Pumpkin pie phyllo bites

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Welcome to another addition of What I Ate Wednesday! Yesterday was a good day. 1. I think I’ve 95% kicked my cold. 2. I ran 10 miles 3. I ate 2 different kinds of delicious desserts. Ready for the run down?


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Oats in a jar. And not just any jar…

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This jar! I can’t tell you how long I’ve waited for this day. Guys, this stuff is what I hope heaven to be filled with (if I make it there.) I spent about 30 minutes making sure I got every single morsel of goodness out of this thing. Sometimes Ginger gets lucky and we give her empty pb jars. This was not one of those times.

You know what a larabar looks like right? Well picture half of a brownie chocolate chip cookie dough one as a snack here. Smile

I fit in a 10 mile run during an extended lunch break (love the flexibility of working from home for this reason!) and came back pretty much ravenous. Seeing a calorie burn like this might explain it.


Looks like I’ve got some eatin’ to do!


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Turkey, cheddar, spinach and hummus bagel sandwich. Apple with almond butter and carrots with hummus. I know this does not look like the lunch of someone who just ran 10 miles but that’s because I had grand plans for dessert later. Winking smile

I also may or may not have snuck one of these delicious bites in for something slightly sweet.

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Pumpkin phyllo bites collage

Recipe below, but they’re basically the easiest and tastiest way to use up that measly cup or so of pumpkin you have left when you open a can for something and then don’t know what to do with the rest. Tastes like pumpkin pie on the inside, except healthier than the normal filling with less sugar and real milk instead of evaporated without the work, calories or bother of a pie crust.

I worked a bit later than usual partly to make up for my extended lunch and partly because my region is the west coast and they’re still hopping come 5pm east coast time, but after work I had one thing on my mind.



Fudgy, salted brownies. Is there any other way?

I had no idea what I was going to do for dinner, but dessert was covered. At least my priorities are straight, right?

Dinner ended up being a takeout calzone with leftover roasted brussel sprouts thanks to Ulysses picking it up on his way home.

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The calzone actually gave me a great excuse to test out some of the new goodies I got yesterday from Newman’s Own as part of the Foodbuzz Tastemakers program.

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I added the tomato & basil one on top of my portion of the calzone and let me just say I was super impressed. I’m a self admitted tomato sauce snob and this was excellent. No jarred, nasty fake taste. It actually tasted like real tomatoes and the basil flavor was prominent enough to make it taste fresh.

I was sent these two sauces, a few different dressings and a flip cam. While I didn’t use the flip cam to record any groundbreaking new recipes (yet!), I did test it out by tormenting Ginger. Make this #465,798 why I shouldn’t have kids.

Daddy was not home. I’m just mean and that was my attempt at revenge for her rolling in deer shit earlier in the day. Can you imagine what I might do to my kid when faced with a really dirty diaper? Yeah, me too and that’s why the subject of kids is off the table.

Battlefield 3 came out yesterday which means I’ve lost my husband after dinner for the next 3 months or so until he beats the game. What does that mean for me? Brownies+ Mad Men with no interruptions.

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I think I’m ok with that.


Pumpkin Phyllo Bites

Yield: 8 bites

  • 8 phyllo dough sheets
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup milk (I used 1%)


Thaw phyllo dough sheets according to directions. Preheat oven to 375. Grease muffin pan. Mix all ingredients besides phyllo dough together in a medium bowl. Layer two sheets of dough on top of each other. Cut in half. Then fold that half in half so that you have a square. Line muffin cup with square shaped phyllo dough and spoon about 2 tablespoons of mixture into cup. Continue this process until dough is used up. This recipe makes enough for 8 cups/bites but is easily increased if you have more pumpkin. Bake at 375 for 15-17 minutes until phyllo dough is browned on the edges and pumpkin mixture is just set. Let cool in muffin pan for at least 10 minutes to set.

*These are best enjoyed the day they are made otherwise the phyllo will get a bit soggy even though the pumpkin pie inside will still taste fine.

Do you like your brownies fudgy or cake-like?

Do you torment your dog for fun or am I just an incredibly cruel person?

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  1. 1

    I would definitely make those pumpkin phyllo bites! I have tons of pumpkin left and was wondering what to do with them. Thanks for the recipe!

