Skinny Pumpkin Pie Dip


I’m a bad friend.

I’m what most people call an “enabler”, but I really hate that term since I heard it on Intervention relating to drug addicts, so I’d prefer to call myself a “Justifier” since I like to justify everything. Also, it sounds cool.

Justifiers are like enablers except they come up with more excuses for why someone needs/does something. Now, don’t get me wrong: I’m not a Justifier for anything in life (certainly I can’t stand behind bad lifestyle choices or life-altering decisions) but I do justify best when it comes to shopping and food.

Find a necklace you like but just “aren’t sure if it’s necessary?” It is, and you can totally wear it with that teal top you have because it makes your cleavage look amazeballs and who doesn’t love pearls??

At a party and “want to splurge on these cupcakes, but just don’t think it’s worth it“? It is, and I already ate the entire bowl of spinach and artichoke dip and am halfway done pounding through the bean dip, so you should totally have eight cupcakes because calories don’t count at parties and please, eat as much as I have so I feel better about myself.

Oh, and don’t worry. I’m a hellish Justifier to myself. I regularly think and justify the following:

OMG! A Betsey Johnson dress for $75! Who cares about the minor stain on the back, it’s SUCH A STEAL! You need this dress. Like really freaking need it or your endocrine system will explode. Seriously.

Look, I know you think you shouldn’t be eating a slice of pie right after indulging on a huge bowl of chips and salsa but like, you totally worked out kinda sorta hard like, three weeks ago. I’m sure your metabolism is still kickin’ from that two minutes of cardio from trying to squeeze out of those second-skin skinny jeans. You deserve it, buddy. Eat up.

So yeah. I have problems (whatelseisnew?!) but I also have solutions.

Solutions to my never-ending LOVE for dip. Solutions to my farfetched justification for eating tons and tons of food after (just barely) sausaging myself into some skinny jeans. Solutions that taste great, are seriously stupidly simple to make, and are ringing in fall weather even though in California, we’re still rocking daisy dukes and bikini tops. Well, Katy Perry is, I’m not. But you know.

Solutions that sound like Skinny Pumpkin Pie Dip. Solutions you need to face-plant into. Uh, forreal though.

So, are you face-dunking yet??

Skinny Pumpkin Pie Dip *adapted from 

1 tub (16 oz) Cool Whip Free, thawed
1 small box sugar free/fat free instant cheesecake pudding
1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree (not the pumpkin pie mix)
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
Sprinkling of cinnamon sugar

1. In a large bowl, gently fold together the Cool Whip, pudding mix, pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice.
2. Garnish dip with cinnamon sugar. Serve with graham cracker squares, nilla wafers, fruit, Pie Fries, or my (surprisingly) personal fave, peanut butter cookies (like Nutter Butters). Store the dip in the fridge, covered tightly, for up to 2 days.

I love that this dip is on the healthier side, which helps in justifying eating all of it. It’s smooth in texture, light and fluffy, and tastes just like a whipped pumpkin pie. I love the added cinnamon sugar on top for that additional hint of spice (one of the reasons I love pumpkin pie so much!). And the cheesecake pudding was what I had on hand; it made this pie not too sweet which I liked, but feel free to use vanilla if you have it. Butterscotch or white chocolate pudding might be interesting, too!

And because I’m a good friend, we can face-dunk together.

Happy Wednesday!

xo, Hayley



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  1. I made this dip last fall! Except I skipped the pudding mix and added caramel sauce – but same idea. Dont wanna link drop on you but yeah it was craaaazy good. I want to try yours!

  2. My coworker makes this exact dip! The whole office goes NUTS when she brings it in! She always serves it with gingersnaps but I mayyyy just suggest PIE FRIES next lol! And yes, I have a never-ending love for dip too. 🙂

  3. I would happily dunk my face in this dip! Life would be so boring if we didn’t have justifiers! Really, we’d all be doing whats “right” instead of what we know we really want to do! Every one needs a buddy to tell them what they want to hear! I would want some one to tell me it’s ok to eat all of this and to lick the bowl!

  4. I love this dip! I always have to make it when others are around or else I “taste test” way too much of it!

  5. I am so down with this dip. And I’ve said it before…you need to come shopping at with me. I need a justifier. 🙂

  6. Oooh I know that justified feeling – I’m the same! Fantastic dip, made me think of the upcoming winter and all the good things about it

  7. This is just too good! I want a whole bowl with a spoon! Is that gross? Probably…

  8. Can I just slurp this with a straw instead? Eek, it looks SO FREAKIN GOOD. No joke–I probably prefer pumpkin/apple flavors to chocolate (I know, WHAT??!?!?) and basically eating a pumpkin pie on a spoon/cracker/cookie is the equivalent to heaven to me. AND, if I make it with sugar-free Cool Whip, there’s hardly any calories, right? So totally making this. Like, maybe as soon as I get home from work tonight.

  9. haha oh no, a justifier. that means you and i probably shouldn’t go shopping or eating out together 😉 although, i’d love to face plant into this dip!

  10. Everyone needs a justifier in their life! We would be so bad for each other on shopping trips. Oh well. I am loving this dip! You are gettin’ all festive over here. I need to get on the ball!

  11. Hilarious. I found the recipe on Pinterest and rarely read the commentary. But you got me. Very funny stuff. Giggled while riding the bus home from work. Thanks for making me look like an idiot. But worth it. Well done.

  12. YUMMY! I just made this to fulfill a preggo craving and it is amazing! I was worried that it would be too heavy but the Cool Whip keeps things nice and light. A keeper 🙂

  13. Thanks for sharing your info. I really appreciate your efforts and I am waiting for your next post thanks once

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