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Maple Pumpkin Parfaits

Vegan Maple Pumpkin Parfaits |

As someone who enjoys cooking and baking, the holidays are pretty much my favorite time of year. (Bring on the pumpkin, baby!) I’ve been making a real effort to cut back on excess sugar in my diet, which can be hard right about now. This vegan Maple Pumpkin Parfait is one way to enjoy dessert without feeling guilty, and without too much sugar. It’s healthy and tastes fantastic—and what’s not to love about these layers of maple-sweetened pumpkin, cashew coconut cream, and a crunchy nut-seed-coconut crumble?

Vegan Maple Pumpkin Parfaits
Each layer component is lightly sweetened and flavored; it’s hard to decide which is the best one! These come together fairly quickly, but be sure to plan enough time for the cashews to soak overnight and for the parfaits to chill. This would be an excellent addition to a vegan Thanksgiving dinner—or any other holiday—menu.

This post was originally published on October 16, 2014.

Vegan Maple Pumpkin Parfaits |

Maple Pumpkin Parfaits

Creamy spiced pumpkin and dreamy coconut cashew cream layered with just the right amount of nutty crunch. These vegan parfaits are decadent, delicious and totally doable.
Prep Time: 9 hours 25 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 9 hours 35 minutes
Servings: 4 parfaits


For the crunchy layer:

  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1/2 cup raw or toasted pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened flaked or shredded coconut
  • 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • Pinch of pumpkin pie spice
  • Pinch of salt

For the cashew coconut cream layer:

  • 1 cup raw cashews soaked overnight and rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut cream
  • 2 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

For the spiced pumpkin layer:

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger


Bake the crunchy layer:

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a bowl, combine the pecans, pumpkin seeds, coconut, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice and salt. Spread the mixture in an even layer on the baking sheet. Bake until golden and fragrant, about 10 minutes, checking periodically and stirring every so often so the nuts and seeds don't burn. Let cool completely.

Make the cashew coconut cream layer:

  • In a blender or food processor, puree the soaked cashews, coconut cream, chia seeds, maple syrup, vanilla and salt until smooth and creamy. Transfer to a bowl and cover. Chill until you're ready to assemble your parfaits.

Make the spiced pumpkin layer:

  • In a small bowl, stir together the pumpkin puree, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice and ginger. (You can also puree this layer in a blender for a smoother result.) Cover and refrigerate if you're not assembling the parfaits right away.

Assemble the parfaits:

  • Spoon 1 tablespoon of the crunchy mix into the bottom of each of four 6-8 ounce dessert glasses or jars. Top with 2 tablespoons of the spiced pumpkin, followed by 2 rounded tablespoons of the cashew coconut cream. Repeat the layers one more time. Sprinkle the tops of each parfait with the remaining crunchy mix. Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.


Prep time includes 8 hours soaking time and 1 hour chilling time.
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  • Reply
    Liz @ Floating Kitchen
    October 16, 2014 at 9:45 am

    These look delicious. And I’m going to go ahead and deem these breakfast worthy as well! Thanks for sharing, Lindsey!

    • Reply
      Lindsey Johnson
      October 16, 2014 at 11:02 am

      Ha! You’re a girl after my own heart. That’s precisely what I did the next day. 🙂 And it was pretty much the best breakfast ever!

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    marquis @realrawkitchen
    October 16, 2014 at 10:59 am

    These are so cute and look so delicious! I think this is the perfect little dish to serve to family members .. something special but you’re not killing yourself in the kitchen over it 🙂

  • Reply
    October 16, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Yum! I love fall and i also love parfaits! Thanks for sharing. Happy Thursday!

  • Reply
    Meg @ Beard and Bonnet
    October 16, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Lindsey these look SO good!!! I have to make them asap.

  • Reply
    Millie | Add A Little
    October 16, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Looks delicious Lindsay! I love the combo of maple and pumpkin – so tasty!

  • Reply
    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    October 16, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Love these parfaits, the perfect fall treat!

  • Reply
    October 16, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    These look scrumptious! It’s been chocolate, chocolate, chocolate here lately but this look like just the recipe to mix things up!

  • Reply
    October 16, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    I love breakfasts like this! Those layers are so pretty. Perfect fall breakfast!

  • Reply
    October 17, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Hi Lindsey,
    Have you made this in a trifle dish or in larger portions? The Parfaits look so yummy!

    • Reply
      Lindsey Johnson
      October 17, 2014 at 12:45 pm

      You read my mind! 🙂 I have only done it in small proportions because we always have so many other things to eat (ahem), but I was thinking for the holidays this would be a great thing to make in a bigger size. I’m thinking for a full size trifle dish, you might want to triple or even quadruple the recipe. And you could easily thrown in a layer of cake or cookies (like lady fingers) to stretch it further.

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    October 17, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Would it be reasonable to eat these for breakfast?! I hope so, because I don’t think I’ll be able to restrain myself.

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    November 6, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    What a great site! Did you ever consider putting in the nutritional values? I would love to see where this rates it sounds delicious AND nutritious!!

  • Reply
    October 13, 2015 at 11:32 am

    I am glad I’ve found your blog!

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