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.

Apple Pumpkin Yogurt Parfait
Serves: 12
Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free and Vegan
Author: Amie Valpone
Recipe type: Entree


  • 2 15 oz cans pumpkin puree
  • 2 large apples peeled, cored and chopped
  • 2 tsp. Frontier Organic Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. Frontier Organic Nutmeg
  • 2 tsp. Frontier Organic Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Tbsp. So Delicious Almond Milk
  • 1/4 cup stevia
  • 32 oz. So Delicious Dairy-Free Greek Plain Yogurt
  • 1 3/4 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.
Nutrition Facts
Apple Pumpkin Yogurt Parfait
Amount Per Serving (12 g)
Calories 173 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Cholesterol 3mg1%
Sodium 40mg2%
Potassium 357mg10%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 11040IU221%
Vitamin C 4.4mg5%
Calcium 130mg13%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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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  1. 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.

  2. 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.


  3. 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. 🙂

  4. 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!

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

  6. 5 stars
    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 🙂

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

  8. 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!

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

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

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

  12. 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!

  13. 5 stars
    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!

  14. 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.

  15. 5 stars
    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

  16. 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!!!!

  17. 5 stars
    This recipe looks unbelievable – I am definitely going to be trying this! Thanks for sharing!


  18. 5 stars
    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.

  19. 5 stars
    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!

  20. -2 stars
    Wow, recipes look awesome! My Mom is on a low sodium diet and I would love to give this to her!
    I follow you on Facebook !

  21. One of the highlights of my day is to provide a wholesome meal for my family. They are my Inspiration! What a Awesome Giveaway!

  22. I love reading all your recipes! Please enter me in the Vitamix give away! I would live to own one of those! So many recipes are running through my head right now! Thanks for giving one away!

  23. 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!

  24. 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!

  25. 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!

  26. This would be awesome to win–my husband was just diagnosed with cancer, so consequently our whole lives around food have changed and it would be great to have a kick start like the Vitamix to help us make healthier foods easier. Even if we don’t win–I pray the person who does win is super blessed!

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

  28. 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

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

  30. 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!

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