Pumpkin Praline Parfaits combine rich layers of custardy pumpkin goodness with a satisfying sweet nutty caramel crunch!
Vegan Pumpkin Cream
Some time ago I started working on creating a vegan pumpkin cream. I wanted something different from pumpkin pie to infuse into the holiday menu. Cashews make a great base for many creamy recipes. After soaking and blending, they transform into a thick velvety lushness that hints at a sweetness as it melts on your tongue. Add the earthy flavor of pumpkin, a little sweet nectar and notes of cinnamon — a perfect marriage! A pumpkin cream to die for!
Adding Candied Pecans
While making my pumpkin cream I was enchanted by the shower of color out my kitchen window. The leaves were beginning to fall. The only thing missing was the scent of my Healthier Candied Pecans floating through the air.
They only take five minutes to prep so I threw a quick batch in the oven. As they were cooling I popped a few in my mouth. While the taste of caramelized nut still lingered, I tasted my pumpkin cream again to be sure I was happy with the outcome. That’s when the magic happened!
The two combined to make such an amazing flavor and texture experience that I knew I had found the answer to my pumpkin cream dessert question. After chopping my pecans into small morsels I layered them alternately with the pumpkin cream in a small cordial glass. Fantastico!
Pumpkin Praline Parfaits – Serving Options
This dessert can be served in petite or normal size glasses. If you want to use larger parfait glasses the recipe can be doubled.
The parfaits are delicious as they are, but my Easy Coconut Whipped Cream makes a tasty finish on top or as an additional layer added to the parfait itself. Dreamy!
Leftover Pumpkin Puree
Also, I must confess–if you have any leftover pumpkin cream it is a phenomenal addition to a bowl of oatmeal! Enjoy!