This Sunflower Butter Recipe Is The Perfect Alternative for Nut Butter
May 29, 20152 min read
Nut butters are amazing and used in all kinds of clean eating recipes. That being said, not everyone can have nut butter (allergies, anyone?) An awesome alternative is sunflower butter. Better yet, you can make it at home with this recipe!
4 cups raw unsalted sunflower seeds, shelled
5-9 tbsp sunflower oil (or any mildly flavored non-solid vegetable oil like grapeseed), amount may vary
3 tbsp honey (or to taste) - for vegan use agave nectar or your favorite sweetener
1/4 teaspoon, heaping sea salt (or to taste)
YOU WILL ALSO NEED
Sheet tray, food processor
Total Time: 45 Minutes
Servings: 2 3/4 cups sunflower butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the sunflower seeds evenly across a sheet tray and roast until lightly browned and fragrant, stirring occasionally, for about 20-25 minutes. Be sure to check on them often to avoid burning. Allow the sunflower seeds to cool to room temperature.
In a food processor, combine the roasted sunflower seeds with the honey and salt (use more or less salt and honey to taste, if desired).
Begin processing the seeds. At first the nut butter will clump together in pieces.
Add the oil 1 tbsp at a time, smoothing out the butter and processing frequently, until you reach your desired consistency. Scrape down the sides of the processor as necessary.
You can use more oil for a creamier batch or less oil for a thicker, drier butter if you prefer. Continue processing until smooth.
Store your sunflower butter in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Use it within a month for freshest taste. As with most natural nut and seed butters, some oil may separate from the butter over time. If this happens, just use a spoon to mix the oil back into the butter.
H/T: Tori Avey
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