I love pumpkin season! I know, it seems as though there is pumpkin everything during the fall, but I honestly don’t mind it. While most of the store bought pumpkin flavored items are probably not so great for you, these no bake pumpkin coconut cups are not only healthy, but amazingly delicious and a cinch to make. They could even pass as a rich and decadent candy, but without all the trouble that goes with actually making homemade candy. Oh, and did I mention that they are vegan, gluten free and paleo? It’s true!
The inspiration for this recipe comes from Vanilla Bean Coconut Butter Cups With Chocolate Peanut Butter and Coconut Butter Bark from Edible Perspective. I have made these recipes from this wonderful blog before with great results, so I wanted to try my hands at a pumpkin version. These no bake pumpkin coconut cups are what I came up with, and they turned out awesome!
No Bake Pumpkin Coconut Cups Recipe
You can substitute 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice for the individual spices. Also, these pumpkin coconut cups are only mildly sweet. If you’d like to make them a little sweeter I would add a couple of tablespoons of brown sugar or other non liquid sweetener.
This recipe makes 12 pumpkin coconut cups.
- 4 cups unsweetend shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin (you could also used cooked and strained fresh pumpkin)
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 2 Tbsps coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp cloves
- 1/4 tsp allspice
- 1/4 tsp ginger
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- pinch salt
- chocolate chips and pumpkin seeds for garnish
The first step in this recipe is to make coconut butter, which is just like peanut or almond butter, but made with coconut instead. To do this put 4 cups of unsweetened shredded coconut into a food processor.
Add the pumpkin, maple syrup, coconut oil, spices, and combine. Gently heat on low for a few minutes to keep the coconut butter soft and to meld all the flavors together. This is when you will want to taste it to see if you think you’ll need more sweetener.
No matter what, this is the kind of “candy” you will feel good about giving your kids on Halloween… or yourself! Even if you are sick of hearing about pumpkin spice whatever, you should definitely give these easy to make and healthy treats a try.