Why Raw Pumpkin Seed Butter is Healthier Than Peanut Butter
Pumpkin seed butter makes a much healthier replacement for peanut butter, with a richer flavor and usually a softer consistency that makes it easier to spread.
Use it wherever you’d use peanut butter. It tastes great on fresh rye bread and can also be added to soups and sauces for a dash of rich flavor and added nutrition.
Another great way to eat pumpkin seed butter is by dipping carrot sticks or a celery stalk straight into the jar for a really healthy snack.
I’d imagine most children would be fascinated to try this green alternative to peanut butter on their sandwiches. You can add a little honey for a sweeter taste as well.
Coming from seeds rather than nuts, or legumes like peanuts, it can be enjoyed by people with nut allergies. Of course check with a healthcare professional if you have a serious allergy, but pumpkin seeds don’t have the same sort of compounds that cause allergic reactions to nuts and peanuts.
Being made with nutrient rich pumpkin seeds, it has the same high levels of minerals like magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, iron, copper and zinc. It is also a good source of phytosterols which can help reduce LDL cholesterol and enhance your body’s immune response.
This is an excellent source of protein for a vegetarian food, with a good amount of the amino acid tryptophan for dealing with stress and improved sleep patterns.
Add to all of this the beneficial fatty acid content, which can help with everything from reducing arthritis symptoms to improving your skin tone, and you have a fairly impressive list of health benefits. Even the best peanut butter wouldn’t come anywhere near it.
Unless you’re using it quickly, pumpkin seed butter is probably best stored in the fridge.
The first time you open a jar there will usually be a layer of deep green oil floating on top. This is good for preventing any oxidization, but if it bothers you, just mix it up with a knife and there will be much less of it next time you use it.
I’d encourage anyone who likes pumpkin seeds to try a raw pumpkin seed butter as a great tasting and far healthier alternative to peanut butter.