10 Minute Pumpkin Butter

A quick pumpkin butter recipe made in the microwave or on the stove top. Only 8 ingredients and a perfect snack for fall!

Pumpkin butter in a glass jar with a pumpkin in the background.

Pumpkin butter is such a glorious invention. I honestly just googled “who invented pumpkin butter” because I wanted to give this person a shout-out. Alas, even google doesn’t know who invented it or why butter is in the name when there’s absolutely no butter or dairy involved? It’s an unsolved mystery.

I personally feel like it should be called pumpkin jam because that’s what it reminds me of. Maybe we should petition to change the name… or not because there are bigger issues to be petitioning against. #trump

A spoon of pumpkin butter with a jar and pumpkin in the background.

Anyhow, I’m a pumpkin butter lover… even if it doesn’t have any butter. I love using it throughout the fall and winter months — mainly as a spread on toast or a topping for oats, chia pudding, yogurt or pancakes, but I’ve been known to eat it by spoonful here and there as well. No shame.

I usually buy a jar from Trader Joe’s (their version is pretty good and doesn’t have any weird ingredients) or make slow cooker pumpkin butter, but last week I wanted something quick and easy so I used Kath’s recipe as a guide to make a version free of refined sugar — with maple syrup and coconut sugar.

Pumpkin butter in a glass jar, next to a kitchen town and mini pumpkin.

This quick pumpkin butter tastes awesome, with all the sweetness and warm spiciness you expect from pumpkin butter. The best part? You only need 8 ingredients, a big bowl and a microwave or pot. No need to worry about setting up your slow cooker or any of that jazz.

I literally made a batch of this pumpkin butter while making a quick breakfast of eggs and toast one morning. It was done cooking right as my toast popped out the toaster oven. Warm pumpkin butter spread over a slice of toasted bread = the best!

How to Use Pumpkin Butter

Oh my goodness, there are so many ways to use pumpkin butter! I personally love spreading over toast or adding a big dollop to my oatmeal.

Hand holding a piece of toast with pumpkin butter spread on it.

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Pumpkin butter in a glass cup with a pumpkin behind it.

10 Minute Pumpkin Butter

  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups
  • Diet: Vegan


A quick pumpkin butter recipe made in the microwave or on the stove top. Only 8 ingredients and a perfect snack for fall!


  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 15 oz can pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling mix)



  1. Add all ingredients except the canned pumpkin into a microwave-safe bowl. Mix well, and microwave on high for three minutes.
  2. Carefully remove from the microwave and stir.
  3. Add canned pumpkin into the bowl and stir until it’s mixed in. Place bowl back in the microwave for an additional 5 minutes. Carefully remove from microwave, stir, let cool and enjoy! Place leftovers in a jar and store in the fridge for a couple weeks.


  1. Add all ingredients to a saucepan or pot and stir to combine over medium-high heat.
  2. Once it starts boiling, reduce heat to low and bring to a simmer.
  3. Cook uncovered for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir, let cool and enjoy! Place leftovers in a jar and store in the fridge for a couple weeks.


  • You can use 1 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice in place of the cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg if you’d like.
  • Adapted from Kath Eats.
  • Category: Condiment
  • Method: Microwave
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1/4 cup
  • Calories: 55
  • Sugar: 10g
  • Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 13g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 1g

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    1. Hannah
      October 5, 2020 AT 8:31 pm

      I made this tonight with precooked mashed sweet potato since there’s a canned pumpkin shortage and it’s incredible! It tastes like sweet potato pie. I’ll be making it again soon since it won’t last long. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 7, 2020 AT 10:02 pm

        Oh I love this idea! Sweet potato butter!! I’ll have to try it. 🙂

    2. Chantelle Madruga
      October 5, 2020 AT 10:17 am

      So easy and so delicious!!!! An absolute staple in my fridge now! I eat it on top of plain greek yogurt, spread on a muffin…it is good with everything!!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 7, 2020 AT 10:04 pm

        Ahh yay!! So glad you’re loving this pumpkin butter, Chantelle! Thanks for trying my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it!

    3. Jill Self
      October 4, 2020 AT 8:15 pm

      I just made the Pumpkin Butter and it was so easy. It also taste AMAZING!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 7, 2020 AT 10:05 pm

        Woo! So glad you’re loving this pumpkin butter recipe, Jill. Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it.

    4. Michelle
      September 27, 2020 AT 4:02 pm

      This pumpkin butter tastes incredible. All of the spice and warmth of Fall in a beautiful spread. I ate with my morning oatmeal and it was delicious.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 28, 2020 AT 2:49 pm

        Isn’t it SO good with oatmeal?! I’m glad you’re loving this pumpkin butter, Michelle. Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I appreciate it!

        1. Hillary A
          September 30, 2020 AT 5:26 pm

          Oh my gosh. This was ridiculously easy and ridiculously good! I put it in cottage cheese and it’s stupid delicious. Thank you Brittany!

    5. Ghita Yassa
      September 27, 2020 AT 3:40 pm

      So yummy and super fast I really love it

    6. Mikaela
      September 27, 2020 AT 1:29 pm

      Just made this morning and it was so easy and sooooo delish!!!! Eating right now with crepes and it is everything.

