Creamy Sunflower Seed Butter

It’s day 1 of the Paleo Challenge!!  Which also means it’s November 1st…which also means Christmas is in 55 days!!! OK, getting a little side tracked over my extreme excitement for Christmas.  Sorry about that.  Moving on.  One of the foods not included in the paleo challenge is peanut butter, insert sad face.  The good thing though is it includes almond butter (check out my recipe for chocolate almond butter here) and sunflower butter.  This stuff can be pretty pricey so I decided to make my own and all it took was one ingredient – sunflower seeds! There’s no added oil, sugar or salt.  A few recipes I’ve seen called for oil but you really don’t need it.  It will get firm in the fridge but you can zap it for 10 seconds in the microwave and it’s nice and creamy again!

Sunflower seeds are good for you in so many ways:

  • They are a good source of selenium which helps prevent cancer.
  • They have both magnesium and copper with help keep your bones strong and ease arthritic pain.
  • The magnesium also helps soothe your nerves, easing stress, migraines and helping to relax.
  • Sunflower seeds are also rich in Vitamin E which helps keep your skin looking youthful!
  • They are loaded with antioxidants which ease every condition that’s inflammatory in nature, such as joint pain, gastric ulcers, skin eruptions, asthma and such.
  • These small seeds disallow ‘bad’ cholesterol from sticking to the walls of your arteries, thus preventing heart attacks.

Sunflower butter2Start by measuring out 4 cups of raw, unsalted sunflower seeds.  Preheat your oven to 325F.  Lay the seeds flat on a baking sheet and roast for 15 minutes. You really don’t want to skip the roasting step.  It helps bring out the nutty flavour!Sunflower butter3Next, transfer to a high speed blender or food processor. At this point you could add some optional ingredients such as stevia/sweetener, salt or oil, just depends on your personal preference.  Blend on high until smooth and creamy.   Transfer to an air tight container and keep refrigerated.  That’s it! So easy.  This is also a great alternative for anyone with peanut allergies.Sunflower butter4Four cups of seeds yields 3 cups of nut butter.

Nutritional Info for one tablespoon
66 Calories, 3g Carbs, 6g Fat, 2g Protein, 0mg Sodium, 0g Sugar

Source: www.care2.com

2 Comments

  • LFFL November 15, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Interesting. Never heard of sunflower seed butter.

    Reply
    • thehappyhealthfreak November 15, 2013 at 8:57 am

      It’s so easy to make and turns out nice and creamy. A great substitute to peanut butter!

      Reply

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