There’s no better way to welcome the fall season than with this easy protein pumpkin dip that’s quick to throw together.
What’s even better is that this is a HEALTHY pumpkin dip!
This dip doesn’t contain any added sugar or dairy and is full of good for you pumpkin, cinnamon, and protein!
Perfect for a fall afternoon snack or party appetizer, this easy protein pumpkin dip will please folks of all ages.
So grab your favorite protein powder, canned or fresh pumpkin, and let’s do this thing!
Can You Use Roasted Pumpkin?
Yes, absolutely! In fact, I would highly encourage using roasted pumpkin!
During the fall season, organic pie pumpkins can be found on sale for 99 cents a pound!
I would also recommend taking advantage of those fall sales and canning some of that pumpkin for use later in the year.
Using fresh instead of canned pumpkin will require using a blender if you don’t want lumpy pumpkin dip, however, if you like the texture, then skip the blender (like I did!).
How Do You Roast Pumpkin?
Roasting pumpkin was actually easier than I expected!
Place the whole pumpkin in the oven at 350 degrees.
Cook the pumpkin until it’s soft to the touch – not squishy, just so you can press in on the skin up by the stem.
Pull the pumpkin out of the oven and let it cool until you can handle it.
Cut it open, remove the seeds, peel, and voila, pumpkin ready to be transformed into pumpkin dip, pumpkin pancakes, or fall chili!
How to Make Easy Protein Pumpkin Dip
I don’t think you are prepared for how EASY this recipe really is.
Don’t blink or else you will miss it…
Put all of the ingredients in a bowl.
Now mix everything together.
I’m not even joking – if you are using canned pumpkin, you can have this ready in about the same amount of time as it takes to open a can of pumpkin!
There’s also an optional step to add chocolate chips if you want!
I like the chocolate chips because it adds a little texture and color to the dish but it’s totally optional!
What Protein Powder Should I Use for this Pumpkin Dip?
The type of protein powder you will use depends on the diet that you are following.
For our family, we are mostly concerned about eating organic, responsibly sourced food. We also like simple ingredient lists, so we like the Tera’s Whey, which only has 4 ingredients and is sourced from cows raised in Wisconsin!! That’s the least amount of ingredients I have seen for a flavored protein powder!
We also use the CERTIFIED truly grass-fed Garden of Life sport protein powder. What does the truly grass-fed certification mean? You can check out the full program details here. In summary, these cows are raised on small farms in Ireland and they are checked every 18 months to ensure the farmers adhere to best practices in animal welfare, sustainability, product quality, traceability, and soil and grass management.
But these protein powders won’t meet your needs if you are on different diets, so let’s list out some others options!
If you eat an AIP diet, you are probably more used to using an unflavored collagen or gelatin powder. I prefer the Great Lakes collagen. Since I use a vanilla flavored protein powder in this recipe, just add a 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla powder to add that vanilla flavor back in! NOTE: it is NOT recommended to use vanilla extract since this will not be baked (which would cook off the alcohol).
If you are on a vegan diet, I would recommend using the Orgain organic plant based protein with the vanilla bean flavor. Orgain is not only organic, but also low net carbs, non-dairy, gluten-free, lactose free, no sugar added, soy-free, Kosher, and non-GMO!
Another great choice for those eating vegan would be Vega protein & greens powder, which is a plant based protein powder that is keto-friendly, gluten-free, non-dairy, non-soy, and non-GMO!
Can I Add Cream Cheese or Whipped Cream to the Pumpkin Dip?
Yes, of course!
I haven’t tried it myself, but I would recommend leaving the coconut milk cream out if you are adding one of these.
If you want to use cream cheese, I would let it come to room temperature, and then whip it together with the pumpkin. Once well blended, add the rest of the ingredients except the chocolate chips. Stir those in at the end.
To use whipped cream, whip up my easy homemade whipped cream per the directions. Then stir in the pumpkin until well combined, and add the remaining ingredients (again, not including the coconut milk).
What to Serve with Easy Protein Pumpkin Dip
My favorite thing to dip in this easy protein pumpkin dip is apples!
Apples are another fall classic and they really bring together all of my favorite fall flavors in one dish.
Less common pumpkin dip fruit options could include grapes or strawberries.
For sides with more “piecrust” flair, try this recipe for ginger snaps (made with coconut flour!), this recipe for homemade vanilla wafers, buy plain Siete chips, or you could even buy non-GMO popcorn.
Perfect for a fall afternoon snack or party appetizer, this dip will please folks of all ages. This dip doesn’t contain any added sugar or dairy and is full of good for you pumpkin, cinnamon, and protein!
- 1 cup roasted or canned pumpkin
- 2 scoops vanilla protein powder (whey, egg, or plant based)
- 1 Tablespoon coconut flour
- 1 teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg (omit for AIP or replace with cloves)
- Optional: Cream from 1 can of refrigerated full-fat coconut milk
- Optional: 1/4 cup sugar-free chocolate chips (for keto) or Enjoy Life chocolate chips for paleo
- In a bowl, stir together all of the ingredients, except the chocolate chips, until thoroughly mixed.
- Alternatively, if you are using fresh roasted pumpkin, blend all of the ingredients together in a blender cup.
- Stir in the chocolate chips and chill in the fridge until ready to serve.
Storage: Following the same rules for open canned pumpkin, this dip should be consumed within 5 days.