Pumpkin Pie Mousse


Pumpkin Pie Mousse is an easy fall dessert that tastes like a splurge, but is very light. Plus, there’s no cooking or baking required! 


My November article for Q Magazine came out last week in which I shared two healthy, yet satisfying, Thanksgiving recipes, and a simple strategy for having your best holiday ever!

One of the recipes was for THE most amazing pumpkin pie fake-out desserts you will EVER have in your life – Pumpkin Pie Mousse!

It is legitimately like eating a thick, fluffy, uber-rich slice of pumpkin pie, in mousse form. And here’s the BEST part – it’s guilt free and EASY!


Pumpkin Pie Mousse

Serves 6-8


Pumpkin Pie Mousse is an easy fall dessert that tastes like a splurge, but is very light. Plus, there's no cooking or baking required! 


  • 1 package sugar-free vanilla instant pudding
  • 1 package sugar-free butterscotch instant pudding
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 15-ounce can pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 8-ounce container fat-free whipped topping (plus more for topping)


  1. Whisk pudding mixes and milk in a large bowl for 2 minutes. Mixture will be very thick. Stir in pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice, then fold in whipped topping. Refrigerate for 30 minutes then serve.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats, http://iowagirleats.com.


Seriously. Like eating pumpkin pie batter – except way, way better. Plus it makes a ton of mousse so, leftovers for all!


I’m bringing this dessert to Thanksgiving dinner this year, so I know I can count on a sweet ending to a fabulous feast, without the guilt – wheee!

In other news, tonight my Mom and I are heading out to see the most spectacular show on earth: The Radio City Rockettes!

Fun Fact: My Mom wanted to be a Rockette more then anything else in the world growing up. While she never got to strap on the silver high heels, she’s passed on her love for the high-kicking troop to me, and this will be the second time we’ve seen them live. It’s truly a spectacular show and is kicking-off (pun intended) the Christmas season for us!

I love the holidays!


What gets you into the holiday spirit? Sipping hot chocolate, wrapping presents, watching the snow fall, listening to Christmas music?

The annual Mall of America shopping trip my Mom and I go on always puts me in a cheerful, holiday mood. One of my favorite things to do at home is, after a long day of work, lay and watch tv by just the twinkling lights of the Christmas tree. So cozy!

ps: it’s not too early to start listening to Christmas music, it is?!

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  1. I want this for dessert TONIGHT!

  2. I’ve made a similar dessert – what I call “De-constructed Pumpkin Pie” – I mix pumpkin butter (homemade of course) with some plain or vanilla greek yogurt, sprinkle with some crushed gingerbread cookies and toasted (or better yet – candied) pecans – DELISH! My mom and sister who are often skeptical of my “healthy” cooking admitted they would love to have that on Thanksgiving Day.

    Christmas music already?? :)

  3. Sarah 11.16.2010

    That looks so delicious!! I’m so excited for Christmas! I love the food, the decorations, the Christmas tree. And I’ve already started listening to Christmas music! I couldn’t wait.

  4. Have fun tonight! I’ve never seen The Radio City Rockettes, but I love watching people dance!!

  5. Liz @ Blog is the New Black 11.16.2010

    I lvoe Christmas music! I’ve seen the Rockettes in NYC years ago. I’d love to go again. Enjoy!

  6. Rachel S 11.16.2010

    This looks so yummy! I have to say, the ultimate fall meal for me at the moment would probably be the stuffed squash you featured a few days ago and this for dessert, along with one of your pumpkin whoopie pies too. I guess I should just say, thanks for all the great recipe ideas!

  7. Meg 11.16.2010

    Have fun at the Rockettes! I just made that pumpkin mousse last week (w/ 2 butterscotch puddings). Delish! I second laying under the Christmas tree and looking at the lights (sometimes without contacts, too- such a beautiful, abstract, colorful blurr! lol)

  8. erica 11.16.2010

    that looks so delicious!!! i must give that one a try!

    christmas music, christmas lights and trees….and i know it’s silly but it’s not the holidays until the little red starbucks cups come out. hahaha!

