Friday, March 2, 2012

Sunflower seed butter is the new peanut butter

Nothing like a good ole' Peanut butter and jelly, right?

Ready to try something new, delicious and oh so nutritious?

Sunflower Seed Butter

Sunflower seeds are loaded with healthy fats, cardiovascular benefits, anti-inflamintory qualities, magnesium to help calm nerves and muscle tension and they come from some of the most beautiful flowers around.

If you have been following my blog, you can think of this as a spin off of the Almond Butter recipe that I shared with you a couple of weeks ago.  It's actually very simple and the 4 ingredient list means that it is not only easy, but free from any processed and unecissary additives or preservatives.

Here is what you need:

2 cups Sunflower seeds (I used the raw unsalted kind)
Sea salt
2 teaspoons of
1-2 tablespoons for organic raw sugar

Here is what you do:

Line a baking sheet with foil and spread out the sunflower seeds on it.

Sprinkle with sea salt

Roast for 8 minutes at 350 degrees.  Move the seeds around and roast for another 4-5 minutes.  Keep you eye on them or they can burn.

Remove from oven and let cool

Place your seeds in a food processor and add vanilla and sugar.  Turn on low and let it do it's work.  You might need to pause it every couple of minutes and scrape down the sides.

It will take about 10 minutes for it to turn into the yummy, creamy, nutritious spread that will change snacking and dry boring toast forever!

Store in a ball jar or glass container and keep in the fridge.

Enjoy with fresh cut apples, toast, sandwiches, stir into oatmeal or yogurt.  Delish!


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