Adam’s latest obsession has been sunflower butter and I have to admit it’s pretty good. It has a similar nutrient profile to almond butter but much cheaper. We’ve been buying the SunButter brand, Natural which has just sunflower seeds, cane sugar, and vitamin E. Still, I am frugal at heart and like to cut out as much sugar from our diet as possible so I tried my hand at making a sunbutter recipe myself. Turns out it’s very easy and I added a couple of spices in the mix to give it some depth and flavor that the store bought sunbutter lacked.
To start out, I toasted the sunflower seeds. Organic, raw sunflower seeds are very affordable on Amazon and I had some around from making my Paleonola. Then I simply blended them with a little coconut oil to get them started. The challenge was in getting it sweet enough to match the store bought sunbutter Adam liked. I added a little stevia extract to keep the carbs down then added maple sugar until I had a good flavor. The vanilla, cinnamon, and allspice gave it more depth and richness that, on a taste test, everyone preferred over the store bought sunbutter. I love using allspice in combination with other warming spices like cinnamon, ginger, and cloves because the allspice provides the first ‘bite’ of spice while the others simmer on the back on the palette.
The consensus seemed to be that the store bought sunflower butter tasted like peanut butter while my sunflower butter recipe tasted more like a rich, sweet, roasted sunflower treat. I’ll take that!
The best part about this recipe is that you can taste it as you go to get the sweetness to your liking.
4 cups of raw sunflower seeds
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 teaspoons maple sugar (plus more to taste)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (make your own!)
1/2 teaspoon stevia extract (sub 1 teaspoon maple sugar)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon allspice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
Toast the sunflower seeds in the oven about 10 minutes or until golden brown. Add everything to a food processor and allow it to process until desired smoothness. If you leave it longer enough, this can get very smooth. Taste and add additional sweetener as desired.