Packed with protein, complex carbohydrates, and plenty of warming fall spices, this healthy recipe celebrates the season—but not at the expense of nutrition

By Lizzie Fuhr for POPSUGAR Fitness
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Lizzie Fuhr

When it comes to a fall breakfast that satisfies pumpkin cravings, I have yet to meet a recipe that compares to this pretty parfait. Packed with protein, complex carbohydrates, and plenty of warming fall spices, this is a healthy recipe that celebrates the season-but not at the expense of nutrition. Instead of a sugary pumpkin pastry full of refined carbs that make your blood sugar spike and leave you feeling hungry soon after you eat, this quick and easy 322-calorie hearty breakfast offers 25 percent of your daily fiber and nearly 15 grams of protein to keep you satisfied all morning long. It's the perfect post-workout breakfast that still feels like a sweet indulgence.

Pumpkin Breakfast Parfait

Ingredients

1 cup quinoa, cooked

3 tablespoons pumpkin puree

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1/2 cup yogurt of your choice

1 tablespoon chopped apples, for garnish (optional)

Note: I used plain yogurt for my breakfast parfait, but use vanilla or maple to make it taste even more like a treat!

Directions

1. Mix cooked quinoa, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice in a medium bowl until well combined.

2. Layer your parfait in a small glass of your choice. Begin with the pumpkin-quinoa mixture, then add the yogurt of your choice, reserving about 2 tablespoons. Then, layer the rest of your quinoa mixture, and top off with the remaining yogurt.

3. Garnish with chopped apples or fall fruit of your choice, and enjoy!

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