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
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.
- Mix everything until very, very smooth. This will be easier if the cream cheese is at room temperature.
- This actually tastes better if you let it chill for about an hour.
- Don’t add the syrup and nuts until you are just about to serve. This will keep the dish fresh and looking beautiful.
- 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.
- Cookies like graham crackers and ginger snaps are great with this dip, as are pretzel rods or those great pretzel snack crackers.
- 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.