Ever since I had my first quinoa parfait on Labor Day, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. The texture, the taste… it was perfect. Plus, I really love yogurt but I don’t love it plain. I am always looking for new things to add in.

Naturally, I was adamant that my next parfait was going to contain pumpkin.

This time I also included graham cracker crumbs. They are so underrated. I love them so much that sometimes I consider simply eating a bowl containing a smidge of melted butter + graham cracker crumbs. Like a pie crust but without the filling.

Bonus points if you make your own grahams.  I didn’t have time for such shenanigans. But I’m hoping to make them soon. As long as I don’t gobble them up straight from the oven, I will share the details.


One of the reasons I adore this parfait is that I love making healthy snacks that are fun and pretty. It is also stacked with protein-packed yogurt and quinoa, and fiber-rich pumpkin. Topped off with a sprinkle of pecans – you get a delicious balanced treat.

Pumpkin Pie Quinoa Parfaits

serves 2

2 cups greek yogurt

2/3 cups pumpkin puree

2 teaspoons pumpkin spice

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 cup graham cracker crumbs

1/4 cup dry quinoa

pecans for garnish

Prepare quinoa according to directions. While cooking, mix yogurt, pumpkin and pumpkin spice together. Fill the bottom of 2 glasses with 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs each. Spoon 1/2 cup of yogurt pumpkin mixture into glass.

Once quinoa is finished, season with cinnamon and let cool – I place mine in the fridge for 5 minutes. Once cool, add 1/2 cup quinoa to parfaits, then top with remaining greek yogurt. Sprinkle with pecans.


Eat up!

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102 Responses to “Pumpkin Pie Quinoa Parfaits.”

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    Erica — October 6, 2010 @ 4:08 am

    oh my gosh…I’m totally having a parfait for breakfast and I cannot wait after seeing this! Um graham is underrated. I made some graham pancakes last year and they were delicious…

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    Marlon (MeInTheBalance) — October 6, 2010 @ 4:09 am

    Mmmm… that looks so good. Definitely going to the store to pick up some pumpkin. I will be eating this after work today. Thanks for sharing :)

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    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey — October 6, 2010 @ 4:16 am

    This looks AMAZING! I just made pumpkin quinoa granola the other day – I love the way quinoa adds a different texture to the mix!

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    Estela @ Weekly Bite — October 6, 2010 @ 4:16 am

    I’m embarrassed to say I still haven’t tried quinoa yet :(

    This looks delicious though!

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    Hazel — October 6, 2010 @ 4:31 am

    This has got to be one of the most amazing things I have ever seen! Can’t wait to give it a try :)

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    Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg — October 6, 2010 @ 4:34 am

    These are beautiful! I feel like you could even pass these off as dessert!

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    Lauren at KeepItSweet — October 6, 2010 @ 4:41 am

    so fun for breakfast or dessert:-) I love graham cracker crumbs on fro yo

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    barefootgirl27 — October 6, 2010 @ 4:56 am

    I love quinoa.. but have yet to try it all sweetened up…

    This may have just changed that for me :)

    I just might top mine with roasted pumpkin seeds…

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    • Jessica — October 6th, 2010 @ 4:59 am

      That sounds delish.

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    Heather @ Side of Sneakers — October 6, 2010 @ 4:56 am

    You are MOST definitely on to something here. Something fabulous :)

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    Heather — October 6, 2010 @ 5:02 am

    yum! making parfaits pretty is such a great way to really enjoy them. i’ll take this one any day :)

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    Kristen @ That Hoosier Girl — October 6, 2010 @ 5:16 am

    I’ve always just thought of quinoa as savory…definitely need to try it like this.

    I love how yours always look so pretty…mine would inevitably have a big glob going down the side of the glass :)

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    Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) — October 6, 2010 @ 5:18 am

    You’re so creative! What a great combo and a beautiful presentation.

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    Amalia — October 6, 2010 @ 5:19 am

    I have read that quinoa is really good! I have never tried it, but I will soon!
    I love parfaits too!

    -Amalia

    http://buttersweetmelody.wordpress.com

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    CaSaundra — October 6, 2010 @ 5:22 am

    Once again, you’ve made something that literally makes me want to drool!

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    shannon — October 6, 2010 @ 5:26 am

    That looks incredible! I am loving all the pumpkin ideas this fall… for a week straight I had a pumpkinpie-esque bowl of overnight oats, so delish!

    I can’t wait to try your parfait!

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    Liz @ Bog is the New Black — October 6, 2010 @ 5:31 am

    I don’t even like yogurt but you bloggers always make me want to!!!

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    Matt — October 6, 2010 @ 5:48 am

    Looks delicious!

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    Erica — October 6, 2010 @ 5:49 am

    This looks great even if I’m not a fan of quinoa. Anything pumpkin is bound to be good!

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    Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) — October 6, 2010 @ 5:58 am

    Quinoa is such an amazing ingredients! I love making quinoa puddings with peanut butter! Your take on the parfait sounds delicious! Have a great day Jessica!

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    • Jessica — October 6th, 2010 @ 6:12 am

      Making it with peanut butter sounds incredible. I need to try that.

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    Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies — October 6, 2010 @ 6:03 am

    The is gorgeous!! and sounds wonderful.

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    Tabitha (From Single to Married) — October 6, 2010 @ 6:08 am

    Just when I think you can’t get better than the pumpkin cupcakes, you go and show us this. :)

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    Holly @ couchpotatoathlete — October 6, 2010 @ 6:10 am

    I love quinoa for breakfast, and adding the pumpkin to it makes it look so perfect for fall. Thanks for sharing!

