Pumpkin Mousse with Homemade Maple Whipped Cream

This creamy pumpkin mousse is the perfect autumn dessert. It’s delightfully light and creamy and topped with a decadent homemade maple whipped cream that you’ll fall in love with.


It’s time for pumpkin everything season again! Most people either love pumpkin or hate it. I fall in the love category, but with an asterisk. I love pumpkin, as long as the pumpkin flavor isn’t too overwhelming. This pumpkin mousse that I am sharing with you today doesn’t overpower you, and yet still gives you all the yummy pumpkin vibes.


I love desserts, but who wants to sweat over a dinner AND a dessert? Not me. And with this amazing pumpkin mousse, I don’t have to, and neither will you. 


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pumpkin mousse


This light and creamy dessert is perfect to follow any fall meal. Try it after having sausage and herb stuffing or parmesan spaghetti squash.


Homemade Pumpkin Mousse 


A frequently asked question about this dessert is, what is the difference between pumpkin pie filling and pumpkin puree? 


According to MyRecipes.com, canned pumpkin is just that and nothing more: cooked, pureed pumpkin. Pumpkin pie filling is flavored with spices like cinnamon, clove, allspice and ginger, and is also sweetened. It is a “convenience food” for making short work of pumpkin pie.



15 oz. can pumpkin purée (not pumpkin pie filling)
6 tbsp. real maple syrup, divided
1 pint heavy whipping cream
8 oz. cream cheese, softened and cubed
2 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp. real vanilla extract
1/3 cup half & half


Tools Needed:

Hand mixer
Large mixing bowl
Set of 6 dessert bowls



homemade maple whipped cream


In a large bowl, beat the heavy cream with your hand mixer. Once the cream has doubled in size, add in 2 tablespoons of maple syrup. Make sure to use real maple syrup if you want to keep this recipe gluten-free. 


Real Maple Syrup


Cover the maple whipped cream and place it in the refrigerator until you are ready to use it. If placed in an airtight container, it can be stored for up to 3 days.


mixing pumpkin and cream cheese


I give that large mixing bowl a good rinse and then toss in the pumpkin puree, cubes of softened cream cheese, vanilla extract, half & half, and remaining maple syrup. Beat until it is thoroughly blended.


I’ll give it a quick taste and add in a bit more pumpkin spice, if necessary. Before it sets, transfer the mousse mixture into individual dessert bowls or ramekins. Cover them and chill in the fridge for at least one hour.


When you are ready to serve them, top each with your maple whipped cream. Garnish candied pecans and a dusting of ground cinnamon, if desired.


This gluten-free Pumpkin Mousse with Maple Whipped Cream is an easy fall dessert that is savory and delicious, and sure to turn even pumpkin haters into big fans.


Gluten-free Pumpkin Mousse with Maple Whipped Cream


Are you a pumpkin lover? You won’t want to miss these other great pumpkin desserts:

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pancakes
Mini Pumpkin Pie Bites
Pumpkin Dump Cake


Did you give this creamy pumpkin mousse a try? Let me know in the comments!


Happy Eating!


Creamy Pumpkin Mousse

Pumpkin Mousse with Maple Whipped Cream

Creamy and light pumpkin mousse topped with maple whipped cream.
Prep Time 10 mins
Chill Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Gluten-free
Servings 6 servings


  • 15 oz canned pumpkin puree
  • 6 tbsp real maple syrup divided
  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened and cubed
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • cup half & half

Optional Garnish

  • pecan halves


  • In a large bowl, beat the heavy cream with a hand mixer until the size doubles. Add 2 tablespoons of maple syrup and continue beating until light and fluffy. Cover; place in fridge until ready to use.
  • In large bowl, beat together with a hand mixer the pumpkin puree, cream cheese, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract, half & half, and remaining maple syrup. Blend thoroughly.
  • Transfer mixture to individual serving bowls. Cover and place in fridge. Chill for at least 1 hour.
  • To serve, remove from fridge and top with maple whipped cream. Garnish with pecans and sprinkle of ground cinnamon, if desired.
Keyword gluten-free, heavy cream, maple syrup, pumpkin

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