pumpkin cheesecake spread

pumpkin cheesecake spread

I am so very excited to be hosting Christmas this year, and have a lengthy list of snacks and appetizers and entrees and desserts and snacks…

Some are things I am making for the first time, so I have to give them a test run.

This is my second attempt at a pumpkin cheesecake spread (first was too sweet!), and we had a little Happy Hour at Home to give it a go. A couple of friends, a bottle of wine, a faux holiday roast (thank you, Theresa!), and some appetizers.

pumpkin cheesecake dip

Second time was most definitely a charm, here, and I will be making a third time (probably doubling!) next week. This one is a holiday flavored keeper. I am undecided if this will be served as a spread, or piped onto sweet crackers as bite size snacks.

This time I served it with light crispy cinnamon cookies (recipe soon!), and Grammy Crisp crackers. The first time I tried these new Crunchmaster crisps was dunked into my roasted plum ice cream, where they held up perfectly – crunchy and slightly sweet.

They say they’re for kids. I say they’re a perfect vehicle for a pumpkin cheesecake spread.

They may not arrive in time for your holiday appetizer table, but I am giving some Crunchmaster yums away after the jump…

pumpkin cheesecake spread

pumpkin cheesecake spread

dairy, egg, and gluten free, vegan

1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked
1/4 cup maple syrup
juice of 1 lemon
1/3 cup pureed pumpkin
ounces cream cheese (dairy free like Tofutti)
1 tablespoon vanilla paste
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg

In food processor, pulse cashews until crumbly. Add maple syrup and lemon juice, continue processing until smooth. Add pumpkin, cream cheese, vanilla paste, cinnamon and nutmeg, continue processing until smooth and creamy. 

pumpkin cheesecake dip

One of my favorite cracker brands, Crunchmaster, is offering one (U.S. based) spabettie reader a variety of flavors, including the new product.

To enter, leave a comment for each:

1) What is your favorite sweet dip?

2) Are you cooking for the holidays? What is on your menu?

3) Tweet it!  –>     enter to win a Crunchmaster giveaway from @spabettie ! –> http://www.spabettie.com/?p=11130

4) Follow Crunchmaster via twitter.

5) Like Crunchmaster on facebook.

Enter through midnight Sunday December 23. Winner selected via random number generator and notified via email soon after.

 

Comments

  1. says

    I’m with Lindsay. Minus the tofu, I would be all over that dip 😉 I’m actually already a fan of Cruchmaster, as I love their original flavor. Yay for a giveaway!

  2. says

    LOVE crunchmaster crackers! I just posted on instagram about them!

    Favorite sweet dip would be a goat cheese and jam dip!

    How exciting you are hosting for christmas! I know you will do great and the food will be fabulous!

    Hope all is well and your dad is doing well! <3

    • Kristina Sloggett says

      thanks, friend. the news we most recently received isn’t very good :( but I may be looking for a second opinion… thank you SO MUCH for your kindness and strong support this year – you know it means THE WORLD to me!

  3. says

    This looks amazing. I bet it tastes even better. I’m with Laura, I really don’t have a sweet dip either. But this is something I definitely want to make. I guess the sweetest thing I could think is the cream cheese topped with a jam trick.

  4. says

    I am for sure making more cookies this season, but I really need to figure out something to make at my mother-in-law’s place. I can’t find Gardein’s Holiday Roast around me anymore, or I’d make that….

  5. says

    Ohhh I love the idea of cashews in this dip! You are a genius in the kitchen, I swear!

    Also? Every time you mention a happy hour or party you’ve put on, it makes me wish I lived next door so I could crash your parties every change I get 😉

  6. Emily says

    I’m not hosting this year, but I’m cooking lots! Gluten free and vegan gingerbread cookies, pizza rolls, jalapeno popper dip, and crostini!

  7. says

    I made something similar to this last year and it was seriously one of the most delicious things I’ve ever eaten! I love your inclusion of vanilla paste. Mmmm!

  8. Lynne L says

    Hi! I’m a “newbie” here….so glad I found you, courtesy of Wheat-free Meat-free. Recipe sounds wonderful…wonder if it would work with almonds…altho I do love cashews. I usually do savory dips, but Mom used to make one with cream cheese & strawberry preserves. Hubby makes goat cheese with fig preserves (I can only eat a little bit of it)…goes wonderfully with GF crackers & grapes on the side. Since I’m LF, I’d use Tofutti. I’ve never tried Crunchmaster…never seen them in my area. It sounds like I’m missing a lot! S’mores with the dip…what a great idea!! I’m so there!
    I’ve “liked” Crunchmaster on FB
    Thank you so much for the recipe…good luck with your Dad my dear.
    Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

    • Kristina Sloggett says

      hi Lynne, so happy to have you reading! not sure about almonds, the flavor might be a bit different, I think the consistency would be close (I just love cashews for soup and dip bases!). hearing about the goat cheese + fig preserves is making me hungry – sounds so good!

      I hope you had a nice Christmas too, and happy new year – cheers!

    • Kristina Sloggett says

      pumpkin hummus sounds good too, I may have to try that soon 😉 I made another batch of this for yesterday’s holiday festivities, but this time piped it onto bite size cinnamon cookies – everyone loved it!

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