Fall Butter

Okay, so I know it’s not really fall yet, but you know what?  I had to wear a sweatshirt on my walk this morning so I’m pretty sure it’s close enough to fall to start adding pumpkin flavor to EVERYTHING.

That being said, how about some nut butter made with the lovely fall flavors of pumpkin seeds, pecans, maple syrup, and cinnamon?  Sounds pretty good, no?

Fall Butter | (healthy) Vittles & Bits This delightful spread is great on crackers, pitas, toast, and probably pretty much anything else you’d want to slather it on.

I used pumpkin puree in addition to the nuts and seeds, which makes this nut butter lighter than your typical peanut or almond butter.  The maple syrup lends it a touch of sweetness, and can be adjusted up or down to increase or decrease the sweetness to your liking.

Fall Butter | (healthy) Vittles & Bits

I chose to use Mary’s Gone Crackers Super Seed crackers.  I’ve never tried Mary’s Gone Crackers brand before, although I have heard of them.  I must say, they were awesome!  This particular flavor of crackers is gluten-free, non-gmo, soy free, and vegan, not to mention packed with great, nutrient dense seeds.  They’re pricey, but definitely delicious.

Fall Butter | (healthy) Vittles & Bits

I seriously cannot wait for fall.  I feel like such a hypocrite though because I know that ten minutes into winter I’m going to be whining about how freakin’ cold it is.  Happens every year.  Still, the lure of boots, scarves, and ridiculous amounts of pumpkin flavored treats is just too great to dampen my excitement at the present moment….

So if you’re like me, and want to get a jump on the season, start it off with a bang and whip up some of this delicious fall butter asap!

Fall Butter

Fall Butter

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups pumpkin seeds, soaked overnight
  • 1 cup pecans, soaked overnight
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup (or you can substitute 5 drops liquid stevia)
  • 1.5 tsp ground cinnamon

Method:

  1. Soaking nuts and seeds is an easy way to greatly improve nutrient bioavailability, and also makes them softer and easier to blend into a nut butter. All you need to do is to place the nuts in a glass container and cover them with enough water to get 1-2 inches of water over the nuts. Cover them with cheesecloth or a loose lid and let them soak overnight. Then in the morning, simply rinse the nuts with cold water and lay them on paper towels and blot dry a bit.
  2. Add all the ingredients to a powerful blender such as a Vitamix or a Blendtec, and start the blending on a low speed and increase gradually. As needed, stop the blender and scrape down the sides of the container or use a tamper to push the ingredients towards the blade in order to get everything blended together nicely.
  3. Once you have reached your desired consistency, spread on to crackers or toast and enjoy!
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It took me about 10 minutes of blending until I had a consistency I was happy with, but I’m sure it will differ depending on what blender you’re using.

Fall Butter | (healthy) Vittles & Bits

Some things I was thinking would make good add-ins include: cacao nibs or mini chocolate chips, maca powder, or shredded coconut.  Let me know if you try something else that’s awesome – the possibilities are endless :-)

So tell me, what are you most excited about for fall?  

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