Apple Pumpkin Yogurt Parfait

by Amie on February 11, 2013

Love is in the air.

Well, almost. It’s super close- three days away so it’s close enough for me to send y’all a lil’ love and a sweet recipe.

I’m not gunna lie. I got one of those pretty Yankee Candles a few weeks ago and the scent was Apple Pumpkin. O man! I know you’re thinkin’ pumpkin is soooooo Autumn but seriously this smells so yummy that I’ve been lighting it every night while I write my book! I just consider it ‘Food for Thought’.  Anyway, I was sitting here last night staring at this ol’ candle with writers block and I thought- heck- I’m takin’ a book break and making a lil’ treat for myself.

And so, that’s how this here Apple Pumpkin Yogurt Parfait was born.

Get your spoons ready- everyone’s gunna wanna bite.

I guarantee it.

It’s a vegan dessert and no one’s even gunna know it…you can tell anyone that it’s a gluten-free dessert but they still may not believe you. It’s just that good.

And since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, take a minute to reflect on your life and your love. Where does your love come from? Do you rely on others for love? What does love mean to you?

To me, love means happiness and feeling cozy n’ warm inside like a snuggle bunny, hehe! I love my work, I love my family, I love my friends and I love all of you.

Yes, it’s another Valentine’s Day when I don’t have a Valentine- but it’s a great day because I’m happy. I’ve been my own Valentine for the past few years because I’ve taught myself how to love myself and I’ve followed my dreams to do the work that I love, as well. So, even though everyone else is getting roses n’ chocolate- I’m just sittin’ here sippin’ a cup of hot tea thinking about y’all and wishing you love and happiness whether you have a Valentine or not. Because love isn’t about having a Valentine- it’s only one day out of the year and you CAN love yourself and love your life without having a Valentine. Take it from me- it CAN be done.

And if you are sad, cheer up Charlie! Don’t feel desperate for love or chocolate or roses or a lover.  Instead, try to turn your desperation into inspiration.  Move away from feeling desperate and move into being accountable, responsible and capable for your own happiness. Doing this will teach you how to learn and grow to love yourself and the life you want.

Happy LOVE Day!

Hope you all have a beautiful Valentine’s Day full of LOVE.

4.6 from 11 reviews

Apple Pumpkin Yogurt Parfait
Recipe type: Dessert, Snack
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 12
Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free and Vegan
  • 2 cans (15 oz each) pumpkin puree
  • 2 large apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 2 tsp. Frontier Organic Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. Frontier Organic Nutmeg
  • 2 tsp. Frontier Organic Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Tbsp. So Delicious Almond Milk
  • ¼ cup stevia
  • 32 oz. So Delicious Dairy-Free Greek Plain Yogurt
  • 1¾ cups gluten-free granola such as KIND Snacks Clusters
  1. Place apples in a food processor; pulse until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl. Add pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, almond milk and stevia; mix well to combine.
  2. Layer pumpkin mixture and yogurt into 12 glasses.
  3. Sprinkle with granola and serve.
Serving size: 12 servings; 1/12 Calories: 116.1 cal • Fat: 2.8 g • Protein: 8.3 g • Carb: 15.9 g • Fiber: 3.1 g • Sugar: 7.5 g • Sodium: 41.3 mg

And here’s a special VALENTINE’S DAY GIVEAWAY from one of my best friends, Jess who just published the most amazing cookbook called Sodium Girl’s Limitless Low Sodium Cookbook. It’s insanely amazing; I just received my copy last week and I’ve already made 15 recipes. They are incredible and amazingly delish- even though they are so low in sodium. Check out her new book and enter to win a Vitamix for her amazing giveaway. AND YOU get to pick out the color that you want. How cool is that?

Details below; simply click on this icon below and enter your email address, then LIKE ‘The Healthy Apple’ on Facebook and you’re entered to win your very own Vitamix!

Good luck! Jess will be picking a winner on February 18th at Midnight.

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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Winner must be a US resident in order to win.  Winner will have 48 hours to respond to email to claim prize before another winner is chosen. The name of the winner will be announced on and the Rafflecopter Widget once the giveaway has ended. In the event the Sponsor (Vitamix) fails to send the prize, the Host ( and all Participating Hosts (Participating Bloggers) will not to be held responsible or liable in any way. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Twitter or Facebook. Complete terms and conditions can be found within Rafflecopter Giveaway Widge above and here.


