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Individual Pumpkin Pie Trifles

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Hi friends.

I had a difficult week last week. I know it sounds ridiculous, but I'm like still grieving over this silly kitten (or Cat, as we called her; our attempt to not get attached to her. #FAIL). We found a fantastic home for her and she left us on Saturday :(  ---->me

Many of you have asked the simple question of why we couldn't just keep her. The truth is that though we totally fell in love with her, the logistics of having a cat for the next 15 years is just not something we were willing to commit to. And that's really what it came down to (the thought of a litter box in our small home especially once babies are in the picture, scratching at the furniture, leaving a kitten home alone all day while we're at work, etc); we just didn't think it would work for us in the long run. But we still love Cat, and even now I tear up thinking about her and her cute little face, leathery kisses and her overall sweet disposition. Oh and the non-stop purring. Love that.


Ok, I'm done with kitten talk now.

So obviously, I've been a silly emotional wreck.

I spent most of Saturday and Sunday cooking and baking, if only to keep my mind busy and my tears at bay (I may or may not have hid in the bathroom when Susan came to pick up Cat). I'm a lot better with bottling my feelings until I'm ready to talk about them ;) And then I unload them all on you.

So of course with cooking and baking in mind, it was beyond time to break out some pumpkin, an ultimate comfort food in my opinion. I whipped up this super easy pumpkin pie trifle in no time.

There's no baking, no cooking, no muss no fuss. It's the perfect dessert for a pumpkin emergency. It's basic enough for a Sunday night on the couch, but chic enough for a small dinner party. I just love individual desserts...I have a feeling that you and your future guests will too!

Individual Pumpkin Pie Trifles
1 pkg sugar free, fat free vanilla pudding mix
2 C skim milk
1 C pumpkin puree
3/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
6 low fat graham crackers
1 tbsp butter, melted
1 1/2 C whipped cream or Cool Whip

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the pudding mix and milk for 2 minutes. While it soft sets, stir in the pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice. Refrigerate for 5 minutes (at least; longer is ok too). Meanwhile, place the graham crackers in a food processor and pulverize. Add the melted butter, which will just slightly moisten the grahams.

In 4 glasses, layer a spoonful of graham crackers followed by a couple spoonfuls of pumpkin pie pudding and whipped cream. Repeat the layers.

Serve it up and enjoy! These can also be made in advance; simply cover each trifle with plastic wrap and refrigerate. In fact, these are even better when they sit in the fridge for a few hours since the graham cracker crumbs soften.


Grab a spoon and dig in. Fall is here!

So that's what's going on with me. This trifle is so easy and really tastes like delicious, comforting, decadent pumpkin pie with whipped cream...except it's with a fraction of the calories or baking time! Please try it. I know you'll love it.

Questions of the Day:

What's your go to comfort food?

What's the easiest dessert you've ever whipped up?


psst...I'm blogging all about motivating myself to get back to the gym over on The Peach & The Pit today!

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Reader Comments (21)

awwww Cat! graham crackers and pumpkins are a winning combination in my book. so pretty!

September 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay @ The Lean Green Bean

These individual trifles are adorable! They would make me feel better. So glad I get to share them on the blog:-)

September 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren at Keep It Sweet

those pumpkin trifles are the cutest things I have ever seen in my life! Not only cute but they look so delicious- i will take 2 please!

September 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKitchen Belleicious

This looks sooooo delicious! Keep the pumpkin recipes coming!

September 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa Potwardski

sorry 'bout your rough weekend but at least Cat has a great new home. =) and those trifles look awesome!

September 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteramy @ fearless homemaker

The trifles look A-mazing....and super easy to whip up! I am going to make these immediately...

September 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFriendAcrosstheDesk

Wooo so excited for fall flavors! This looks delicious...

September 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

YUMMMM! I want one. :)

September 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteremily (a nutritionist eats)

I totally agree that pumkin is the ultimate comfort food! I totally love it and am suffering from HUGE cravings now!

September 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauraJayne

aww i'm sorry :( such a precious kitty.
i like the semi-healthy grieving option, though. it looks so yummy and the presentation is gorgeous!

September 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterwhat katie's baking

Affogato - it's ice cream - coffee flavor is my favorite with espresso coffee poured on top and a dollop of whipped cream - simple and to die for!!!!

September 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermonap

I love these!!! I've actually been thinking about pumpkin pie all day, but this is much easier. :)

September 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMary @ Bites and Bliss

I love trifle, it's so simple and so satisfying! I love your fall version, I'm in love with everything pumpkin right now.

September 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkate @ pomelo sunshine

I love individual desserts too and pumpkin is such a perfect comfort food. I am so sorry you are missing Cat. Sending you hugs and wishing I was there for a spoonful of that trifle :)

September 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBaking Serendipity

boo! I'm sorry you had a rough week. Cat is just so cute, I know it's tough, but wasn't it fun while she was around?!?! These trifles are perfect...yes please! very creative, would be fun for Thanksgiving or a Halloween party. Hoping this is a better week for you

September 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteralex

I love how cute these are - and that they are so easy!!

September 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah

This looks fabulous! So inviting and crazy easy. It would be wonderful to have you join Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

October 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Tablescaper

Success! I have been searching high and low for a lower-calorie pumpkin parfait/trifle and I finally found it! Thank you; it looks delicious and I can't wait to make it for Thanksgiving!

October 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAdrienne

I made this for Thanks giving. It was a hit. I used limited edition gingerbread graham crackers. Thanks for the recipe. I told Gina about your website, too. She loves it.

December 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

Looks wonderful. What is the size of the one package of vanilla pudding? Thank you!

November 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLynn

Hi Lynn, I just used the small 4 serving size box. But I'm sure the larger box would work too, might just need a little more pumpkin and spices! Hope that helps! Enjoy!


November 27, 2014 | Registered CommenterRachel

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