Pumpkin Mousse Parfait

This pumpkin mousse parfait recipe features an easy two-ingredient pumpkin mousse and a homemade spiced granola that’s impossible to resist.

pumpkin parfait

There’s not much not to love about pumpkin. Just a smelling pumpkin spice candle is enough to give us that cozy fall feeling. So once the weather started getting cooler, Alex and I made sure to stock up on some canned pumpkin and start experimenting with pumpkin recipes. Now, somehow in the last few years my sweet tooth has severely deteriorated. I blame part of it on age (perhaps your sugar tolerance decreases as you get older?) and part of it on eating more whole foods, versus processed. So I decided to create a just-sweet-enough pumpkin mousse parfait “dessert” that still contained the pumpkin-y goodness I was looking for. Keep reading for the recipe!

Making this pumpkin mousse parfait

The star of this recipe is undoubtedly the homemade pumpkin mousse. To make it, you simply have to whisk the pumpkin pie filling with some cream cheese until light and fluffy. You can use an electric mixer here, but whisking the mixture by hand works just as well (you’ll want to whisk this for a few minutes to incorporate lots of air). Just make sure to buy pumpkin pie filling and not canned pumpkin, as the latter isn’t sweet at all and will seriously change the flavor of this dish.

This pumpkin mousse parfait also calls for making a homemade pumpkin spice granola. It is absolutely worth the time and energy to make your granola at home. But if you don’t have time to make the granola topping for this pumpkin mousse parfait, you can use your favorite store-bought brand. We’d just recommend choosing a granola that’s decently spiced (this is a pumpkin spice recipe, after all!).

The final layer in this pumpkin mousse parfait recipe is a sweetened Greek yogurt layer, sweetened to taste with maple syrup (or honey) and vanilla. Instead of buying store-bought vanilla yogurt, making your own vanilla sweetened yogurt at home lets you control the sweetness level: and use a natural sugar like maple if you’d like!

Serving this pumpkin mousse parfait recipe

You can enjoy this pumpkin mousse parfait immediately, or prep the recipe ahead of time and let it rest in the fridge until you’re ready to enjoy. Our recommendation is that you wait to sprinkle on the granola until you’re ready to serve, otherwise it might go a little soft. Enjoy these sweet treats as a lightly sweet dessert recipe, or as a breakfast treat. Either way, we hope you’ll love them!

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This pumpkin mousse parfait recipe is…

Vegetarian, gluten-free, naturally sweet and refined sugar free.

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Pumpkin Mousse Parfait


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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Description

This pumpkin mousse parfait recipe features an easy two-ingredient pumpkin mousse and a homemade spiced granola that’s impossible to resist.


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Ingredients

For the pumpkin spice granola

  • 3/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pecans
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey

For the yogurt

  • 2 cups plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup honey

For the pumpkin mousse

  • 6 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 1 cup pumpkin pie filling (sweetened)

Instructions

  1. Make the granola: Preheat the oven to 300°F. In a small bowl, combine the oats, pumpkin seeds, chopped pecans, pumpkin pie spice, vegetable oil, and maple syrup or honey. Spread the granola on a cookie sheet and bake for about 25 to 30 minutes, until golden brown.
  2. Flavor the yogurt: Stir the yogurt together with the vanilla and maple syrup or honey.
  3. Make the pumpkin mousse: Whisk the cream cheese and pumpkin pie filling until fluffy.
  4. Assemble the parfaits: In serving glasses, alternate spoonfuls of yogurt, pumpkin mousse, and granola as desired.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: pumpkin parfait,

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

5 Comments

  • Reply
    Melinda Neely
    October 21, 2010 at 11:05 am

    Yum! I like all things pumpkin; and sadly my sweet tooth has NOT deteriorated over time!

  • Reply
    Mrs Mix It
    October 21, 2010 at 11:48 am

    I too love anything with Pumkin, just the scent of it is intoxicating. I am going to have to try this recipe sounds simply fabulous.

  • Reply
    Imwaytoobusy
    October 21, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    You two have the most adorable blog! This dessert sounds delicious, and I love your presentation! I always have to eat parfaits in a dessert dish, just makes it feel all the more decadent :)

  • Reply
    GreenGirl
    October 24, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    i like your version of parfait and i disagree with “sugar tolerance decreases as you get older”, unfortunately mine increased :(

  • Reply
    Amanda @ BakingWithoutABox
    October 25, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    Mmmm this should totally be a Luna recommendation. This looks great.

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