Over on Sunday Scratchups’ sister site, Mashup Mom, we were recently talking about sunflower seed butter — and seachicago mentioned that you can get a whole pound of roasted sunflower seeds at Trader Joe’s for just $1.99, making it relatively easy (and uber affordable) to make your own. Yup! Picked mine up today, and thought I’d try making cinnamon sunflower butter with them. So if you tire of paying $7+ for the name brand, or even the $5-ish for the Trader Joe’s brand, why not make your own for slightly more than $2.00?
I jazzed this up a little because I wanted to try the cinnamon idea, but all you’d really need to make basic sunflower seed butter is sunflower seeds, salt, and a food processor. So simple that even I can make it!
Cinnamon sunflower seed butter
16 oz roasted unsalted sunflower seeds
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 Tbsp honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
olive oil (optional) — for thinning it out
Place all ingredients (except olive oil) into food processor.
Mix until well blended and a nice sunflower butter-y consistency, scraping down the sides as necessary. The above photo is one minute in, and you can see how it starts to spread up the sides of the food processor.
After a while, you’ll see it gradually start to get creamier. The above photo is 14 minutes in — but note that we have a low-powered little food processor. If you are using a Vitamix or something else heavy-duty, yours will probably be done in a lot less time.
We added in 1/4 tsp of olive oil near the end and then blended a little more, to give it a slightly creamier consistency. This is about 15 minutes in + olive oil — see how it suddenly turned?
Note that this will be a bit grainier than store-bought, but still quite tasty! The above is 18 minutes in, and done.
And that, my friends, is cinnamon sunflower seed butter
This filled up the tiny jar (from the honey) plus a good part of this second container, even after we kind of … well, we ate a bunch of it!
With, or without, carrots. This had just a hint of cinnamon flavor and was not super sweet, so you might up both the cinnamon and the honey if you are looking for a sweeter taste. If you just want plain sunflower butter, then leave out the vanilla, honey, and cinnamon. This is gluten free, dairy free, tree nut free, peanut free, and fairly low carb. (Again, leave out the honey if you want to reduce the carb count even further.) Store tightly sealed in refrigerator.
Update on allergen information: The packaging at Trader Joe’s (as of 8/5/13 when I bought this new bag) does not list any cross contaminants. Here is some general info on allergen labeling standards from their site.
Want more affordable and easy recipes?
That’s the only kind I post! If you like cinnamon sunflower seed butter, you might also like:
- Chocolate almond butter.
- Chocolate peanut butter banana “ice cream.”
- Gluten free dairy free egg free peanut butter cookies.
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- 16 oz roasted unsalted sunflower seeds
- ½ tsp sea salt
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- olive oil (optional) -- for thinning it out
- Place all ingredients (except olive oil) into food processor.
- Mix until well blended and a nice sunflower butter-y consistency, scraping down the sides as necessary.
- Once creamy, add in olive oil gradually, ¼ tsp at a time, and mix until desired consistency.
- Note that this will be a bit grainier than store-bought, but still quite tasty!
- Ours took about 18 minutes, but we have a small low-powered food processor.