Desserts on a Diet – Mini Pumpkin Tarts


Desserts on a Diet – Mini Pumpkin Tarts


Everyone seems to be a on a diet these days and far too often I find myself putting away more than half a dessert because no one wanted to indulge after dinner.  If you are responsible for dessert at one of your holiday dinner invites – try this spin on a classic pumpkin pie.

Try the signature autumn flavour of pumpkin in a fun new way with these bite-size tarts. They’re easy to make, even easier to eat, and make a great treat for any fall party. No baking required!

Mini Pumpkin Tarts




  • 3 packages (15 tarts each) prebaked frozen mini pastry shells (we used Athens Mini Fillo Shells)
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin
  • 2 cups (plus extra for garnish) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 teaspoon (plus extra for garnish) pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 (3.4-ounce) package cheesecake-flavor instant pudding and pie filling
  • Mint leaves (for garnish)


  1. Remove the shells from the freezer and let them thaw at room temperature for 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the pumpkin, whipped topping, and pumpkin pie spice in a medium bowl, whisking until smooth. Add the pudding mix and whisk until smooth and thick.
  3. Spoon about 1 tablespoon of the filling into each of the shells (you can also pipe the filling with a pastry bag or a plastic sandwich bag with one corner snipped off), then top the tarts with whipped topping, a sprinkling of the pumpkin pie spice, and a mint leaf, if you like. Makes 45 tarts.


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