Pumpkin Pie Paletas


Autumn is my favorite season and whenever it rolls around I crave pumpkin-flavored everything! So far this season I have gotten my hands on pumpkin donuts, a pumpkin latte, oatmeal raisin pumpkin cookies and I stocked my cabinets with cans of pumpkin as soon as the store put up the display. (Not to mention I’ve been lighting a pumpkin-scented candle to make the house smell like pumpkin.)

I’m loving the chilly mornings and evenings, but during the day it’s still feeling like summer out there. With today’s temperatures predicted to reach a sunny 94 F, I decided we needed something to cool off, and yet that pumpkin craving remains. What to do? Pumpkin pie paletas seemed like a perfect compromise!

Creamy vanilla ice cream is mixed with pumpkin and dark brown sugar, spiced with cinnamon and given a dash of salt to bring out the other flavors. To give the feel of pie, we can’t forget about the crust, so crushed cinnamon graham crackers mixed with melted butter give this popsicle the perfect texture and added richness. This recipe is based off a pumpkin pie recipe we make every year for Thanksgiving and it is so beloved that Carlos and the boys licked the bowl clean while waiting for the paletas!

Pumpkin Pie Paletas

What you need:

4 cups vanilla ice cream, softened
1 cup cinnamon graham crackers, crushed
1 cup canned pumpkin
4 tbs. unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon


1. In a small bowl, combine melted butter and cinnamon graham cracker crumbs. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl, combine ice cream, pumpkin, dark brown sugar, salt and cinnamon. Stir until completely combined.

3. Mix graham cracker crumb mixture into ice cream mixture. Stir just until combined.

4. Pour into popsicle molds. (Optional: You can top with more crushed graham cracker.) Insert the popsicle stick and freeze for 2 to 3 hours until solid. To remove popsicles from molds, run the popsicle mold under warm water, (taking care not to get water on the paletas), until you can gently pull them out.


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  1. These sound amazing! I’m pumpkin lover too and will gladly take the hot weather, only thing I dislike about autumn is that winter follows…

  2. I know this is stupid but I can’t think of pumpkin as a “treat”. I felt the same about carrot cake though, and quickly got addicted to it… so I guess I will just have to try some seasonal pumpkin pie, silly French me!

    On the other hand… do I really need another addiction? Mmm…

    • LOL, how do you feel about chocolate zucchini muffins? It’s interesting how we categorize foods culturally, isn’t it?

      Anyhow, pumpkin is definitely a treat when mixed with brown sugar – give it a try and you’ll probably agree!

  3. Yum! I love pumpkin-flavored everything and one of the hardest things about living in El Salvador are the lack of four seasons (I console myself with the knowledge that I can go to the beach year-round ;) ).

    I got some bad news yesterday: I went to Starbucks, and they didn’t have a pumpkin spice latte on the menu. I asked whether they are going to have it and I was told no. !!! Last year they did have it, which I was very surprised by. I miss my PSLs!

  4. Hi Tracy,

    If you are a pumpkin lover you MUST try my grandmother’s pumpkin chiffon pie. It is extraordinary. You can download it from tinyurl.com/pumpkinpie2013 .

    Really, this pie is so good I always make an extra one for us to have for breakfast the next day. The chiffon texture is light and fluffy. This is a perfect counterpoint to the earthy nature of the pumpkin itself. The mixture of crumbs and pecans in the crust, and the whipped cream topping, push it into transcendence.

    Now I’m thinking about Thanksgiving already — and yesterday it was in the 90s and super humid in New York!

    Buen provecho,

    • Gracias, Judy! Just downloaded. I’m down for trying anything pumpkin! :) (And yes, I’m already having Thanksgiving cravings too. I’m try so hard not to make things we traditionally eat at Thanksgiving because I don’t want to spoil my appetite for them later.)

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