So while my kids adore anything peanut butter, Owen has had a child in his class with severe allergies for going on his 3rd year (plus the whole preschool was nut-free). Well, he misses peanut butter sandwiches, as does the mom who makes their lunches in the morning. We can’t do almond butter or any nut butters either because one of his buddies is allergic to them all. Sunbutter is an alternative but it’s pricey! The jars range from $4.99 to $7.99 and I didn’t even know if he’d like it! It’s made like peanut butter but with sunflower seeds. Seeds are seeds, not nuts so they are safe for a nut-free facility!
So I was in Trader Joe’s and I picked up their Sunbutter into my cart at $4.99. Then i walked past the seeds themselves for 4 cups of seeds for $1.99. hmmm…. I picked up a bag of those and a bag of Rosemary Thyme Maple Praline ones… thought those sounded like they might make some yummy butter but I ate those all before I could try. 🙂
I found a site online that showed how to make t which just says grind nuts, add some oil, some sweetener and that’s it. I played around and it tasted awesome! OC loved it! Hunter loved it! Even Cole loved it! It’s natural, few ingredients, and allergy-friendly! Super win!
Mine didnt end up super creamy but that could be due to my 14-year old Kitchen-Aid blades on my food processor.
- 3 cups roasted, unsalted sunflower seeds*
- ~2 tablespoons veggie oil**
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt (or to taste)
- 2 tablespoons honey (or to taste)
- Using a food processor, blend up those seeds! The mix will start off dry but start to get clumpy as the oils are released with the heat from the blending process. This may take a few minutes
- Add in roughly 2 tablespoons of oil. while blending. It will get creamier. If it seems to thick, add a tad more oil. Keep letting it go.
- then add salt & stream in honey to taste. We like it barely sweet as he uses jellies & jams with it.
- Add to a saved jar and enjoy ***
- * or you can roast your own by putting seeds on a cookie sheet and baking about 15 minutes in a 325° oven until nice & toasted.
- ** you can use any light oil. I used vegetable oil so not to impart any flavor but can use coconut or light olive oil as well.
- *** I read you can add the mixture now into a blender and let it go for a bit and it will get creamier. I can't attest to this but thought I would share that bit of information. We left it kind of rustic and loved it. It is just like the fresh-ground PB we get for CT from Whole Foods.