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Practically Paleo Pecan Pumpkin Pie Pudding

By Amber 20
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Ok, listen.

If you haven’t figured it out by now (because you haven’t liked my Facebook page or you aren’t following me on Twitter or Pinterest yet…cough, cough) then you know that I am absolutely, irrevocably in love with pumpkin.

Like…I would seriously die without out.

And that’s not me being a drama queen either.

Me being a drama queen would be more like…OMIGAAAAAAH why, oh, why can’t Starbucks give me a never ending pumpkin spice latte flavored gobstopper that I can suck on while drinking Butterbeer and strolling around The Wizarding World of Harry Potter with a real live Hedwig on my shoulder on our way to ride on the Hogwart’s Express because I have my acceptance letter in my back pocket all the while laughing the whole time because KStew didn’t get hers and she has her ever present scowl on her face because she is so friggin’ jealous that Cedric Diggory is still alive and I’m totally going to make out with him and cast a watching spell while doing it just so she can actually see it and there is nothing she can do about it because she’s going to be stuck at home taking care of the snot nosed children of her married lover and then she’ll know how it really feels to be screwed over and her facial expression will actually have some meaning?

Now THAT’S me being a drama queen 😉

But, like really, I don’t think you understand. I’m a total pumpkin-a-holic and I will absolutely go into straight up DT’s if I don’t get my pumpkin fix during the fall season. So, I highly, highly suggest that you steer clear of this blog in October if you aren’t a pumpkin fan b/c it’s already decided. The entire month will be dedicated to nothing but pumpkin, Harry Potter, and Halloween themed recipes.

Fair warning.

So, back to pumpkin.

The junk practically flows through my veins.

So much so, I’m completely and utterly impatient, and I couldn’t even wait until October before I posted a pumpkin recipe. I can smell the spice in the air, and that spice screams the season is almost here!


If you know me personally, then you know that seasonal affective disorder affects me on a cellular level; however, my symptoms are the complete opposite from the norm…but only during the fall.

The moment I have my Mary Poppin’s-esque Dick Van Dyke moment and I feel the breeze slightly shift through the trees, and I see the leaves gently shiver before they reach for their colorful cloaks because fall is on the way, my mood abruptly changes.

I stop being the whiney, know-it-all, always right gorilla bear of a wife, and I turn into the nice and chipper, always humming, annoyingly syrupy sweet southern belle my mother always wished me to be.

I live for pumpkin spice everything, apple cider, fall foliage, pumpkin carving, crackling fires, and cinnamon potpourri which is quite hilarious considering I live by the beach and we usually see no sign of fall whatsoever around these parts!

Luckily, I have a good imagination and can at least pretend that it’s cold enough to wear my awesome owl leg warmers and snuggly fuzzy boots.

Last year it actually did get freezing flipping cold in October…and it only lasted a day…and that day just so happened to be our wedding day…oh, did I mention our entire wedding was planned to be outdoors?

Ugh, there will be more on that later.

So, back to pumpkin.

This recipe tastes just like pumpkin pie filling! It’s so, so, so good! Also, if you actually have the patience to make it or you are super smart and keep canned coconut in your fridge, then you could top this recipe with homemade coconut cool whip! Angela from Oh She Glows posted an awesome tutorial on that recently. Lastly, (again you must have patience for this sort of thing) you could put this recipe in an ice cream maker and make pumpkin pie ice cream as well.

OMG! I love it, and after you try this delicious dessert (or breakfast or lunch or snack or dinner or all four…in one day) I bet you will too

Getting to know you…

Are you a freak about a certain food?

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Note: This recipe was adapted from various paleo pumpkin ice cream recipes I found online. A lot of them had the same ingredients with different measurements, so I’m not exactly sure who to give the credit too. So, if this is a variation of your original recipe, please let me know so I can give you a shout out. Thanks! Oh, another note, keep in mind that Paleo recipes aren’t necessarily low calorie recipes, BUT the calories you are consuming are incredibly good for you and are not the same as eating a bag full of doritos that has the same caloric value. FYI!

