Crock-pot Pumpkin Butter

So many crock-pot recipes are just so easy to make, and slow cooker pumpkin butter is no exception!  Just toss in the ingredients, cook it for awhile, spice it up, cook it for an hour more and enjoy!  It’s really so, so easy!

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Slow Cooker  Pumpkin Butter, VeganUnlike all of the recipes I’ve seen so far on crock-pot pumpkin butter, I add my spices toward the end of cooking, and other recipes add the spices before cooking.  I learned this a few years ago when I would put cinnamon in my steel cut oats at night, and let it the oats cook overnight.  I made tens upon tens of batches of steel cut oats cooking the cinnamon, and I could never taste the cinnamon the next morning.  For whatever reason, the flavor of dry spices gets lost and forgotten in the slow cooking process, so I believe for optimal flavor, place the spices in the slow cooker in the last hour of cooking.  One time I made the pumpkin butter and accidentally spiced it up before cooking, the flavors got lost, and I re-spiced it at the very end of cooking without cooking for the additional hour, and the pumpkin butter still turned out great.

Pumpkin Butter Slow Cooker StyleI was thinking the pumpkin butter would be such a fun homemade, special gift to give this holiday season, and not to mention, frugal!  So I am thinking about making some pumpkin butter and giving it as gifts this year.  The flavors and scents scream, “HOLIDAYS!”

Pumpkin Butter Crock-pot StyleI went to my canning expert friend Erica about canning pumpkin butter.  She consulted her canning books, and in a nutshell she suggested to put the pumpkin butter in the back of the fridge on the bottom where it will keep colder.  She suggests not to can it as it is not recommended in contemporary sources.  She says it may keep for up to 3 months refrigerated!

Vegan Slow Cooker Pumpkin ButterI have sweetened batches of the pumpkin butter (all at separate times) with maple syrup, honey, and organic sugar (evaporated cane juice).  All worked well, but my favorite is maple syrup.  It is the most of expensive of the options, though, but it does make it vegan and free of refined sugar that way.

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Butter CollageWe’ve enjoyed the pumpkin butter in yogurt, on sourdough bread, and in cinnamon rolls as a replacement for butter!  Next I am trying it as a dip for apples!

This recipe was inspired by Recipe Diaries.

Crock-pot Pumpkin Butter

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 hours

Total Time: 5 hours, 5 minutes

Yield: approximately 10 ounces

Crock-pot Pumpkin Butter

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of pumpkin (approximately 2 15 ounce cans, or use your own pumpkin purée)
  • 1 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey (sugar works, too, but we are reducing our sugar intake)
  • 2 t cinnamon
  • 1 t ground ginger
  • 1/2 t nutmeg
  • 1 t vanilla extract, optional

Instructions

  1. Mix together pumpkin purée, maple syrup (or other sweetener), and vanilla (if you are using it) in the crock-pot.
  2. Cover, and cook on high for 4 hours or overnight on low for 8 hours.
  3. In the last hour of cooking, add the cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg, and crack the lid to let moisture out if you want a thicker consistency.
  4. Cool and store in jars at the bottom of your fridge.
http://practical-stewardship.com/2013/11/10/crock-pot-pumpkin-butter/

Have you ever made your own pumpkin purée?  It’s so easy in the crock-pot, too!

The Easiest Way to Make Pumpkin Purée-Crock Pot VersionHow about roasting your own pumpkin seeds?

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Comments

  1. Leisel says

    Just wondering how much this yields, is it around 4 cups or does some evaporate out? Ever double or triple to give to others? thanks, it sounds delish, of course that’s why I’m asking!

  2. Theresa says

    I was wondering if I needed any liquid in the crockpot with the pumpkin puree or the 4 cups of pumpkin? Don’t we need a tiny bit of water?

    • says

      Hi Theresa. You don’t need any water. Since you are making a butter, you will be cooking out the moisture to make the butter nice and thick. Hope this helps!

  3. Brenda says

    I eliminated all sugars including honey and maple syrup from my diet. Can I use stevia or erythritol to sweeten this?

    • says

      Hi Brenda. I have never done it. If I were to experiment with those, I would cook the pumpkin without it, and then add it in during the last five minutes. I hope that helps, and I am sorry I couldn’t be of more help, but it’s worth a shot!

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