No Bake Pumpkin Pie in a Cup

I am about to make your day with the perfect reason to quickly gather the ingredients for this recipe and feel good about the snack you’ll prepare! Did you know pumpkin is a vegetable and just ½ cup of 100% pumpkin puree equals 1 vegetable serving?

Pumpkin puree moves up a couple of shelves at the grocery store this time of year, but it is actually available all year long. Inevitably though, as soon as you flip your calendar from September to October something magical happens. As you stare at those cute Jack O’ Lanterns scattered everywhere your mind gravitates towards pumpkin flavored deserts and drinks.

Here are a few more cool facts about 100% Pumpkin Puree. It is low in calories with just 40 calories in ½ cup serving. It is also low in fat and high in vitamin A with 80% as Beta-Carotene, a powerful antioxidant. It is an excellent source of fiber and it is naturally sodium-free and gluten-free food.

This time of year I prepare a batch of Pumpkin Peanut Butter Spread which I usually use in bagels, toast and graham crackers for breakfast. It is simple with just equal parts of Once Again Creamy Peanut Butter (or Almond butter) and 100% Pumpkin puree, mix it well and store it in a glass jar in the fridge (I use one of my recycled Once Again jars). The richness of this spread made me think of pumpkin pie, and my favorite way to enjoy pumpkin pie is with a huge dollop of vanilla ice cream. But how about a pumpkin pie type recipe that I can enjoy more than just on Thanksgiving Day? A recipe that won’t max out my total caloric intake while providing some protein, fat and fiber so it serves as a breakfast or afternoon snack. Easy, let’s swap the ice cream for Greek yogurt and eliminate the baking step in the pie recipe to make it much easier and fast to make. Also by preparing it in a cup you can enjoy it right out of fridge any time you’d like. The Once Again Nut Butter increases the protein, fiber and mineral content while adding so much flavor to this version of pumpkin pie.

Enjoy this No-Bake Pumpkin Pie in a Cup recipe any time of day, and remind yourself you’re working on increasing your daily vegetable intake as you devour this treat!

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Recipe for each serving:

2 Tbsp. 100% Pumpkin Puree
2 Tbsp. Once Again Nut Butter Creamy Peanut Butter
½ tsp. Pumpkin spice
2 Tbsp. Vanilla Greek Yogurt
2 Graham crackers

Mix pumpkin puree with Once Again Creamy Peanut Butter well, then add in the pumpkin spice. Place the Graham crackers in plastic sealed bag and crush them using the back of a wooden spoon (or just your hands works too!). Start layering the crushed crackers, then the pumpkin peanut butter mix and lastly top it off with the Greek Yogurt. You may need to adjust quantities to fit your cup or jar. Enjoy! Feel free to experiment with your favorite Once Again Nut Butter, this recipe will work really well with Sunflower Seed, Cashew and Almond Butter as well.

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