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Pumpkin Butter Recipe (coconut sugar-sweetened)

Pumpkin-Butter Recipe

Pumpkin Butter that’s spreadable and creamy, crafted with all of the aromatic fall spices, and naturally sweetened with earthy coconut sugar. Spread on toast, add to oatmeal, or blend a spoonful into your next cafe latte.

Not being able to binge eat on all-things pumpkin since moving to Turkey this year has been a wee bit of a downer. Thankfully, I have a friend Rose, who fixed just that! Actually, it was her homegrown pumpkin varieties that really hit home. I decorated my living space with some jack belittles and orange and white gourds.

Pumpkin Butter Recipe

This amazing pumpkin butter is made with curry pumpkin. If you are unable to get your hand on a curry pumpkin, feel free to explore with the Queensland blue ( what’s commonly used in Turkey), butternut, or kabocha squash. All would be great—though the flavor may differentiate.

Ingredients to Make Pumpkin Butter

Pumpkin Puree. Either use canned pumpkin or homemade pumpkin puree. Since finding a can of pumpkin puree is merely impossible here in Turkey, I made my own.

Coconut Sugar will add a smokey, earthy, and sweet flavor. Feel free to swap for pure maple syrup, agave nectar, or honey.

Spices like the good ol’ pumpkin spice blend from Trader Joe’s, cinnamon, black pepper, and sea salt.

Honey will add stickiness, though you can swap for pure maple syrup or agave nectar.

And that’s all you need! Easy, peasy.

pumpkin butter in a bowl

Tips and Variations

Make sure to cook the pumpkin puree over low heat. This will aid in getting rid of excess water and won’t burn your pumpkin. Again, low and slow are key.

Though this pumpkin butter is delicious as is, adding one of these ingredients can add a fun twist.

  • Fresh ginger slices. Make sure to strain and remove before serving.
  • Use half apple sauce and half pumpkin butter.
  • For a deep, rich flavor, use molasses.
a spoon and pumpkin butter

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Pumpkin Butter Recipe (coconut sugar-sweetened)

Pumpkin Butter that's spreadable and creamy, crafted with all of the aromatic fall spices, and naturally sweetened with earthy coconut sugar.
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade, pumpkin butter, pumpkin butter recipe
Author: Ashley Altan


  • 2 cups pumpkin puree freshly made or from a can
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice I used Trader Joe's brand
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar add twice as much for extra sweet
  • 1 tbsp honey use maple syrup for vegan
  • pinch of sea salt


  • In a small saucepan, add the pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, coconut sugar, honey, and a pinch of salt. Cook over low heat, uncovered, stirring frequently for about 20 minutes or until thickened.
  • When ready, transfer into a container with a lid and refridgerate for at least an hour.
  • Smear over bread, enjoy with oatmeal, or dig in with a spoon.

Ashley Altan

Ashley Altan is an author, food photographer, and prize-winning recipe writer. She has a strong desire to transform common, traditional ingredients into delicious, wholesome meals for her family.