Skinny strawberry shortbread trifle
Well, hello, hello, hello. A colleague asked me the other day if I was still baking… and I had to confess that I hadn’t really baked very much since I returned to work from maternity leave in January.

With a 4.5 year old and a 1.5 year old, I’m not quite at the point where I can leave my little one to be independent and have an extra 15 minutes here and there to get to some baking. Since I’ve been down this road before, I know full well that this is temporary and things will get a bit easier, so I’m being patient.

Besides, after a full day’s work, and then coming home to prepare dinner, bathe the kids, attend to some piano practice or basic homework, tidy up, all before my husband gets home, I’m absolutely beat. And I can’t muster up the energy to speak, much less bake a cake.

Still, I have a few tricks up my sleeve, and this is one of them – a dessert I made last summer but never got around to writing about in a blog post.
I flagged this recipe for the first time when I was still in the process of losing weight on Weight Watchers. (Are you ready for this? Only 3 Weight Watchers points plus a serving. No kidding!)

Right now, I’m in maintenance mode but that’s not to say a lighter dessert has no place in my recipe book. In fact, these days I find friends and family are thrilled when I tell them I’ve made something that’s healthier than it is indulgent.

This is a no-bake recipe, and absolutely ideal for a new mom, a working mom, or someone who’s not all that handy in the kitchen – which is why this recipe came in so handy last summer when my youngest was still an infant.

Bonus: It’s absolutely delicious and tastes like a slice of summer.
You can find the recipe here.

Substitutions: I could never find the strawberry glaze the recipe calls for, so a couple of times I warmed up seedless berry jam and used that instead. Otherwise – no other substitutions on my end. I can see myself, however, playing around with the kinds of berries it calls for (as long as they are the freshest of the fresh).

Would I make this again? Indeed. After I made this the first time, my mother was raving about it so I made the second time for her birthday. With swimsuit weather just around the corner, I’m happy to make this instead of something heavier. I can also see this being a lovely Canada Day dessert, using only red fruits.

Grade: Five stars out of five. Honestly this is so easy, and looks lovely, and tastes even better the next day, you can do no wrong.