Oh how I love PUMPKIN! And I know that I’m not alone. To me, the taste is umami… like broth or mushrooms… so earthy… so good. (And pumpkin dessert recipes? Don’t get me started!)

I’ve posted several pumpkin dessert recipes lately like the Pumpkin Spice Latte (Better than Starbucks!) and the Pumpkin Pie In A Glass Smoothie but I wanted to make a bite-sized treat that was festive and fun for the holiday. Halloween doesn’t have to mean high fructose, GMO corn syrup candy!

I also wanted to include some protein in this pumpkin dessert recipe for good measure. I love using gelatin since it’s a wonderful and safe form of protein that helps aid digestion, balance blood sugar and supports healthy adrenals. If you are vegan or vegetarian, you could try to replace with agar agar.

I love the idea of serving this pumpkin dessert recipe at an afternoon play date or as a light dessert after dinner. Your little ones won’t know that they’re loaded with healthy fats, protein and unrefined sugar. 🙂

Our family loves this pumpkin dessert recipe! Even Papa Natural, who has a very refined palate (I could argue picky), is a huge fan. (We could barely keep them around long enough to take pictures for this post!) I hope your family loves them too!

Paleo Pumpkin Dessert Bites (dairy- nut- and egg-free)

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup coconut milk (where to buy BPA-free canned coconut milk)
  • 1 /4 c. plus 2 TB real maple syrup (where to buy)
  • 10 drops of stevia or another TB of maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup grass-fed gelatin (where to buy)
  • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (or a blend of ginger, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon)
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Put your coconut milk and maple syrup in a sauce pan and simmer for 30-45 minutes. This concentrates the flavors and sweetness.
  2. Pour into a large glass measuring cup and let cool slightly. (If you’re using light coconut milk, add in 1 TB of melted butter.)
  3. Add your pumpkin puree, vanilla extract, spices and gelatin. Mix with an immersion blender.
  4. You can also mix manually with spoon but may need to put back on saucepan for all the gelatin to dissolve.
    FYI: if you taste your recipe at this point, you’ll be shocked at how sweet it tastes but trust me, it completely mellows when it sets. Gelatin, rich in protein, also mutes flavors, particularly sweetness, so it’s necessary to overcompensate.
  5. Pour into festive silicone molds like this one. Let sit at room temperature until they become semi-solid. Then put in refrigerator for a few hours. Serve either cold or let sit at room temperature for up to an hour, which enhances flavors.

How about YOU?

What is your favorite pumpkin dessert recipe? Did you try this one? Share with us in the comments below!

Share this pumpkin dessert with loved ones and enjoy!