With my favorite month of the year just one day away, I thought I would share a delicious recipe with you guys that will get you in the mood for October: Pumpkin Butter! Want the fun facts? This pumpkin butter is healthy and comes in at just 26 calories/TBSP…not bad for enjoying some extra spread on your favorite baked goods or stirred into your yogurt or oatmeal. Besides being healthy, it’s super tasty and easy – so let’s get to the good stuff!
- 1 15-oz can pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup agave syrup or honey
- 1 Tbsp Pure Maple Syrup
- 1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 3/4 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice*
- Pinch of salt
* You can make your own pumpkin pie spice by adding 1/2 tsp ground ginger, 1/4 tsp ground cloves, 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg. You don’t need to add cinnamon as it’s already included above, but, if you’re using this spice for another recipe, you would want to add 1 tsp ground cinnamon to the mix.
Combine the pumpkin, agave nectar (I used half of this and honey as I was running low of both ingredients), maple syrup and vanilla extract in a small saucepan over medium heat, mixing until well combined. Stir constantly and cook for about 15 minutes or until thickened. Add the spices and salt and continue cooking for an additional 5 minutes. Remove the pan from heat and transfer your pumpkin butter to a small bowl or jar. Let cool completely before covering and refrigerating. Pumpkin butter will keep for about 2 weeks in a covered air tight container in the refrigerator.
NOTE: Continuously stirring is very important in this recipe to keep your pumpkin butter from burning. If you have to walk away, however, add a few tablespoons of apple juice and turn down the stove heat to low, still continuing to stir as you can. (Add about 5-7 minutes additional cooking time if you do this.)
And there you have it! I don’t dream this great concoctions up, I just spend some time browsing online to find them and pass along to you. It’s easy, tasty, healthy, and a fun fall treat; I think it would make a great present for someone – homemade gifts are the best. 🙂
Do you have any favorite fall foods? Share a recipe or two in the comments section if you do! Enjoy the shifting of September to October and have a great end to the week – the weekend’s just around the corner. Live well and be well!