If you want to know how to make pumpkin butter, this healthy, homemade pumpkin butter recipe will be on your fall must-make list! Just like Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Butter, but without the refined sugar. Great in yogurt, oatmeal, smoothies and on toast, English muffins and more!
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If you love Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Butter, this is a must make!
Fall means all things pumpkin spice and everything nice! But since I no longer consume refined sugar, I knew I needed to recreate one of my favorite fall treats – homemade pumpkin butter.
This recipe tastes just like Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Butter, but instead of refined sugar, I made a substitute to bring the refined sugar to ZERO grams!
In this post I will show you how to make pumpkin butter, what you’ll need and how you can enjoy this smooth, creamy, delicious spread!
What do I need to make homemade pumpkin butter?
- Canned (or freshly roasted) pumpkin puree
- Swerve Brown Sugar Replacement or you can also use honey or maple syrup (these are considered added sugar) but are a good quality, natural sweetener
- The juice of one lemon
- Pumpkin Pie Spice
- Vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
For exact ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the post for the recipe. Thanks!
Steps to making homemade pumpkin butter:
- The first step to making pumpkin butter is to add all of your ingredients to a medium sauce pan.
- Next, set the heat on medium-low and bring the pumpkin mixture to a low simmer.
- Once at a low simmer, reduce the heat slightly and simmer for approximately 5 minutes, stirring often.
After about 5 minutes of simmering, the pumpkin mixture will darken slightly.
Let it cool for 10 minutes before enjoying.
If you are refrigerating or freezing the pumpkin butter, let it cool to room temperature before transferring to an airtight container. You can use a plastic resealable (freezer-safe) container or store in a mason jar with a tight-fitting lid if you’re looking to keep it in your refrigerator.
Ingredient Substitutions and Recommendations:
- Pumpkin: you can either use canned (store-bought) pumpkin puree or you can roast your own pumpkin.
- Swerve Brown Sugar Substitute – many grocery stores now carry this popular brown sugar alternative. However, you can also use any other granular sugar substitute, like Lakanto products. Honey and maple syrup are also good, natural sweeteners, however these will increase your sugar content and calories.
- Pumpkin Pie Spice – this is a combination of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice. If you cannot find pumpkin pie spice, measure out 1/4 tsp. cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. ginger, 1/4 tsp. nutmeg and 1/4 tsp. allspice.
For exact ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions be sure to scroll down to the recipe at the bottom of the post. Thanks!
Frequently asked questions about how to make pumpkin butter:
Pumpkin butter is great on toast, English muffins, waffles, pancakes and bagels. It’s also wonderful stirred into yogurt, oatmeal and smoothies and as a topping on vanilla ice cream.
Pumpkin butter is made of pumpkin puree, brown sugar substitute (or your preferred sweetener), lemon juice, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract and salt.
No. Pumpkin butter does not contain butter.
It is called pumpkin butter because of it’s smooth butter-like consistency. It also resembles the consistency of apple butter.
Most homemade pumpkin butter recipes will last 2-3 weeks, when stored in an airtight container and refrigerated.
Yes. You can definitely freeze pumpkin butter. When placed in an airtight, freezer-safe container, pumpkin butter can last up to a year when frozen.
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Love Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Butter but not all the sugar?
Trader Joe’s is famous for many of their products, and in the fall they carry some wonderful pumpkin products, including their highly renowned pumpkin butter.
But if you’re watching your sugar intake, this pumpkin butter isn’t so awesome. The second, and third ingredients in their pumpkin butter are sugar and honey. This comes out to 80 calories and 18g of sugar for 2 tablespoons.
When making this homemade pumpkin butter, we eliminate the calories from added sugar. For 2 tablespoons of this homemade pumpkin butter, it’s approximately 24 calories and 0 grams of sugar. Best of all, you’ll have the same great taste as the Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Butter.
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Healthy Homemade Pumpkin Butter
If you love Trader Joe's Pumpkin Butter, but not all the sugar and calories, then this healthy, homemade pumpkin butter is for you. Made without refined sugar and just 6 ingredients, this pumpkin butter recipe tastes just like TJ's!
- 1 (15 oz.) can, pumpkin puree
- 1/3 c. Swerve Brown Sugar Substitute
- 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
- 1 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp. salt
- Add all ingredients to a medium sauce pan.
- While stirring together over medium-low heat, bring the pumpkin mixture to a low simmer.
- Reduce heat to low and continue simmering for 5 minutes, stirring often.
- Remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes before enjoying.
Refrigerate in an airtight container (mason jars work well) for up to 2-3 weeks.
If freezing, store in an air-tight, freezer safe container. Can be kept frozen for up to a year.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 16 Serving Size: 2 Tbsp.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 21Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 20mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 0g
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