pumpkin mousse

Sugar-Free & Fat-Free Pumpkin Mousse


Thanksgiving is not the best time to be dieting. But if you are trying to cut back on calories, consider this for a Thanksgiving dessert.  It’s light and fluffy and has all of the flavor of pumpkin pie, but it’s fat-free and sugar-free!  I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s true!

A few Thanksgivings ago, my sister-in-law Claudia made this dessert. When I first tasted it I had no idea it was a low-calorie dessert.  I just thought it was a delicious mousse. When I asked her for the recipe and she showed me the the list of ingredients, I was amazed!  Skim milk, sugar-free instant pudding, pumpkin puree, a few spices and fat-free Cool Whip!  

It is so tasty!  And there’s no cooking involved!

This recipe will make 4 servings. 

1 1/2 c. cold skim milk (divided)

1 small box sugar-free instant butterscotch pudding

1/2 t. ground cinnamon

1/4 t. ground ginger

1/4 t. ground cloves

1/2 c. pumpkin puree

1 c. fat-free Cool Whip, thawed

Start by putting the dry pudding mix and the spices into a bowl. Whisk in 1/2 c. milk and the pumpkin puree.  Then whisk in the additional cup of milk.

whisking pumpkin mousse

When it’s all combined, it will start to thicken.  Refrigerate for about 5 – 10 minutes.  Fold in the Cool Whip and spoon the mousse into serving dishes. (If you want to be fancy, you can put the mousse into a large zipper seal bag and cut off the corner. Then pipe it into the serving dish!)

Your taste buds won’t believe that it’s not a rich, high-calorie dessert!

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