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This pumpkin parfait is sweet enough for dessert, but light enough for breakfast! It features Greek yogurt, pumpkin spice filling, and pecan granola.

Pumpkin Parfait with Pecan Granola | A Couple Cooks

Do you find it hard to make a recipe the same way twice? For this year’s Thanksgiving dessert, we’ve developed a pumpkin parfait recipe based on a recipe we posted back in 2010. We’ve tweaked the heck out of it, and come up with something even better than before! And that’s what we love about the kitchen: you never stop learning, and you can always apply new lessons to old concepts. What you make today can be inspiration for something new two years from now. And what you have on hand or is seasonal can be the impetus for a fantastic substitution. So we tinker: sometimes it results in something that goes straight in the trash, but sometimes in something even more fabulous than the original: as it did with this pumpkin parfait recipe!

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Pumpkin Parfait with Pecan Granola | A Couple Cooks

How to make pumpkin parfaits

This pumpkin parfait recipe is really a Greek yogurt parfait with several different layers: sweetened Greek yogurt, pumpkin spice filling, and a skillet pecan granola. The Greek yogurt layer is sweetened with maple syrup and vanilla. The pumpkin spice filling is made with canned pumpkin puree, mixed with pumpkin spices and creamy mascarpone cheese. For this recipe, we’ve used pumpkin spice ingredients and not a purchased pumpkin spice mix. The pumpkin spice ingredients here are cinnamon, ginger, and cloves.

The best thing about this pumpkin parfaits recipe is the pecan granola! It’s made in a skillet so that it cooks quickly. Instead of baking for 45 minutes like the typical granola, it toasts up in under 10 minutes! Skillet granola is a big time saver.

We hope that this Thanksgiving can be a time for you to enjoy joyful tinkering in the kitchen with friends and family alike. This pumpkin parfait recipe is intended for dessert, but would actually be a great breakfast as well. Below are a few more of our Thanksgiving 2016 resources. We’d love to hear what you’re considering for dessert this season!

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This pumpkin parfait recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free.

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Pumpkin Parfait with Pecan Granola

  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


This pumpkin parfait is sweet enough for dessert, but light enough for breakfast! It features Greek yogurt, pumpkin spice filling, and pecan granola.



For the pecan granola

  • 1 ½ tablespoons coconut oil (or butter)
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon, divided
  • ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

For the pumpkin parfaits

  • 16 ounces (2 cups) plain full-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup maple syrup, divided
  • ¼ cup mascarpone cheese
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves


  1. For the granola, melt coconut oil or butter in a skillet over medium heat, then add oats, pecans, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon. and kosher salt and toast for 4 minutes, stirring constantly. Add brown sugar and cook until the sugar melts and the oats are golden brown, 2 to 4 more minutes, watching very carefully so that it doesn’t burn. Remove from the heat immediately and pour into a bowl to cool and become crisp. Store in an airtight container until serving.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the Greek yogurt, vanilla, and 2 tablespoons maple syrup.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the mascarpone, pumpkin, 2 tablespoons maple syrup, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, ginger, and cloves until fluffy.
  4. To serve, alternate spoonfuls of the yogurt, pumpkin, and granola as desired in serving glasses or small canning jars.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Pumpkin, Pumpkin Recipes, Pumpkin Parfait, Greek Yogurt, Parfait, Vegetarian, Pecan, Granola

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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  1. This looks absolutely amazing! I will definitely give these a try next time I’m having friends over for dinner :-).


  2. I love remaking some of my old recipes. It’s fun to put a new spin on them sometimes too! These parfaits look amazing!

  3. I love how you talk about applying new lessons to old concepts. And you had me at skillet granola, especially with the inclusion of pecans! Would love these as part of a brunch spread especially.

  4. I love reinventing my recipes to create a different take on an old favorite! These pumpkin pecan parfaits look like the perfect light thanksgiving dessert and/or breakfast! Love the simpleness!

  5. Actually, my boyfriend always complains that we never eat the same thing twice ;) This looks like something I could cook again and again though: love the addition of the pecan nuts!