Spiced Pumpkin Dip

If you haven’t noticed, I’m a little pumpkin-licious this time of year. Did you hear about the pumpkin shortage? Maybe they should check my pantry! HA. No but really, if you see a pumpkin you better grab it… there might not be any left.
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Pumpkin is worth way more than the traditional pumpkin loaf or pie, although delicious–let’s spice it up a bit. Have you tried pumpkin soup, stirred in oatmeal, or simply roasted in the oven? It’s loaded with skin and eye loving beta-carotene and to me it’s the taste of fall.
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So I put pumpkin to the test and turned it into a dip. Unlike other recipes out there, it’s not loaded with tons of added sugar and fat. It pairs well with ginger snaps and tart green apples. And makes an awesome vehicle for more fruits and veggies or a smear for bagels, pancakes, or oatmeal topping. This dip is lip smacking good making it a great afternoon snack or a festive parrtay favorite.
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Spiced Pumpkin Dip
makes 1 cup

4 oz 1/3 reduced fat cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup Cabot greek vanilla bean yogurt
1/2 cup light cool whip, thawed
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp each nutmeg, ginger, cloves (or sub in 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice for spices)
garnished with raw pumpkin seeds, walnuts, and a dust of cinnamon

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It’s that time again for the Recipe Redux! This month’s theme is a little saucy. We are whipping up our healthier favorites when it comes to toppings, dips, and spreads. Check out these other awesome bloggers to see what they’ve got cookin’.
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    Comments

    1. says

      Ooooh, I need to hoard my canned pumpkin but it’s worth cracking open the can for this – love the pairing with apples + gingersnaps – so great. I’m going to try it without the Cool Whip and see what the 4 yr old thinks :) Thanks for giving this summer girl something to look forward to in the fall.

    2. says

      I’m so happy to have found your post through Twitter! 1 – I think pumpkin dips are pieces of heaven, and I love that you added pumpkin seeds to the top. 2 – There’s a shortage of pumpkin???? I need to stock up. Thank you for the tip. 3 – This month’s recipe redux is SO up my alley.

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