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    Ginger is so funny! We do the same thing to Rusty. He barks like crazy at my brother whether he’s in the room or if you just mention his name. I should share that the next time I’m home. :)

  3. 3

    I mess with Bungee all the time. Sometimes I play the doorbell ringtone on my phone just to get her barking and on high alert. It’s hilarious.

    Seriously awesome job on the 10 miler!

    I go for fudgy with brownies, that’s why the black bean ones are so great, they’re automatically fudgy!

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      Running to the Kitchen says:

      ah yes the doorbell! I love when we’re watching a show and a doorbell rings and she goes nuts. So smart and so so dumb at the same time…

  4. 5

    Fudgy brownies all the way ;)

  5. 6

    Mmmm…LOVE a good fudgey brownie…and the salt on top? Brilliant.

  6. 7

    Those brownies look like what dreams are made of. I like mine thick and fudgy. Cakey brownies don’t do it for me at all!

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    Can’t read this before lunch when Im hungry>..Im almost drooling.!
    and if you ever torture my grandkids (if I ever get any) like that Ill have to think of a torture for you! ;o

  8. 10

    A few things –

    A. Great job on the run!

    B. Those pumpkin phyllo bites are GENIUS!

    C. I want some brownies.

    D. I still have not found cinnamon raisin or mighty maple PB&Co and want to try them SO badly.

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    That peanut butter is my ALL TIME favorite! Whenever I buy that jar its gone in like..5 days..that video is so funny! I always do that to my dogs if I’m annoyed with them or want them to do something..its a good trick to get the dogs to come inside from being outside haha

  10. 15

    That new camera is incredible (I know it’s not really super new by this point but I’ve been meaning to comment on it). Your photos are sooo great!

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    Christelle says:

    Definitely gooey ones, I’ll still eat the cakey ones…cause hey! a brownie is a brownie, but I prefer some awesome gooey-ness!

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    Cinnamon raisin swirl?? How did I NOT know this existed??? I am legit drooling (as usual when I read your blog!) just thinking about OIAJ in that!!

    That and those salted fudgy brownies and I’m a drooling mess over here. Gee thanks. ;-)
    note to self: don’t read your blog when I’m starving for lunch!!

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    Love the oats in a jar and Brussel sprouts are everywhere today! Happy WIAW!

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    Fudgy brownies are the best. Forget cake, give me brownies anytime. And salted? Yes, please! Yours look almost like fudge, they’re so dense. Yum!
    That’s a good day of eats.

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    Great job on the run, holy calorie burn!!! Salted brownies?! How did I not think of this before??

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    That is the best PB EVERRRR. Great run!! Fudgey brownies are for sure the best. Ginger is adorable!

  17. 22

    Cinnamon raisin pb is my favorite nut butter for sure! I was so sad when I polished it off last week :(

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    Mmm…I’m obsessed with Newman’s spaghetti sauce as well. Tomato basil is my fav. That pumpkin phillo cup looks great! I literally throw my frozen phillo dough to defrost right after reading this!

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    I like fudgy best but I never met a brownie that I would kick out of bed.

    And yes, I torment my dog to no end. That’s the perk of having a dog, right? I like to say, “Who is that?” which results in my Rascal looking out the window or door for a stranger/squirrel/skate boarder. All of which are cause for alarm.

  20. 25

    ooo those phyllo bites look awesome! I actually enjoy a fudgey brownie…

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    Ooohhh poor Ginger!! She wanted Daddy so much! haha what a cutie:)
    Nice job on the 10 miles, Gina! I take it you’re feeling better? Hoping I wake up feeling well, too.
    I need those brownies in my life!

  22. 27

    FUDGE & SALTED!!! yum!!! :D no way they can get any better!! oohhh maybe with peanut butter in them ;)
    Nice recipe! Can’t wait to try ‘em!

  23. 28

    Those little cups are about all the pumpkin pie I can handle. They are the perfect size for me. I am more interested in the brownies. They look so delicious!

  24. 29

    All of your eats look delicious!! I want to work from home for that reason too. sigh.

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    Being a weim owner…I absolutely loved your video! Of course, I torment mine…however, she’s well ahead of me on the scoreboard of this game! I think it’s our coping mechanism ;)


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