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YIELDS:

6 – 8 servings

PREP TIME:

0 hours 10 mins

COOK TIME:

1 hours 0 mins

TOTAL TIME:

1 hours 10 mins
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ingredients

15 Oz. Can pumpkin
8 Oz. Lite cream cheese
1 Cup Swerve Confectioner’s sugar
1 Tsp. Pumpkin pie spice
1 Tsp. Cinnamon
1 Tsp. Pure vanilla extract
1/2 Cup heavy cream, whipped
2 Tbsp. Sugar Free Caramel syrup
2 Tbsp. Pecans, chopped
Apple slices, Pear slices, cookies (ginger snaps, graham crackers and oatmeal cookies all work), pretzel rods or those pretzel chips for serving

DIRECTIONS

1) In a stand mixer, mix the pumpkin, lite cream cheese, sugar, spices and vanilla until fully incorporated and smooth.

2) In a separate bowl, whip the heavy cream with a hand mixer until stiff peaks form. Fold this into the pumpkin mix.

3) Spoon into a serving bowl or individual ramekins and chill for one hour. Remove from fridge and drizzle with the caramel syrup. Sprinkle the nuts on top. Serve sliced apples, cookies and/or pretzel rods on the side. Enjoy.

NOTES:  This is an old recipe lightened up with a lite cream cheese and sugar substitute.  I also used a sugar free caramel syrup on top (Smuckers makes a good one.) and sprinkled with some chopped nuts for crunch.

If you want to lighten this up further, substitute zero fat whipped topping.  I personally like using the heavy cream to add richness to the dish and since I’ve eliminated all the sugar, I don’t feel too guilty!  LOL.  As always, feel free to use regular cream cheese and sugar if you prefer.  Use the same amounts as outlined in the recipe.

This is a great dessert dip. It has the texture and fluffiness of mousse.  You could serve the dip in individual cups, with a sliced apple on the side for a really great, low cal good for you dessert.  OR serve it on a buffet with a spoon and dippers on the side and let your guests dig in.

A couple of tips to make this a perfect dessert.

  1. Mix everything until very, very smooth. This will be easier if the cream cheese is at room temperature.
  2. This actually tastes better if you let it chill for about an hour.
  3. Don’t add the syrup and nuts until you are just about to serve. This will keep the dish fresh and looking beautiful.
  4. Apples and pear slices make the perfect, healthy dipper. Cut the fruit right before serving.  If serving on a buffet, I recommend squeezing lemon on the fruit to keep the slices from browning.
  5. Cookies like graham crackers and ginger snaps are great with this dip, as are pretzel rods or those great pretzel snack crackers.
  6. If serving this as individual desserts, put the dip in a small ramekin placed on a plate with the dippers. I like to serve a small cheese knife with this.

If you are looking for healthier dessert ideas, be sure to check out my healthier dessert recipes.

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