For years, I've been telling people that you don't need fancy kitchen implements to eat healthy. And, it's true. I spent years in a 20 foot trailer without a food processor or any other high tech kitchen gadgets while eating clean, homemade, meals. That being said, certain DIY food items are next to impossible without a food processor. For example, nut & seed butters.
As I focus on healing my own gut while undergoing treatment for SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), I find that my digestive system likes seeds but not nuts. With peanut, almond, and cashew butters off the menu, I got really excited when I saw Organic Sunflower Seed Butter for sale at my local health food store. I figured I'd give it a shot.
Um, YUM. If you've never tried Sunflower Butter I highly recommend it. It has a wonderful nutty flavor and is incredibly fulfilling. Slice up a local apple, dip it in some sunflower butter, and prepare to satisfy your 2:00 sugar craving. The brand I bought had an impressively small amount of added sugar but I thought since I now own a food processor I'd try making it at home. It was really easy, took about 30 minutes, and allowed me to use coconut sugar instead of cane sugar. Oh, and it cost about $3.00 for a jar. So, if you have a food processor, I recommend giving this a try.
- 16oz bag organic raw sunflower seeds
- 3 tablespoons organic coconut sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Spread sunflower seeds in a single layer on cookie sheet
- Roast in oven for 20-25 minutes or until lightly brown (stir every 5-10 minutes to avoid burning)
- Place in a food processor that is equipped with the "S" blade and begin to process. The first few minutes it will be a flour consistency, after a few minutes it will begin to stick together into a ball, a few minutes after that you'll have a nice creamy butter.
- Once you've reached the consistency you prefer, add sugar & salt, then process for another minute. This seed butter without any sweetener is really bitter. I added just enough coconut sugar to cut the bitterness.