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Pumpkin Bites with Maple Glaze

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Pumpkin bites! Nibbles of pumpkin love! Little sweets of morning joy!

I wish I could say I wasn’t this shallow, but the prospect of eating about 50 of these little guys is single-handedly what got me out of bed this morning. That, and the fact that I would get to tell you about them.

Pumpkin Bites with Maple Glaze. Definition: tiny two-bite nuggets of pumpkin, oats, and maple syrup baked into a cross between a pumpkin cookie (which, for the record, I have never liked, so if you are hesitant – be encouraged) and a pumpkin scone (which, for the record, I LOVE) and a pumpkin muffin (obsessed).

They’re not as flat as pumpkin cookies, and they’re probably a bit more dense than a fluffy muffin. This makes them some kind of magic cookie-scone-muffin mashup that provides a perfect soft-baked dipper for your morning coffee. And then if you would happen to be some kind of weirdo who STILL isn’t convinced, they are drizzled with my all-time favorite maple glaze. So… do I even need to keep talking?

Pumpkin Bites with Maple Glaze are a MUST for pumpkin lovers! made with easy ingredients like oats, pumpkin, maple syrup, and olive oil. | pinchofyum.com

True fact -> you are one of two kinds of people:

  • The person who gets up at the first ringing – or even BEFORE the first ringing – of the alarm clock 🏆
  • The person who hits the snooze button 80 million times before eventually just abandoning the Time To Wake Up concept entirely and, as a result, rushing through the morning with what never ever seems to be enough coffee, all the while dreaming of the moment when work is done and you can return to bed 😑

Not that it’s obvious which one I am or anything.

The change in seasons means a lot of things for us here in the blogger’s paradise of Minnesota – like summer grill out and taco nights have turned into fall chili and cornbread nights eaten around the fire with pumpkin dessert plz! and runs around the lake have gone from a have-to to a must-do because of those deliciously sunny + cool temps and the Instagram potential with the colorful trees around every corner, and of course, the people of the internet (self included) are starting their slow return back to regular cooking which means good things for the blog.

Fall energy is all around! We have a lot of love love love for the change of seasons. But there’s one thing about fall that is alllll the thumbs down.

It’s seriously HARD to wake up in the morning.

You look outside and it’s still dark. You take the dog out and it’s just the tiniest bit cold – no more barefooted walking in the yard, my friend. Your coziest sweatshirt + the still-warm fluffy bed becomes THE ONLY THING that you could ever want in your whole life.

If you’re a type two person 🙋 and you also happen to be a blogger who can set their own hours 🙋, this spells major danger.

Pumpkin Bites with Maple Glaze are a MUST for pumpkin lovers! made with easy ingredients like oats, pumpkin, maple syrup, and olive oil. | pinchofyum.com
Pumpkin Bites with Maple Glaze are a MUST for pumpkin lovers! made with easy ingredients like oats, pumpkin, maple syrup, and olive oil. | pinchofyum.com
Pumpkin Bites with Maple Glaze are a MUST for pumpkin lovers! made with easy ingredients like oats, pumpkin, maple syrup, and olive oil. | pinchofyum.com
Pumpkin Bites with Maple Glaze are a MUST for pumpkin lovers! made with easy ingredients like oats, pumpkin, maple syrup, and olive oil. | pinchofyum.com
Pumpkin Bites with Maple Glaze are a MUST for pumpkin lovers! made with easy ingredients like oats, pumpkin, maple syrup, and olive oil. | pinchofyum.com

But if fall means eating more of dis stuff, I mean… just… GIMME.

It’s been a long time since I went to bed excited about what I would eat in the morning for breakfast, but last night, I had that feeling. There was a batch of these freshly-baked and just waiting for morning, so last night I wrapped them up, set them aside, and set my alarm for the earliest possible time that I could manage in order to feed my face with these loves.

Soft-baked, pumpkiny, stuffed with mini chocolate chips, and drizzled with maple glaze – that’s how all my fall mornings are going to start this year.

