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Easy No-Bake Pumpkin Lush Recipe

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Pumpkin lush is a layered pumpkin spice dessert. This no-bake pumpkin dessert lasagna is layers of sweetness! Graham cracker, cheesecake, pumpkin spice, topped with whipped cream, nuts, and caramel. 

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Love pumpkin? I sure do. Here are a few recipes to look at. Instant Pot Pumpkin Spice Creamer, pumpkin cheesecake cake, or pumpkin carrot muffins

Pumpkin Lush

This no bake pumpkin dessert was a home run. My family loved it! The creamy pumpkin layer was my favorite part! 

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What Are The Layers 

graham cracker crust

Golden Graham Crackers | I reached for graham cracker crumbs as my base. You could swap bot ginger snaps for a tasty spice filled crust. 

No Bake Cheesecake Layer | This cheesecake layer is crazy simple. Use room temperature cream cheese for the perfect velvety smooth texture. 

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Pumpkin Spice Layer | Pumpkin purée and pudding come together for one insane layer. The half and half helps the layer to hold up nicely! 

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Topping Layer | Whipped cream, chopped pecans and a drizzle of caramel sauce. These toppings are phenomenal for this pumpkin lush recipe. 

These pumpkin lush dessert bars are layers upon layers of deliciousness! 

Tips For Making This Pumpkin Layered Dessert 

I share all the steps and ingredients on how to make this pumpkin cool whip dessert But here are some tips to help set you up for success. 

packing graham cracker crust down
  • Make sure to really pack down the crust. Otherwise it will fall apart. I used the bottom of a cup. 
  • Place parchment paper or aluminum foil in pan to line the bottom and sides. It will make removing it from the pan easy. This is great if you want to place on a platter. 
  • It is important to use half and half instead of milk. The reason being is it will help to keep the pumpkin layer stable so when you slice it all holds form. 
  • Plan to make in advance as this pumpkin layer dessert needs time to set up in the fridge. 
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Topping Ideas for Pumpkin Dessert

  • Drizzle of caramel sauce
  • Chopped pecans
  • Toffee chips sprinkled on top 
  • Serve with no toppings 
  • Butterscotch chips or sauce drizzled on top 
  • Shavings of white chocolate

The list could go on and on. Feel free to dress up your no bake pumpkin dessert however you want. 

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Can I Double This Lush Dessert 

Want to make extra of this lush dessert? Feel free to double this recipe and then use a larger pan or do multi plants pans. 

This is a wonderful no bake potluck recipe, weeknight dessert, serve up for the holidays and more. 

An easy pumpkin recipe that is minimal work. 

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Is Pumpkin Pie Mix The Same As Pumpkin Purée

Pumpkin purée is simply puréed pumpkin. Pumpkin pie mix is a mixture of ingredients that you use as a base to making a homemade pie. 

You can not swap the two ingredients out in this recipe. It has to be a pumpkin purée. 

Can I Use Ginger Snaps Instead Of A Graham Cracker Crust

Go ahead and swap graham cracker crust in replace d with ginger snap cookies, or even Golden Oreos. 

Just grind up the cookies and mix with the butter. You can skip the sugar if you want. Then just press tightly onto the pan like the graham cracker crust. 

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Pumpkin Lush

Yield: 8x8 pan
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes

Pumpkin Lush is an easy no bake pumpkin recipe. This layered pumpkin lasagna is graham cracker crust, cheesecake layer, pumpkin layer, whipped cream and topped with nuts and caramel sauce.



  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted

Cheesecake Layer

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pumpkin Layer

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • 1 box vanilla pudding, 4 oz
  • 1/2 cup cool whip
  • 1 1/4 cup half and half


  • 2 cups cool whip
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • Caramel sauce for drizzle


  1. In a bowl, you will add your graham cracker crumbs, butter, and granulated sugar. Mix until crumbly like sand. Then press the crust into an aluminum foil-lined 8x8 pan. Press down with a cup or something firm to pack it in.
  2. Now in a new bowl add your cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. Whip it up until nice and creamy. Then spread on top of the graham cracker crust.
  3. Next in a new bowl add your half and half and vanilla pudding. Whip until it begins to thicken. Then add in your pumpkin spice, pumpkin puree, and mix. Then once well-mixed fold in 1/2 cup cool whip. Then top the cheesecake layer.
  4. Now add on your 2 cups cool whip. Cover and then place in the fridge covered for at least 4 hours.
  5. Then before you serve up this pumpkin lush, top with chopped nuts and drizzle on the caramel sauce.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 256Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 149mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 1gSugar: 17gProtein: 3g

This information is automatically calculated by third-party software, including but not limited to the Create or Bake Me Some Sugar. For accurate nutrition, I suggest running the ingredients in your own system to get a more accurate reading. Nutritional information is approximate and automatically calculated, and should only be viewed as an indication.

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Friday 27th of November 2020

Made this for Thanksgiving yesterday...oh my gosh! It was so yummy!


Saturday 28th of November 2020

Yay! I am so glad you enjoyed it!! It is a favorite of mine!


Tuesday 29th of September 2020

Can you use heavy whipping cream instead of half and half? (if it’s what I have in hand)


Tuesday 29th of September 2020

I would assume that would be an okay swap. I can't fully say as I haven't tried it, but I don't think it would change too much.

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