Years ago, my Weight Watchers leader gave me this recipe for Weight Watchers Pumpkin Mousse. I don't think this recipe for pumpkin mousse is an official Weight Watchers easy pumpkin dessert recipe, but something the leaders came up with on their own years ago.
This pumpkin pie mousse recipe is a terrific party recipe for Halloween, Thanksgiving or fall time entertaining. It’s a lifesaver when everyone else is stuffing their faces on pumpkin pie and you're feeling sorry for yourself because you’re trying to lose weight. Luckily, Weight Watchers Pumpkin Mousse satisfies your sweet tooth and your need for something creamy, too.
This Mama’s tips for making Weight Watchers Pumpkin Mousse
You can prepare your Weight Watchers Pumpkin Mousse ahead of time and put 1 cup servings in martini glasses or small dessert bowls for after dinner or parties. That way you've premeasured your serving and won't be tempted to overindulge. Also, doesn't it make dessert more fun if you're eating pumpkin mousse dessert out of a special glass? I think so!
This easy pumpkin dessert recipe is also naturally gluten free!
You can make dairy free pumpkin mousse by using unsweetened coconut milk, rice milk, or unsweetened soy milk. (I’d stay away from unsweetened almond milk since it’s too bitter.) That’s because vanilla Jell-O Sugar Free-Fat Free Instant Pudding and Pie Filling is dairy free! However, if you’re using a store brand vanilla pudding mix, check for dairy and gluten.
Since regular Cool-Whip does contain some dairy (less than 2% caseinate) use an alternative non-dairy whipped topping like So Delicious CocoWhip Original and Trader Joe’s House Whip. (Note that both will add calories to this pumpkin mousse recipe since neither are fat free or sugar free.)
If you’re using Cool-Whip, their Lite, (fat) Free or Sugar Free varieties can all be used in this recipe for pumpkin mousse.
For fun, you could try other flavors of Jell-O Sugar Free-Fat Free Instant Pudding like cheesecake, butterscotch and maybe white chocolate or banana cream. All those flavors would go well with pumpkin purée and pumpkin pie spice.
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To make a pumpkin mousse pie, whip up a batch of Weight Watchers Pumpkin Mousse, fill a premade graham cracker pie crust with it, and freeze the pie for few hours. Then when you're ready to eat, leave the pie out for a while so it softens up enough to cut. You'll have to add a POINT for the graham cracker crust of course. And you'll have to eyeball what you think is 1 cup of pumpkin mousse. If you’re gluten free, I recommend Mi-Dell graham crust.
Under the old Weight Watchers POINTS system, it’s 2 POINTS for a 1 cup serving. Under the POINT PLUS system it’s 3 POINTS for a 1 cup serving.
If you’re looking for a more natural pumpkin mousse to serve during the fall holidays, check out my Creamy Coconut Pumpkin Pie Mousse recipe. It's dairy free, sugar free, paleo, gluten free, and vegan friendly!
Weight Watchers Pumpkin Mousse
- 2 small packages of Vanilla Jell-O Sugar Free-Fat Free Instant Pudding and Pie Filling
- 2 cups no-fat (skim) milk or milk alternative
- 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 15 ounce can pumpkin purée
- 8 ounces Lite, (fat) Free or Sugar Free Cool Whip or non-dairy whipped topping alternative
- Make pudding with the 2 cups of milk or milk alternative.
- Fold in the rest of the ingredients: pumpkin spice, pureed pumpkin and Cool Whip or non-dairy topping alternative.
- Serving size: 1 cup
- Calories: 102
- Calories from Fat: 44
- Total Fat: 4.9g
- Saturated fat: 4.2g
- Unsaturated fat: .7g
- Sodium: 185mg
- Total Carbohydrates: 13.2g
- Sugar: 7.6g
- Fiber: 1g
- Protein: 2g
- Cholesterol: 1mg
Originally published on November 6, 2004. Updated with new photos and information.
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