You will love this Easy Pumpkin Mousse.
It’s such a busy time of year isn’t it? We have such good intentions when it comes to our holiday feasts. Then we find too much on our plate, we’re out of time, and we need to make a special dessert in a hurry.
To solve that problem why not try something as simple and elegant as this no bake Easy Pumpkin Mousse. It’s light, a delight to make and full of flavor.
Easy Pumpkin Mousse
- ¼ cup chopped pecans
- 10 Gingersnaps
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 cup cold whole milk
- 1-15 oz. can pumpkin puree
- 2-3.4 oz. Pkgs. of Butterscotch Flavor Instant Pudding (or pre-prepared Homemade Butterscotch Pudding)
- 1 ½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
- 2 cups whipped topping
- Garnish: Candied pecans, a sprinkle of the leftover crushed gingersnaps mixture or whipped topping.
To make the crust, finely chop the pecans and finely crush the gingersnaps. Mix the nuts and crushed gingersnaps together with the melted butter and combine. Place a tablespoon or so of the mixture in the bottom of each stemmed or decorative dessert dish, enough to layer the bottom, gently press a bit to set and put aside.
In a large bowl, whisk the milk and instant pudding mix until blended and smooth. Blend in the pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice until thoroughly incorporated. Carefully fold in the whipped topping, 1 cup at a time until blended into the pumpkin mixture. Pipe or spoon the pumpkin mousse mixture over the crust in the bottom of the prepared stemmed or decorative dessert dishes. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. When ready to serve, garnish with candied pecans, a bit of whipped topping or a sprinkle of the leftover crust mixture and enjoy.
Notes: Why butterscotch pudding mix? It adds a subtle hint of brown sugar in the flavor profile. When you add the pumpkin puree and spice, it sends the flavor over the top. If you can’t see yourself using butterscotch, a vanilla flavored pudding mix will do just fine. If you prefer not making the crust, that’s fine. I like the added crunch it offers against the smooth texture of the mousse.
I love that this Easy Pumpkin Mouse is no bake, and it can be made a day or two ahead of time, freeing up our oven. All that, and we still get to enjoy a delightful pumpkin dessert when the need and mood arises. While you’re at it why not make a few of these easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Acron Treats and place these on the side for some extra fun.
One last thing. Keep an eye out for my absolutely fabulous Candied Pecans pictured with the pumpkin mousse image. They are truly addictive and add a nice touch to the dessert.
Time to eat…
If you enjoyed my “Easy Pumpkin Mousse,” check out these cute Chocolate Peanut Butter Acron Treats or my Pumpkin Pie In A Jar, Chocolate Pie In A Jar Three Ways, or these elegant Lemon Meringue Pies In A Jar. Enjoy.
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