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How to make Pumpkin Seed Butter – so easy!

Pumpkin Seed Butter on a sprouted, whole grain bagel with bananas and strawberries

This pumpkin seed butter is a hit with my kids! Frankly, I wasn’t really expecting it to be, it’s not the most attractive color.  But the touch of honey and its nice texture won them over.

I’ve been playing with seeds a lot lately, because one of my kids’ schools is nut-free, and the other is peanut-free. I’m always working on nutrient-dense lunch ideas that aren’t nuts. We’ve completely OD’d on humus. It was time for something new.

In addition to being delicious, this pumpkin seed butter is super nutritious. The pumpkin seeds are nutrient dense, raw honey is an immune booster, and I used heart healthy extra virgin olive oil to make it creamy.

Benefits of pumpkin seeds:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • High in Zinc…protects against osteoporosis
  • High in Magnesium…supports relaxation
  • Contains phytosterols… reduces levels of LDL cholesterol.
  • contain L-tryptophan… effective against depression.

I ate mine on top of banana to avoid the wheat bagel - wheat and I don't get along

Pumpkin Seed Butter


  • 1 cup Pumpkin Seeds – look them over and take out any that look really dry or discolored. Also smell your pumpkin seeds to make sure they are not rancid. Rancid seeds have a strong smell that is not appealing. Trust your nose.
  • 1 Tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 heaping teaspoons Raw Honey
  • Pinch of Sea Salt

How to:

  • Grind Pumpkin Seeds into a fine powder – I used my Vitamix
  • Transfer Pumpkin Seed powder to a food processor (I switched to the food processor, because I was making quite a small batch and the food processor  tends to work a bit better with very small amounts)
  • Drizzle Olive Oil in slowly as you process the Pumpkin Seed powder. You can make your pumpkin seed butter as creamy as you want by adding more oil. I chose to not go very creamy and stopped when the pumpkin seed butter was the texture of firm dough.
  • Add honey and Sea Salt. Mix until thoroughly blended.
  • Enjoy!

Ready for the lunch box


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March 23, 2011 at 11:19 pm 6 comments

Honeyed Walnuts – the easiest sweet-treat ever!

You may be wondering “What the heck are you going to do with 20 lbs of honey!”

Well, I use honey for baking, for raw deserts and for medicinal purposes.

But the current, most popular use of our new “rough/raw” honey is Honeyed Walnuts.

Continue Reading January 25, 2011 at 7:57 pm 1 comment

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