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!
- organic pumpkin puree - 1 15-ounce can
- unsweetened apple sauce - 1/2 cup
- coconut oil - 1/4 cup
- eggs - 6 large, at room temperature
- pure vanilla extract - 1 Tbsp
- raw honey or maple syrup - 2 Tbsp
- coconut flour - 1/2 cup
- ground cinnamon - 1 1/2 tsp
- ground nutmeg - 1 tsp
- cloves - 1/2 tsp
- ginger - 1/4 tsp
- sea salt - 1/4 tsp
- baking soda - 1/2 tsp
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- 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.
- Sift dry ingredients together in a medium bowl. Pour into wet ingredients and mix until well combined.
- Scoop mixture into bite pan or mini muffin tins lightly greased with coconut oil.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- 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.