Recipes » Desserts » Super Simple Pumpkin Pie Bites
T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies

These are the perfect sweet ending for your plant-based holiday celebrations!

I work with so many clients who worry that Thanksgiving will derail their best intentions and signal the beginning of a steep downward spiral of poor food choices. It definitely doesn’t have to be that way. Let’s make great choices together!

Please note that this recipe has been updated since it was originally published.


  • 1 cup cooked pumpkin
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 6 Medjool dates, pitted
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp rolled oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract


  • 1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  • 2. Into the bowl of a large food processor, add all the ingredients. Pulse or process until the mixture is well combined.
  • 3. Remove the bowl and blade from the base. Divide the batter evenly, filling 23 to 24 sections of either a silicone brownie-bites pan or a nonstick miniature muffin pan.
  • 4. Bake for approximately 15 minutes, or until tops are golden and almost firm to the touch. Watch carefully so that you don’t under or over bake. Remove your bites from the oven and place on a cooling rack. The bites will firm up as they cool.

Cooking Tips

  • 1. These bites can be made the day before serving!
  • 2. If using the smaller Deglet Nour dates, measure ⅔ cup.
  • 3. Do not try to remove the bites from the baking pan when they are still hot. They will not be firm enough.

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