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Mini Pumpkin Pie Tarts | Our Paleo Life

Have you noticed that there’s something about Fall that makes people want to cook? Probably more like bake, but you get what I’m getting at. Anyway, I’ve been kinda the opposite. Not really wanting to cook, trying to get out of making dinner just out of laziness. I get in these ruts sometimes. The other night, my husband wanted a treat. Honestly though, that happens almost every night, so it was not really any different. I did, however, have a treat in mind that I’d been wanting to try out, but didn’t want to make it at night because of the lack of decent lighting to take pictures. I’d really like to get better at taking “in-progress” pictures for the recipes, but I’m usually just a mess and don’t think about it until way after the fact. At least I take pictures before we eat everything, which let me tell you, that’s a feat in and of itself!

Anyway, so I made a treat. I combined a pumpkin pie recipe and cookie recipe, both with a few slight mods, and turned them into one adorable recipe. Oh, I love me anything in a mini size, don’t you? The best thing about mini foods is that you don’t feel as guilty when you eat 13 at a time. Because 13 minis is really only like 1.5 regulars, right? I might be a little off on my math, but we’ll just go with that.

I’m thinking I should invest in a second mini muffin pan so that I can double this recipe and wind up with 48 tarts and 4 custards. Because that’s not excessive or anything. But since this recipe only uses half a can of pumpkin, it only makes sense to double it and have a crap ton of yummies laying around, right? Or maybe I should just have a party? Or bring them to neighbors? Or just eat them?

Mini Pumpkin Pie Tarts | Our Paleo Life

Ok, so these little tarts are a little different than you might expect. The “crust” isn’t flaky or crumbly, it’s not like a pie crust at all. Since it’s based on a cookie recipe, it’s deliciously chewy and accents the soft, creamy pie filling just right. I prefer to eat these chilled, while Rob likes them warm out of the oven. If you like pumpkin pie warm, you definitely need to wait for these to cool a bit before you eat them so they have time to firm up a bit and aren’t too runny inside. Also, be careful removing them from the pan, so they come out in one piece. And if you’re so inclined, top them with some whipped coconut cream (or the real whipped cream if you’re a dairy eater). Out of all the holiday pies, pumpkin is my super favorite and I’m so glad to have a paleo version of it now.

Mini Pumpkin Pie Tarts | Our Paleo Life
Mini Pumpkin Pie Tarts | Our Paleo Life

Mini Pumpkin Pie Tarts

Yield: 24
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

All the flavor and creaminess of a pumpkin pie wrapped up in bite-size packages surrounded by a chewy snickerdoodle cookie crust. Perfect for Thanksgiving or anytime you get that pumpkin pie craving.



  • 2 cups Fine Ground Almond Flour
  • ¼ tsp Sea Salt
  • ¼ tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Tbsp Ground Cinnamon
  • ¼ cup Coconut Oil, melted
  • 5 Tbsp Raw Honey
  • 1 Tbsp Pure Vanilla Extract

Pie Filling

  • ½ 15 oz can Pumpkin Puree, about 1 cup
  • ½ cup Coconut Milk, canned, full-fat
  • ½ tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • ⅛ tsp Ground Cloves
  • ⅛ tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • ⅛ tsp Ground Ginger
  • Pinch of Sea Salt
  • 1½ Tbsp Maple Syrup
  • ½ Tbsp Arrowroot Powder
  • 1 Egg + 1 Egg Yolk, whisked


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 24 cup mini muffin pan with ghee (or grass-fed butter if you eat dairy).
  2. Combine the dry crust ingredients in a medium bowl. In another bowl, combine the wet crust ingredients.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until thoroughly combined and you have a smooth dough ball.
  4. Using a small cookie scoop, drop a ball of dough in each mini muffin cup. Press down with a tart tamper, dipping the tamper in almond flower after every 2nd or 3rd tart to keep it from sticking.
  5. Bake the tarts in the preheated oven for exactly 5 minutes. Remove from the oven. The tarts will have puffed up quite a bit.
  6. Poke a hole in the bottom of each tart with a toothpick to release the steam. Go back and press each tart back down with the tart tamper. Let cool for 10 minutes on a cooling rack. Do not remove the tarts from the pan.
  7. While the tarts are cooling, combine all pie ingredients in a medium bowl. Using the same small cookie scoop, fill the cooled tart shells all the way with the pie filling.**
  8. Cook for 10 minutes, the centers will still be slightly jiggly.
  9. Let cool completely on a wire rack.
  10. Use a small paring knife to separate the tarts from the muffin tin and serve with a dollop of whipped coconut cream (optional).


**You will have a little extra pie filling. I use mine to fill two ramekins and bake them as custard. To do this, place the filled ramekins in a glass baking dish, fill with hot water halfway up the sides of the ramekins, and bake for 45 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Serve warm or chilled.

Nutrition Information
Yield 24 Serving Size 1 tart
Amount Per Serving Calories 112Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 15mgSodium 48mgCarbohydrates 8gFiber 2gSugar 5gProtein 3g

Nutrition is calculated by a third party and may not be 100% accurate

All the flavor and creaminess of a pumpkin pie wrapped up in bite-size packages surrounded by a chewy snickerdoodle cookie crust. Perfect for Thanksgiving or anytime you get that pumpkin pie craving.

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Thursday 28th of November 2019

These turned out great! As I didn't have a scoop, I weighed my dough and divided by 24, resulting in approx a 14gram size bit, then I used a small plastic Rx bottle covered in plastic wrap to tamp the ball into the cup shape. Mine really puffed up so I carefully tamped them again with a slightly smaller object, then added the filling. I will make these again, yummy. Thanks!


Thursday 27th of November 2014

I never could get a real dough to form to roll into a ball, even when I added more coconut oil. Perhaps I'll use the glucomman/konjac powder I mentioned above.

But due the extra coconut oil, the tarts came out stuck to the muffin cups, even though they were silicone. I was careful and got them out in one piece, but the "shells" remained very soft.


Thursday 2nd of October 2014

I just made these and they are on my stove top cooling! Look delish!! I made them because my friend told me today that she had never had pumpkin pie. I think these will be great! Thanks for the recipe!


Sunday 21st of September 2014

What is a substitution for the arrowroot powder in the filling? Can I use oat flour since my family doesn't eat paleo?


Thursday 27th of November 2014

Tapioca starch/powder (what I used), or glucommana/konjac powder work, too. Be sparing if you use glucommana/konjac powder; it absorbs 100x its weight in water.

Kendra Benson

Monday 22nd of September 2014

The arrowroot is used as a thickener, so whatever you would use to thicken a sauce would be sufficient.


Tuesday 11th of February 2014

These recipes look amazing, Kendra. And the photos are beautiful- best Paleo photography I've seen, hands down. Keep it up!

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