I had some leftover pumpkin puree that I wanted to use and after the apple crumble quinoa parfaits earlier in the week, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it; pumpkin pie quinoa parfaits! The idea was simple, mix some pumpkin pie spices and brown sugar into the pumpkin puree and layer it with Greek vanilla yogurt and quinoa spiced with cinnamon. At this point everything sounds nice and healthy but I could not resist topping it off with a gingersnap pecan streusel since gingersnaps and pecans go so well with pumpkin pie! Now i am looking forward to quick, tasty and fairly healthy desserts for breakfast from the leftovers for the next few days!
Of course caramel sauce would also work well on these pumpkin pie quinoa parafaits with greek yogurt!
Pumpkin Pie Quinoa Parfait with Gingersnap Pecan Streusel
Pumpkin pie parfaits with layers of pumpkin pie, vanilla yogurt and quinoa spiced with cinnamon that is topped off with a gingersnap pecan streusel.
- 1 cup quinoa, well rinsed
- 1 3/4 cups water
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup gingersnap crumbs
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1/2 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 2 cups pumpkin puree
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon cloves
- 2 cups vanilla Greek yogurt
- Bring the quinoa, water and cinnamon to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the water has been absorbed, about 15 minutes and set aside.
- Mix the gingersnap crumbs, sugar, pecans and butter util it forms crumbs, spread in a single layer over a baking pan and bake in a preheated 350F/180C oven until lightly golden brown, about 7-10 minutes and set aside.
- Mix the pumpkin puree with the brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and set aside
- Place 1/4 cup of yogurt into 4 large glasses and top with 1/4 cup quinoa and 1/4 cup of pumpkin, repeat with a another set of layers an top off with a tablespoon of the pecan streusel.
was very good!!!!
Mike @TheIronYou says
I really appreciate the way you get creative in the kitchen with leftovers.
The combo quinoa + pumpkin + pecans is a health powerhouse. This is really a perfect parfait!
You use a lot of exclamation marks! I mean, seriously, out of 5 sentences you had one without an exclamation mark! This is a running trend in your posts! I've been counting lately because it makes me twitch!
(Please take this in good fun; I'm just kidding around with you. The parfait looks delicious.)
These are SO breakfast-worthy! I'm uber excited to make them!
I have never tried a sweet Quinoa recipe! This looks like it could satisfy my sweet tooth! Do you do your own photography? I like how you can see all of the layers up close in the second shot. Thanks, Kevin!
Karen Simon says
This could be a great healthy desert! I never used Quinoa in a sweet dish, but I will give it a go!!!!
if you are in need for a few Christmas dishes have a look at this!!!
Oh, yum! These look great!
TheSpiceologist: Yes I take all of the photos and I just had to get the side shot of the layers! 🙂
Jenny D says
I think I must be missing something and need you to point it out to me…. In step two the directions say to mix sugar with the pecans and cookies, then in step 3 I am suppose to mix the brown sugar with the pumpkin mixture. I only see 2 Tbsp of brown sugar in the ingredients list.
Do I split up the brown sugar between the two steps or is there another amount of sugar I am skipping over? Thank you!
Jenny D: Good catch! Sorry about the confusion; I missed the first sugar in the ingredients. I cleaned up the recipe. Thanks!
his little lady says
Oh how scrumptious!!