We are obsessed (absolutely obsessed!) with this creamy dreamy pumpkin dip. This not-too-sweet dip will have your family begging for more and… it’s my favorite recipe on the blog! All five of us, and *yes* that includes three toddlers, LOVE IT.
Are you headed to a Halloween party this weekend? A fall event? You need this!
*It is so easy and it looks so fancy.*
*Extra fancy points for serving it in a real pumpkin.
But how can pumpkin be a dip? Shouldn’t it be a pie or a bread?
Hold it right there! We’ve been putting pumpkin in a corner for too long (get my Dirty Dancing reference there?) and it’s time to let the sweet squash shine… on the appetizer table!
This “squash-disguised-as-dip” is the perfect addition to your party this weekend, a delightful snack as you wait for trick or treaters, or as a Thanksgiving treat. I imagine it as a conversation starter on a spooky themed table.
First, we are not using any sugar- we are making a deliciously healthy mash with dates, > banana and a little water.
If you know about my life, then you know I don’t have time for much, but this is simple. Oh and impressive! Did I mention that? When you stroll up to the party with your REAL pumpkin filled with the dreamiest of dips and accompanied by all the sweet and salty things to dip, yes, people will pay attention.
After you make the date mash, you will combine the indulgence of cream cheese with the goodness of pumpkin and a few other goodies to make something incredible.
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Although it calls for cream cheese, this is nothing like heavy cheesecake. It’s light, plus it packs a little protein from the addition of yogurt. We’re mixing simple ingredients in one bowl and we’re done!
We are winning with this one!
Also, just think of all the time you have now to put your costume together since you won’t be cooking all day… I see you and I know you don’t have a costume. I know. You can run to Target at the last minute because the dream dip will just be chillin’ in the fridge.
Make it and enjoy!
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- Date Mash (make first):**
- 4-5 Medjool dates with the seeds removed
- 1 banana sliced
- 1/8 to 1/4 cup of water
- 1 8oz. cream cheese at room temperature
- 1 cup whipped topping (like Cool Whip)
- 1 cup vanilla yogurt (I used Dannon)
- 1 cup of pumpkin puree
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 small pumpkin
- pretzels, graham crackers, cookies, and apples
- Begin by making a simple date mash: Remove the seeds from five large dates. Combine the dates, banana, and water in the bowl of your food processor for about 30-45 seconds. It should be the consistency of oatmeal.
- *You can microwave your cream cheese for 30 seconds so that it will combine easier.
- Combine the date mash with all remaining ingredients in a bowl and beat for one minute or until smooth and flavors are blended.
- Let sit in the refrigerator for one hour.
- Clean out the inside of one pumpkin and fill with dip. If you have a small bowl that fits inside the pumpkin, you can fill this with dip. I used the bowl method.
- **If you are pressed for time you can always use 1/2 cup of confectioner's sugar instead of the date mash, but the dates give it a deep and rich flavor.
- Pretzels, cookies, apples and anything your heart desires to dip!
- Then, go enjoy your fall evening as the hit of the party!
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