Pumpkin Dessert Parfait

I just can’t get over pumpkin, can I? 

This parfait recipe features a sweetened vanilla yogurt, pumpkin, and my healthified gingerbread cookie recipe. All are wholesome, good for you, and every time I lick the bowl I make the cookie dough in, I practically melt with delight. Seriously, that recipe is unbelievable, make-it-even-in-summertime good.

You could mix it up a bit and try a cream-cheese frosting layer, too! Or opt for a graham-cracker crumble instead of gingerbread. What’s not to love about those possibilities?

Ingredients

1 container plain organic yogurt (you can buy vanilla or sweetened, but I prefer to lower the sugar a bit by mixing in a lower lgi alternative)

1 T stevia

pumpkin

pumpkin (Photo credit: meerkatbaby)

.5 t vanilla

4 T pumpkin puree

heaping dash of cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice

optional: gingerbread or graham cracker crumbles

Directions

Open the yogurt container. Mix in stevia and vanilla. Set aside.

-In a small bowl, add puree and spices. Mix in about half of prepared yogurt.

-In a parfait glass, layer the pumpkin yogurt with the vanilla yogurt as you like. You can also use the crumbles to make layers or top like I did.

For a special ice cream consistency, freeze the parfait for about one hour and mix up slightly. Freeze another 10 minutes or so. It’s delicious!

Pumpkin Spice French Toast

 

The pumpkin goodness just doesn’t get old with me. 

Here’s another tasty treat to warm up your Saturday morning, complete with honey-vanilla yogurt topping and plenty of cinnamon sweetness.

Ingredients

2 slices whole-grain toast

cooking spray

1 egg white

1 T canned pumpkin puree

dash of pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and cloves

1 T milk

Topping: 1-2 T organic French vanilla yogurt, all-natural honey, extra spice if you’re nice 😉

Directions

-Heat skillet to medium.

-Toast your bread in a toaster oven if you like. This is optional, but I think it keeps the bread from getting too soggy. 

-In a small bowl, combine egg, pumpkin, spice, and milk. Mix well.

-Dip each side of your bread slices in the mix. Coat well and quickly place on warm, greased skillet. Fry on each side for about 3-4 minutes, or until golden brown.

-Top with yogurt, honey, spices, or nuts if you like those. Enjoy warm!