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We well know Thanksgiving is not Thanksgiving if there's no pumpkin dessert on the table. So, we are not here to break traditions but we are switching things up a bit. This year, we are making an easy, heartwarming, delicious Pumpkin Pie Parfait. Another amazing Thanksgiving dessert for the books!
I usually stick to the traditional pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving, seems like a no-brainer. At home, is an absolute favourite and we can't get enough of it. But last year I noticed everyone was a bit too full to eat a full slice of pie and there were a lot of half-eaten slices left.
So, this year I decided to take all the elements I use on a pie and make something slightly different. I didn't want to change the taste too much since that's what we all love and crave. Instead, I made a light version of the traditional Thanksgiving dessert.
If you've never had or heard of a parfait, let me introduce you to it. This beauty is a rich cold dessert with a smooth and fluffy consistency. And it's often served with diced season fruit and thick or whipped cream.
Usually, parfait recipes are made with loads of sugar which makes them pretty unhealthy. To get our sweet tooth satisfied but not overdose on artificial sweeteners we are adding ripe bananas. I've mentioned it before, but remember the riper the banana the sweeter it gets. Knowing this will help you regulate how sweet your dessert will come out.
I make most of our vegan Thanksgiving dishes. It's really rare when I do buy pre-made food. I love the cooking process before getting together with friends and family and I love the subtle but big difference that homemade meals make in one's life.
Sometimes, to be very honest, by the time I get to making dessert I am a bit exhausted or too eager to mingle. This year, I didn't want to miss out so I made this pumpkin dessert as simple as I could with ingredients I had stashed in my kitchen ahead of time.
I used almond milk, toasted almonds, cinnamon, the bananas, vanilla extract, and the star of this dish, pumpkin puree. I added granola as a pie crust substitute and to still have a bit of crunch in there. These ingredients also make this recipe super affordable. If you are after a budget-friendly recipe this is a great option.
This pumpkin dessert is one of the easiest things you'll ever make. All you need to do is throw everything in the blender and mix it together. The key here is to allow enough time to get a bit of air in the mix so it comes out super smooth and super fluffy.
I serve the parfait in mason jars, they look really pretty and it is very easy to keep them in the fridge. I simply layer the pumpkin parfait and the granola, and top it off with whipped coconut cream for the last touch!
For the pumpkin pie parfait
For the granola
For the whipped cream
|Amount Per Serving|
|Calories 379||From Fat 176|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 20g||30.1%|
|Saturated Fat 10g||51.4%|
|Trans Fat 0g|
|Total Carbohydrate 48g||16%|
|Dietry Fiber 11g||42.5%|
|Vitamin A 5736.91IU||114.7%|
|Vitamin B-12 0µg||0%|
|Vitamin B-6 0.42mg||20.9%|
|Vitamin C 8.54mg||14.2%|
|Vitamin D 27.51IU||6.9%|
|Vitamin E 5.9mg||19.7%|
|Vitamin K1 1.31µg||1.6%|
|Folic Acid 0µg|
|Pantothenic acid 1.22mg||12.2%|
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Calories per gram:
Fat 9 • Carbohydrate 4 • Protein 4
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