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I tend to use pumpkin puree in many of my recipes… especially in those that roll around during the holiday season. I have done write-ups within recipes on how to make raw pumpkin puree but never a post by itself. I figured it was time to do so because it can seem a bit daunting to some, much like nut butters.
I am here to put your fears to rest. The only requirement is that you really need a high-powered blender to get the end result of a smooth and creamy puree. Because I don’t want to over burden either machine, I use both my food processor and blender for this process. Simply start the puree process in the food processor, breaking it down a rice size, then from there I transfer to the high-powered blender to make it creamy.
The process is very easy, I am going to ask you to trust me on this. If pumpkins are not in season you can use canned pumpkin. Or better yet, when the season rolls around and sugar pumpkins are in abundance… you can make the puree and freeze it for future use. Fresh food is always the most optimal way to enjoy fruit or veggies, but I don’t feel that there is anything wrong with occasionally partaking of frozen or canned. The main thing is to always choose organic, BPA -free cans and non-GMO.
I am not a huge proponent of using canned foods… I share these options because we are at all different stages of our journeys when it comes to our food. Also depending on where you live plays a huge impact on what is readily available. I am only here to encourage you to do your best with what you have.
If you have a difficult time digesting raw pumpkin, you can always steam or roast them. Keep in mind that the recipe I am sharing is for a pure pumpkin puree, I purposely didn’t add any spices or sweeteners. That way you can add your own when using it in different recipes. The measurements that I provided below are just guidelines and since we are not adding any other ingredients, I can get away with that. hehe
Remove the top and bottom of the pumpkin, then peel it.
Scoop out the seeds. Save to dehydrate later for a healthy snack.
Dice into small chunks.
We are going to start with a food processor.
Place the pumpkin chunks in the food processor, fitted with the “S” blade.
Break down to rice sized pieces.
Transfer to a high-speed blender and blend till creamy.