Giveaway and photos provided by Vitamix. Sodium Girl was provided a Vitamix product as part of the giveaway promotion, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Beth February 11, 2013 at 8:22 am

Oh wow! This looks so yummy! I don’t even care that it’s not fall. :-)

I entered by liking you and Bodum on Facebook.


Kathi Andrade February 11, 2013 at 9:28 am

Definitely trying this on Valentine’s Day and liked both on Facebook to enter to win!


Dave February 11, 2013 at 11:59 am

Looks so delicious! I have some leftover sweet potatoes from last night, so I think I’m going to try it with the sweet potatoes, and lebneh and top it with a pistachio dukkah granola I’ve been working on. Also, I liked your Healthy Apple page and left you a comment a month or so ago and you never responded.
- and you’re not the only person alone on Valentine’s Day. It sounds so cliche, but happiness does come from within.



Amie February 11, 2013 at 6:49 pm

Thanks Dave! Love that ‘happiness comes from within’! So true! Thank you. xxo


Dave February 11, 2013 at 8:12 pm

and by cooking people TASTY FOOD. I am also a personal chef!!


Christiana February 11, 2013 at 4:53 pm

This recipes looks and sounds so amazing! I’m always a fan of pumpkin. I just found your site, and I’m so excited to discover more practical ways to eat healthy. I love the photos by the way. I liked both of the Facebook pages. I’m crossing my fingers. :)


Amie February 11, 2013 at 6:48 pm

Awe thanks so much for the compliment! Have a great night.


Abby February 12, 2013 at 10:17 am

I entered by liking both on Facebook!! Fingers crossed :)


Rose D. February 12, 2013 at 10:26 am

Huh, the rafflecopter widget isn’t working… But I really hope this enters me, because my husband has high blood pressure, and needs to eat low sodium, so this would be a fantastic cookbook to win!


Bree W February 12, 2013 at 10:37 am

No way! A vitamix giveaway?! Incredible!
This is easily my favorite website. I love the GF recipes here! Makes life a little sweeter :)


Eileen Deliz February 12, 2013 at 10:51 am

A Vitamix Giveaway!!! Wonderful, thanks!


Monisha February 12, 2013 at 11:13 am

Would love to win one !!!


Liz Ducey February 12, 2013 at 11:14 am

Awesome! Would love to win!!


Christie Glidden February 12, 2013 at 11:33 am

Love your site and facebook page AND the Vitamix giveaway. Thanks for doing what you do!!!!


Erika February 12, 2013 at 11:57 am

Would love love love this!!!


tamera February 12, 2013 at 12:10 pm

sounds perfect!!! I would love this!


Megan February 12, 2013 at 12:58 pm

I am a huge fan! I became gluten free almost a year ago and your website has helped me tremendously! I am entering to win the Vitamix so I hope this is where I am supposed to enter my email address. I have needed and wanted a Vitamix for a long time! I am already a fan on facebook but if I could like you again I would :)


Eleanor Fradis February 12, 2013 at 1:03 pm

How yummy!!


Juanita Davis-Edwards February 12, 2013 at 1:46 pm

I just happen to have canned organic pumpkin puree on hand! I’ve been wondering what to do with it. Thanks for the inspiration!


TeJota February 12, 2013 at 1:48 pm

I’ll use sweet potato instead, but this looks so good. The only time pumpkin comes anywhere near me is via coffee flavoring and/or syrup format. So not a fan. Ha!


Nuran Yalcin February 12, 2013 at 3:30 pm

This would fulfill my transition into a healthy superwoman, by allowing me to knock up delicious green smoothies in seconds!


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Smoothies, pureeing soups, making nut flours. Oh so many great plans for that Vitamix! Great giveaway. Thanks!!


Diana @ Eating Made Easy February 13, 2013 at 6:02 pm

I can feel the love! Great combo of flavors, mmm pumpkin! Happy V-Day.


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this is the most fantastically organized giveaway i’ve ever seen! brilliant!


Gail S February 14, 2013 at 12:22 pm

This is great


Gail Littlejohn February 14, 2013 at 12:33 pm

I follow ur posts and would love to have the VitaMix in my kitchen to keep up with my green smoothie obsession.


dena @ 40 Fit in the Mitt February 14, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Love your recipes, always HomeRuns


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Love your page, love your recipes, love your healthy outlook!


Emily February 15, 2013 at 9:24 am

This looks great. I am new to being dairy-free, and the soy yogurt has scared me. This is giving me strength to give it a try–thank you!


