Lightened Up Raw Pecan Pumpkin Butter

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on September 17, 2013


I was recently asked in an interview how veganism has changed my life. Normally, questions like this bring out the best (worst?) of my indecisive nature, but this answer came to me quite easily. Veganism has changed my life in countless ways, but the one that stands out is how my love for animals has grown over the years. I’ve always been an animal lover as far back as I can remember, so looking back it’s not a big surprise that I eventually became a vegan. Geeze, I had a huge cow collection as a child for crying out loud. Seriously. A cow collection! Aside from loving animals, I have a sensitive nature and even though I’ve often viewed this trait with disdain over the years, I know for a fact that it’s shaped who I am and the choices I make. Not everyone is meant to have a thick skin.

As a little girl, I used to sit on the floor for hours with animals, rubbing their head or scratching their ears as they looked at me with their big, loving eyes. As someone who has been shy my whole life, animals comfort my soul. I feel secure around them and they love me unconditionally, often washing away any negative experiences I’m going through. Our first family dog – a scruffy, loving little mutt named Pepper – was unexpectedly taken from us when he was hit by a car one fateful day. I’d never felt such pain ripping through my heart, as I sat on the living room floor with my mom and sister unable to stop crying for hours. He was the dog that used to snuggle me and lick away my tears when I cried. He was always there at the front door when I got home from school wagging his little tail like crazy. Of course, he slept on my bed between my legs every night. Even though it wasn’t the most comfortable way to sleep, I couldn’t bring myself to move him.


My initial reasons for switching to an animal-free diet were primarily motivated by health, but as I learned more about factory farming and the way animals are so often abused, it became much more than that. My passion for animal welfare has grown in so many ways. I value all walks of life, no matter how "insignificant" some living things may seem. I’ve always feared spiders and other insects, but I’m learning to overcome these fears and no longer feel the need to kill a bug in the house simply because it makes me uncomfortable. Everything has a purpose, a value, and a reason to live. Many people will scoff at this idea, but that doesn’t change how I want to live my life. So often as humans we feel it is our right to decide what lives and what dies, but I’m tired of that way of living. Maybe I can’t change the world, but I can do my own part. A vegan diet is simply the way I aligned what’s in my heart with the food on my plate.



Speaking of animal-friendly food, I have a great recipe for you today! In my mind, the only thing better than a crisp, in-season apple is having a nutty, pumpkin-y dip to go along with it. You too?

What’s even better, this dip doesn’t require a food processor or 10 minutes of processing like most nut butter recipes. Simply toss all the ingredients into a blender and blend away like you would a smoothie. How cool is that?

This dip is inspired by Brittany’s Raw Cinnamon Cashew Spread on We Heart Vegan. A raw nut butter made in the blender? Absolutely genius, I say. So you can credit Brittany for planting this seed in my mind. I thought a pecan + pumpkin + pumpkin spice mix would be especially appropriate this time of the year. With cooler temps over the past week, my boots and jeans finally made their first appearance. This was the perfect recipe to ring in the fall season! Well, fall is technically not for 5 days, but you know…a girl gets impatient sometimes.




Lightened Up Raw Pecan Pumpkin Butter

Vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, no bake/raw, soy-free


This lightened up, ultra-creamy raw nut butter is made with soaked pecans, pureed pumpkin, and a trio of pumpkin pie spices. It takes just 5 minutes to whip up and it's the perfect compliment to a fresh apple. Also try it on top of hot oatmeal, in a smoothie, or layered with vegan overnight oats. Recipe is inspired by Raw Cinnamon Cashew Spread on We Heart Vegan. Thanks Brittany!

3 cups
Soak time
3 hours
Prep time
Cook time
0 Minutes


  • 1 cup raw pecans, soaked
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 3/4 cup canned pureed pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1.5 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2-3 tbsp maple syrup or other liquid sweetener, to taste


  1. Place pecans in a bowl and cover with water by a couple inches. Let pecans soak for a few hours. Drain and rinse the pecans well and then place in the blender.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients into the blender and blend on highest speed until the dip is smooth. Add sweetener to taste.
  3. Serve with apple or pear slices. Store leftover dip in an air-tight jar or container in the fridge for 1-2 weeks.

