Recipe: Low-sugar Pumpkin Mousse Parfait

pumpkin mousse parfait dessert for diabetics

Ingredients (makes 8 servings)

1/4 cup reduced-fat cream cheese
1 package (4 serving size) vanilla instant sugar-free pudding
3/4 cup fat free (skim) milk
1 can (15 ounce) solid packed pumpkin
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2  teaspoon ground ginger
1/8  teaspoon ground cloves
3 cups reduced-fat whipped topping, divided
4 ginger snap cookies, roughly crushed


  1. In a medium bowl beat cream cheese until smooth.
  2. Add pudding, milk, pumpkin and spices and beat on low; gradually increase to medium-high, beat for 1 minute or until smooth.
  3. Fold in 1 1/2 cups of whipped topping. Stop mixing midway through to allow sides of bowl to be scraped.
  4. To assemble each parfait, spoon ¼ cup of mousse into 6-ounce wine or dessert glasses. Spoon 2 tablespoons whipped topping on top of the mousse. Top with another 1/4 cup of mousse.
  5. Cover and place parfaits in the refrigerator. Chill 1 hour.
  6. Just prior to serving, top each glass with a dollop of whipped topping and 1 – 2 teaspoons gingersnap crumbs.

Nutrition information

Calories: 138 
Total fat: 6g 
Saturated fat: 3g
Protein: 3g
Carbohydrate: 19g
Cholesterol: 5mg
Dietary fiber: 2g
Sodium: 249mg

  • T. Hopper

    My son has CRPS and completed the pediatric pain rehab program in April of last year. It was life-changing for him and restored the function to his leg. Amazing program run by amazing people!

  • ornurse32

    My son is 11 years old and is suffering terribly from a leg injury that caused CRPS. We are being treated by local physicians but NOTHING has helped. It has only been 7 weeks today but he is in CONSTANT intractable pain 24/7. Our insurance says they will not cover the Cleveland Clinic until all treatments have failed here in Michigan. Any advice? Two failed nerve blocks and max meds haven’t touched it.

    • Patient

      You should call Cleveland clinic and ask to speak with their financial department. You may find a loophole in your insurance or you may find you can cover the cost without your insurance (letting the doctors and staff know your situation, who your insurance provider is and what they told you may result in them lowering the treatment costs in your specific case) I am in no way affiliated with Cleveland clinic and am not saying they will do this but it is worth a shot! I am a patient there and can tell you they are amazing and I am no doubt alive today because of them. I hope your son is able to get the treatment he needs and can be rehabilitated and enjoy hos life. Pain is a horrible and debilitating issue and when the patient is a child its even worse. Good luck!

    • Sheila Atkinson

      Have you tried mirror therapy. The same kind they do for phantom limb pain. There are videos on YouTube showing how to make a simple one. It’s non invasive and with no side effects. You could also consider Bowen therapy as it is good for children. I also take anti epileptic medication which helps to dampen down the burning nerve pain. Hope things calm down for him. It’s hard enough trying to deal with it as an adult x

  • Elisha Wooden

    My husband has been dealing with this for 4 yrs. We drive 5 hrs to see a specialist in San Francisco who experiment on him with different meds..spinal blocks and therapy. With not much success. He cant walk far and requires a cane for assistants as his knee will just let out from under him. The meds are mostly neurologic so hes not always himself. I wish we had someone who could help him function better and be apart of our family activitys again, we have 5 kids still at home and he just cant function.

    • Sheila Atkinson

      Physical therapy and exercises in water help me. I go to a special swimming pool made for handicapped people. It has ramp access and is as warm as a bath. Walk in showers and wet rooms help with bathing. You can get inflatable bath chairs to get in and out of the bath. I have one. It’s called a Mangar. I have to use a stick now as my CRPS has spread from an arm injury 5 years ago. The first year was all about what I couldn’t do any more. The second was about what I can still do. Now I try new things and if I can’t do them at least I know I gave it a go. I don’t lose anything by trying as I know what I can still do. It’s more a case of mentally accepting that your old life has gone and saying RIP to it. I found I had to reinvent myself. It stopped me in my tracks from being who I thought I was. Dealing with the pain and physical limitations is only one part of the condition. Getting family and friends to understand that one day you may be fine to do something and the next you can’t get out of bed is difficult. Even over the day things can change. My example is when I was invited to the cinema. It was cold outside and I was travelling in a car. Even before I got in the car I had to think about whether my pain meds would last through the film, what coat to wear as I may be too hot in the car and cinema. Would I be able to take my coat off in the restricted space because of my arm restrictions. Would I get knocked by people increasing my pain. Would I be able to sit in the seat for that length of time. How would I cope with the vibrations of the car and cinema sound track. All these things are the kind of issues that go through the head of a CRPS sufferer. It makes life difficult for the person with the condition feel part of things. Whether that is family outings, social gatherings or work events. That is if you have managed to keep your job. I lost mine after collapsing at work a year after diagnosis. A positive attitude and keeping mobile is the best treatment. Break tasks down into smaller parts and rest in between. Don’t overdo things when you feel well as you will pay for it in pain later. Set realistic goals. Don’t set a deadline for things. If you have things to do don’t assign a day. Plan a list of things to do over the week. That way you don’t build in failure if you have bad days. I hope you find this useful. Many blessings for less pain in your lives, both physical and emotional x

  • TheRiddleClass

    Can this be from an injury from years ago?

    • Sheila Atkinson

      There could be more incidents where there is already a weakness but the weakness or historical injury itself is not likely to be the cause alone. A simple sprain can cause it. I had a dislocation of my shoulder when I was 17. At 44 my shoulder was dislocated again and it set off crps. I had no symptoms of crps previously. High doses of vitamin c prior to surgery have shown to reduce risk of developing crps.