Pumpkin-obsessed peeps unite – it’s the most wonderful time of the year (pumpkin.spiced.everything). I’m rollin’ through the aisles of Trader Joe’s contemplating buying three of everything and maxing out my credit card for pumpkin-flavored goodies. It’s a decent investment, don’t you think? Or maybe I’ll just make homemade pumpkin treats myself – like these paleo pumpkin pie mini marshmallows.
Oooo all these cooler temps and fall-inspired Pinterest feeds have me itching to wear tall boots, bust out scarves, and tote around with my hot pumpkin drink in hand. Buuuut despite Starbucks’ world-renowned pumpkin spice latte, I’d rather not pound 50 grams of sugar in one sitting. And even though pumpkin pie is, and always has been a favorite of mine, 300+ calories per slice (when I really just want to eat the whole pie) isn’t the healthiest of decisions. That’s why I’ve teamed up my friends at Vital Proteins to create a healthy pumpkin treat with a ton of body benefits.
Pumpkin, marshmallow, and gelatin aka collagen protein? Seems like an odd combination, BUT let me start by saying I know what it’s like to want to eat anything and everything pumpkin spiced. I get it. I get you. The temptation is everywhere, and it’s usually pretty naughty. So when I feel the urge to stuff my face with all the sweet pumpkin treats pretty much every hour on the hour, these paleo pumpkin pie mini marshmallows are the perfect solution. The cute ‘lil minis are gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, and pack a big dose of collagen with Vital Proteins grass fed beef gelatin.
Why should you add collagen protein to your diet? It’s hair, nail, and skin superfood people. Collagen lessens as we age (boo for wrinkles), so consuming collagen protein and collagen peptides promotes younger looking skin and aides in smoothing and moisturizing. Eating a pumpkin dessert that makes you more beauuuuutiful? I’m in! Collagen also supports bone and joint health for overall healthy living.
The gelatin binds organic honey and water together, making a soft and velvety marshmallow “fluff” that is 100% paleo. Combined that beautiful fluff with the classic fall flavors of pumpkin and maple syrup, and you have the easiest healthy pumpkin treat and tastes like it shouldn’t be good for you.
These paleo pumpkin pie mini marshmallows are a great addition to coffee or hot chocolate. When you need a hint of subtle pumpkin sweetness in your morning Joe, throw a few (or like 20) of these in your mug. Or if you’re so inclined, add to cereal for your own healthy take on Lucky Charms (lucky pumpkins if you ask me). The kiddos will love ’em too – what kid doesn’t like marshmallows? I’ve even contemplated cutting these into cute pumpkin shapes, but then I realized I’m not an artist nor am I Martha Stewart, so I’ll leave that up to you creative ‘Pinterest’ moms.
Change your traditional take on pumpkin sweets and give these paleo pumpkin pie mini marshmallows a spin.
P.S. I heard a little rumor that all the ‘cool’ parents are making these for their spiked beverages during trick-or-treating this year. Soooo just a little peer pressure to get you extra motivated to make these yummies!
Pumpkin for breakfast? You gotta try this paleo pumpkin pie microwave soufflé too!
- 1 cup water, divided
- ⅓ cup raw honey
- 3 tablespoons Vital Protein Grass Fed Beef Gelatin
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- Combine ½ cup water and gelatin powder in a large bowl and beat on medium/low speed until well combined. The mixture will start to firm up and gel
- Meanwhile, bring the other ½ cup of water to a boil and add the honey. Reduce the heat slightly, keeping the mixture to a soft boil for roughly 8 minutes
- Pour the honey/water mixture into the gelatin bowl, one tablespoon at a time, and beat on high for ten minutes
- After ten minutes the mixture should look and feel like marshmallow 'fluff'
- Add the pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and maple syrup to the fluff, mix just a few more seconds to combine
- Pour the marshmallow mixture into a brownie pan and quickly spread to fill the pan
- Place into the refrigerator to chill. Cut to desired sized
This post is sponsored by the awesome people at Vital Proteins. As always, all opinions are 100% my own. Thanks for supporting Physical Kitchness!