I used to be a peanut butter fiend! Back in high school I ate peanut butter sandwiches for lunch everyday. My favorite snack was an apple with peanut butter. I would eat spoonfuls of it whenever I got hungry. To try to limit my consumption, I started making my own peanut butter in my Vitamix. I thought that if I had to make it before I could eat it, that would deter me from eating it. That didn’t happen! I ended up eating it less often but I’d eat the entire quantity I made in the span of like a day (ya, I’ve got self control problems…don’t judge me).
When I stopped eating peanut butter I developed a new obsession with almond butter which turned into an obsession with any and all nut butters. Well the problem with this obsession is that nuts and I don’t get along very well. You see, I have a VERY sensitive digestive system. One wrong food and I look like I’m three months pregnant and feel like my intestines are full of concrete (and I also can’t poop for days but we won’t go there). So I try to save the nut butters for special occasions and stick to avocados, coconut butter or this sunflower seed butter when I need a little fat fix.
This sunflower seed butter is seriously addicting so it’s not the best for my self control, but it tastes delicious and is a little easier on my digestion. Plus, it is so easy to make and making it yourself is a lot cheaper than buying it at the store. I’ve heard people say that sunflower seed butter tastes like peanut butter and I’ve never found that to be the case, but it has it’s own unique flavor that is equally delicious.
- 1 cup raw sunflower seeds
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 Tbs coconut oil
- ¼ tsp vanilla (optional)
- 1 tsp honey (optional- omit for 21DSD)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Spread sunflower seeds onto rimmed baking sheet in one layer
- Roast for 10 minutes, checking on them every few minutes so they don't burn
- Let cool slightly before placing in food processor
- Blend until smooth, stopping every few minutes to scrape the sides (takes about 10-15 minutes)
- Add salt, coconut oil, and optional vanilla and honey and blend until incorporated
I like to add a little sweetener and some vanilla to my sunflower seed butter to make it a little bit of a sweet treat perfect to top pancakes or dip apples into. However, if you’re going to use it in a recipe as a replacement for peanut butter or almond butter I’d leave out the sweetener. Regardless, it’s super tasty and I hope you love it as much as I do!
In vibrant health,