Happy fall my friends! It's officially October (as of last week) and that means the colder weather is upon us.
That also means it's time to dive head first into all the fall flavors and all things pumpkin!
To kick off pumpkin season, I'm sharing my homemade pumpkin butter recipe that will knock your socks off.
Like, it's SO good.
But it's also 100% sugar free, meaning no added sugar, no refined sugar, and no extra fruit sugars. I promise you can't tell!
So if you're one of my fellow pumpkin lovers, this healthy pumpkin butter is one of the fall treats you have to make this time of year!
Pumpkin butter is a reduction of canned pumpkin puree with sugar, water, and cinnamon.
Many recipes use apple juice, apple cider vinegar, or lemon juice in place of water, and some recipes opt for natural sweeteners like pure maple syrup instead of white or brown sugar.
This simple recipe doesn't need any apples; it uses sugar free maple syrup and Stevia to sweeten the pumpkin instead!
Both are fruit butters made with cinnamon and sugar, but pumpkin butter is sweeter with hints of maple, where apple butter has a bit more tang and isn't quite as smooth.
If you don't have almond butter, you could use natural creamy cashew butter or natural creamy sunflower butter. If you use sunflower butter, omit the salt and remember that you will be able to taste the sunflower butter more than the other butters.
You can use pure maple syrup in place of the sugar free maple syrup, but note that the pumpkin butter will be much sweeter than the original recipe and no longer sugar free. (You could also use water, but if you do, use 1/4 cup of water with 1/2 teaspoon maple extract and don't expect great results.)
Lastly, monkfruit can be used in place of Stevia.
Step 1: combine the pumpkin purée, almond butter, maple syrup, Stevia, and 3/4 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice in a small pot. Whisk until smooth. If you're feeling fancy, you could add a splash of vanilla extract too.
Step 2: simmer the pumpkin butter over medium low heat for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add more pumpkin spice or salt to taste, as needed.
Note: since this recipe uses less liquid than most other recipes, we are NOT cooking the butter at medium-high heat. This also means that you need to stay by the butter while it reduces on the stove so it doesn't burn or make a mess.
Step 3: remove the pumpkin butter from the stove and pour into an airtight container. I suggest either a glass tupperware or a large mason jar. Let cool completely to room temperature, then cover with a lid and store for up to 3 weeks in the fridge.
Note: if you cover with a lid while the pumpkin butter is still warm, you will end up with extra liquid and therefore thin out the butter.
Step 4: serve your healthy homemade spread with any of the food items below!
Yes! However, I would double the recipe. Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker, then cook on LOW heat for 6-8 hours. Let cool completely to room temperature before storing.
Maybe, but I have not tested this recipe in the Instant Pot, and because my keto pumpkin butter recipe is ready in less than 30 minutes, I don't think the Instant Pot will be any easier or save any time.
Yes! You do not need any flour to make pumpkin butter.
Yes. Once the canned pumpkin is opened and cooked with the other ingredients, it needs to be stored in an airtight container in the fridge. It will stay fresh for 2-3 weeks.
This sugar free pumpkin butter recipe is good for you! It's a great way to get dietary fiber, vitamin A, and vitamin K in your diet, and it's incredibly delicious, too. One serving of this recipe has 25% of the daily value of vitamin A!
I know you'll love this delicious recipe for sugar free pumpkin butter! It's so easy to make, it's made with healthier ingredients, and it's better than the stuff from Trader Joe's because it's homemade!
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Made with only 4 ingredients, this healthy homemade pumpkin butter is sugar free, low carb (keto), and vegan. It only takes 30 minutes to make and tastes exactly like fall! Serve with toast, crackers, homemade bread, or your favorite sweet treats.
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