The Jungle Book Movie + Coconut and Tropical Fruit Trifle Recipe

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I was so excited when I found out that one of my favorite childhood movies was making its way out of the Disney vault and into my family’s collection. I loved The Jungle Book. The thought of growing up wild and free and raised by wolves in a jungle sounded like a dream. I knew my troupe of monkeys (get it?) would love watching it as much as I did, and I could hardly wait to unwrap the movie and snuggle on the couch.

Jungle Book Coconut & Tropical Fruit Trifle by Three Little Monkeys Studio #JungleFresh #shop #cbias


Typically we do some sort of fancy popcorn on our movie nights. But, this time I wanted to surprise them and do something inspired by The Jungle Book. I came up with a fresh Coconut and Tropical Fruit Trifle. It is easy to make, and so colorful like the movie in bright oranges and yellows. Plus, trifles are so kid-friendly.

Jungle Book Coconut & Tropical Fruit Trifle by Three Little Monkeys Studio #JungleFresh #shop #cbias

This trifle is seriously yummy. It is filled with fresh tropical fruit—pineapple, kiwifruits, oranges, mango, and bananas—layered with light angel food cake and a simple three-ingredient coconut whipped cream (my favorite part!). I served it in single-serving cups decorated with a jungle leaf and a character’s name from the movie to add some pizzazz (free download below), but you can also serve it in a traditional trifle dish. Serves 6.

Coconut and Tropical Fruit Trifle

Ingredients

  • 2 cans of coconut milk (you want full fat and no emulsifiers in the ingredient list), refrigerated overnight
  • ½ Pineapple, peeled, cored and diced
  • 2 Kiwifruits, peeled and diced
  • 1 Orange, peeled
  • 1 Mango, peeled, pitted and diced
  • 1 Banana, peeled and diced
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • Juice of ½ lime
  • 1 tbsp. powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • Angel food cake, cut into small cubes
  • Toasted shredded coconut, optional*

Directions

  • Place your mixing bowl in the fridge for 15 minutes to chill. Trust me on this one.
  • While the bowl is chilling, add your diced fruit, 3 tbsp. sugar and lime juice into a bowl, and gently toss to combine. Set aside.
  • Remove your canned coconut milk from the fridge and flip the can upside down. Open the can and pour the coconut liquid into another bowl and set aside for smoothies (you won’t be using it in the coconut whipped cream).
  • Scoop the coconut solids out of the can and place into your chilled mixing bowl. Add ½ tsp. vanilla and 1 tbsp. sugar. Whip until light and fluffy.
  • To assemble the trifles, spread a thin layer of the coconut whipped cream over the bottom of each trifle dish. Top with a single layer of angel cake cubes. Spoon some of the fruit filling over the angel food cake. Layer once more with coconut whipped cream, angel food cake cubes and the fruit mixture. Top with the remaining coconut whipped cream and garnish with toasted coconut, if desired. Best assembled and eaten the same day or within a few hours!

* To toast your own coconut, preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Spread a thin layer of coconut on a baking sheet and bake for 5-10 minutes. Keep on eye on it. It toasts fast!

I was so excited to pick up a copy of The Jungle Book from Walmart while the kids were at school to surprise them with later. You can also receive a free Jungle Book Lunch Box with purchase of the Diamond Edition DVD. Walmart is the only place you can receive a FREE Jungle Book lunchbox with your purchase of the Diamond edition. Hurry, because they were going fast! I found ours in the aisle right by the electronics department in a big display.

Jungle Book Coconut & Tropical Fruit Trifle by Three Little Monkeys Studio #JungleFresh #shop #cbias

Finally, movie night could begin. And the verdict: my kids loved it! The smiles and belly laughs were hilarious. We watched it twice in a row, and then the next day too. It was like revisiting that childhood magic all over again.

Jungle Book Coconut & Tropical Fruit Trifle by Three Little Monkeys Studio #JungleFresh #shop #cbias

For more healthy #JungleFresh food inspiration, visit the #CollectiveBias Pinterest board for some yummy ideas for your The Jungle Book movie night!

The Jungle Book Inspired Printable

Download a fun printable for your movie night below. Each leaf features a character’s name, which opens up some great discussions before the movie about the characters. The big leaves are an added bonus. You could tie them around the DVD and surprise your kids, decorate the TV with “vines” … lots of possibilities

Jungle Book Leaves Free Printable by Three Little Monkeys Studio

Download your FREE Jungle Book Inspired Leaves. Trim, punch a small whole in the end and tie on with some jute twine. I unraveled the ends so it resembled a vine.

Hope you have a blast at your movie night!

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