Practically Paleo Pecan Pumpkin Pie Pudding

Wholesome organic ingredients are combined to create a recipe that replicates the essence of pumpkin pie filling
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Servings: 4
Calories: 228kcal
Author: Slim Pickin's Kitchen



  • In a dry pan, roast pecan over medium low heat until the aromas are released and they turn slightly darker in color. Let cool completely.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together coconut milk, pumpkin, pumpkin spice, syrup, and sea salt until well combined. Add additional spice and salt if needed. In a separate bowl, combine 2 tbsp syrup plus 2 tsp cinnamon until well combined.
  • Chop half of the pecans and place in the bottom of four separate cups or bowls, then top with pumpkin mixture, then top with cinnamon mixture.
  • Wrap with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour.
  • Once set, remove plastic wrap, top with remaining pecans, and serve.
  • Enjoy!
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Serving: 1g | Calories: 228kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Fiber: 10g






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  • Dude as soon as September hits, all summer bets are off. Bring in the pumpkin!!

    • amber
      September 6, 2012


  • Mia
    September 6, 2012

    I’m sad that summer is leaving me. I wish it would stay forever. I like pumpkin (but don’t love it quite like you), but I’d be perfectly happy to eat pumpkin bread in a never-ending summer and stay away from all that cold weather crap 😉 Do you know what else I don’t like about paleo dieting? Every recipe you read has nuts in it. And do you know who’s allergic to peanuts and most tree nuts (plus hates coconut)? THIS GIRL. So…yeah. But I could (will!) totally make this recipe without the pecans.

    • amber
      September 6, 2012

      Oh, no! I’m sorry you’re allergic to nuts! But don’t you worry, honey boo boo, this blog is not about to go full blow Paleo, I promise you that!!!

  • Kristen @ notsodomesticated
    September 6, 2012

    I’m a pumpkin nut, too, so I love this idea! I probably made about a hundred dishes with pumpkin last fall/winter. OK, maybe not that many … but it was a lot! 😉

    • amber
      September 6, 2012

      I probably did make hundreds…and also drank about 5,000 pumpkin spice lattes!

  • Julia
    September 8, 2012

    This is beautiful. Saw your photo on and clicked over to your site.

    • amber
      September 8, 2012

      Thank you so much! I really appreciate you stopping by, and I hope you come back in the future 🙂

  • Diane
    January 1, 2013

    I need some help with this recipe – what size can of pumpkin? Small or large? The recipe doesn’t specify and I found the smaller size organic pumpkin, so it was the same size as the coconut. The pudding was so soupy that when I drizzled the syrup on top, it sank to the bottom. Even after being in the fridge for an hour, it was still complete soup! But it did taste yummy!

    • amber
      January 1, 2013

      Hi, Diane! Thanks so much for commenting, and I apologize this turned out soupy for you! The can size is for your standard 15oz can of both pureed pumpkin & canned coconut milk. The only reason I can think of as to why it turned out soupy is because a FULL-FAT can of coconut milk (like Thai Kitchen’s) wasn’t used. If you used a fat-free, lite coconut milk, or a coconut milk out of a carton like Almond Breeze then the pudding would not have set up as it should and it would’ve been soupy. Are you positive yours was full-fat? If so, the syrup definitely shouldn’t have settled to the bottom either, and I don’t have any idea why it wouldn’t have set up 🙁 If you have some left over, try putting it into an ice cream maker or freezing it in a plastic bowl to help it firm up a bit.

  • Diane
    January 1, 2013

    It was a regular can of coconut milk, not lite. I guess I can try a different brand next time. They had A Taste of Thai but only lite, and another Asian brand that came in regular and lite, so I got the regular. I have no idea why it was so thin. But thanks for replying.