Raw Pumpkin Butter


Oh October- you are right around the corner.
How I adore thee. 
Sweaters, knee high boots and Halloween costumes!
Oh wait.
I’m in California.
Sweaters, knee high boots and Halloween costumes!
And pumpkins.

So, a week and a half ago I was up in Huntington Beach helping my sister and her husband move into their new place and the day after we did a little HB tour which included Trader Joes.  Why Trader Jose’s?  Because as we drove by I saw giant crates of PUMPKINS outside and I’ve been looking for them down here in San Diego but to no avail.  Imagine my delight when I spotted the giant orange orbs from across the street.
I shouted (like a 5 year old)
I WANT PUNNNNN-KINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So, I bought them (organic pumpkins were super duper cheap!)
I came out of the store singing, “I got pumpkinsss I got pumpkins
My sister said, “Who are you telling???
I said, “anyone!
I’m a dork.
I’m aware.
Aside from carving pumpkins and toasting pumpkin seeds, 
I LOVE pumpkin butter.
Love it.
Pumpkin butter and I have a hot relationship every Fall.  But then I realized, man! Pumpkin Butter is freakin’ pricey!
Like 6 buckaroos for that teeny jar?  
For reals, yo?!???
So, I took my small pumpkin and I peeled it
Then I grabbed a really good knife
Chopped the pumpkin in half
Scooped out the seeds with a spoon.
Chopped it up into 1 inch pieces.
Tossed the pieces into the food processor.
Added a super ripe apple for sweetness.
Added 2 heaping tablespoons of cinnamon and 1 tablespoon of nutmeg.
Added a tablespoon of stevia.  (feel free to use dates or agave – but stevia was all I had on hand)
Pulsed it up a bit.
Added 1/4 cup of spring water.
Put it on blend.
My own GIANT HUMONGOUS jar of organic raw pumpkin butter.  It resembles the texture of apple sauce, but if I call it pumpkin sauce, people will think of a drizzly sauce… you can always add more water to make it more saucy, but I think it’s great as is!
What am I going to do with it?  You mean, aside from eating it straight out of the jar?
Well my go-to breakfast of late has been: 1 ripe banana mashed, 1 tablespoon of raw almond butter mixed together with 3/4 cup of old fashioned oats and spring water – I mix this all in a coffee mug by the way – it’s good for portion control.
I’m switching out the banana for this pumpkin butter.  Oh yeah.  Oatmeal just got a lot sexier.
You can also spread it on toast, use it in a pie, heck, make pumpkin bread and cookies!  
Spread it in your hair to make it shiny! 
Just kidding.  
I don’t know if that works or not.  
Don’t try that at home and then blame me.
I made 3 times the amount of pumpkin butter for one-third of the cost by making it myself, vs. buying a jar from a store and it tastes just as good, and super fresh!
That’s pretty dang sweet!
Know what else is pretty dang sweet?  My breakfast tomorrow. 

Lovely comments!

  1. This is an AWESOME post! I’m so grateful for you to share this. 🙂 Thank You isn’t enough! 🙂

  2. You are so very welcome!!! 🙂

  3. It tastes even more like pumpkin if you dehydrate the pumpkin first for a bit and then blend it!

  4. I really like this idea! Especially since on my walk yesterday i walked past a shop selling wedges of pumpkin (it’s not so easy to find in the UK but we’re getting there slowly…). Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Yum! I am so glad I found your blog 🙂
    Happy MoFo-ing!

  6. You have managed to make me homesick for SoCal and Trader Joe’s while simultaneously giving me an incredible urge to go pumpkin hunting though I do have a kabocha squash hanging about in the pantry. I’m wondering if that will do?

  7. I made this and stirred a big helping into my artel cut oatmeal. yum!

  8. Sorry that was supposed to be steel cut!

  9. Wow this looks amazing! I love pumpkin anything. So glad I found your blog- cool stuff!
    Have a good weekend girl!


  10. Thanks so much!! I definitely like this better using DATES instead of stevia, but I went with stevia when I made it since that was all I had in the kitchen. 🙂 So glad you found the blog too!

  11. @GoblinKitchen – I always substitute squashes or sweet potato even when I am looking for that pumpkin flavor. I bet you could make a delicious squash-butter!!!! Give it a shot! Even if it doesn’t turn out as you expect, I’m sure it will still taste good. 🙂

  12. I just grew some lakota squash in my garden and I am going to try this when the weather cools down. It’s 110 where I live, not into pumpkins for a month or two. Just found your blog and am I ever so happy. I am really struggling to eat right and eat during daylight hours only for best detox and sleep.

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