Can you reduce the sugar in this recipe even further?
You sure can!
While there are natural sugars in the yogurt and pumpkin, you can control how sweet your yogurt parfait is by using a mix of nuts and seeds instead of a granola or breakfast cereal.
Of course, you could also use a lower sugar cereal, like Original Puffins, too.
Ingredients Used to Make Healthy Pumpkin Yogurt Parfaits
Pumpkin puree: Canned or homemade. Sweet potato puree will also work, it’ll just be a bit sweeter.
Plain Greek yogurt: The higher the fat, the creamier your parfait will be. You can also use Icelandic yogurt instead. If you want a little more sweetness, you can use part vanilla or pumpkin-spiced yogurt mixed with the plain.
Almond butter: You can also use cashew or hazelnut butter too. Peanut butter will work, it’ll just have a more overpowering flavor. Look for an unsweetened almond butter to keep the sugar content low.
Granola or cereal: Look for brands that are lower in sugar like Bear Naked, KIND, or Purely Elizabeth Granola. You can also use cereal like Barbara’s Original Puffins. I’ll sometimes use Kashi GoLean Crunch as I like that it’s higher in protein.
Healthy ways to use up leftover pumpkin puree
Still have more pumpkin puree leftover? Here are some healthy ways to use up your leftover pumpkin puree:
1 1/2cupsplain Greek yogurtcan also use a lightly sweetened vanilla or pumpkin-spiced Icelandic-style yogurt
½cupgranola or crunchy cereal
2tablespoonsnatural almond butter
Optional: pumpkinchia, or hemp seeds for extra crunch and nutrition
Set out two parfait glasses or small bowls. Layer pumpkin puree and Greek yogurt in each glass. Option to add almond butter next followed by the granola, or microwave the almond butter until soft and drizzle it over the top of the granola. Enjoy immediately.
Nutrition for ½ recipe: 330 calories, 20 grams fat (6 grams saturated), 29 grams carb, 6 grams fiber, 17 grams sugar, 15 grams protein*Nutrition calculated using whole fat Greek yogurt and Kashi Go Cinnamon Crisp Cereal.
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