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Easy Pumpkin Dip Recipe
Planning a party or looking for something easy to bring to a party or family gathering? This simple and sweet pumpkin dip will impress your guests and save you time in the kitchen. Easily prepared in just ten minutes, it works well for guests of all ages and can be served as an appetizer, dessert, or snack. You can pair it with graham crackers, ginger snaps or for a healthier snack, apple slices.
Pumpkin tastes great but also packs great nutrition in so many dishes while adding little calories. Try substituting pureed pumpkin for oil in recipes and adding pumpkin in to slow cooker meals and casseroles. See more suggestions on how to incorporate pumpkin in recipes below. Here are just a few of the nutritional highlights that pumpkin offers:
Four grams of fiber can be found in each half-cup of pumpkin puree. A high-fiber diet helps to lower heart disease risk, improves digestion, and helps manage your appetite by making you feel full faster. According to the most recently published Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the daily dietary fiber requirement is 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men.
- Vitamin A
Pumpkin puree supplies seven times the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for Vitamin A in a single, one-cup serving. Vitamin A is important for good vision and a healthy immune system. The beta carotene found in pumpkin is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect cells from free radical damage.
Iron carries oxygen through your red blood cells to all parts of the body, affecting energy levels. Pumpkin is a great source of this mineral. One cup provides 3.8 milligrams of iron.
Potassium is important to healthy heart function, helping this muscle and all the other muscles in your body to contract. Nerve cells in the body use potassium to communicate throughout the body. Pumpkin provides a good supply of this nutrient.
Try Pumpkin in Many Recipes
A versatile and healthy ingredient, pumpkin puree can be incorporated into many recipes. This pumpkin dip recipe offers just one way to use pumpkin in cooking. Here are some other suggestions.
Breads & Muffins
Most have enjoyed a slice of pumpkin bread, usually around the Thanksgiving holiday, but you can incorporate pumpkin puree and many types of breads and muffins. Try these Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins.
Use pumpkin puree in place of oil in baked goods like brownies, sweet breads, and cakes. You will maintain the flavor while lightening up the recipe's calorie and fat content plus you will be adding healthy fiber.
Easy Pumpkin Dip Recipe
You can make this dip up to two days in advance. Check out the dip options below but don't be limited to these suggestions. Be sure to save a little for an easy, low-calorie snack with apple slices.
- Prep time: 10 min
- Ready in: 10 min
- Yields: 16 Servings
- Ginger cookies
- Apple or pear slices
- Grahm cracker sticks or squares
- Cinnamon pita chips
- 12 ounces 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 tablespoons 100% maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Beat cream cheese, brown sugar, and pumpkin in a medium bowl with a mixer at medium speed until well combined.
- Add syrup, spices, and vanilla and beat until smooth. Cover and chill 30 minutes before serving.
|Serving size: 16 servings|
|Calories from Fat||36|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 4 g||6%|
|Carbohydrates 10 g||3%|
|Fiber 1 g||4%|
|Protein 2 g||4%|
|Sodium 93 mg||4%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
Organic Pumpkin Puree
This organic pumpkin puree is the next best thing to using fresh pumpkin puree. The advantage of using canned pumpkin is the time saved preparing a recipe. Using this organic product will keep the flavor fresh plus you will not need to worry about pesticide residue. Find this and a few other organic brands at whole food stores on online. Typically prices are less expensive when purchased online.
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Corleone, Jill. "What Are the Health Benefits of Eating Pumpkin Puree?" LIVESTRONG.COM. LIVESTRONG.COM, 11 Jan. 2014. Web. 11 Sept. 2014. <http://www.livestrong.com/article/469900-what-are-the-health-benefits-of-eating-pumpkin-puree/>.
U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010. 7th Edition, Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, December 2010.