Raw Pumpkin Seed Butter


I’m pretty new to nut and seed butters available in the US. Until a couple of years ago, I’d only tried peanut butter – the others simply weren’t available in the UK.

I’ve now made my own peanut, cashew, almond and coconut butter. I wanted to sample sunbutter (from sunflower seeds) and cheated, by buying it from PCC at $6.99 for an organic jar. It just reminds me not to go grocery shopping on an empty stomach! When I do, I can easily add $40 onto my bill! Anyhow, when I got home, I ripped the jar open and stuck a spoon in it, to try it. I didn’t know what to expect, I mean we both love sunflower seeds, how can grinding them into a paste make them taste any different? Well, the grinding does make them taste different. The stuff is truly addictive, I couldn’t stop spooning the deliciousness out of the jar and into my mouth (with a clean spoon each time, of course!) 

Next on my hit-list was pumpkin seed butter. There was no way I was going to fork out $11+ for a jar, so I bought some organic pumpkin seeds and decided to grind them in my food processor.

I really didn’t expect this project to take so long! There I was, standing with my food processor for about 15 minutes. Not much happened, the seeds got coarsely ground, but that was about it. At 30 minutes, it was starting to come together, but it looked more like plasticine (play-doh) than a spread. I continued… for another 10 minutes. That was a total of 40 minutes! I got fed up and added 1 teaspoon of peanut oil. It barely made a difference, it still had the consistency of plasticine, albeit a little more pliable plasticine, but nonetheless, still plasticine. I wasn’t going to add any more oil. 

The resulting plasticine-(play-doh)-paste-like-green-stuff was actually, really, really good. Even P. loved it! I couldn’t stop eating it out out of the jar. If you like pumpkin seeds, you’re going to love this butter, that is, if you have the patience to make it. Alternatively, you could just buy it!

I may, repeat, may, make it again. But now I know the resulting consistency, I won’t be standing over it for 45+ minutes. I may try Heather’s version next time. 

I’d recommend you make at least double the amount, when making the following recipe. 



Makes around 240 g (¾ c)



  • 240 g (1 c) raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1-2 t peanut oil
  • A lot of patience (you will be rewarded) 



1. Process the pumpkin seeds in a food processor for about 15-30 minutes, scraping down the bowl if and when needed. Transfer to a clean jar and store in the refrigerator. Serve on whatever you wish or eat straight out of the jar. Enjoy!


7 thoughts on “Raw Pumpkin Seed Butter

  1. I love pumpkin seed butter but haven’t made it in probably over a year. I really should go some pumpkin seeds as they are a great source of iron, which I’m trying to get more of these days. Thanks for the reminder.

    Sunbutter – the plain organic is one of my favorite nut/seed butters out there. I would really like to come raid your pantry right now…I’ll bring several clean spoons. 😉

  2. How do you make your own coconut butter? That sounds heavenly! We have a nut butter maker at home that does the job much quicker, but is quite difficult to clean. Also, if you haven’t tried the walnut butters at the farmers markets in the area, they are really wonderful, although not raw.

  3. Hi Linda, I came across your blog while searching for SunButter. It’s also great beyond the spoonfuls! One of our kids’ favorites is the Turkey Club Wrap, which keeps well for a few hours, so it’s great for camp lunches and school/field trip lunches. (And of course I typically have a few spoonfuls while packing the lunches.) The wrap and other recipes: http://bit.ly/9Pm79a

    ~ Elizabeth H, blogger for SunButter

  4. I was reading about soaking and sprouting your seeds first have any of you tried this method before making butters? It is suppose to help with the phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors…..Any advice on doing so!

    • I know it’s beneficial to sprout the seeds/nuts, but unfortunately I’ve never looked into that. Sounds like inspiration to me. Let me know how it goes when you try it.

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