Cranberry Pumpkin Parfait

Cranberry Pumpkin Parfait

What a fun and creative way to present a holiday treat! These pumpkin parfaits are a perfect portion for a wonderful dessert. The Betsy’s Best is a perfect compliment to the cranberry and pumpkin. This dairy and gluten free dessert will be sure to be the hit at your holiday gathering.

 

Parfait Ingredients:

Ginger Whipped “Cream” Layer

 ½ cup cashews, soaked overnight, rinsed and drained

½ cup water

½ cup coconut oil, melted

2 Tbsp fresh ginger, grated

2 Tbsp honey

Pecan Layer

1 cup pecans

1 tsp cinnamon

Pumpkin Purée Layer

½ medium sugar pumpkin, peeled, seeded and cut into chunks

¼ – ½ cup water

1 tsp cinnamon

2 Tbsp honey

2 T Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter

Cranberry Layer

1 cup frozen cranberries, thawed

¼ cup honey

Step By Step Cranberry Pumpkin Parfait Recipe Directions:

Step 1 – The Ginger Layer: Place cashews and water in blender. Blend on high until smooth.  Add melted coconut oil, fresh ginger and honey. Process until thoroughly blended. Chill in refrigerator until set.

Step 2 – The Pecan Layer:  Place pecans and cinnamon in food processor and pulse until chopped.

Step 3 – The Pumpkin Puree Layer:  Place pumpkin, cinnamon, Betsy’s Best and honey in food processor or high-speed blender. Pulse until puréed, adding water as needed.

Step 4 – Cranberry Layer: Place cranberries and honey in food processor and process until a chunky purée is achieved.

Step 5: Once all layers have been prepped, place a pecan layer in the bottom of a parfait glass. Top with pumpkin purée. Top with cranberry layer, then a layer of the ginger whipped “cream”. Repeat topping with more pecans until glass is filled. 

Step 6: Enjoy your Cranberry Pumpkin Parfait!

Recipe Yield: Eight 1-cup servings.

Betsy’s Tip: If you don’t want to use the mini dessert glasses this pumpkin parfait recipe could be doubled and placed in a trifle bowl as a centerpiece to your holiday party.

Betsy knows her cranberry pumpkin parfait recipe will become a part of your healthy Thanksgiving traditions! After all, her dessert is not only healthy, it is also extremely tasty. It’s Thanksgiving and you shouldn’t have to sacrifice flavor as you keep your family healthy.

Did you know Betsy is a registered Dietitian? Read her blogs posts about the health benefits of natural almond butter.

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Functional Foods in the Thanksgiving Meal

Functional Foods in the Thanksgiving Meal

The Thanksgiving meal doesn’t have to be loaded with artery-clogging fats or sugar-spiking carbs. Instead, focus on filling your plate with foods that have a functional benefit for your health – that’s something worth toasting! Here are the benefits of Turkey Day and how to get more ‘bang for your buck’ during this year’s feast.

4 Functional Foods To Feel Good About At Thanksgiving Dinner

Turkey: loaded with niacin, vitamin B6 & B12, iron, selenium and zinc. Turkey protects against heart disease, supports a healthy immune system and helps repair DNA.

Sweet Potato & Pumpkin: loaded with Alpha & Beta carotene, vitamins C & E, potassium, magnesium and rich in fiber. Sweet potato and pumpkin protect cells from free radical damage, protect skin and eyes from ultraviolet light and decrease risk for cancer and heart disease.

Cranberry: loaded with antioxidants, vitamin C, manganese and fiber. Cranberries support the cardiovascular and immune system and are also an anti-cancer agent. The tannins in cranberries have an anti-clotting property and help reduce urinary tract infections.

Green Beans: rich source of vitamin C, K, A, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, omega 3-fatty acids and manganese. Green beans support strong bones, oxidize cholesterol, lower blood pressure and reduce colon cancer risks.

Cheers to your health!

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