Pumpkin Mousse with Caramel Pecan Bacon Praline

Fall is coming and what way to best celebrate than a rich pumpkin mousse with a caramel pecan bacon praline sauce?

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I can’t help it.

I love pumpkin. It is not only filled with vitamins and nutrients, but it works really well in desserts!

Fall has always been my favorite time of year. The weather cools down a little bit, the kids get settled in to their school routine, Halloween costumes are chosen…..and pumpkin recipes are all over the internet.

Have you noticed all of the pumpkin recipes that come out every fall?

It always makes me wonder. Given how easy it is to get pumpkin year round, why aren’t there new pumpkin recipes in the spring, or summer? I can easily see enjoying these Gluten Free Pumpkin Donuts, or these Gluten Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins any time of year!

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It is almost a shame to put away the cans of organic pumpkin after Halloween.

The star of this recipe is pumpkin…but the bacon is fighting hard to take center stage. Bacon adds just enough of that salty smokey taste to the caramel sauce to turn this dessert into something spectacular.

Trader Joe's Bacon

I really hate cooking bacon in my kitchen. It is messy and smelly…and not so fun to clean up. Trader Joe’s was reading my mind because this fully cooked bacon is so much easier to use.

cooking bacon

For this recipe, I wanted to use some of the bacon grease in my praline sauce. I put three slices of the bacon into a coffee mug and microwaved it for 40 seconds.

Blending the pumpkin into the whipped cream

Fold the pumpkin into the whipped cream very carefully to keep it nice and fluffy.

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Pumpkin Mousse with Caramel Pecan Bacon Praline
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
  • 1 can organic pumpkin puree
  • 1 can COLD full fat coconut milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 slices cooked bacon
  • 1/4 cup caramel sauce I love Trader Joe's
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  1. In a sauce pan, add pumpkin, eggs, sugar and spices.
  2. Cook on low heat until mixture boils, stirring frequently.
  3. Allow to fully cool.
  4. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to whip the cold coconut milk into whipped cream.
  5. Add 1 1/4 cups of the cooled pumpkin mixture to the whipped cream.
  6. Fold in the pumpkin gently.
  7. Place precooked bacon in a coffee mug and microwave for 40 seconds.
  8. Add caramel and pecans.
  9. Microwave for 10 seconds.
  10. Stir well.
  11. Spoon mousse into bowls or glasses and allow to cool.
  12. Top with cooled caramel bacon mixture.

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If you love fall mousse, give this Kobocha Squash Mousse a try.

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  1. I will never tire of pumpkin! And when it’s combined with bacon, who could resist? This is such a great make ahead dessert idea.

  2. Pumpin, caramel, pecan, bacon… What a combination! Sounds amazing, Sandi!

  3. Anything with bacon in has to be worth a whirl, I’m relatively a new convert to squashes and pumpkins but as we have loads of them in the garden this year I will have to try this out!

  4. YaaaY – Love pumpkin desserts and these looks so good with bacon, caramel and pecan. Absolutely Yum!

  5. Looks really delicious and something I’d like to try but sans bacon cause of my dietary restrictions. Will definitely be giving it a try πŸ™‚
    Thanks for sharing!

  6. The flavors in this sound amazing Sandi! However, I am a “Pumpkin after September” kind of girl because I love apple season and they need a chance to shine too πŸ™‚

  7. I never tried this combo..sounds new & interesting recipe to me..Is there is any other substitute of bacon that we can use in veg!!

  8. Oh MY!! There is nothing I don’t love about this recipe!! I am a fan of ANYTHING pumpkin buy oh my goodness!!!!… you went and added bacon! Salty, sweet, creamy… Bless you!!!

  9. Pumpkin everything should never be off limits to a season πŸ˜‰

  10. I love everything pumpkin – right with you there! Looks so creamy and mouthwatering!

  11. I love all things pumpkin, this mousse sounds wonderful, especially with the bacon!

  12. OHHHH I AM TOTALLY MAKING THIS !!!!!!!!!! With a few tiny modifications, but hot damn is this happening! πŸ˜€ THANK YOU so much for the inspiration!

  13. I am so happy that it is pumpkin season now. I am always astonished by some of the great recipes people make using Pumpkins. Your recipe is making me very hungry and it is so beautifully presented.

  14. You know, I am a HUGE lover of all things pumpkin BUT I have to say (and I can’t believe I”m saying it) the pumpkin is not even what is drawing me to this. Hello? That bacon praline?!!! Wow.

  15. This is the best recipe I’ve seen today! It looks amazing!

  16. That is a serious title for one amazing sounding dessert.

  17. This looks seriously delicious!! I can’t wait to try it out! Thanks for the recipe!

  18. Wow, that is just so unique and festive for Autumn. (BTW-my favorite season too!)

  19. You had me at Mousse! This looks AMAZING – and so creative. Pumpkin + Mousse + Bacon = LOVE.

  20. Wondering how much whipped cream? Did I miss that? Do we whip it ourselves with the coconut milk? Thanks! Looks delicious!

    • Hi Liz, I used one full can of coconut milk as the whipped cream. Chill it in the refrigerator and it will whip up as thick as regular cream. This is a dairy free dessert so no cream needed πŸ™‚

  21. Whjat size can of pumpkin? I have 14oz and 28oz.

  22. Looks so creamy and delicious. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.

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