store-bought caramel sauce. You’re not using much. It’s just a drizzle to give the trifle a bit of saltiness.
The whipped cream is one element I think is way better when made from scratch. It’s just thicker and creamier than anything you can buy in the store. I suggest making the whipped cream right before you’re ready to assembly.
Instead of using a pie dish, I decided to stack all the elements in a trifle bowl. It’s just so easy and makes the whole assembly process super quick.
This dessert is not only easy to make, but it’s also incredibly easy and fast to assembly. I have all the directions in the recipe below, but thought I’d link my Instagram IGTV in case you’re a more visual learner.