      Game changer: add 2 Tbl of this to coffee and top with steamed oat milk. Tastes almost exactly like the PSL you posted and it is zero effort or dishes when you have this on hand!

      Thank you!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 28, 2020 AT 2:51 pm

        Ohh love that tip, Mikaela!! So glad you’re loving this pumpkin butter. Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I appreciate it. 🙂

    7. Melissa
      September 24, 2020 AT 1:08 pm

      Is it possible to leave out the maple syrup or is critical for the recipe? I prefer to have no added sugars, if possible.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 24, 2020 AT 1:50 pm

        I haven’t tried it without the maple syrup, but I’m sure it’d be fine. You could also use stevia or lakanto’s sugar-free syrup instead of the maple syrup if you prefer.

    8. Kelsey
      September 20, 2020 AT 1:43 pm

      Made this for pumpkin pancakes this morning! New fall favorite! Couldn’t find canned pumpkin anywhere! So the Guy at the grocery store took me to the dog food section and said this should work! One can of pumpkin left. I did some research and yea I used a can of pumpkin from the dog food isle. So I have a funny story to go along with pumpkin butter!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 20, 2020 AT 2:39 pm

        Oh my goodness, I love this story. I’ve been having a hard time trying to find pumpkin too, but I never would have thought to look in the dog food section!! So glad the pumpkin butter turned out though. Thank you so much for coming back to leave a comment and review of the recipe.

    9. Melinda
      November 12, 2019 AT 11:57 am

      Do you think this would work with sweet potato ?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 12, 2019 AT 8:08 pm

        Hey Melinda – I haven’t tried using sweet potato before, but I think using pre-cooked mashed sweet potato in place of the pumpkin would work just fine! Let me know if you try it and how it turns out.

    10. Jan
      October 15, 2019 AT 11:45 pm

      Hello, this recipe sounds so good. Is there a way this can have a hot water bath to help preserve it for a longer period? Thank you, Jan

    11. Kate
      September 22, 2019 AT 6:46 pm

      I have never felt the need to rate a recipe online until now. I was looking for a way to use up my leftover pumpkin purée, and had an hour to kill, so I decided to try your recipe. I’ve also never had pumpkin butter before so this was a total shot in the dark. I love that it is refined sugar free and so delicious. I’m eating it with a spoon as I type. Thank you for the great, easy, quick recipe!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 22, 2019 AT 8:23 pm

        Hi Kate! That makes me so happy to hear! I’m so glad you found the recipe and enjoyed it. 🙂 Thank you so much for taking the time to come back and leave a comment (and star rating). It means the world to me!

    12. Pat
      November 7, 2018 AT 1:31 pm

      Hi! Can I do it from home made Pumpkin puree?

    13. Kim
      October 19, 2016 AT 9:05 pm

      I gave this out in mini jars to my coworkers and everyone LOVED it. They were eating it straight out of the jar – and I think I got a few people hooked on your blog 🙂

    14. Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes
      October 13, 2016 AT 10:11 pm

      It’s crazy that you made that delicious looking pumpkin butter in 10 minutes!! It’s like you can’t NOT make it:) I eat it by the spoonful, too!

    15. Mary
      October 13, 2016 AT 11:40 am

      I’m really into the pumpkin butter movement. Plus there is no butter in “pumpkin butter”, what’s not to love. I’ll be trying this out sooner rather than later

    16. Jessica @ Jessica in the Kitchen
      October 13, 2016 AT 11:36 am

      I don’t think my last comment went through. I made this last night! It was really easy to make :), really delicious and tasted just like my favourite organic store-bought pumpkin butter! Also, a lot cheaper to make at home. Thanks for such a great recipe!

    17. Allison – Celebrating Sweets
      October 13, 2016 AT 9:49 am

      This sounds too good to be true! Pinning and trying it very soon!

    18. Jessica @ Jessica in the Kitchen
      October 12, 2016 AT 11:03 pm

      Just made this. Tastes just like my favourite store-bought organic pumpkin butter! Thanks for such an easy and delicious recipe!! Also, way cheaper than buying it!

    19. Jessica @ Jessica in the Kitchen
      October 12, 2016 AT 6:10 pm

      OK, just took the pumpkin puree out of the freezer. This may be a mistake, because now I’ll be putting this on every single thing. A VERY GOOD MISTAKE.

      1. Jessica @ Jessica in the Kitchen
        October 14, 2016 AT 11:36 am

        Loved this – such a great and easy recipe, thanks!

        1. Brittany Mullins
          October 14, 2016 AT 12:41 pm

          Yay! I’m so glad you liked it, Jess. ????

    20. jess
      October 12, 2016 AT 1:12 pm

      Yum! Do you you think it would work to do the same thing with apple sauce to make a quick apple butter?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 12, 2016 AT 3:46 pm

        Oh! I’m not 100% sure, but now I want to try it!!

    21. Kelly | Eat Yourself Skinny
      October 12, 2016 AT 11:36 am

      This sounds delicious! 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 12, 2016 AT 3:48 pm

        Thanks so much Kelly!

    22. Kori
      October 12, 2016 AT 11:12 am

      Looks and sounds delicious!

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