Raw Pumpkin Seed Butter and Its Health Benefits
Pumpkin seed butter is a great tasting and much healthier replacement for peanut butter, with a richer flavor and usually a softer consistency that makes it easier to spread.
Ahead is how to use pumpkin seed butter, it’s health benefits and nutrition, plus why it is superior to peanut butter and a great choice for those with peanut allergies.
Pumpkin Seed Butter Uses
You can use delicious pumpkin seed butter wherever you’d use regular 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. It can also be mixed into salads, rice or mixed vegetables for extra nutrition and taste.
I’d imagine most children would be fascinated to try this green alternative to peanut butter on their sandwiches. You can also add a little raw honey for a sweeter taste as well.
The first time you open a jar of pumpkin seed butter there will usually be a layer of deep green oil floating on top. This is good for preventing oxidation, 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.
Unless you’re using your pumpkin seed butter quite quickly is probably best stored in the fridge to preserve its valuable nutrients. Personally, I find this special sprouted and organic pumpkin seed butter I get never lasts too long. It just tastes too good.
Pumpkin Seed Butter Health Benefits
Being made with nutrient rich pumpkin seeds, pumpkin seed butter has the same high levels of important minerals like magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, iron, copper, selenium and zinc. It is also a great way to get natural vitamin E for better skin.
Raw pumpkin seed butter is a very good source of phytosterols which can help reduce LDL cholesterol and enhance your body’s immune response. It is also extremely beneficial for men concerned about prostate health and hair loss.
This peanut butter replacement is particularly rich in protein for a vegetarian and vegan food, with an especially high 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 to just how good for you pumpkin seed butter is.
Peanut Butter Alternative for People with Peanut Allergies
Coming from seeds rather than nuts, or legumes like peanuts, pumpkin seed butter can be enjoyed by people with nut allergies or the quite common peanut allergy.
Of course check with a healthcare professional if you have a serious allergy, but pumpkin seeds don’t have the same sort of compounds in them that cause allergic reactions to nuts and peanuts.
I’d encourage anyone who likes pumpkin seeds to try using a good raw, organic and sprouted pumpkin seed butter like this as a great tasting and far healthier alternative to peanut butter.
Photo credit with thanks: little blue hen