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Homemade Sun Butter

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Homemade sunflower butter is a nice change from other nut butters. It’s quite bitter in taste, so feel free to sweeten it and adding vanilla or cinnamon (or both) while making it. It’s great for anyone with nut allergies, or if your kids go to a nut-free school like mine do. So far I’ve posted these nut-free energy bites, and soon to be posted Chocolate Banana Pancakes and Healthy Rice Krispie Treats…so stay tuned.
In the meantime you can enjoy this sun butter on your morning toast drizzled with some honey, or stuffed into some dates with cocoa nibs. Either way enjoy it knowing you’re benefiting from the many nutrients in the seeds such as vitamin E, copper and B Vitamins. It’s also a healthy source of essential amino acids and fiber. Healthy fats such as those in sunflower seeds help balance our hormones, and slows down the absorption of food. That means if you use it to stuff your dates as a snack or even a quick breakfast it will keep you full for longer, compared to just having a couple of dates on their own.
If you have any ideas on how to enjoy sun butter, please share them in the comments below.

 

Homemade Sun Butter

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Ingredients:
  • 300g raw sunflower seeds
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • pinch of sea salt

Instructions:
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350F or 160C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  2. Spread out the sunflower seeds on the baking sheet, making an even layer. Roast seeds in the oven for 10-12 minutes. Remove from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes.
  3. Transfer the seeds to a food processor and start processing, stopping a couple of times to scrape down the sides with a spatula. It will look like a powder, but be patient and keep the processor running. It will then form a ball as the blade turns, which is normal, it will eventually break down. At the this point stop the processor, and add the coconut oil and pinch of salt. Continue processing until the seeds turn into a smooth butter.
  4. Enjoy it on some toast or stuffed into a date. Otherwise use it to make  Nut-Free Energy Bites. 

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