Amie February 15, 2013 at 5:36 pm

Thanks Emily; great to hear from you! Hope you enjoy it!


Betsy Barnum February 15, 2013 at 7:13 pm

I had some leftover pureed pumpkin and an apple, and found this recipe scrumptious. I didn’t have any granola but I used Nature’s Path Sunrise Crunch Maple gluten-free cereal on top and it worked very well, crunchy and sweet. I got three large, meal-sized servings out of it and it was very filling. Thanks!


Amie February 15, 2013 at 7:21 pm

Sounds delicious Betsy; have a great weekend!


Aoibheann Mew February 16, 2013 at 10:11 am

I’d like to see a less salty makeover for sesame noodles. I even use the less sodium soy sauce but I’d like to lower it if possible as I eat it often.


glen rubio February 16, 2013 at 10:12 am

Yummmm I could have pumpkin-anything all year long, haven’t tried recipe yet but I will am giving you 5 stars because your other recipes I have tried always come out amazing and don’t disappoint.. Ohhh by the way a vitamix would be divine! It is my birthday ;) on Tuesday afterall (not kidding!) Thanks The Healthy Apple and Sodium Girl for being awesome and giving away the recipe book and vitamix <3


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As we are overhauling our diets and nutrition…I would love to add this package to my overhaul! I have heard amazing things about Vitamax and would love to win this Prize!!!!


paige greiner February 16, 2013 at 10:23 am

yummy :)


Carrie hughes February 16, 2013 at 10:25 am

This recipe looks unbelievable – I am definitely going to be trying this! Thanks for sharing!



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entered to win here, and follow and liked on facebook. Would love to have one of these, because I’ve been trying to eat healthy.


Liz Ducey February 16, 2013 at 10:37 am

Would love to get into raw veggie smoothies!


Suzanne Spinelli February 16, 2013 at 10:49 am

Good luck to all that entered! Someone (and I hope it’s me) will be a happy, healthier person. Thank you for the generous opportunity!


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I follow you on Facebook !


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Heidi B February 17, 2013 at 11:50 am

OMG! I totally would LOVE this, thanks for a chance!


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Shannon February 17, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Would so so love to have one! Would make summer smoothies and such so much more amazing!


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I’ve loved getting your updates on Facebook!
Good stuff!
Enter me in the vitamix giveaway please


Marcia Coakley February 17, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Yummy combination…though I haven’t yet found SoDelicious Greek yogurt locally. The plain (not Greek style) seems quite paltry and somewhat disappointing, so hope to find that soon. Thanks!


Lauretta Kastelic February 17, 2013 at 12:12 pm

This is the item on the top of my “Wouldn’t it be nice list!”….I’m picturing what color would look best in my kitchen, now!


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Would love to try this recipe AND win a new Vitamix!


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Vita-Mix giveaway…..YAY!!!! I would LOVE to win one!!!! Thanks SO MUCH!!!


Karen February 17, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Looks delicious! Definitely going to try this soon! Also, can’t wait to try recipes from Jess’ low-sodium cookbook!! Keep the great recipes coming!


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Would love to win!!


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Terry T February 17, 2013 at 2:01 pm

A Vitamix would simplify my cooking. Would love to have one!


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Thanks for all the great recipes!
And for a chance at a vitamix!
OH the foods that we will cook………


Michelle H February 17, 2013 at 2:15 pm

This recipe looks simply delightful! And I would love to have a Vitamix in my arsenal :)


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Lisa E February 17, 2013 at 3:51 pm

I am dying to win one of these I would like my family to start eating better and I killed my poor blender making green smoothies


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Would love to have a Vitamix … just thinking of what I could do with this makes me all kinds of giddy!


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This would be soooo much fun!


Dania February 17, 2013 at 7:39 pm

Love it!


amy February 17, 2013 at 8:30 pm

This looks great!


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Rose February 17, 2013 at 8:48 pm

This would be a great addition to my kitchen. Enable me to make more healthy foods. !


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need/want it!! : )


Tracy D February 19, 2013 at 11:49 am

I dream of this! Want, need, must have! :)


Julia February 19, 2013 at 9:23 pm

Pumpkin is the best..I actually haven’t eaten it since the fall but I do have a can in my pantry. I need to try this out! thanks!


Kerri October 1, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Looks delicious! And I happen to have leftover pumpkin in my fridge, yay!


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