Nutrition Information


If you are looking for other jams, nut butters, and fruit butter recipes, you are in luck – I have a whole page of them! Bring on the apple and pumpkin butter.


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Robin October 22, 2013 at 6:20 pm

Quick questions! Can I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk or should I be sure to use original unsweetened? Also, should the coconut oil be melted or solid? I cannot WAIT to try this once I restock my maple syrup supply!


Renate October 27, 2013 at 10:46 am

Just found your recipes..they look great. I eat cooked and raw foods but when serving my raw food friends I wondered if pumpkin purée is cooked?? I was gifted a heritage pumpkin and need to make the purée. Any suggestions as I am going to make your pumpkin pecan butter today. Thanks


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 28, 2013 at 9:25 am
marquis @realrawkitchen December 11, 2013 at 11:09 am

oh my goodness, this looks amazing. I feel like I would put it on EVERYTHING! I’ll make it this weekend and let my husband enjoy pumpkin-pecan bliss :)

and I feel ya with the vegan transition. it’s crazy, once I eliminated animal products I found myself more drawn to peace and animals (prior to, I was NOT a fan of animals .. they mostly bothered me..). I’m still not a pet-owner because I think I’m too particular about things in my home, but I find myself incredibly more compassionate, to humans as well!! I swear, it’s a real thing when they say you become nicer when you go vegan :)


Melissa C January 9, 2014 at 10:37 pm

Love your blog I am new to vegan cooking and have loved all of your recepies I have tried! Wondered if anyone has used homemade pumpkin puree for this recipe? I have something in the freezer I would live to use up but worry it may be too watery.


bob March 30, 2014 at 7:42 am

A few of the things you said in this well-written post resonated with me. Beautiful.

I made this butter tonight after blending roast pumpkin to make puree (I hate cleaning the blender more times than I need to!). I changed a few things ingredients due to dietary restrictions: I used almonds instead of pecans, and stevia instead of sweetener (and added a little extra mylk). I also omitted the oil since I’ve been reacting to coconut lately, but decided not to replace it. Next time I make it I think I will add some non-coconut oil, but this batch was delicious just the same. I think it ended up a little milder with almonds instead of pecans, but can’t say for sure. I can see this as a great addition to my quinoa porridge these next few months =).
Thanks for the lovely recipe, and for sharing a piece of your heart’s thoughts.


Brooke June 5, 2014 at 4:38 pm

At first I was worried about using the entire batch, but this recipe was AMAZING! I wish I had doubled the recipe. Excellent with your Banana Oatmeal Muffin tops or hemp waffles. Thank you for all of your hard work!


kate white October 10, 2014 at 12:02 pm

I saw on a post that you subbed fresh tomatoes for canned tomatoes, we just grew sugar pumpkins, can I sub those for your canned pumpkin puree? oh never mind! just saw your post on just this! sugar pumpkin roasting and fresh puree!


Becky October 10, 2014 at 12:57 pm

While I could never give up meat, I am more conscious of my sources and hubs and I prefer wild game to store purchase. My reasons are, in part, the poor US regulations and the poor conditions for animals. I think my view is more quality control and natural than vegan but I can certainly appreciate your position and rationale. That said, this is a lovely recipe and I’ll be trying it soon. Do you know how well it may freeze, or not at all? I may need to halve the recipe, if not, to avoid waste.

Thank you, Beck


Mandy October 19, 2014 at 9:52 am

Love you, the website, your recipes, THIS recipe (so far my all time favorite recipe is the Soul-Soothing African Peanut Stew from your cookbook!) …but I have to know: where did you get the spoon with the leaves on it? I checked for what seems like hours and I can’t find anything like it! Thanks!


cecilia November 22, 2014 at 9:45 am

I know u will never read this but…………if every life is precious why would u take birth control to potentially end a precious human life? People have way more value than animals. Like u said people think they can just choose to end a life. its really sad u could think like that.


Gifts December 17, 2014 at 1:46 am

Just wondering about shelf life. I was going to make different types of nut butter instead of Christmas baking as little gifts and I love this one.
Do you think this be frozen as well?


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