The world is divided when it comes to pumpkin treats: overrated and overused, or an exquisite blend of fall spices and flavors? Admittedly, I fall into the second camp. I love pumpkin-scented candles, pumpkin cheesecake and, of course, pumpkin spice lattes (dangerous because I work in a coffee shop).
But more than anything, I love pumpkin butter. I make it every year when the weather starts to dip and suddenly we’re surrounded with leaves in hues of red, brown and gold. The jars last me through the warm first days of fall to the cold, dark evenings of winter.
Of course, you can buy pumpkin butter at a store, but it really is cheap and easy to make at home. (And don’t you want the added benefit of your house smelling like cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg?) My favorite recipe is by Gina at Skinnytaste, which is a good option for those of you who are concerned about calories and/or sugar content. If you want something a little more decadent, check out the recipes for Pecan Pumpkin Butter, White Chocolate Pumpkin Almond Butter and Maple Bourbon Pumpkin Butter.
But how do you use pumpkin butter? Let me start you out with 10 ways to enjoy this delicious fall spread.
This recipe actually makes me want to wake up in the morning. Blend 1 cup of spinach with 1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk (on low, then on high to make the greens mix in evenly), then add half a frozen banana (slice it before you freeze!) and 2 TSBP pumpkin butter. Add Greek yogurt if you like your smoothies thicker, or protein powder if you’re looking to have a complete meal.
Talk about a way to up your grilled cheese game. How about a pumpkin butter sandwich with goat cheese, nuts and berries, brie and chocolate, or peanut butter with bananas? (Elvis would approve.) Another option is top your toast with pumpkin butter and sliced Honeycrisp apples then drizzle with caramel.
Pumpkin pancakes are everything. You have two options here: spread pumpkin butter between the layers of a stack of pancakes, or add it straight to the batter before cooking. Or do both! FYI, for those of you who are fans of the 2 eggs + 1 banana pancake recipe, the pumpkin butter makes the end result extra fluffy.
You can add your pumpkin butter to flavor these Pumpkin Muffins, or use it as a spread to top these Fall Harvest Muffins, Apple Spice Muffins or Cranberry Orange Muffins. Alternatively, try it with a cornbread muffin.
5) Yogurt & Ice Cream
6) Cinnamon Rolls
You may have heard Louis C.K.’s thoughts when it comes to Cinnabon—trust me, these pumpkin butter cinnamon rolls are not the same thing. They are mini, adorable and take less than 30 minutes to make! Also worth trying is this Pull Apart Cinnamon Pumpkin Bread. Serve with your favorite pumpkin spice coffee.
7) Cake Frosting
For when you’re entertaining (or, you know, binge-watching Netflix), set out some pumpkin butter with dipping items such as sliced apples, graham crackers, mini donuts and Rice Krispies treats. (Bonus tip: Serve it inside a mini pumpkin.)
If you don’t want to shell out money for a coffee-shop version, make yourself a pumpkin spice latte at home. Simply stir two tablespoons of pumpkin butter into your coffee. It’s especially good with soy or almond milk, and topped with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spices.
Now I have your attention. Yes, pumpkin butter is the gift that keeps on giving—it even mixes well with alcohol. Try a seasonal alternative to a White Russian, the White Pumpkin, the lowball Bitter Pumpkin, or the Pumpkin Butter & Wheat Whiskey, which also uses caramel and apple flavors.
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