Pumpkin Yogurt Parfait

This Pumpkin Yogurt Parfait is an easy and fun Fall dessert!

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This Pumpkin Yogurt Parfait is an easy and fun Fall dessert!Cannot take video.  There is not enough available storage to take a video.  You can manage your storage in Settings.”  Ugh.  The dreaded ‘not enough storage’ error.  It seems like I’ve been seeing this one on my phone a lot lately.  Granted, our phones are several years old, so they don’t have 4,592 GB of space.  Granted, I might have a small problem when it comes to taking videos of Robbie.  But still.  The dreaded ‘not enough storage’ message seems to pop up way too often lately!

This Pumpkin Yogurt Parfait is an easy and fun Fall dessert!The other day, I was transferring all of my photos of Robbie and food over to my desktop.  I have a folder where I dump all of my iPhone photos, and I started looking back through it.  Man, there’s some good memories hiding in there.  The photos might not be the best quality, but the memories are!  But then I stumbled across some photos I took at a conference 4 years ago.  Like most conferences, this one had buffet-style conference food.  There’s not much to say about buffet-style conference food.  Until you factor in the pumpkin parfait for dessert!  I apparently liked this one so much that I took a photo of it.  And then saved it in my folder of dumped iPhone photos.

This Pumpkin Yogurt Parfait is an easy and fun Fall dessert!I decided it was about time to recreate that fun dessert.  I’m not sure exactly how they made the one at the conference, but I decided to use Greek yogurt to create this Pumpkin Yogurt Parfait.  Every time I hear parfait, it brings back memories of Shrek.  More specifically, I start to quote Donkey’s monologue from Shrek about his love for parfait.  I did this back when Laura and I first met, and she was too nice to tell me to shut it.  So I proceeded to quote the better part of 5 minutes of Shrek.  Now Laura just hears parfait and preemptively tells me to shut it down.  She knows me!

In fact, we were just talking about this the other day.  Me: “I’m pretty sure in a previous life I was Donkey from Shrek.”  Laura: “I’m pretty sure in a current life you are Donkey from Shrek.”

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I love adding a bit of crunch to my yogurt.  Typically that’s just some homemade Maple Pecan Granola.  But for this Pumpkin Yogurt Parfait, I skipped the granola and opted for crumbled gingersnap cookies instead.  Mmmm…gingersnap cookies.  I also started with vanilla Greek yogurt and mixed in some canned pumpkin and spices.  But you could totally go with your favorite brand of pumpkin spice yogurt instead.  There’s certainly no shortage of pumpkin spice flavored yogurts out there in the store these days!

This Pumpkin Yogurt Parfait is an easy and fun Fall dessert!Add some whipped cream on top and then stick a biscotti into the glass, and you’ve got one fun Fall dessert.  And the best part is this Pumpkin Yogurt Parfait comes together in about 15 minutes.  That means more time looking at the beautiful Fall leaves…or raking them up.

This Pumpkin Yogurt Parfait is an easy and fun Fall dessert!I don’t remember how these parfaits compare to the ones from the conference.  Heck, my memory just isn’t that good.  I can barely remember what I ate for breakfast…and that was before we had a kid.  But I do remember that this Pumpkin Yogurt Parfait is mighty tasty!  Enjoy!

This Pumpkin Yogurt Parfait is an easy and fun Fall dessert!

Pumpkin Yogurt Parfait

This Pumpkin Yogurt Parfait is an easy and fun Fall dessert!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 253kcal


For the Pumpkin Yogurt

For the Parfaits


For the Pumpkin Yogurt

  • Using a medium bowl, whisk all ingredients together until smooth.

For the Parfaits

  • Divide the crumbled gingersnap cookies evenly among 2-4 small glasses or bowls. (See note.)
  • Using a spoon, top the gingersnaps with the pumpkin yogurt.
  • Next, pipe or spoon whipped cream on top of the yogurt.
  • Garnish tops with a mini-biscotti and a pinch of nutmeg before serving.


Note: The number of glasses/bowls will depend on the size. This recipe filled two large martini glasses when I made it, but it can easily be doubled if needed.

This Pumpkin Yogurt Parfait is an easy and fun Fall dessert!

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  1. Funny you mention quoting movies… apparently my husband tells me I pick out the most obscure parts of movies to quote and then I make him try to guess what movie the quote is from. When I think of Shrek my lips automatically assume smacking position and “pop”… “pop”…. “pop” I just cannot help it!
    Moving on to the dessert. What other options would you suggest instead of gingersnaps? Vanilla wafer cookies? Graham cracker crumbs? I am just not a gingersnap kind of gal (sigh).

    1. Haha…cheers to another Shrek fan, Dana! 🙂 I’ve never been good with obscure movie quotes unless we’re talking about Shrek. And then I can quote with the best of ’em! My wife just makes this face whenever I get going on Shrek. But it’s just such a good movie!!

      As far as gingersnaps, I get it. They can be polarizing. I love them, but my wife isn’t a huge fan. Vanilla wafers and graham crackers would both be excellent substitutions here. And if you like Biscoff cookies (I’m guessing not since they start to approach the gingerbread flavors), then those would be great here, too. Either way, enjoy this one! Perhaps while watching Shrek? 🙂

  2. I’ve never seen Shrek. Can you even believe it? I listened to the soundtrack nonstop in college but somehow never made time to watch the movie. Thank you for the reminder to fix that! And these parfaits! WHAT? How can something so delicious be SO EASY? I have a box of gingersnaps in the pantry right now, and yogurt in the fridge, so guess what I’m doing for dessert (and by dessert I mean dinner) this weekend? LOVE IT! Hope you guys have a great weekend!