You and me and the whole world = these pumpkin bites = tomorrow morning. Saturday brunch date. ☕️☕️

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Pumpkin Bite with a maple glaze.

Pumpkin Bites with Maple Glaze

  • Author: Pinch of Yum
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 2530 pumpkin bites 1x


Pumpkin Bites with Maple Glaze are a MUST for pumpkin lovers! made with easy ingredients like oats, pumpkin, maple syrup, and olive oil.



For the Pumpkin Bites

  • 1 1/4 cup oat flour (see notes)
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup turbinado sugar (more for topping)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)

For the Glaze

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Batter: In a large bowl, combine the oat flour, all purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. In a smaller bowl, whisk the vanilla, pumpkin, egg, maple syrup, and olive oil. Add the wet ingredients to the larger bowl with the dry ingredients – stir until just combined. Add the mini chocolate chips and stir just a few times to distribute them throughout the batter.
  3. Baking: Scoop small amounts of the batter onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Using a round cookie scoop will help you get the nicest shape to your pumpkin bites. Sprinkle the tops with a little more turbinado sugar and bake for 10-12 minutes.
  4. Glaze: Melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir in the powdered sugar – it will clump together. Add the maple syrup and milk to smooth it out again, whisking to break apart the sugar clumps. Add additional water or milk in very small amounts to achieve desired consistency. When the glaze is smooth and runny, top each pumpkin bite with a drizzle. The glaze should set almost immediately.


I’m not the kind of person who keeps oat flour on hand, so I just measured several cups of rolled oats into my blender and turned it on for about 20-30 seconds, stopping to stir or shake it around to ensure everything was getting evenly ground up. Then I measured out the amount of oat flour needed for this recipe and stored the rest in an airtight container.

How finely you grind your flour will make a difference in how the batter holds together, so I find it best to go by feel more than exact measurements here. The batter should not spread at all when you scoop it – it should hold the shape of a ball. If it doesn’t, go back and add a little more flour or oat flour until it is sturdy enough to hold. I made this three times, and every time I’d be using somewhere between 1 1/4 cup and 1 1/2 cups of oat flour.

Nutrition information is for ONE bite out of a total of 28, including glaze (that’s exactly how many I got in this batch).

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 12 mins
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: pumpkin dessert, pumpkin bites, maple glaze recipe

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Awww how cute! I think these sound like the loveliness you showed on your tv spot last year around this time! <3 yuuuuum

    Quick blogger question…I can't for the life of me…figure out how to get emoji's on my blog and it makes me sad because I kinda would use them every other word 🙁 (I would restrain myself ..some…of course :D)
    Do you use a plugin or is it something you do through the Genesis Framework, not WordPress?
    I needs to express myself in emojis NOW 🙂
    mmkay thanks

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Yes, yes, I agree! I’ve been dying to know. Maybe a tutorial post? On how to use emojis? I know I’d show up! 😀

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        Hannah Elizabeth

        Same here!! I am a chronic emoji user, and would definitely use it on my private blog. I’ve been curious for some time, and almost tried looking it up online, but if Lindsay would explain it to us, I’m sure it would be much more clear and understandable. Please, Lindsay?? 🙂 <3

    2. Pinch of Yum Logo

      I use Safari, so when I go to the Edit menu, there is an option at the bottom called “Emoji and Special Characters” – then I just use that little panel to plunk the emojis in the post! 🙂

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    toni julianelle

    These look amazing! I think I just found my motivation for upping my morning mile walk from 1.5 to3….at one bite burned per mile, I can eat more of these when I get home! And get my cardio fitness building at double the rate! So my muscles thank you for the inspiration! Ha ha. Looking forward to these very much. Lately the pumpkins I see have been reminding me of a baked pasta with pumpkin and sage sauce you did last year. We loved it here! Pumpkin, bacon chicken I think. Will be enjoying it soon. And now a new reason to roast a pumpkin! Yum! Following your blog is a delight. You go, girl!

