One thing that I cannot get enough of lately: sunflower seed butter. I love the Trader Joe’s brand, but have also started making my own. I’ve been enjoying a spoonful of this unsweetened Homemade Sunflower Seed Butter with a bit of extra dark chocolate. It absolutely satisfies that sweet’n salty craving and constitutes a healthy dessert.
Sunflower seed butter is a great nut butter alternative. It can be used in place of nut butter and/or peanut butter in many recipes and it’s less expensive!
Making your own seed, nut, coconut or peanut butter is extremely easy, so I urge you to try it yourself if you haven’t. Literally all you need is a good quality food processor (THIS is what I have), some nuts/seeds/coconut/peanuts and a little patience. Homemade is often cheaper than store-bought, plus it’s fresh and you can easily tweak the flavoring, nut variety or sugar content to your liking.
My recipe for Homemade Sunflower Seed Butter is only 2 ingredients and doesn’t contain any added sugar or sweeteners. It is Paleo, Vegan and allergy friendly.
*Salt to taste
**When processing seed butter stop frequently to scrape the sides. It takes patience to get the sunflower seeds to turn to a smooth, silky butter so patience is key.
You can try making sunflower seed butter without roasting the sunflower seeds, but I find that baking them brings out a nicer, buttery flavor. I also prefer baking them myself as opposed to purchasing roasted sunflower seeds because (1) raw is cheaper (2) roasted sunflower seeds are often salted and baked in oil.
There are so many ways to enjoy sunflower seed butter. Pretty much any way you can eat almond or peanut butter you can eat this salty seed butter. I love using it in my baked goods as a nut-free option, spreading it on apples and rice cakes, adding it to smoothies or simply grabbing a spoonful straight from the jar.
Have you ever made your own nut/seed/coconut/peanut butter? Which is your favorite of these buttery spreads?
(Above: frozen blueberries with almond milk, topped with: coconut cream, sunflower seed butter, macadamia nuts, air dried apples, cinnamon and bee pollen.)