Peanut Pumpkin Seed Butter

creamy homemade pumpkin seed butter

Peanut butter is one of those foods that is so easy to add to everything to balance out meals and snacks in terms of both flavor and nutrition. This recipe was born when we had somehow run out of peanut butter, but I didn’t have quite enough peanuts to make a full batch of peanut butter. What I did have on hand were some pumpkin seeds and decided they could be a great addition. Then, in minutes, this delicious peanut pumpkin seed butter was born!

Peanut Pumpkin Seed Butter

Peanut Nutrition

Peanuts are a good source of Vitamin E, an antioxidant vitamin that that many Americans do not get enough of. They’re also rich in magnesium, healthy unsaturated fats, and provide plant-based protein. There’s a nice article from the National Peanut Board on peanuts as fuel for athletes, and 16 fun facts about peanuts and peanut butter, too!

Pumpkin Seed Nutrition

Pumpkin seeds are rich in a variety of antioxidants and cognition-supportive minerals, including the vitamin E we obtain from peanuts, too. Zinc in particular has neuro-protective benefits and may also provide anti-inflammatory benefits to the brain. The magnesium in pumpkin seeds is at times used in supplement form to therapeutically aid in anxiety, depression and insomnia, while also improving cerebral blood flow. One of the nutrients I get most excited about in pumpkin seeds from a sports nutrition perspective is the iron. Athletes and highly active females are at risk of iron inadequacy and deficiency, which can impact energy metabolism and immunity, among other functions.

homemade pumpkin seed butter
homemade peanut butter

What to Eat with Pumpkin Seed Butter

Past your standard PB&J or peanut butter toast, here are some ways to enjoy this peanut pumpkin seed butter:

creamy homemade pumpkin seed butter

Peanut Pumpkin Seed Butter

Whether you're out of peanut butter or looking for an upgrade, this peanut pumpkin seed butter is an easy and delicious recipe.
Course Snack
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ½ cups unsalted peanuts
  • ½ cup roasted pumpkin seeds
  • ½ tsp salt

Instructions
 

  • Add all ingredients to a food processor or high quality blender and pulse until creamy, pausing to scrape the sides as needed. This was about 2 total minutes in my Cuisinart food processor.
Keyword peanut butter, pumpkin seed
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  1. Yum! This sounds so good and I kind of feel silly for never having thought of pumpkin seeds with PB. We go through SO much nut butter in our house hold, so when I make this I may have to hide it! 😉