Pumpkin Parfait — The Perfect Post-Workout Breakfast

Pumpkin Parfait — The Perfect Post-Workout Breakfast

Photo: Lizzie Fuhr 

When it comes to a fall breakfast that satisfies pumpkin cravings, I have yet to meet a recipe that compares to this pretty parfait. Packed with protein, complex carbohydrates, and plenty of warming fall spices, this is a healthy concoction that celebrates the season — but not at the expense of nutrition. Instead of a sugary pumpkin pastry full of refined carbs that make your blood sugar spike and leave you feeling hungry soon after you eat, this quick and easy 322-calorie hearty breakfast offers 25 percent of your daily fiber and nearly 15 grams of protein to keep you satisfied all morning long. It’s the perfect post-workout meal that still feels like a sweet indulgence.

Pumpkin Quinoa Parfait

Note: I used plain yogurt for my breakfast parfait, but use vanilla or maple to make it taste even more like a treat!


1 cup quinoa, cooked
3 tablespoons pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup yogurt of your choice
1 tablespoon chopped apples, for garnish (optional)




Category: Breakfast/Brunch

Yield: 1 parfait


Calories per serving: 332


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