  9. Kelly 11.16.2010

    Another great pumpkin dessert recipe, that is pretty guilt free is 1 can of pumpkin filling (organic!) and 1 box of spice cake mix. Put those 2, and only those 2 things together! Mix, and bake accordingly but watch it! No egg, oil, or water added.

    Yum :)

  10. AmyLou 11.16.2010

    That looks delicious and super duper easy!

    The hubby and I are going to the Rockettes tomorrow night. I’m super excited, because we missed them the first time they were in Des Moines.

    I get into the holiday spirit by listening to music, decorating and wrapping presents. My mother-in-law and I go shopping on Black Friday and that is always a blast! :) Gotta love sweatpants at the mall at 6 a.m.! ;) Although, when you’re still out at 11 and all the nice looking ladies come in, you feel a little scruffy, hahahaha!

  11. Tracy 11.16.2010

    I have been making that mousse for the past three Thanksgiving dinners! I love it so much! I normally make mine with vanilla and/or cheesecake pudding mix…never thought to use butterscotch. I will definitely be making that switch in the recipe next week. The mousse is great by itself or used as a dip with nilla wafers. I was also thinking of using the mousse as the icing on top of pumpkin muffins.

  12. Ellen 11.16.2010

    This dessert sounds awesome!! I am going to ask Kathy if I can make it at her house…we will be in Cleveland for Thanksgiving this year. I would love to see the Rocketts perform!

    I love the Christmas season and have no problem listening to Christmas music before Thanksgiving to get me in the spirit! And, I love decorating the house early too!

  13. Dee 11.16.2010

    It’s definitely not too early for Christmas music! :)

    Starbucks Peppermint White Mocha, Starbucks Cranberry Bliss, and Williams Sonoma Peppermint Bark = Holiday season to me.

    Gosh. Just writing this out makes me happy! :)

  14. Liz 11.16.2010

    Mmm, that looks so good, and I’m loving the guilt-free factor. ;)

    Aw, have fun at the show! I used to do work for the touring show, actually. If the Rockettes can’t get you in the holiday spirit, I don’t know what will! :)

  15. Heather 11.16.2010

    That dessert sounds great, I’m going to make that for my Thanksgiving! I am going to NYC in December to see the Radio City Rockettes! I can’t wait! I love to walk around the city to see all the store window decorations and the big Rockefeller tree…always gets me in the holiday spirit!
    (And p.s, I’ve already started listening to Christmas music!!)

  16. Not gonna lie…you have my mouth watering (even more than it was) for some good Thanksgiving cooking in a week!

    I’m also not going to lie when I admit I am ALREADY in the Christmas spirit, thanks to cooler temps and cozy sweaters. However, this does not mean I am any further along on my Christmas shopping…always something more to do!

  17. Jess S 11.16.2010

    Kristin, the mousse looks fabulous! I LOVE everything pumpkin, so this is right up my alley. However, do you have any suggestions/thoughts on a substitute for the Cool Whip? We’ve done a great job at home cutting out all the partially hydrogenated oil in our diet, but Cool Whip is the one thing for which I haven’t found a good sub!

  18. I’ve been making this for a long time now. However, we always called it Pumpkin Fluff. It’s SO good!

  19. i love decorating! that really gets me in the spirit :)

  20. Tina B 11.16.2010

    I’ve never seen the Radio City Christmas show and I live here. Maybe next Christmas. But I know the Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s Christmas windows completed already, if you’re into that sort of thing. Have fun in the city!

  21. Jessica 11.16.2010

    This just got added to my recipe to-do list. Yum yum

  22. Mimi 11.17.2010

    I have absolutely NO dancing ability, but that makes me all the much more amazed by the Rockettes.

  23. Krissy 11.17.2010

    Oh yum to the max! I am going to save this recipe!!

  24. That recipe looks amazing!

    I LOVE Christmas, so everything gets me into the spirit! Decorating, baking, hot cocoa, Christmas carols, shopping for gifts!!


