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Do you miss the days when everyone ate peanut butter – in sandwiches, in slices, in celery sticks – and no-one batted an eyelid?
Well, now you can return to those wonderful days – or at least a close approximation of them – with this amazing homemade pumpkin seed butter.
It’s buttery, it tastes a lot like peanut butter (only better), and it’s completely nut-free.
Oh yes, and it’s bright green!
It’s also super simple to make and has only one ingredient – pumpkin seeds (also known as pepitas).
Just throw a bunch of pumpkin seeds into your food processor and start grinding.
Pretty soon it will turn into meal, and then little kibbles like this.
And then bigger clumps like this.
After a while it may form a big lump that rattles around in your processor for a bit, and then it will collapse into wonderfully smooth pumpkin seed butter, like this.
So with this amazing pumpkin seed butter on hand, you’re suddenly equipped with a fabulous peanut butter substitute, that’s raw, delicious and totally nut-free.
Apparently, allergic reactions to pumpkin seeds are rare. So you can use pumpkin seed butter in all kinds of delicious dishes and share them around without worrying about adverse reactions.
And even better, pumpkin seed butter is also really good for you, in lots of ways.
In fact, pumpkin seeds:
- Are one of the best plant-food sources of iron
- Are a great source of zinc, magnesium and phosphorus
- Are rich in phyto-oestrogens
- May help to regulate insulin
- Contain 30% of really good-quality protein
- Are naturally high in tryptophan and glutamate, which can help to regulate moods
What a fantastic addition to any diet!
Ready to have a go at making some for yourself?