Happy fall, ya’ll! Pumpkin spice treats dominate the shelves in autumn. I’ve seen everything from pumpkin spice popcorn to pumpkin spice tortilla chips so far this year. Most of those snacks are loaded with refined sugar, so I’m here to save the day with these paleo pumpkin pecan treats.
Why’d I name them paleo pumpkin pecan treats? Because they’re kinda like fudge and kinda like bark. I couldn’t decide which dessert category to lump them in, so I just decided to roll with pumpkin pecan treats.
My teen loves them. She ate one and declared that I should give the recipe to Starbucks. Ummmm, no. I’m taking credit for my own recipes, thank you very much. I appreciate the praise, though.
My toddler thinks these pumpkin pecan treats have peanut butter in them. They don’t, but I guess they could if you aren’t paleo. I’ve only tried making them with almond butter so far, so I’m not sure how well peanut butter would work. Let me know if you try this recipe with peanut butter.
Paleo pumpkin pecan treats are super duper easy to make. They require multiple steps, but it still isn’t that difficult to prepare this recipe.
Start by combining pumpkin puree, coconut oil, coconut butter, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, almond butter, honey, and sea salt in a pot.
Heat on medium high until thick and creamy, about 5 to 10 minutes. The texture should resemble pudding. Speaking of pudding, my 4 year old begged me to buy some JELL-O pudding today (I didn’t) so he could put it on his feet. What?! I’m not even sure what the heck was up with that request.
While you heat your pumpkin mixture, prepare your maple-glazed pecans in a separate pot.
Toast your pecans for 5 to 7 minutes over medium heat, then reduce heat and add maple syrup and cinnamon. Heat until pecans become slightly sticky. Stir frequently unless you want a hard glob of nuts and maple syrup stuck to the bottom of your pot.
Line a casserole dish with wax paper. Make sure the paper hangs slightly over the edges so you can remove the paleo pumpkin pecan treats easily when they’re done.
Pour the pumpkin mixture over the wax paper, then add half of your maple-glazed pecans. Reserve the other half for later.
Freeze for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove and top with remaining pecans, pressing them gently into the top of the pumpkin pecan treats.
Freeze an additional 2 to 3 hours, overnight if desired.
Keep these pumpkin pecan treats frozen until you’re ready to eat them. I’m bolding this sentence because it’s super important. If you’re paleo, you probably already understand why. If not, let’s just say that coconut oil melts quickly at room temperature.
Ah, we’re finally ready to eat some paleo pumpkin pecan treats!
You can use a knife to cut them if you want, but I just break them apart with my hands.
Look at these paleo pumpkin pecan treats. Oh my heavens. I love these sooooooo much.
Check out my awesome leaf bowl I found at the dollar store. Fall festivity on a budget.
Set a batch on your porch and watch neighbors appear out of nowhere to see how you’re doing.
They say milkshakes bring all the boys to the yard, but I think paleo pumpkin pecan treats work equally well.
I’m technically still single, so I guess I’m not qualified to talk about how to attract significant others. Oops.
Ready to make your own autumn-appropriate dessert?
Here’s my printable, Pinnable recipe for paleo pumpkin pecan treats: