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Monday, November 8, 2010

Recipe for Light Pumpkin Cheesecake Parfaits

Here’s a rich, creamy pumpkin cheesecake parfait with a third of the calories and only 10% of the fat of the “regular” recipe.  A great “light” way to end a holiday meal.

Makes 4 generous servings each 289 calories, 6 grams fat, 52 grams carbs , 11 grams protein (you could make 6 more modest servings)

832 calories, 66 grams of fat, 66 grams carbs, 11 grams if made with full fat products

1 cup graham cracker crumbs
8 oz. cream cheese (I used fat free)
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
15 ounces pumpkin puree (1 can)
2  teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Pecans or other nut for topping
Light whipped topping

In a food processor mix the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Add and process until smooth the pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.

Place half of the graham cracker crumbs into four glass dishes or bowls. Top with layers of the cheesecake mixture, whipped topping and more graham cracker crumbs ending with whipped topping.  Top with a few pecans.
Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm.

What holiday favorites have you altered to be more healthy?
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