Make sunflower seed butter (aka SunButter) at home with this simple and cost-effective recipe! This tasty spread is nut-free so it’s great for those with nut allergies and safe for school.
As most of you know, I’m a nut and seed butter fanatic and love making my own. I’ve made flavored almond butter and cinnamon peanut butter but figured it was time to share how easy it is to make sunflower seed butter at home.
Sunflower seeds are more than just a baseball snack! They are packed with vitamins and minerals including Vitamin E, copper, manganese and selenium. They’re also not a common allergen (like many nuts) so they’re a great option for school.
Sunflower seeds make a great addition to trail mix and add the perfect amount of crunch to salads (like my vegan broccoli salad), but they’re also super easy to turn into sunflower seed butter (aka SunButter). Think peanut butter, but made from sunflower seeds!
You can absolutely make “plain” sunflower seed butter with just roasted sunflower seeds but I like to add a few ingredients like maple syrup and vanilla. I find that the flavor is more balanced and appealing, but you can experiment and find what you prefer.
tip! Make sure to use roasted unsalted sunflower seeds. The roasting process allows the natural oils to be released and makes for a smoother and thinner texture.
If you buy raw sunflower seeds, you’ll want to roast them before making this sunflower seed butter! Spread the raw sunflower seeds on a sheet pan and roast in an oven preheated to 350ºF for 10-15 minutes. Stir the seeds occasionally. The seeds are done when they are golden brown and smell delicious!
To make sunflower seed butter, my biggest tip is patience! The seeds will blend in your food processor for 10-15 minutes. They are first ground to a powder and if you keep grinding they’ll become thicker. Keep going until the sunflower seed oil is released and the end result is a smooth, creamy mixture. Just keep going!
After you blend the seeds, you’ll add in the additional flavors if using. Like I mentioned, I add in maple syrup, vanilla extract and sea salt, but feel free to get creative and make your own flavor variations.
There are SO many ways to use sunflower seed butter! Here are some ideas:
note! When baking with sunflower butter it does turn baked goods a tad green. The chlorogenic acid (chlorophyll) in sunflower seeds reacts with the baking soda/powder when baked, but it’s completely harmless and will taste just fine!
As you might guess, this homemade sunflower seed butter stores really well! Store in an airtight container (I love using mason jars for easy storage) at room temp for up to a week or keep in the fridge for up to one month.