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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!

Looking for pumpkin recipes? 

Outside of this pumpkin mousse parfait recipe, here are a few of our favorite pumpkin recipes we’ve made:

This pumpkin mousse parfait recipe is…

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

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Pumpkin Mousse Parfait


  • 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.


Ingredients

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For the pumpkin spice granola

  • ¾ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pecans
  • ¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ 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,

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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5 Comments

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

  2. 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 :)

  3. 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.