A great way to use up a little bit of leftover mashed pumpkin or pumpkin puree is to make a pumpkin dip. Here are some great pumpkin dip recipes to make!
There are various different kinds. Make a savory spicy dip to have as a snack or an entree with vegetable sticks. Or, you can make a sweet version to have with fruit as a dessert. Either way, it’s a healthy treat, good enough for guests or to liven up a weekday lunch.
Any of these recipes can be made with canned pumpkin if you don’t have fresh.
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Serving your pumpkin dips in pumpkin shaped bowls is not absolutely necessary, but will really set these dips apart. Having seasonal bowls for your dishes makes for a nice, easy decor for your fall table: I’ll take that!
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Pumpkin Dip Recipes Anyone Can Make
How to make savory pumpkin dip
While many people prefer sweet pumpkin dishes, I LOVE a savory pumpkin dip with just a hint of sweetness.
There are so many ways to make a savory dip! You always start with pumpkin which you can mix with many of your favorite spices to make delicious dips for any occasion. Here are just a few ideas:
- flavored salt (rosemary, thyme, basil, or cumin) – here’s how to make your own flavored salts
- goat cheese
- cream cheese
- caramelized onions
- green onions
- black pepper
1. Pumpkin and cream cheese dip
This is a nice one to offer guests when they arrive. It looks like you have gone to some trouble, but it takes literally a couple of minutes to make.
Chopping the vegetable sticks takes the longest: if you’re really pressed for time just use crackers.
- Approx. 1 cup pumpkin puree
- Approx. ½ tub of cream cheese (you can use something special like a tasty creamy goats cheese if you like)
- ½ teaspoon chili powder (to taste) or use a dessert spoon of sweet chili sauce.
Mix all ingredients together in a blender.
Have a taste, and adjust the chili if you need to. Start with a little, as it’s easier to add more than taking it out! Am I stating the obvious? Oops.
Serve with carrot sticks, cucumber sticks, celery, olives, crackers, whatever you fancy!
2. Pumpkin hummus dip
This is so quick to make you can be curled up in front of the TV with it on your knee in no time. If you use some pumpkin that was roasted in the oven it will add to the flavor.
Enjoy with your favorite crackers, pita bread, on toast or in a wrap with salad.
Add some toasted pumpkin seeds for some crunch.
- 1 cup chickpeas
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- clove of garlic
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- half a lemon, squeezed
- Blend it all together in your blender and taste. See if it needs a bit more garlic or a bit more lemon.
How to make sweet pumpkin dip
Pumpkin desserts and all the rage during the fall season. And while I like pumpkin pie a few times during the season, I’d rather experiment with new tastes. Making sweet pumpkin dip is as easy as mixing your pumpkin puree whit some powdered sugar, cream cheese, whipped cream, cinnamon or any of your favorite fall flavors.
See my recipe below for a very simple sugary pumpkin dip.
Sweet pumpkin dip
This one is a sweet treat or for dessert.
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 8 ounces cream cheese (1 package)
- 1 cup sugar (use maple syrup or honey for a healthier version: this is my favorite maple syrup)
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ginger
Mix it all together in the blender.
Serve with ginger biscuits, ginger snaps, wafers, chunks of fruit, strawberries or grapes. Or spread on toasted pumpkin bread or a fruit bread for breakfast.
What other flavors would you use for your pumpkin dip recipe?