Thanksgiving No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Gingerbread Trifles

Short weeks are so fun! I don’t actually have a short week because I have just as many posts to write and a podcast to record, but everyone else has a short week so I actually have people to hang out with in the daytime! It’s wonderful. Human interaction is wonderful. I usually only get Jackson (dog) interaction plus the daily solicitor trying to either get me to save the planet OR rob me. It’s hard to know which one you’re going to get when you open the door. It may be time I get a ‘No Soliciting’ sign, eh?

It’s officially fall here in Colorado right now. We’ve had a weirdly HOT fall but now it’s finally snowing and making me remember how much I hate being cold. Yesterday I was coaching at the gym and the gym was colder than the outside. Meaning I was shivering for 4 hours straight. That can’t be healthy, right? Luckily, I just bought THE WARMEST COAT of the season (that’s 50% off right now!) and I will be wearing it everywhere I go! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – coats and jackets are the only thing keeping me living in Colorado as I quickly age. Who likes being cold!?!

I think my new weekend hobby during football Sundays is going to be hot tubbing. Our hot tub is suppose to come in a couple weeks and I will spending my weekends there from now on. Who needs a hobby when you can spend your Sundays eating brunch with friends then in a hot bowl of water?! The rules of waiting 30 minutes after I eat doesn’t apply in my house! Screw you, childhood memory rules!

People keep listening to my podcast and reminding me how weird I am. Which I get. And I’ve gotten that my entire life…from anyone I’ve ever met. But at the same time…have you ever considered that YOU are the weird one, and I’m just the completely sane one? Something to ponder over while you munch on these trifles. I guess a crazy person would say that, huh? I’m about to record a podcast related to why children scare the absolute hell out of me and why I don’t want one exiting my womb, and I think I may lose about 50% of my listeners. Because I’m the weird one for having a deep fear of raising a serial killer. Sure, I listen to murder podcasts on repeat, and sure, I should probably stop doing that because I’m creating completely irrational fears. But I’m a realist, okkkkkkkk!? I really need to record this podcast ASAP. Aka – get my therapy session in.

Ok, I have a tax meeting to go to. Booooooo. I’ve now talked about soliciting, babies and taxes. This rain/snow is really affecting my mood. Or wait, is it effecting? I hate that one. And the dictionary does sh*t of a time explaining the difference. I swear I’ll perk up the next few days. Meaning on Thursday when I have a post-workout mimosa holiday buzz. That’s gonna be a great day.

PaleOMG Thanksgiving No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Gingerbread Trifles


Thanksgiving No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Gingerbread Trifles

  • Yield: 3 sundae glasses or 4 small jars 1x



Coconut milk whipped cream

Cappello’s Paleo Gingersnap Cookies

For the gingerbread crumb

For the pumpkin pie filling


  1. Make the coconut milk whipped cream then set in the fridge to chill while you make the rest.
  2. Make the cookies then set aside to cool.
  3. While the cookies bake, place the ingredients for the gingerbread crumb in a food processor and pulse until ingredients combine and break down into a crumb mixture. Remove and set aside then wipe out food processor.
  4. Place the pumpkin pie filling in a food processor and blend until smooth and combine, wiping down the sides of the food processor as needed.
  5. To make the trifles (and these could also be made it a shot glass for a smaller dessert option) – fill a sundae glass or jar with 1-2 tablespoons of the gingerbread crumb, then 1-2 tablespoons of the pumpkin pie filling, then 1-2 tablespoons of the coconut milk whipped cream and repeat until glass or jar has filled. Top with a cookie.