  25. Beth @ bethcooks 11.17.2010

    Decorating the house and the tree definitely gets me in the mood! And watching Falalala Lifetime movies with my Mom and Sister! Please tell me someone else watches that :)

  26. yum! i just starred that recipe! i will def be making that this year! are you going to NYC?? i love decorating the tree, lighting a yankee candle (balsam and fir, christmas wreath, etc), and baking!!! i am so excited for christmas!! im off to see the trans siberian orchestra in philly this weekend and i cannot wait! that screams christmas to me :)

  27. Tryin this recipe this week! thanks!

  28. bits 11.17.2010

    Cant wait to try that pumpkin mousse. Have fun at the rockettes!!!

  29. Teresa K. 11.17.2010

    Radio City Music Hall dancers – amazing! and a big Yummy – that pumpkin pie mousse looks amazing and – hey – there are 2 local radio stations that began playing xmas music on November 1 – I only turn it on to annoy my teenager! (LOL!)
    However, I do have christmas movies lined up in instant watch on Netflix – Great one – “Hollywood Christmas” – They go through how the movies have changed over the years – and include the first one ever – from 1890 something! Awesome if you like history of movies!
    And – are you ready? – still going to the gym! (wouldn’t you think I’d lose some?)

  30. Julie S. 11.17.2010

    I’m taking my mom to the Rockettes tonight, too! (We’re going to the 4:30 show.) We went when they came to the Civic Center a few years ago, too, and loved it. I hope this venue is ok – not so sure about it being at Wells Fargo. We are going out to dinner after – can’t decide between Centro or Django – either one will be a special treat! Gonna splurge a little (it’s my b-day!). :)

  31. Sara 11.17.2010

    OMG I am getting SO pumped for Christmas!! I’ve been listening to Christmas music at work for the past few weeks now…that really gets me in the mood! So does Christmas shopping, decorating and like you said, sitting by the tree with its warm, glowy lights :)

  32. Jen K 11.17.2010

    Tru-Whip is a substitute without the hydrogenated oils. At Hy-Vee, it’s found in the freezer section of the natural foods area.

  33. Ugh, that dessert looks AMAZING! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    And no, it’s never too early to start listening to Christmas music. EVER.

    Happy (early) Holidays,

  34. There is something about egg nog that really puts me in the Christmas spirit.

    Yesterday I had such a bad day, it was nice to home and see that my roommates had put up all our Christmas decorations! Now that is LOVE and the Christmas Spirit!

  35. Lisa 11.17.2010

    Kristin, about how much mousse does that recipe make? Would I be able to get around 8 servings??

  36. Ahhh I am not going to wait til Thanksgiving to try that dessert! Thanks for sharing!!

  37. Machelle 11.17.2010

    Do you suppose that dessert would work smeared out into a 13×9 cake pan? Or smaller glass rectangle shaped dish? Would it be somewhat scoopable? I bet it would work w/ a graham cracker crust! YUM!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 11.18.2010

      Definitely! You could also probably put it in a graham cracker crust and freeze it – yum!!

  38. Machelle 11.17.2010

    I assume the small boxes of pudding….instead of the large?

  39. Dawn Patricia 11.17.2010

    Oh! My mom and I are going on Saturday! I’m so excited! That dessert looks delicious!!!

  40. Melissa 11.18.2010

    How fun! Christmas decorations, falling snow, and Christmas music get me in the holiday mood.

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  42. Melissa 11.18.2010

    I’ve been wanting to listen to Christmas music for the last 2 weeks!

  43. jen 11.19.2010

    Not sure how I missed this, but thank goodess for google reader, because that mousse looks to die for!
    p.s. I love the Rockettes. I’ve never seen them in person, but they always fascinate me.

  44. jen 11.19.2010

    Shoot! I just looked up when they’re coming to KC…it’s TONIGHT! :( I guess I’ll have to wait til next year. boo.

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  46. Traci 11.25.2010

    OMG – I just made this dessert, it’s is FAN-TAS-TIC! Tastes just like pumpkin pie, less the crust, which is fine by me! I am taking it today for Thanksgiving dinner and I have no doubt that others will enjoy it as much as I did! W.O.W. delish!

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  48. Ashley 11.30.2010

    I made it on Thanksgiving…definitely one of the most delicious, simple things ever!

  49. As Good As Gluten 12.02.2010

    I made this over the holiday weekend and it was a big hit! SO good!!! http://asgoodasgluten.blogspot.com/2010/11/pumpkin-pie-mousse.html

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