I’m a huge pumpkin fanatic and have yet to meet a pumpkin dessert I didn’t like. For me, Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without a pumpkin dessert or two.
But these days, I’m on the lookout for desserts that won’t bust the calorie bank. Saving a few calories here and there can really add up at the end a day or week or month. And losing weight and keeping it off really can be that simple.
I’ve scanned the web and all my favorite light cooking recipe sites to assemble a great collection of low-fat healthy pumpkin dessert recipes: pumpkin custards, low-fat pumpkin flan, low-fat pumpkin bread pudding, pumpkin pie dip, pumpkin milkshakes, pumpkin nog, lighter pumpkin trifle, pumpkin rice pudding and a lighter version of pumpkin dump cake -a pumpkin dessert recipe with yellow cake mix, and then calculated their Weight Watchers PointsPlus values for them.
I’ve also included my favorite recipe for Easy Creamy Pumpkin Mousse that is incredibly simple and delicious.
- 1 (4 serving size) package fat-free sugar-free instant butterscotch pudding mix
- ¾ cup low-fat milk
- 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin puree
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
- 3 cups light whipped topping, thawed
- In a large bowl, whisk the pudding mix and milk until slightly thickened.
- Add the pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger and clove and whisk until well blended.
- Gently fold in the whipped topping, one third at a time.
- Pour ½ cup of the mousse into each of 8 serving dishes. Chill for at least 30 minutes before serving.
More Slim & Healthy Pumpkin Desserts:
Maple Pumpkin Custards with Crystallized Ginger – Elegant pumpkin custards made with maple syrup that are lower in fat; 212 calories, 5 g fat, 37 g carbs, 7 g protein, 1 g fiber and 6 Weight Watchers PointsPlus; Found at Eating Well.
Ellie Krieger’s Healthy Low Fat Pumpkin Flan – Spiced pumpkin turns classic caramel topped custard into a Thanksgiving worthy light dessert; Just 100 calories, 3.5 g fat, 16 g carbs, 3.5 g protein, 1 g fiber and 3 Weight Watchers PointsPlus; Found at The Food Network
Low Fat Pumpkin Bread Pudding - A delicious autumn pumpkin dessert perfect for Thanksgiving with 184 calories, 1 g fat, 39 g carbs, 7 g protein, 2 g fiber and 5 Weight Watchers PointsPlus; Found at Food.com.
Weight Watchers Pumpkin Flan Custards – A creamy, spicy individually portioned low fat pumpkin dessert that’s a great alternative to pumpkin pie with just 110 calories, 3 g fat and 3 WW PointsPlus. Found at Weight Watchers.
Pumpkin Pie Dip – All the great flavors of pumpkin pie in a light and fluffy dip that would make a great healthy dessert when accompanied by gingersnaps and apple slices; Just 103 calories and 3 WW Points+. Found at SkinnyTaste.
Pumpkin Pie Milkshake – A lighter healthier milkshake with all the delicious flavors of pumpkin pie; 198 calories, 2.8 g fat, 38 g carbs, 6.1 g protein, 1.4 g fiber and 5 Weight Watchers Points+ from Cooking Light found at MyRecipes.
Pumpkin Hazelnut Clafoutis - A warm rustic pumpkin custard sweetened with agave and baked with toasted hazelnuts. This is the perfect ending to a Thanksgiving feast and a wonderful lighter alternative to pumpkin pie with 149 calories, 4 g fat, 24 g carbs and 4 WW PointsPlus; Found at SkinnyTaste.
Hungry Girl’s Pumpkin Nog – a quick and easy low calorie pumpkin dessert beverage that’s sure to satisfy your taste buds with just 110 calories and 3 Weight Watchers PointsPlus found at Hungry Girl.
Lighter Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle – A pumpkin dessert recipe that’s as easy as it is elegant with its alternating layers of gingerbread cake and pumpkin-butterscotch pudding that can be made ahead. It has 194 calories and 5 Weight Watchers PointsPlus found at Taste of Home.
Pumpkin Dessert with Yellow Cake Mix – A lighter version of pumpkin dump cake dessert made with a cake mix, found at Weight Watchers. Although the recipe calls for a white cake mix, you can easily substitute yellow or spice cake mix instead.
Ellie Krieger’s Healthy Pumpkin Rice Pudding – A great easy healthy pumpkin dessert that combines the delicious flavors of pumpkin pie and rice pudding with 240 calories, 6 g fat, 42 g carbs, 4 g protein, 1 g fiber and 6 WW Points+ found at The Food Network.