    1. Wait. What? You’ve never seen Shrek!? Kelsie, stop everything you’re doing today and drive over here. We’ll watch Shrek! Ok, maybe you don’t actually need to drive across the country just to watch Shrek. I was just looking for an excuse to play hooky and watch Shrek today. 🙂

  3. Hi David! I was going to ask the same question as Dana; I don’t care for gingersnaps either. I’m not sure if I could get this by Gary (he who hates yogurt), but he loves pumpkin so there’s a chance.

    1. Oh, you could totally substitute in graham crackers or vanilla wafers here, Dorothy! I think either one would be a totally acceptable flavor with the pumpkin spice. I know Gary isn’t a huge yogurt fan, but the flavors of this one are so, so good! 🙂 I hope y’all had a great weekend, my Tennessee friend!

  4. One of my other blogger friends just posted a parfait and I realized I’ve never really made one or ate one. Isn’t that weird. I know i would enjoy it I’ve just haven’t had the pleasure. I have storage issues on all of my devices and it’s the most annoying thing ever. I have a tiny issue with taking 30 pictures of the same thing and never deleting them. This dessert is just way too pretty, almost too pretty to eat.

    1. What? You’ve never had a parfait? Everybody loves a parfait! Even Donkey from Shrek knows that. Haha! 🙂 I definitely say give these a shot…they’re super easy and super delicious. Plus, they’re pumpkin!

      Oh, and I hear ya about the photos, Mary. I have to occasionally go through and ask myself if I really need all of the pictures that I took of some random dessert. But I do keep all of the Robbie photos! 🙂

  5. Hah, that conversation with Laura is hilarious, David. Does this mean you’re giving us a permission to call you…you know how?:) Anyways, glad you’ve moved to the pumpkins now. I’m about to join you. I mean I’m posting my first apple recipe. Very soon:) These parfaits look amazing. No wonder you like this kind of dessert – it takes no time to make (and just seconds to eat), and it’s so delicious too. Have a good weekend, Do…David!

    1. Hah…you should see the look on Laura’s face whenever I start quoting Shrek! But Donkey just has WAY too many amazing quotes. And the parfait one is one of my favorites. 🙂 You are free to call me Donkey because that means I’d have some amazing quotes, right? haha! Either way, these pumpkin parfaits are indeed easy…and perfect for the Fall! Thanks, Ben!!

  6. This sounds great, David. I love yogurt, and pumpkin was one of my favorite things before the pumpkin spice latte eclipsed the entire pumpkin world. Ginger snaps: perfect. I’m going to have this for breakfast.

    1. Pumpkin spice lattes really have taken the world by storm. But the flavors are just so good! It’s like the flavor that people love to hate this time of the year, but secretly everyone is loving some pumpkin spice. Also, this pumpkin yogurt parfait would be excellent for breakfast. Pick a nice chilly Fall morning and have at it!

    1. It really is the season for pumpkin spice! These parfaits are super easy to make, and they look great for presentation to the family/friends/yourself. 🙂 Thanks so much, Kathy!!

  7. This is such a great pumpkin breakfast recipe!! I love parfaits for my breakfast…This sounds delicious..The warm spices, creamy pumpkin yogurt and the crunch from those cookies..everything is perfect :). Also, you should stop blaming Robbie for your poor memory 😛

    1. So I usually eat yogurt on weekday morning, but I don’t often spend the time to make a parfait. I realized as I made this pumpkin spice one that parfaits are actually super easy to make! It’s parfaits all week for me now! And you’re right. I need to admit that Robbie doesn’t cause memory loss. But can I blame Robbie for grey hairs? 😉

  8. Hahaha – thanks for the laugh from this line, David: “Now Laura just hears parfait and preemptively tells me to shut it down. She knows me!” I used to not think of “Shrek” when “parfait” came up – but guess what, from now on I will!
    That pumpkin yogurt sounds so delicious! I so need to try this – in fact, I have pumpkin and yogurt – might as well make this for breakfast! 🙂

    1. Oh man, Shrek and parfait are like synonymous around here…and I’m ok with that! I mean Donkey has the best lines in that movie. 🙂 So this parfait really is quite delicious, Shashi. You could totally use pumpkin yogurt, but I actually enjoy making it with canned pumpkin more. That way I can adjust the flavor and spices to my own tastes. Happy Monday, my Atlanta…ehh, Athens…friend!

  9. You have me laughing out loud at the conversations with your wife – they sound a bit familiar to convos that happen at my house – although I’d totally forgotten about the “parfait” incident from Shrek. This parfait sounds so good and healthy – what a great idea! And I especially love the idea of gingersnap pieces for the crunch! Yummm-O!

    1. Haha! Well my Laura does certainly keep me in line. I mean I love a good banter, and she knows what I’m about to do whenever Shrek (or really Donkey) comes on! So this parfait is SUPER tasty, and I loved that it came together in just a few minutes. Perfect for the season! Thanks, Laura!!

  10. I ALWAYS think of ‘Donkey’ with the word ‘parfait’ – I’ve seen that movie a dozen times and it still cracks me up. And I agree with him. Who doesn’t love a parfait!? And this one looks absolutely delicious!

    1. Same here, Marissa! Donkey and Parfait are just synonymous for me. I mean Donkey does have SO many other good quotes, but the parfait quote really is the best. Well, either that or the one about onions having layers! 🙂 Thank you so much for the kind words, my friend!

    1. Why thank you so much, Dawn! Those dessert glasses are actually martini glasses. 🙂 I always serve my tiramisu in a deconstructed form in martini glasses, so I figured I’d give it a shot with this parfait, too!

    1. I totally agree, Karly! I was a little surprised myself with how quickly this recipe came together. 🙂 Perfect for an easy Fall dessert! Thanks so much, my friend, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead!

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