Monday, October 22, 2012

Pumpkin Pie Bites

Every time I have a yearning for something sweet or when I'm just in a baking mood (like today), I consider my arsenal of baking vessels. Should I use a sheet pan, brownie pan, tart pan, muffin or mini muffin pan? More often than not, I turn to my brownie bite pan for treats. I love it because its silicone and everything usually pops out without any effort at all. And considering just about every paleo treat is still a cheat, the size of these treats limits my cheating to a more acceptable level. That's assuming I have the willpower to stop at one...or even two. Bite-sized treats also give me a better negotiating tool when my kids ask for more than one. It's way easier for me to be generous with them.

I have been trying to incorporate more coconut flour in my baking since I am a self-admitted nut addict and know it's not good to consume too many nuts. So here's my go at pumpkin bites with absolutely no nut products. The texture is like a firm pumpkin pie. These are great topped with creamy cinnamon frosting. Enjoy this delicious fall treat!

Makes 48 bite-sized treats.

1 15-ounce can organic pumpkin puree
1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1/4 cup coconut oil
6 large pastured eggs, room temperature*
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp raw honey or maple syrup
1/2 cup coconut flour
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp baking soda

*To quickly bring eggs to room temperature, set them in a bowl of warm tap water for about 5 minutes.

Makes 48 mini muffins or bite-sized treats, with enough leftover for 2 full-sized muffins.

I love my brownie bite pans!
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine wet ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth, or combine in a large mixing bowl and use a hand mixer or whisk to combine.
  3. Sift dry ingredients together in a medium bowl. Pour into wet ingredients and mix until well combined.
  4. Scoop mixture into bite pan or mini muffin tins lightly greased with coconut oil.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool completely in bite pan. If you are not using a silicone pan, let cool for 5 minutes then remove from pan and cool completely on a cooling rack.


  1. Replies
    1. Great! I'd love to hear back from you on how you liked them!

  2. I'm sorry: BROWNIE BITE PAN??? Where on earth do we find ourselves one of these? My husband would die! I am also anxious to try these bad boys! We have been caving and splitting pumpkin scones from Starbucks :( This is just what I need for fall!

    1. LOL, TYR! You can purchase the bite pans through my Amazon store. They are made by Wilton. I seriously use mine all the time. I suggest purchasing at least two of them. They are great for the paleo almond bites and the mini cheesecakes, too!

  3. Why are paleo baked goods considered cheating? Also, I love to bake but I have a problem with storing? There tends to be a lot of condensation in the container. How should I store my baked goods to keep them?

    1. Well, a lot of people hate the term "cheating." They are, in fact, an indulgence or a treat. The strictest paleo guidelines do not allow honey, maple syrup, etc. The average person trying to make good decisions (like me) allows a little here and there.

      I store my baked goods in an airtight container in a single layer, if possible. I separate layers with parchment, if needed. I also put in a piece of paper towel to help with the condensation a bit. Be sure not to store them until they are completely cooled. Depending on the item, I either refrigerate right away or move them from the counter to the refrigerator after one or two days.

  4. These are delicious! I do have to say I added some dark chocolate to them besause I cannot do dairy... The problem is that you need to wait for them to cool completely, so the flavor develops! That means you have to try not to sample them while they are cooling! My kid's of course ate the majority of them! Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

    1. THANK YOU! I'm so glad to hear you like them, Sally! Dark chocolate and pumpkin...mmm! I'm glad your kids liked them, too. They are the most honest critics, don't you think? I appreciate your kind words!

    2. Great Idea, I will try this with dark chocolate too :)

    3. Sounds great! Would you please include the frosting recipe?

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  7. Oh my God I had these at the blue house last week, still dreaming of them

    1. Thanks, Kamil! I'm doing a lot of pumpkin baking these days, so you'll need to hang in the blue house more often. I'm always looking for tasters!