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Best Pumpkin Mousse Recipe

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The best pumpkin mousse recipe with homemade whipped cream, pumpkin puree, and maple syrup. A made from scratch pumpkin mouse without pudding.

Pumpkin Mousse in a white bowl with whipped cream on top and gingersnap cookies on the side
Homemade Pumpkin Mousse served with gingersnap cookies

This cozy fall no-bake dessert is a great alternative to pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving. A beautiful pumpkin mousse with simple ingredients and can be whipped up in about 10 minutes. The perfect Fall dessert.

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Pumpkin Mousse Ingredients

I skip the pumpkin pie filling and use pumpkin puree instead for just the right amount of pumpkin flavor in this fluffy dessert.

Some recipes for light and airy mousse use pudding. This one made from scratch skips the pudding. I also make my whipping cream from scratch and skip the cool whip.

How long does pumpkin mousse last?

With proper storage, your light and fluffy dessert should last about 2 or 3 days. Cover tightly with plastic wrap or store in an airtight container. Keep in the refrigerator until ready to eat.

Pumpkin mousse in a white bowl with pecans and whipped cream on top

Instructions

Step 1

In a large bowl, beat the heavy cream until it doubles in size, using your electric mixer. then add 2 tablespoons of maple syrup and continue to beat until it is light and fluffy. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Homemade whipped cream in a mixing bowl

Step 2

Add the pumpkin puree, cream cheese, pumpkin spice, vanilla, remaining maple syrup and half & half to a large bowl. Beat just until completely blended.

Step 3

Pour your prepared pumpkin mixture into the dessert bowls you have chosen. If using parfait glasses, spoon mousse carefully into each one to keep it really pretty and maintain the fluffy texture.

Cover tightly and place into the refrigerator to chill pumpkin mousse for at least one hour.

Step 4

Remove the creamy pumpkin mousse from the refrigerator and garnish as desired. A dollop of your delicious homemade whipped cream and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon is perfect.

Topping your mouse with whipped cream, a sprinkle of cinnamon and nice gingersnap cookies makes a nice presentation.

Pumpkin mousse in a bowl with gingersnap cookies and whipped cream and cinnamon sprinkled on top

Garnishes for Pumpkin Mousse

Gingersnap cookies, grab my recipe for soft Gingersnap cookies right here

Pecans, available on Amazon

Ground cinnamon, a nice dusting is really pretty

Chocolate curls

Sprinkles, like these pretty Fall leaves

two bowls of pumpkin mousse with gingersnap cookies and whipped cream on top

Ways To Serve Mousse

Serve your pumpkin fluff in individual parfait glasses for a special occasion with your favorite topping.

A beautiful Trifle bowl will really show off your creamy pumpkin mousse. You can even serve this cozy fall dessert as a no-bake mousse pie if you like.

Thanksgiving dinner seems to require a pumpkin dessert but it doesn’t always have to be pumpkin pie. Make this delicious pumpkin mousse recipe instead. It will become one of your family favorite Thanksgiving desserts.

Yield: 6

Best Homemade Pumpkin Mousse Recipe

Pumpkin Mousse in a white bowl with whipped cream on top and gingersnap cookies on the side

The best pumpkin mousse recipe with homemade whipped cream, pumpkin puree, and maple syrup. A made from scratch pumpkin mouse without pudding.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pint of heavy whipping cream
  • 6 tbsp. real maple syrup, divided
  • 1 (15 oz.) can of pumpkin puree, like this (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened and cubed
  • 2 tbsp. Pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract, this is my favorite brand
  • 1/3 Cup Half & half

Instructions

    In a large bowl, beat the heavy cream until it doubles in size, using your electric mixer. then add 2 tablespoons of maple syrup and continue to beat until it is light and fluffy.

    Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator until ready to use.

    Add the pumpkin puree, cream cheese, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, remaining maple syrup and half & half to a large bowl. Beat just until completely blended.

    Pour your prepared pumpkin mixture into the dessert bowls you have chosen. Cover tightly and place into the refrigerator to chill for at least one hour.

    Remove the creamy pumpkin mousse from the refrigerator and garnish as desired. A dollop of your homemade whipped cream and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon is always delicious and pretty too.

Nutrition Information

Yield

6

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 493Total Fat 43gSaturated Fat 27gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 133mgSodium 154mgCarbohydrates 23gFiber 1gSugar 18gProtein 6g

Nutrition information is estimated and may not be exact based on uncontrolled variables in home kitchens used by each individual cook.

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