Braces-Friendly Recipe: Crockpot Pumpkin Butter

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Thanksgiving is weeks away, and it's the perfect time of year to fill your kitchen with the sweet and spicy aroma of Fall. This crock pot Pumpkin Butter recipe could not be any easier...Both to make, and on your family member's braces. All you need to do is dump the ingredients into a crock pot and let the magic happen.

makes approximately 3 cups

Ingredients

  • 4 cups pumpkin puree (fresh homemade puree from a 3 to 4 lb pumpkin or approximately 2 15oz cans)
  • 1 cup raw honey or maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup apple juice or apple cider
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, optional
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • a generous pinch of sea salt

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Instructions

Add all of the ingredients to your slow cooker. Stir very well to combine. Cook on low for approximately 6 hours, or until thick (this time may vary based on your slow cooker). You may have to stir it several times throughout the cooking process if it sticks. You don’t want it to burn. Every slow cooker is a bit different in how strong it is. At the end if it hasn’t thickened as much as you could like, take the lid off and let it cook a bit longer and it will reduce further.

Add it to your jars or other air tight containers and allow to cool, then store in the refrigerator.

Optional add-ins:
apples slices (can leave whole or blend in with an immersion blender)
chopped hazelnuts or pecans

Store in the refrigerator for approximately 2 to 3 weeks, it can be frozen for up to a year.

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Notes:
you can add more sweetener, if you want it sweeter
if you used canned pumpkin, make sure it is pure pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling

**please be aware: due to the lack of acidity, the USDA does not recommend that you preserve pumpkin butter by canning it.

Braces-Friendly Ways to Enjoy Pumpkin Butter:

  • as a spread on your favorite muffin
  • as a dip / spread on fresh fruit
  • add it to your smoothies
  • stirred into oatmeal, overnight oats or chia seed pudding
  • in place of jam on a PB&J sandwich, in fact try an almond butter and pumpkin butter sandwich.
  • over pancakes or waffles
  • swirl it into yogurt (like homemade coconut yogurt), it would make a super tasty layer in some super yummy parfaits
  • topping on your favorite ice cream (like this vegan pumpkin spice ice cream)
  • heat up some homemade almond milk, add some pumpkin butter and a little coffee or espresso, froth it up BAM Pumpkin Spice Latte
  • as a filling or layer in cheesecake or pie
  • a topping for baked brie
  • try it as a sauce in savory dishes like a pasta, casseroles or ravioli, as a pizza sauce or maybe on top of some roast pork

We found this recipe here! http://tasty-yummies.com/how-to-make-crock-pot-pumpkin-butter/

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