Monday, October 5, 2015

Healthy Pumpkin Cake Pops ( grain free)


Looking for healthier dessert alternatives? Tis the season for pumpkin, and these adorable healthy pumpkin cake pops are easy to make, nutritious, and look like little pumpkin donut holes. Made from healthy real food ingredients, they bake up in just 20 minutes in the oven or in 5-8 minutes in the cake pop machine.



I found pumpkin decorated paper straws that we inserted into the pops as a stick. It worked great, but the majority of the pops we just popped in our mouths without a stick and were delighted with the simple but rich pumpkin treat!

These seasonal snacks are healthy for kids of all ages. They pack easily into a lunchbox, are perfect for after school, and especially fun for Halloween! They are nutritious as well as grain free, gluten free, and can be made vegan making them ideal for many types of allergies. The sweetness comes from a ripe banana and a 1/4 cup of coconut crystals ( per 20 pops).

They look cute and taste moist and delicious.  Add a few dark chocolate chips or unsweetened coconut for a tasty variation !

The recipe uses coconut flour and almond flour, both readily available in Trader Joe's and any health food store. I like grain free recipes and flourlessless recipes even better. My flourless Pumpkin muffins are a favorite.

Author: Judee Algazi from Gluten Free A-Z Blog
Prep Time: 8-10 minutes
Bake Time : 20 minutes
Makes : 20 cake pops


Ingredients: 

1/2  cup almond flour
1/2 cup coconut flour
2 large eggs (vegan?  substitute two chia egg replacer recipe )
1 medium ripe banana ( mashed)
3/4 cup of pumpkin puree ( or mashed cooked sweet potato)
2 tsp of melted coconut oil
1/4 cup of coconut crystals ( Trader Joe's or health food store)
1-2 tsp cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice ( your preference)
1 teaspoon baking soda
Optional: 1/2 cup of chocolate chips ( dairy free)

Directions: 
Preheat oven to 325 degrees
Mix dry ingredients and then add wet ingredients.
Make into small balls ( 1-11/2 teaspoons) and place each ball into a well greased mini muffin tray ( makes about 20)
Bake for 20 minutes until done
or if you are using an electric cake pop machine, follow directions according to the machine.

I made them both ways and both ways were delicious, but I thought the one's that I made in the little cake machine were a little moister than the ones made in the oven.
What is it about pumpkin ??? As soon as the fall begins, I just have to have it!! I'm not even sure I love it- but it is like a fall addiction. I'll be searching for pumpkin recipes for the next few weeks.
  1. Make these pumpkin cake poppers for dessert to kick off the Halloween celebration! They are nutritious and very filling because coconut flour is packed with fiber! Fill up before the Halloween candy frenzy!
    Insert a stick or a straw for the kids or just eat them like donut holes!
    This is the inside of the cake pop machine
    These are the ones I made in the oven in a mini muffin tray. Just a tad drier- but still very good!

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17 comments:

  1. Yum! These look good! Also, I really want a cake pop machine! :) Thanks for linking up to Works for Me Wednesday!

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  2. OH DROOL! DROOL DROOL! Think it could work sans banana?

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    1. Gigi,
      I am not sure .. the banana gives it sweetness and texture.
      What could you substitute? If you bake in the oven, perhaps applesauce??

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  3. The pop machine was easy to use; I borrowed my daughter in laws machine to make these!

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  4. This looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing on The Healthy Living Link Party.

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  5. Yummy pumpkin recipe! And fun for kids. I will have to make these for my grandchildren.

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  6. Hi Judee,
    These sound so tasty and healthy. I love pumpkin muffins of any kind. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & tweeted..

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  7. These look delicious! I love pumpkin baked goods, and always am looking for more gluten free options. Thanks for linking up with us at the Best of the Blogosphere!

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  8. Hi Judee,
    Your cake pops look wonderful and will be perfect for the season. Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  9. Yummo and healthy too! I like that and I'm sure the kids will too. Thanks for sharing with us at #anythinggoes and see you next week!

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  10. What a fantastic idea for a healthier snack, Judee! Your Healthy Pumpkin Cake Pops look and sound delicious! Thank you for sharing them with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop.

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  11. My husband loves all things pumpkin, so these sound right up his alley! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Merry Monday! :)

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  12. Thanks for linking up to Pin Worthy Wednesday, I have pinned your post to the Pin Worthy Wednesday Pinterest Board.

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  13. These would be the a hit at any Halloween party! Thanks for sharing your healthy and delectable grain free Pumpkin Cake Pops recipe with us on the Healthy Happy Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I'm pinning and sharing.

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  14. These look so great! Thanks for sharing them on WNWNW, Judee, I'm featuring them this week :)

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  15. I haven't gotten my cake pop maker out since I went gluten free....now you have me thinking it's about time I pulled that baby out of the cupboard!

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  16. What a great idea your Healthy Pumpkin Cake Poppers are . They look and sound good. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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