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Make This Pumpkin Butter ASAP (and Put it on Everything)

By Samantha Schwab
August 23, 2021
Photo Credit: Sam Schwab

Confession: We turn into pumpkin addicts as soon as Labor Day arrives. Is it ever ‘too early’ to start making PSL’s or pumpkin bread? (That’s a rhetorical question.) That’s why it’s no surprise that we love this easy (and healthy) pumpkin butter recipe. It’s creamy, flavorful, and truly a taste of fall. 

As soon as sugar pumpkins start popping up at your local farmer’s market, grab a couple and block off an hour to make this delectable fall favorite. It takes a little bit of time, but if you’ve ever made homemade pumpkin puree, then you’re going to love this recipe. STAT. It takes pumpkin puree one step further by jazzing it up with maple syrup and pumpkin spices and then baking it (or cooking it on the stovetop) a second time. 

We promise you won’t regret it. 

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Photo Credit: Sam Schwab

This Pumpkin Butter Is a Fall Pantry Staple

We believe that this pumpkin butter should be apart of every fall pantry; here’s why:

1. It’s a healthy way to satisfy your sweet tooth.

There are no refined sugars, preservatives, or additives in this homemade version. This spread does a wonderful job of letting the pumpkin do its thang while enhancing its flavors with maple syrup and fall spices. Even on its own, it fulfills the same cravings you might have for a slice of pumpkin pie or pumpkin bread… but so much healthier!

2. It’s made with real pumpkin.

We kind of feel like the Grinch telling you Santa isn’t real, but canned pumpkin isn’t necessarily “real.” Though it’s *technically* pumpkin, it’s actually a strain of Dickinson squash. All the more reason to make this pumpkin butter from scratch!

3. You can enjoy it in so many different ways.

Since a decent sized pumpkin yields quite a large batch of this tasty “butter,” you can and should get creative with it. Here are just a few of our favorite ways to make use of this flavor gold:

  • Make a pumpkin spice latte!
  • Serve atop yogurt or ice cream
  • Use as a replacement for pumpkin puree in pumpkin bread or pie
  • Stuff it inside pasta

4. You can freeze it.

If you find yourself unable to use up the entire batch, have peace of mind knowing that this pumpkin butter freezes well. We recommend storing in an ice cube tray in the freezer for perfectly sized portions for your PSL!

5. You’ll feel like Martha.

…or at least we do whenever we whip up a batch of this heavenly “butter.” This pumpkin butter recipe is so easy to make, yet it’s extremely impressive. Next time you’re hosting, serve this pumpkin butter as a side for crusty bread. Your guests will think you’re pure magic, and we humbly anticipate them asking for the recipe. 

Get the recipe: Homemade Pumpkin Butter by Samantha Schwab

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