Porridge with Pumpkin Seed Butter

November 10, 2014

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A small post today, folks. I just wanted to pop by to say “hello!”, to check how your weekend was…did you feel sunshine on your body and drink gin? I hope so. I also wanted to inquire as to why we are not eating more pumpkin seed butter? What is going on here? Have we not realised the deliciousness yet? Do tell.

I recently discovered pepita spread in a health food store, Mayver’s brand. The very next morning I put in on my porridge and promptly flipped out. It is DELICIOUS. Yet I am not aware of others diving in with super eager spoons. Am I missing something? I spoke with Hannah on this very topic when she visited last week (she has sure authority on all things nut butter) and we agree on the distinct lack of pumpkin seed butter love songs. I’ve heard nothing on its loveliness across the interwebs or whilst grooving down supermarket aisles. We certainly aren’t ravaging it as keenly as we do tahini or peanut butter. Why is that, friends? It’s so very very good.

This porridge bowl above consisted of rolled oats + steel cut oats (1/4 cup of each) that were cooked in milk and topped with berries, toasted walnuts and a hefty spoonful of pumpkin seed butter. There was also coffee, because it is possibly my most true love. If I had to choose between coffee or porridge I would not hesitate in screaming “coffee”. Maybe that’s the coffee talking. Whatever, it’s right.

And if I had to choose between nut/seed butters? Well, pumpkin seed butter would be right up there. Do you agree?

Happy Monday! My day is looking like a walk with Serial, morning clients then home to work on a few business-related tasks while making chicken stock, then soup for dinner. So, pretty great. Have a lovely one! And please tell your pumpkin seed butter thoughts. I’m dying to hear all about them.


Heidi xo

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  • Natalie November 10, 2014 at 9:11 am

    I wish I had stories to share about pumpkin seed butter, but my story will instead be one of a great little dietitian who’s blog I always read and forget to comment on and how she inspired me to get out and try pumpkin seed butter.

    Well, right after I have all my wisdom teeth removed today which I am totally terrified of. But that’s another story.

    Have a beautiful Monday and enjoy your soup x

    • Heidi November 11, 2014 at 9:12 am

      Oh Natty aren’t you lovely?! Thank you. All the best for today, UGH I remember the wisdom teeth deal. Hope it went well. Pumpkin seed butter drizzled over ice-cream for you x

  • Nicole - Seeking Victory November 10, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Well, thank you, I’ve never thought about pepita butter. I will definitely try it. I love Mayver’s products and their cacao and peanut butter is a staple in my house.

    • Heidi November 11, 2014 at 9:13 am

      I haven’t tried that one! Love their black tahini. But this is definitely my favourite of their products. Though my love is possibly magnified because of the funky green colour! x

  • Hannah November 12, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    I mean, come on, Pablo Neruda wrote odes to salt, lemon, wine and even to conger chowder and “a chestnut on the ground”, but he couldn’t be bothered penning a poem about pumpkin seed butter? HONESTLY. To address this fatal flaw, here is my limerick:

    There once was a seed called pepita
    That Neruda would call “muy bonita”
    When served as nut butter
    It makes my heart flutter
    In 101 Dalmations, the dog was Perdita.


    ps the truth of the matter is I had to write a comment like this because if I let my heart run free I’d’ve written 4,000 words on how much I adore you and how much our sleepover meant to me and how you, and this pumpkin seed butter, have given me the inner strength to keep fighting for a life worth fighting for and adoring in all its small, huge, brilliant, calm, seaside, city-livin’, acai bowl, cultured butter, hand-holding, heart-braving, scary, wonderful, magical glory xx

    • Heidi November 17, 2014 at 9:34 am

      Did the book I lend you coax such words out of you? Hehe, you’re lovely. No, you are full of these words anyway, I know it. Thanks, my love. I so appreciate a pepita spread limerick. Hope you’re pumpkin seed buttering again soon x

  • laurasmess November 14, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    I have a million jars of Mayvers but not this pepita one!! I want! It sounds like you and Hannah had such a beautiful time. My bestie and I still have occasional sleepovers but she’s now adorned with two children and a dog, so it’s less sleep and more… uh, animated films, cook-ups (so fun making fresh pasta with a flour-covered four year old!) and time to breathe. At the moment I’m topping my porridge or raw oats with unhulled tahini, it’s much better with a drizzle of honey on top or with something else contrasting like banana or dried white mulberries. I’m trying to finish the jar before switching back to hulled as I’m missing the creamy, smooth non-bitterness (my resolve to get a few extra nutrients has waned considerably!). I’m definitely going to track down this green beauty xx

    • Heidi November 17, 2014 at 9:35 am

      I’m a sucker for anything green! Yeah, I moved on from unhulled tahini. Though you’re right, with a good sweetener like honey it might be quite lovely… x ps ahhh how times change when the kidlets come along. A new kind of fun.

  • Dilani November 17, 2014 at 11:22 am

    I got this spread a few months ago and my initial reaction was that it’s quite bitter so I kinda forgot about it as I couldnt think of what to eat it with! You’ve given me lots of ideas now and I’m keen to give it a second chance!

    Ps. I’ve been a behind-the-scenes admirer or yours on Instagram for awhile but this is my first time on your blog. Definitely won’t be the last though – love your recipes and lifestyle! Also that you’re a follow Melbournian!

  • Mardi November 18, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Ah! So much to love about this post. I was in the same kind of mood yesterday.

    Coffee and porridge is a tough call (thus why coffee porridge is genius…)

    However, wouldn’t it be a wonderful world if Melbournians were equally passionate about porridge as coffee? We could meet friends for porridge-dates or get takeaway when we’re in a rush or just need a little lift! We’d have boutique porridge stores, our own local favourites, and more milk varieties and ‘blended’ or ‘single origin’ oat/grain choices than you could poke a stick at!