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Lightened Up Pumpkin Dip: Kid Friendly

October 08, 2012

Yay, it’s October, so let’s get cooking with pumpkin! Pumpkin is one of the most nutritious fruits, packed with disease-fighting nutrients such as alpha and beta-carotene, fiber, Vitamins C and E, potassium and magnesium. The carotenes found in pumpkin are potent with antioxidants, which promote healthy vision, ensures proper immune function and slows the aging process. My three kids love this dip as much as adults so you may want to make extra. Serve it with apples, pears, gingersnaps or graham crackers for an appetizer or healthy snack. It’s always perfect to make during Thanksgiving or Christmas too!


Lightened Up Pumpkin Dip

Prep: 15 minutes
Yield: Makes 21/2 cups
1 (8 ounce) package reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 tablespoon maple syrup
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 Fruit skewers, sliced apples, sliced pears, gingersnaps
1. Beat cream cheese, pumpkin and brown sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until well blended. Add maple syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg; beat until smooth. Cover and chill at least 30 minutes. Serve with fruit skewers, apples, pears, and gingersnaps.


14 Responses to “Lightened Up Pumpkin Dip: Kid Friendly”
October, 09 2012at 06:12 am
I want to take a swim on that dip...would that be weird?
October, 09 2012at 04:44 pm
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October, 09 2012at 05:51 pm
Just saw it on FG! It looks wonderful and your kids are lucky to have a great mama making them things like this! I made a pumpkin dip sort of like this last year but it wasn't quite as light. It sure tasted good though :)
Jeanette says:
October, 09 2012at 07:46 pm
Alison - this sounds like such a great kid-friendly snack - bet my kids would love it!
October, 09 2012at 06:56 am
I JUST had a version of this at my mom's this weekend and was going to blog about it next week. Great minds?!
October, 09 2012at 07:25 am
What a great idea to make a lighter version of this!
October, 09 2012at 09:00 am
I think I could eat this with a spoon! :)
October, 08 2012at 09:44 pm
What a fabulous and festive idea!
October, 09 2012at 10:52 pm
Trying this with my toddler ASAP. I think we will try it with pretzel rods, apple and pear slices and graham crackers.
October, 09 2012at 08:58 pm
I love a pumpkin dip...especially with graham crackers. I would eat this YEAR round!
October, 10 2012at 12:24 pm
WOW! I absolutely love this and can only imagine how creamy and flavorful it is based on your gorgeous photos. Hope all is well!
October, 09 2012at 12:36 am
never thought of making a pumpkin dip, but I bet this would be a hit with any age!
September, 18 2013at 04:35 pm
[...]  I thought I would share some great looking fall recipes and ideas starting with my recipe for Lightened Up Pumpkin Dip. Here’s to a great fall of football, Halloween, pumpkins, tailgating and [...]
September, 18 2013at 08:43 pm
Commented on this post last year LOL but not sure I pinned it. But I did now :)

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