  3. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Yumm! I have been craving pumpkin spiced things ever since September 1st!

    I agree with you about running in the fall. My runs are mandatory in the fall, partially because the mornings are the perfect temperature. Also because I know that once winter comes my running will cease to exist until spring! Midwest problems! 🙂

  4. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I really want to make these, because guess what I have in the refrigerator…an open jar of pumpkin! (<-yes, sorry, fellow commenters, I was just that annoying person who just so happens to have what's needed for the recipe on hand.) But these look so delicious and yummy. And since I am a type two person, I think I could use a little extra motivation to get up. 😉

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    Ramona @ The Merchant Baker

    Pumpkin? muffin? cookie? scone? All in one sentence? I am so intrigued by what this texture is going to be like, I’m going to have to find time to make this! I love recipes that either use a whole can of pumpkin, or use up the little that’s left. This is going to be a great bonus recipe for all the times I have that little bit left.

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    Ramona @ The Merchant Baker

    These are so magical and they have everything in them that I love. I may actually be motivated to make them this weekend when my husband watches hours of football 🙂

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo
      Ramona @ The Merchant Baker

      Hi Lindsay, the first comment above is mine, but the second comment came from someone else. I emailed Abby as well. My husband actually does not watch hours of football 🙂 I think there’s an issue with the contact boxes not clearing previous comment contact info.

      1. Pinch of Yum Logo

        So sorry for the glitch Ramona. There are some caching issues going on … it’s extremely frustrating and we’re working on it!

  7. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I’m not ready to embrace fall yet. I’m still living in full on, flip-flop wearing, pumpkin ignoring, summer loving, denial. BUT, this post reminds me how much I love our ever-changing seasons. I will inevitably put on a sweater, admire the leaves, and drink a pumpkin spice drink soon enough, and be happy about it. And I will definitely be making these pumpkin bites…they are perfect!

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Thanks Jennifer! My mood towards fall changes like every five minutes. I am a summer lover at heart, but oh man, fall feels really good right now. 🙂

  8. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Oh Hallelujiah! it’s that time of year again. Fortunately I haven’t “shed my winter coat” from last year (if ya know what I mean) so I’m totally ready to throw on some bulky sweaters, park my carcass by warm fire with some hot tea and a few of these little beauties. They look delightful!

  9. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Yeah, so these look amazing! Love that you describe them as a cookie-muffin-scone mash up. Sounds perfect!

  10. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Incredible. Delicious. Oh my lanta I need these so much right now!! And maybe if I bake them, the weather in phoenix will finally be convinced that 105 degrees is NOT acceptable for fall-time? 🙂 Pinned!

  11. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I happened to have some pumpkin on hand to mix in to brownies today , but I am turning this bus around and heading straight to Pumpkin Bites Town!! Perfect with a PSL too I bet!

  12. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Yummy. Made these after I received the email. I had to add more oat flour. Didn’t grind the oats the second time as much as the first time – more coarse and more textural. My husband loved them and I will make them again. This is perfect for the flavor of autumn that I crave.

  13. Pinch of Yum Logo

    You had me at “pumpkin bites.” Definitely going to try these when the sugar pie pumpkins finally hit the produce aisle. I doubt these little morsels would last till breakfast!

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      I logged in for the very same question…swap regular cane sugar or brown sugar? Perhaps a smaller quantity? These sound wonderful!

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      I logged in to ask the same question…regular cane sugar or brown sugar? Maybe in smaller measurements? These sound amazing!

    3. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Sure! The sugar on top wouldn’t get the same crunchiness but it would work just fine to use that in the recipe. I actually made it with and without the sugar and both worked.

  14. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I haven’t given in to pumpkin temptation since it’s still miserably warm outside here in Texas. However, today it feels like the fall, and I want all the pumpkin things. First item on my list? These beauts.

  15. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Lindsay, these look heavenly! I love the maple + pumpkin combo and obviously am not turning down anything pumpkin-related now that we’re heading into fall. Filing this one under “make a double batch”!