Pumpkin Seed Butter Recipe And Its Health Benefits

Nothing says “autumn” quite like pumpkin. Come September, this squash plant becomes all the rage! Pumpkin spice usually steals the show, but pumpkin seeds are not far behind. They’re usually eaten by themselves – but why not make a butter? Because pumpkin seeds are packed with excellent health benefits.

The texture of pumpkin seed butter is creamy and thick, like nut butter. It’s also similar to sunflower seed butter, which has been making its way into health food stores. Plus, since pumpkin seed butter is free of nuts, making it a wonderful alternative if you have nut allergies! And then there’s the flavor. With ingredients like cinnamon and nutmeg, you can create the ultimate fall treat.

How To Make Pumpkin Seed Butter

Pumpkin seed butter can be made tasty with ingredients like nutmeg and cinnamon

Ingredients

  • 3 cups raw or roasted pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg, and/or pumpkin spice (optional)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons maple syrup or honey (optional)

Directions

  1. Using a food processor, blend the pumpkin seeds for 5 to
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    7 minutes.
  2. Every now and then, scrape the container. Continue processing until smooth.
  3. Add the extra ingredients. Blend until combined.
  4. Place in an air-tight container and store in the refrigerator for use.

Benefits Of Pumpkin Seeds

1. Improves Blood Cholesterol

Pumpkin seed butter lowers bad cholesterol and keeps your heart healthy

Pumpkin seeds contain unsaturated fats and fiber. Both nutrients lower “bad” LDL cholesterol and raise “good” HDL cholesterol – two factors that treat the heart well. To top it off, they also decrease total cholesterol and triglycerides.1

These factors reduce the risk for heart disease, the leading cause of death in the nation. Heart disease causes about 1 in every 4 deaths!2 By eating heart healthy foods like pumpkin seed butter, you’ll lower your risk.

2. Regulates Blood Pressure

Pumpkin seed butter regulates blood pressure and lowers tension in the arteries

Pumpkin seeds also offer potassium, a mineral that controls blood pressure. It lessens the effects of sodium and reduces tension in the arteries.3 In fact, one cup of pumpkin seeds has 588 milligrams of potassium – more than a banana.4 Again, this will improve heart health, making it a stellar heart-friendly food.

3. Promotes Sleep

Pumpkin seed butter can improve your sleep quality

Dealing with insomnia? Eat pumpkin seeds for an excellent dose of tryptophan. According to a 2005 study in Nutritional Neuroscience, it’s just as effective

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as pharmaceutical grade tryptophan.5

4. Induces Satiety

Pumpkin seed butter keeps you full longer and helps you lose weight

Pumpkin seeds are packed with fiber and protein, two nutrients that keep you full for a long time. This is great news if you’re trying to lose or manage weight!6 One cup of pumpkin seeds offers 11.8 grams of fiber and 11.87 of protein.7

5. Protects Liver Health

Pumpkin seed butter reduces liver damage

The unsaturated fatty acids also benefit the liver.8 Plus, pumpkin seeds have antioxidants. A 2006 animal study found that they have the potential for alleviating liver damage.9

These are more than enough reasons to introduce a variety in making use of your favorite autumn food! Enjoy pumpkin seed butter with apples, bananas, or sweet potato. Spread it on toast or bagels. Add a dollop to oatmeal, yogurt, cookie batters, or smoothies.

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