Simple Berry Trifle with Icelandic Birch Syrup

I cook and create all the time, and I almost always have a camera handy.  I never know when a few quick photos might turn into a blog post, and this late night berry trifle is a perfect example. One night I had a hankering for something sweet, and this concoction came about. It's difficult to call this a 'recipe' since none of the ingredients are cooked and really, I'm just assembling layers of things I already had lying around.  For this trifle, I cut up a bunch of strawberries, rinsed off a handful of blackberries, and layered them with whipped cream, Vanilla Almond Special K and a drizzle of birch syrup we brought back from Iceland months ago. 

The Special K seems like an odd choice, I know. Surprisingly though, it adds a nice crunch, a bit of sweetness and is a much lighter option than a traditional trifle which typically has chunks of pound cake. If you're a fan of yogurt, that would work nicely as a breakfast trifle alternative.  When we were in Iceland, I had something similar to this, but it was made with Icelandic Skyr, a yogurt-like product. It was thicker than traditional yogurt and I preferred the consistency, but the skyr made available in the states doesn't taste the same. Sigh. 

I love quick desserts like this. They satisfy my occasional sweet tooth, and aren't too heavy especially since my cravings tend to happen late at night. So birch syrup is likely hard to come by, but a drizzle of maple syrup or agave or honey should work just as well. And really, depending on how sweet your berries are, you may not need any syrup at all!