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Pumpkin Dip


My kids love dips!  We use ketchup, ranch, peanut butter, yogurt and other things to dip our fruits and vegetables.  We consider it the vehicle to help the good food go down.  This Pumpkin dip is delicious with grains such as graham crackers, baked tortilla’s or won ton crisps, vanilla wafers, animal crackers.  But you may also like it with apples (although my kids wouldn’t try it)

Pumpkin season is in the air.  I was inspired by Monday’s post on Pioneer Woman . She gave a fabulous tutorial on how to puree your own pumpkin.  Not inspired enough to try it, but inspired enough to make a pumpkin dip.  We could all use some more pumpkin in our diet.  According to the USDA, pumpkin could possibly contain more beta-carotene than anything else in your cupboard.  Beta-carotene as we know is converted into Vitamin A.  Essential for vision and growing children!

The dish

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After writing this post, I was blog browsing, and found a fellow foodie with a different pumpkin dip. You can check hers out here.

Natalie Monson

I'm a registered dietitian, mom of 4, avid lover of food and strong promoter of healthy habits. Here you will find lots of delicious recipes full of fruits and veggies, tips for getting your kids to eat better and become intuitive eaters and lots of resources for feeding your family.

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I actually just made the one with cream cheese last week. It’s dangerous but oh so good with apples! I’ll definitely have to try the pudding. I saw the pumpkin spread on pioneer woman also and my eyes lit up. If I’m going to be obsessive about something…at least I’m glad it’s a vegetable. 😉

I love this idea. We made some this morning and my kiddos are right this minute enjoying apples dipped in it. Thanks for a great idea!

I think I’ll try this just because that picture looks so dang pretty! Love the color of the dip! Yumm….

I made this for my kids today and they really liked it! I didn’t have any of the evaporated milk though, so I just used skim milk… would that make a difference in the taste? I’m asking because I love ANYTHING pumpkin, and I expected this to taste a little differently than my finished product. I liked it, but not as much as I thought I would. Do you think it would be yummier if I actually used the right kind of milk? {LOL!} ??????

I doubt it would have been much different with the evaporated milk. But if it makes a difference, I thought it was a little bit grainy. Totally yummy with the crackers, but alone, not quite sweet enough and grainy.

I didn’t read the recipe before I went to the store so I didn’t get evaporated milk. Can I still make it without it? And I have a package of cream cheese, how do you make that dip?