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28 thoughts on “Thanksgiving No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Gingerbread Trifles”

  1. On the subject of children- it’s OKAY not to want them, everyone doesn’t have to have them and I think if more people actually considered that before having one, it would be a good thing 🙂 Our families basically gave up on us ever having kids- we were married over 10 years before we felt like it was “time”. It scared the sh*t out of me, and still does on a daily basis, but it’s also amazing- IF you want it and IF you feel like you are ready. Because it truly can change ALOT of things, at least for me. Some people manage not to change much, and that’s cool. Anyway, this is my rambling way of saying you are not weird- you are being SMART and considerate of other beings. It’s not like a dog that you can put in a crate if it gets annoying. Or, at least you shouldn’t. THEN you do raise a serial killer 🙂

  2. I had my first child when I was 20, I purposely got pregnant at 19 and every day for the last 10 years I have been thinking to myself Who in their Right mind gets purposely pregnant at 19?!?!?!WTF! Where was my parental supervision! Oh right, I had already been married for 6 months, so apparently that qualified me as a “grown up”?
    No, I do not regret either of my children (born 5 years apart, because that first one took a lot of mental shit out of me), but I really REALLY wish I had waited until I was an actual grown up to have him. I missed out on a Lot! 21st birthday? Had to find a babysitter. College? Didn’t start that until after my second son was born. I really did it ass backwards. I think I kept thinking “I’ll only be 38 when he moves out of the house, I’ll still be young!” Well why didn’t I just do the young thing when I was Actually young!?
    Kids are scary, and I wonder every day if I’m doing this Mom thing right, but according to their teachers I have awesome kids, and I think they’re pretty awesome now that the whole diaper thing is a thing of the past!
    <3 Cassie
    P.S. This recipe looks AMAZING!

  3. This recipe looks SO GREAAAAAT and I am SOOOO MAKING IT.
    Other thanksgiving questions: do you have any tips on cutting those spaghetti squash in half? I always feel like I am making it way harder than I need to. I mean, I get it done, but it is kind of awkward and hilarious.

    I feel you on kids. I love my niece and my nephew, and I love my friends’ kids, but I could not do it myself and have immense respect and admiration for those who do. I’m forty now, so that ship has definitely sailed.

    1. this is how i do it: i get a big sharp knife and cut off the stem of the spaghetti squash. then i put the knife in the middle and slice it down towards the cut off stem until i cut through it, then i put the knife back in that slice and slice it the other way. at this point, half the squash has a slit in it. then i flip the squash over and i just do it on the other side, trying to make the slice in the same place as the other side, until the slices meet in the middle on the other side of the squash (the non stem side). i have no idea if that makes sense but it’s pretty easy, you can even pull apart the squash if it’s not cut perfectly. hopefully that helps!

    2. Just eavesdropping and thought I’d share how I cut my spaghetti squash after nearly losing a few fingers.
      I poke some holes with a fork and put it in microwave for about 5 minutes or so . It doesn’t cook it, but just softens the shell so that it is WAY easier to slice through.

      Then I roast it in the oven when seeds are out. Easy and no fingers lost. Win-win!

  4. i feel the same way about kids. Lately i keep feeling that bringing a child into this crazy world is selfish, but isnt NOT having children selfish as well? Its a constant toss up. Sure i can give them all my love , but i cant keep them in a bubble their whole life. Bad things happen and its terrifying to think about!!

    1. seriously, this world is a pretty frightening place and you always think bad things won’t happen to you, but you continue to see them happen more and more to people you know as you age. it’s overwhelming lol

    1. you could really use any nut, but i recommend something that is slightly like cashews and has the same kind of texture, such as macadamia nuts. but honestly, anything would work!

  5. I don’t think you’re creating irrational fears at all. I think it’s completely normal, and not to mention healthy, that you’re thinking and going over this. I’m in the exact same boat as you are, and for a long time (even before I got married) it was something I constantly stressed over, but I couldn’t exactly pinpoint as to why. It seems so common, and, expected?

