Ideal with crisp fall apples, this dip is unusual, healthy and adaptable. Use sugar substitute (like Splenda) instead of the brown sugar and shave off some calories; mix in your favorite fall spices – like allspice or ginger – to create your own favorite flavor. You’ll find it’s also great to serve with ginger snaps, or as a seasonal spread for your morning toast. Any way you stir it, you’ll have a hit on your hands. Double the recipe for parties.
Ingredients 3/4 cup (6 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened ½ cup packed brown sugar ½ cup canned or home-cooked pumpkin 2 teaspoons maple syrup ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon 24 apple slices (from about 3 apples)
PREPARATION • Place first three ingredients in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. • Add syrup and cinnamon; beat again until smooth. • Cover and chill 30 minutes. • Serve with apple slices.
Servings: 12 2 tablespoons dip and 2 slices of apple