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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — October 6, 2010 @ 6:19 am

    What a brilliant idea! The addition of quinoa seems like this would almost make it into a rice pudding-like mixture, which I such a fan of! Oh and adding pumpkin makes anything better!

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    Elle — October 6, 2010 @ 6:24 am

    What a great idea! I really need to make these, soon!

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    Katie — October 6, 2010 @ 6:27 am

    Gorgeous! Also, I have a little obsession with graham cracker crubs…there was an ice cream place i lived near in college that offered them as a “topping” – so dang good.

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    Jenna — October 6, 2010 @ 6:31 am

    I’ve never had quinoa before, but that may have to change because I need to make this parfait. Your presentation is beautiful, too, which makes me want to eat this right off of the screen!

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    • Jessica — October 6th, 2010 @ 6:48 am

      Thank you!

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    Krystina — October 6, 2010 @ 6:32 am

    I’ve been wanting to do a quinoa parfait for a while now. I need to veganize this!

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    • Jessica — October 6th, 2010 @ 6:47 am

      If you do, let me know!

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    Heidi — October 6, 2010 @ 6:38 am

    Sigh…I love you. Is that ok? I’ll be making these little lovelies asap!

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    • Jessica — October 6th, 2010 @ 6:47 am

      More than ok. :)

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    nikki — October 6, 2010 @ 6:51 am

    I noticed your photography skills are getting better, I wish I could say the same for me.

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    • Jessica — October 6th, 2010 @ 6:53 am

      Thank you so much! That really means a lot to me.

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    Cara craves... — October 6, 2010 @ 7:09 am

    Parfait perfection. Well done!

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    Biz — October 6, 2010 @ 7:12 am

    Yep, totally stealing that idea from you!! Thanks – I never in a million years would have thought to use quinoa that way!

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    Shanna, Like Banana — October 6, 2010 @ 7:13 am

    Hmm, I wonder if this could be baked somehow for another added tasty level :)

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    Talia @ Texas Gunslinger — October 6, 2010 @ 7:16 am

    Girl, you should start making videos to teach us how to cook these things. I am NOT a cook and get so intimidated in the kitchen. I bought some quinoa about 2 months ago and it has just been staring at me on the top shelf of our pantry ever since because I have NO CLUE what to do with it or how to cook it HA!

    This dish looks so yummy and pretty. Perfection! :)

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    Jessie K — October 6, 2010 @ 7:17 am

    Yummmmm! So easily turned gluten free with GF graham crackers! Yay!

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    Madeline - Greens and Jeans — October 6, 2010 @ 7:30 am

    I think these are some of the prettiest pictures you’ve taken! Or maybe it’s just that I love anything pumpkin pie…

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    Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) — October 6, 2010 @ 7:34 am

    delish and beautiful… like always!

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    Bec — October 6, 2010 @ 7:39 am

    Lovely photos! This recipe might even get me to try quinoa, which scares me for some reason.

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    Jenny — October 6, 2010 @ 7:45 am

    Oh my gracious, what a tasty idea! I can’t wait to try! I’ve never had quinoa before!

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    Natalia - a side of simple — October 6, 2010 @ 8:06 am

    Mmm I’m on a quinoa kick right now and this is perfect!

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    Camille — October 6, 2010 @ 8:10 am

    Ooh, that looks awesome!

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    Andrea (@ Puppy Dog Tales) — October 6, 2010 @ 8:16 am

    What a great idea. I kind of forgot about graham crackers…except when I was eating smores at the beach. haha! I love them too…nothing like a great graham cracker crust!

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    Camille — October 6, 2010 @ 8:21 am

    Still haven’t tried quinoa but I bought a box yesterday! Can’t wait to try this. It looks amazing. :)

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    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — October 6, 2010 @ 8:40 am

    This sounds amazing!

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    the country cook @ Delightful Country Cookin — October 6, 2010 @ 9:00 am

    those are just lovely! I still haven’t tried quinoa for breakfast, but someday soon…

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    Caitlin — October 6, 2010 @ 9:12 am

    Confession: Quinoa scares me. Not only do I not know how to pronounce it, I fear it will be too crunchy and stick in my teeth like popcorn.

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    Jessica@tastyandtrim — October 6, 2010 @ 9:19 am

    This is SUCH a fabulous idea. I would have never thought to make a quinoa parfait – it looks delicious! You always seems to come up with the most genius creations :)

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    Katrina — October 6, 2010 @ 9:20 am

    Great idea! This looks awesome!

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    Beth @ bethcooks — October 6, 2010 @ 9:40 am

    This is such a great idea. I eat breakfast at work though— not sure if I could bring all these ingredients in for assembling….we’ll see though! It looks delicious….

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    • Jessica — October 6th, 2010 @ 9:50 am

      Prepare it at home and take it with you! I mix everything up into a big mess anyway. :)

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    Ali — October 6, 2010 @ 9:50 am

    Oh! If you like graham cracker crumbs, I have a dessert you absolutely have to try! A friend and I sell gift baskets of these bars that we make and they are SO graham-cracker-good! When I make them I always secretly hope for leftover crust to just eat from the bowl. Graham crumbs + butter + cinnamon = all things right in the world. I swear! I’d be happy to ship you a sample! Email me if you’re interested. Thanks for the post, so excited it’s finally pumpkin season again!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — October 6, 2010 @ 9:53 am

    This has to be THE most creative fall recipe I’ve seen so far – I’ve seen a lot of the same things, but this is so unique, and it looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!

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