Pumpkin Dip

by Meri on October 19, 2012

Fall is my favorite time of year and for some reason it makes me want to cook like a mad woman. It’s as if during the summer I have little interest in doing a lot of kitchen time but once October hits I can’t seem to stop and all I want to do is watch Food Network shows…is that weird?

I’ve been trying out all kinds of pumpkin recipes lately like everyone else. You just feel compelled during October to try every single pumpkin recipe you can find. Some of my concoctions have been a  hit and others not so much. The kids so far have enjoyed everything except the smoothie. I can’t seem to find a good mix no matter what I try. After taking a sip of my first smoothie attempt, Poppie nicely said, “ummm…that’s ok, I don’t want any smooie.” That’s not a typo…they can’t quite pronounce the “th” sound so it comes out “smooie”. Then she looked at Mr. and demanded, “YOU DRINK IT BOY!” She affectionately calls him the “boy” despite how many times we tell her his name.

The pumpkin dip I served to our friends and Poppie, in her picky fashion, promptly said, “yuck…I don’t want it”. Sigh…however, later I told her it tasted like pumpkin pie and then she couldn’t get enough of it, eating it with a spoon instead of dipping her apples. She is such her grandma’s kin. Anyone who knows my mother knows she has a huge sweet tooth that she adopted from her mother and Poppie is now the legacy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The good news is I adapted this recipe from several I found on the internet and decreased the sugar content considerably. My first attempt was too sweet so I decreased the sugar even more (1/4th cup). It’s still plenty sweet and perfect for dipping apples and pears. Since you simply blend all the ingredients together you can play with it and add more of less sweetness depending on your own taste. See what you think!

Pumpkin Dip

Ingredients

4 ounces low fat cream cheese

1 can (15 oz) plain pumpkin

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (can add more depending on taste)

1/4th cup brown sugar

Directions

1.  Place all ingredients in a medium bowl and blend until smoothe with a hand mixer.

2.  Serve with apple and pear slices.

Note: you can also replace the brown sugar with agave if you prefer. It blends in well!

 

 

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Marcia @Frugal Healthy Simple October 19, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Wow that looks great! I have apples, pears, and all of the other ingredients even!

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Meri October 19, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Let me know what you think! I love this recipe because it’s so easy and also easy to manipulate the spices/sugar to your own taste!

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