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Toasted Pecan Pumpkin Butter

A creamy mixture of toasted pecans, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, and spices. Dunk. Dip. Spread. Delicious!

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You guys are in for a treat today. I recently discovered toasted pecan butter, and I’ve been addicted ever since. Pecans are my favorite nut in the entire world. Toasted pecans–pure heaven! Once you eat a toasted pecan, you’ll never go back.

A toasted pecan has a sweet, almost caramelized flavor. The heat draws out the oils within the pecan and concentrates them, creating a deep nutty flavor. For me, there’s nothing better than a toasted nut.

New to toasting nuts? It’s simple. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Spread an even layer of your favorite nuts on a baking sheet. Pop them in the oven for 8-10 minutes, or until they smell nutty and fragrant. Cool your perfectly toasted nuts before storing in an airtight container.

I wanted to add a twist to pecan butter, taking it from good to oh-my-I-gotta-have-it good. I had some leftover pumpkin puree in the fridge that needed lovin’, so I decided to add it to the food processor with the pecan butter. And, toasted pecan pumpkin butter was born.

You guys, pecans and pumpkin are best friends. They go shopping together, wear matching outfits, and do each other’s makeup. Seriously, they’re the perfect pair.

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I didn’t stop there. I threw in some earthy maple syrup, homemade pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla extract.

Best. Buttah. Ever.

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It tastes like pumpkin pie filling…but better because it’s full of toasted nutty goodness.  I’ve been dipping anything and everything in the toasty dip. My favorite dippers are apples, grapes, toasted pecans (I know there are pecans in the dip, but I just can’t help myself), graham crackers, vanilla wafers, and, my favorite, honey wheat pretzel sticks. I’ve also gone beyond dipping and spreading it on pancakes, waffles, toast, and bananas. If you like crepes, this makes for a creative filling.

Technically this is a dip/spread, but I find myself using an apple slice as a spoon. When I’m finished, I’m left with a pile of apples and no dip. Whoops!

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The method for making this dip is quite simple. Place your perfectly toasted pecans in the bowl of a food processor. Blend the pecans until creamy. Add in the remaining ingredients and pulse until smooth, scraping down the bowl a few times in-between.

It’s a simple and healthy way to snack. I love this dip so much that I’m going to put it on my gift list for the holidays. I know my friends and family will go nuts (get it?) for this festive dip.

5.0 from 3 reviews
Toasted Pecan Pumpkin Butter
 
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Serves: 8 Ounces
Ingredients
  • 1 cup toasted pecans
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup
  • ¾ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Place the toasted pecans in the bowl of a food processor. Blend until the pecans start to become creamy.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl in-between.

   

30 Responses to “Toasted Pecan Pumpkin Butter”

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    CCU — November 6, 2013 at 5:51 am

    This looks so delicious my friend, a wonderful spread :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    Julia — November 6, 2013 at 9:38 am

    I want to smear it on everything ever! This looks so tasty and fun!

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    • Jennie replied November 6th, 2013 at 6:39 pm

      I’m with you, gal. Thanks!

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — November 6, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Sooooo, I know the point is to put this ON things, but I might have trouble stopping myself from devouring it straight outta the jar!

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    • Jennie replied November 6th, 2013 at 6:40 pm

      Erin, I have the same problem. I’ve been eating it off apples and not eating the apples. So good!

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    Mimi — November 6, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Now this sounds fabulous. Very creative!

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    • Jennie replied November 6th, 2013 at 6:40 pm

      Thanks, Mimi!

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    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — November 6, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Love that you toasted the pecans! I agree, jars of this will be perfect food gifts for the holidays!

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    • Jennie replied November 6th, 2013 at 6:41 pm

      Thanks, Jess!

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    Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking — November 6, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    How easy! Also, I loved imagining a little pecan and a pumpkin walking around with shopping bags being BFFs! Hahahah!

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    • Jennie replied November 6th, 2013 at 6:41 pm

      How cute would that be, Stefanie. Thanks!

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — November 6, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    WHY HAVEN’T I MADE TOASTED PECAN BUTTER YET??! omg

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    • Jennie replied November 6th, 2013 at 6:41 pm

      You need to get on it, Kayle. It’s amazing!

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    Stuart (Cakeyboi) — November 6, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Sounds delicious – perfect for the fall!

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    • Jennie replied November 6th, 2013 at 6:42 pm

      Thanks, Stuart.

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    Laura Dembowski — November 6, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    I totally need to try making pecan butter. And adding pumpkin to it? Amazing!

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    • Jennie replied November 6th, 2013 at 6:42 pm

      Laura, you need pecan buttah in your life. It’s awesome.

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    Amanda — November 6, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    What a fun recipe and post! You are too funny!

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    • Jennie replied November 12th, 2013 at 10:41 am

      Thanks, Amanda!

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    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — November 6, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    Indeed… Best. Buttah. Ever

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    • Jennie replied November 12th, 2013 at 10:40 am

      Carrie, you are too sweet. Thanks!

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    ashley - baker by nature — November 6, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Oh girl, you just took peanut butter to a whole other level of awesome.

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    • Jennie replied November 12th, 2013 at 10:40 am

      Thanks, Ashley!

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    Willow @ Will Cook For Friends — November 7, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Oh this sounds so good! I love nut butters (and pumpkin butter), but the combination of the two? Makes me weak in the knees just thinking about it! I would totally dip pecans in it, too… you can never have too many pecans!

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    • Jennie replied November 12th, 2013 at 10:38 am

      Nut butters are my life! Thanks, Willow.

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    Kim@Treats & Trinkets — November 10, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Ohmigoodness, Jennie. This is fantastic!

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    • Jennie replied November 12th, 2013 at 10:38 am

      Thanks, Kim!

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    Alyssa — July 17, 2014 at 6:10 am

    This looks good! I’m trying to find a recipe comparable to the Muirhead version that my friend found online–does anyone know if this version is similar to that one at all?

    Thanks!

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