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Slap me into next Tuesday, this spread turned out amazing!!!!!
The combo of pumpkin and coconut butter is a match made in heaven! If you are new to using coconut butter/manna, there is a difference between the two. There tends to be much confusion so I wrote a post that explains the difference. You can read about in Coconut Oil vrs. Coconut Butter. If you are not able to get your hands on a sugar pie pumpkin to make your own puree, you can opt for canned. Aim for organic with no other ingredients added. Below you will find a recipe on how to puree your own pumpkin.
This spread is amazing on bread, crackers, off a spoon, use as a frosting for cookies or cakes, or off a spoon.. oh did I say that already? hehe Besides tasting out of this world good, pumpkins are good for you. They are loaded with vitamin A and fiber, and low in calories. Pumpkin is an excellent source of fiber; a one-half cup serving contains 5 grams of fiber. Fiber helps reduce bad cholesterol levels, protect the body against heart disease, control blood sugar levels, promote healthy digestion, and plays a role in weight loss. Pumpkin seeds are a good source of vitamin E, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, and are an excellent plant-based source of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids so don’t throw them away if you make your own puree! Toss with some seasoning and dehydrate them.
One of the greatest joys when creating raw food recipes is experimenting with different ingredients… a practice that I highly encourage. Daily I get questions regarding substitutions. Of course we all might have different dietary needs and tastes which could necessitate altering a recipe. I love to share with you what I create for myself, my husband, friends and family. I spend a lot of time selecting the right ingredients with a particular goal in mind, looking to build a certain flavor and texture.
So as you experiment with substitutions, remember they are what they sound like, they are substitutes for the preferred item. Generally they are not going to behave, taste, or have the same texture as the suggested ingredient. Some may work, and others may not and I can’t promise what the results will be unless I’ve tried them myself. So have fun, don’t be afraid, and remember, substituting is how I discovered many of my unique dishes.