    It’s something so permanent. If you don’t like your job, you can change and find a new one. If you don’t like where you live, you can move. If your marriage doesn’t work, you can get a divorce (not that I would want to or recommend it, but I’m just making a point), but with kids- it’s irreversible. There’s no going back. This to me, is frightening. I find that talking about it really helps. My mom and close friends have completely understood this concern, and it’s comforting to know you’re not alone in viewing it this way. I dread all the things that will change (sleep, financial woes, etc), but then again, I don’t like the thought of being older and regretting not having them. My mom told me, “You know, I didn’t expect to have four, but I did, and there were times where it was so tough, but I wouldn’t give you guys up for the world.”

  6. No one says you have to have children, this messed up society pressures you into it because it’s the idea of “perfect” family. But the society (or family/friends) are not the ones who will be stuck with the said kids forever, not getting enough sleep, messing up YOUR body, financially burdening you… Don’t have children unless you have thought all the things through, and if it is not what will make you happy, then choose not to have children. It’s not selfish, it’s your choice. You do you! choose what makes you happy not what makes your miserable!

  7. Dont have babies. It’s other people who regret their decisions and want you to join in their miser.

    I am 40 and when I compare myself to my friends with children? Men and women, my life is way better. I have more time, money and freedom. I look and feel way better than they do. Their lives honestly seem miserable!

    1. I don’t know any mothers who regret having their children. Children, even if they are unplanned, are incredible blessings. They fill your heart with so much joy, pride, and a level of happiness that is impossible to describe, no matter how exhausted you are. To say you “look and feel better” than women with children is really myopic and harsh. It’s true you have more time, money and freedom without children, but I (and the large majority of other mothers), would gladly be living a life with LESS things if it meant having MORE love in my life. And at the end of the day, when you’re tired but snuggling your kid to sleep, there is no greater feeling in the world or place a mother would rather be. Motherhood is the absolute opposite of misery. But no, it’s not for everyone, that is very true.

  8. I’m single and kidless… and the kid question usually closely follows the “why are you single/why aren’t you married”. Because obviously it’s all my fault that I’m neither married nor a parent. Just venting. 🙂

  9. I’m also irrationally terrified of giving birth to a sociopath or psychopath or serial killer! I may have to bite the bullet next year but I’m still legit concerned. I’ll make hubby raise the deranged one.

  10. I knew I didn’t want kids in high school and ever since then, I make sure everyone within 10 feet of me knows that I don’t like kids and sometimes make remarks like “You can leave them in the house alone when they’re 6, right?” or “I think kids should be able to drink liquor whenever they feel like it” just so they think I’m insanely unfit for motherhood. No one has tried to persuade me so I think it’s working. Bonus: no one asks me to babysit either. win-win.

    Or, you could lie and say your baby maker isn’t working and it’s very rude of them to ask then burst into tears. That one works 100% of the time. so you know, you have options. just sayin.

  11. My husband and I are close to 40. We constantly get comments on how young we look. My husband’s response is always “we don’t have children!”

  12. Juli, from your last podcast, I just wanted to say that I totally know what cat poster you were talking about — the one with the cat hanging from a clothesline – the motivational one – because I had the same one!!! The caption was something like, “Hang in there, baby” LMAO!!! Thanks for your continued pep talks and motivation to stay focused on the diet while traveling!! xoxo Happy Thanksgiving!

  13. OMG I never comment I just listen to all of your podcast and stalk your blog. I have been following you for years through all your ups and downs and I relate to you so much when it comes to being the only child and the pressure of people wanting you to have kids. I also have a dog and no plans of having any children due to the same fears that you have I can’t wait to hear your podcast on the whole children subject.

  14. Hey, Juli, the No Bake Pumpkin Pie Gingerbread Trifles look soooooo good!!! I’m actually willing to try this sometime this week. It looks really easy and not that time consuming. I’m a high school junior and so busy with work and I feel like I can take a small break and make these for my friends, family, and teachers. I feel like this will be great item for bake sales!

  15. I’d love to make this in a large baking dish to bring to my aunts for Christmas! Would I need to alter the recipe at all? What would be the best way to do this?

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