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20 Minute Pumpkin Butter

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  • Ready in: Cook: 20 M, Total: 20 M
  • Serves: 12
  • kcal: Calories: 59 Fat: 0.2 g Saturated fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 15 gSugar: 12.1 g Sodium: 15 mg Fiber: 1.5 g Protein: 0.5 g
20 Minute Pumpkin Butter

It’s the perfect spread to have on hand for adding to all kinds of fall treats – breakfast items being my favorite.


  • 2 15-ounce (425 g) cans pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 2/3 cup (128 g) coconut sugar or muscovado sugar (or sub organic brown sugar)
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) maple syrup (Grade A is best)
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) pure unsweetened apple juice
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced (1 Tbsp or 15 ml)
  • 2 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice*
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch sea salt
  • Step by Step Directions

    1. Add all ingredients to a large saucepan or pot over medium-high heat and stir to combine.

      Once it begins bubbling, reduce heat to low and simmer. You’re looking for a frequent bubble, so if there isn’t much going on at the surface, increase heat to medium-low heat. If bubbling too vigorously, reduce heat to low.

      Cook, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. This is 20-minute pumpkin butter, but if you have more time, leaving it on the stove for another 5-10 minutes will only deepen the flavors and thicken the texture. However, 20 minutes was about perfect!








    2. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed, adding more coconut sugar or maple syrup for sweetness, lemon juice for acidity, cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice for warmth, or salt to balance the flavors.

      Once cooled completely, transfer to a large glass container and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, sometimes more (depending on the freshness of your ingredients).

      Pumpkin butter is a delicious addition to fall goodies like waffles, pancakes, pumpkin bread, butternut squash banana bread, or oatmeal! Enjoy straight from the fridge, or let it warm to room temperature before adding to items like waffles or pancakes.


      *If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice, use this DIY blend: 2 tsp ground cinnamon, 2 tsp ground ginger, 1 tsp ground nutmeg, 1/2 tsp ground cloves.


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