Making Healthier Holiday Treats With The Cuisinart Yogurt Maker

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With the holidays quickly approaching and the get togethers with friends and family right around the corner, it is time to get those recipes and the gadgets you will need in the kitchen so that you can create those recipes that will blow your guests away! I am one who enjoys trying new things and changing up the menus every year. This year, with the weight I have been loosing, I am going to add some great, low calorie, healthy dishes into our menus for my entire family to enjoy. One of the things that I find to be so freaking good and a must have every year for our holiday meals is pumpkin pie. I am the type that will not just eat one or two pieces either, I find that since this is the only time of year I get my pumpkin pie, I indulge in it, and that is also part of the reason why I had to change things up. To help me out with our desserts and my love for pumpkin pie, I was sent a Cuisinart Yogurt Maker.

Now you might be thinking, how does pumpkin pie go with this yogurt maker? Well, I have decided that instead of baking a whole bunch of pumpkin pies this year, that are loaded with sugar and those calories that I nor any of my family really need, I will make some pumpkin pie yogurt parfaits! With the Cuisinart Yogurt Maker, I can make six 8 oz servings at once. I can choose to use milk or soy milk for churning into yogurt.

Pumpkin Yogurt Parfait:

This yogurt recipe uses a purchased culture
to produce a delicious yogurt. remember
yogurt cultures differ depending on variety,
so the end results in taste and consistency
can also vary

Yogurt Ingredients:

2 teaspoons vanilla
4 cups fat free milk
1/2 cup dry milk powder
1 packet yogurt culture

Other Ingredients:
1 can pumpkin
2 teaspoons honey
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

Fat Free Ready Whip with Cinnamon sprinkled on top (optional)

For Yogurt:
1. Whisk yogurt ingredients together well in a
medium stainless bowl. (Whisking well
ensures ingredients are completely
2. Pour ingredients into the yogurt container
of the Cuisinart Electronic Yogurt Maker.
Plug in and press the “+” and “-” buttons
to select the time for fermentation. The
time ranges from 8 to 16 hours.* Press
Start to begin fermentation.
3. Yogurt has switched from ferment to cool
when the time has counted down and “C”
is visible on the display panel. Let yogurt
stay on cool mode for a minimum of 12
hours before removing from unit.
4. Stir well and serve immediately or store in
refrigerator until ready to eat.
 *Use 8 hours as a starting point. You can
always add more time if needed.

Mix the pumpkin, honey, cinnamon and nutmeg in a separate bowl

Then layer your parfait with 4 layers: yogurt, pumpkin mix, yogurt, pumpkin mix

When ready to serve, add granola and optional Fat Free Ready Whip with Cinnamon lightly sprinkled on top then serve and enjoy!

This was not a paid post and honest/original opinions were used and they are my own. Thank you to the company and/or pr agency who supplied the product for review.
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  1. Denise Taylor-Dennis
    October 17, 2013 / 11:52 am

    I love your pumpkin parfait idea it sounds delicious. I never heard of a yogurt maker before. There really is a kitchen gadget for everything.

  2. Anonymous
    January 5, 2014 / 2:18 am

    I followed the recipe minus the vanilla, but my yogurt was super thin. I fermented for 8 hours and then cooled for 12 in the machine. Was your yogurt thin (just a little thicker than milk, but not as thick as store bought yogurt)?

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