Easy Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dip

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Easy Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dip is a lightened up dessert dip that tastes just like pumpkin pie and is ready in only 5 minutes for a delicious fall treat. Jump to Recipe keyboard_arrow_down

53 CALORIES 7g CARBS 2g FAT 1g PROTEIN
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Easy Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dip made with light cream cheese, canned pumpkin, brown sugar, maple syrup, and cinnamon tastes just pumpkin pie filling without the baking or guilt. Plus you can make it with things you probably already have in your pantry and fridge.

There is so much to love about this simple Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dip. First of all, it truly only takes about 5 minutes to make and it tastes just like a creamy pumpkin pie filling without all the calories or time spent baking a whole pie. It's perfect for fall and if you are a lover of all things pumpkin, like me, then this recipe should be added to your list immediately. 

Another thing I love about this recipe, and about dip recipes in general, is that it is a great way to get adults and kids alike to eat more fresh fruit and veggies. I made this for my kids when they came home from school the other day and they ate four apples in a matter of minutes. Now truth be told, my son did ask where the crust was, but that was only because it tastes so much like pumpkin pie. 

Easy Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dip with fresh apples.

 

What to serve with pumpkin cream cheese dip?

In terms of serving this yummy dip, there are so many options. Usually, I like to serve it with fresh apple slices, but it also pairs great with pears, grapes, carrots, celery, and even crispy jicama. You can also serve it with graham crackers, pita chips, pretzels, or whole grain crackers. And if you want to get really festive and creative, serve it in a hollowed out pumpkin with Halloween or Thanksgiving shaped tortilla chips. Just cut out the shapes using cookie cutter and tortillas and then bake them up in the oven.

In terms of when to serve it, we love to eat it all year round with fruit but I find myself making it during the fall months most often. It can be used as a fun appetizer for fall holidays, a Halloween inspired afternoon snacks, or as a healthy dessert option instead of candy and pies.

Can I use cool whip instead of cream cheese?

There is another popular pumpkin dip that uses cool whip instead of cream cheese. You can use this recipe to make that dip using either regular or light cool whip. You won't need the brown sugar or maple syrup since cool whip is already sweetened unless you still want to add that maple flavor. Some people also like to use a combination of cool whip and cream cheese. Another option is using Marshmallow fluff. Again, you can use just fluff or a combination of fluff and cream cheese.

How to make this a savory pumpkin cream cheese dip?

For a savory pumpkin dip, leave out the brown sugar and add some cumin, ginger, and garlic powder instead. Curry powder would also be really delicious in a savory dip. You could also blend the pumpkin with some chickpeas for a creamy hummus style dip. 

 

Easy Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dip with apples and a pumpkin.

How long does this keep in the fridge?

This pumpkin and cream cheese dip will keep in the fridge for 4-5 days in an airtight container. Make sure to give it a good stir before serving. It can be served cold or at room temperature.

How to make this pumpkin dip low carb and keto friendly?

For a low carb and keto pumpkin dip, you will want to use Stevia or another low carb sweetener (like Swerve) to sweeten the dip. You will also want to use full-fat cream cheese and could use a touch of maple extract to add the maple flavor.

Can I make a vegan pumpkin dip with cream cheese?

For a vegan version of this pumpkin dip, use a vegan cream cheese in place of the light cream cheese. There are really good options made from soy, cashews, and almonds. You could also make your own cashew dip by spaking raw cashews in water overnight. Then drain them and blend to create a creamy sauce. Use this in place of the cream cheese in the dip recipe.

The Recipe
Pumpkin cream cheese dip in a bowl with apple slices.

Easy Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dip

PREP TIME: 2 Min
COOK TIME: 3 Min
TOTAL TIME: 5 Min
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Ingredients

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  • 6 oz reduced fat cream cheese (1/3 less fat)
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

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Instructions

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Heat cream cheese in microwave for 20 seconds or until soft enough to mix well. Mix in sugar, pumpkin, maple syrup, and cinnamon. Serve immediately or chill in the refrigerator for later consumption. Eat with slices of apples, grapes, bananas, crackers, or pretzels.

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Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 2 tbsp
Amount Per Serving
Calories 53
Calories from Fat 20
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g
3%
Saturated Fat 1g
7%
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Cholesterol 8mg
3%
Sodium 69mg
3%
Total Carbohydrate 7g
2%
Dietary Fiber 0g
1%
Sugars 6g
Protein 1g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

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2 Comments
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Cathy Barrett
October 27, 2019 - 15:52
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so good and easy. Thank you!!!
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October 12, 2017 - 16:11
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I made this and separated it into little single servings and packed them in my kids lunch boxes with Graham crackers. They loved it!
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