Pumpkin nut butter originally appeared on Chocolate Covered Katie. Pumpkin has a range of fantastic health benefits, including being one of the best-known sources of beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is a powerful antioxidant. It also gives orange vegetables and fruits their vibrant color. The body converts any ingested beta-carotene into vitamin A. Consuming foods rich in beta-carotene may reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer, offer protection against asthma and heart disease, and delay aging and body degeneration. [Source].
Fast facts on pumpkins
- The potassium contained within pumpkins can have a positive effect on blood pressure.
- The antioxidants in pumpkin could help prevent degenerative damage to the eyes.
- Avoid canned pumpkin pie mix, as it typically contains added sugars and syrups.
- Uncut pumpkins should be stored in a cool, dark place for up to 2 months.
- Pumpkin puree or canned pumpkin can be used as a replacement for butter or oil in baking recipes.
Pumpkin Nut Butter
- 1/3 cup canned or pureed pumpkin
- 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
- 2-6 tbsp nut butter of choice or allergy-friendly sub
- optional sweetener of choice, to taste
- pinch of salt
- Mix all ingredients together, either with a spoon or in a food processor. If your peanut butter is hard and not stir-able, you might want to gently warm it up a little first. This spread is good on toast, in oatmeal, or even eaten straight-up!
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The product mentioned in this article are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The information in this article is not intended to replace any recommendations or relationship with your physician. Please review references sited at end of article for scientific support of any claims made.