It’s that pumpkin time of year and if you’re a fan I’m sure you’re sitting there right now sipping your pumpkin latte while snacking on a pumpkin bar and perhaps a pumpkin candle burning in the room? I’m a fan so I’ve got no issues with the pumpkin overload.
One of my favorite recipes is pumpkin dip with apples and pears. It’s easy, flavorful and kids love it. I first ran across this recipe when I was working for the Ventura Unified School District’s Healthy School Program. Our director, Marilyn Godfrey, found the recipe online which used a lot of sugar. She made it with maple syrup, which actually added another layer of flavor rather than just sweet.
Somewhere along the way I lost this recipe and have switched it up a bit. This year on a whim, I added vanilla yogurt, which was perfect. It added the right amount of sweetness combined with the maple flavor I loved in this recipe and still left the texture thick and creamy. It also helped break up the monotony of the cream cheese flavor that tends to overpower recipes like this leaving it a perfect sweet, creamy pumpkin flavor with a hint of maple.
While this recipe does have sugar it also has the benefit of all the great nutrients found in pumpkin like Vitamin A, folate and fiber. We also added a little healthy bacteria with the addition of the yogurt. It’s a great way to combine the best of both worlds: a sweet treat that also has some beneficial nutrients.
This recipe is perfect for your next Fall party and it’s also easy enough to make for a quick afternoon snack for your kids.
- Half can pumpkin (about 7 to 8 ounces)
- 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
- ½ cup vanilla yogurt (Greek yogurt has a thicker consistency)
- 1 to 2 Tablespoons maple syrup (depending on how sweet you want it)
- 1½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- apple and pear slices
- Place all ingredients into a large bowl.
- With a hand mixer blend all of the ingredients together until smooth.
- Serve with apple and pear slices.