Recipe: Gluten Free Vegan Sunflower Seed Butter

by Carrie

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Gluten Free Vegan Sunflower Seed Butter

Last week I made no peanut squares using sunflower seed butter. For that recipe I used purchased sunflower butter. What surprised me later when I was reading the fine fine print on the jar was that there was a warning about possible peanuts in processing. Are you kidding me? Why would you have a no peanut type product that has been possibly exposed to peanuts?

That label really irritated me and the thought that an innocent person could be seriously hurt if I had taken those bars out to a public location was not okay. Thank goodness I could read the small print on the label, but what about others who are not so diligent? What about those people who assume that sunflower seed butter as an alternative to peanut butter would be safe to serve?

Can you tell this really got my goat?

Well it did.

Today I picked up organic raw sunflower seeds at my local organic grocery store and set about to make some peanut free sunflower seed butter. Being that I am very sensitive to gluten, I really do clean my baking products very well and felt that this butter would be peanut free.

I did a lot of research on sunflower seed butter on the internet and the recipes out there seemed all the same. Some had more oil and sugar then I would care to use, so I varied the amounts to what I like.

Recipe: Gluten Free Vegan Sunflower Seed Butter

2 cups sunflower seeds (organic and raw is what I used)
5-6 Tbsp canola oil
Pinch maldon sea salt
2 Tbsp Agave syrup

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spread sunflower seeds onto a baking sheet and roast in the oven for 10-15 minutes.
Watch closely and stir every 5 minutes.

Gluten Free Vegan Sunflower Seed Butter

Let seeds cool for a few minutes.
Add sunflower seeds to food processor and process seeds until chunky paste forms.

Gluten Free Vegan Sunflower Seed Butter

While food processor is running add 1 Tbsp of canola oil at a time until mixture becomes creamy. For me it was 6 Tbsp of oil.

Stream in 1 Tbsp of agave at a time. Again for me I used 2 Tbsp. I also added a pinch of maldon sea salt to the butter.

Gluten Free Vegan Sunflower Seed Butter

Transfer butter to a jar and store in fridge.

Gluten Free Vegan Sunflower Seed Butter

I ended up making 2 batches of the sunflower seed butter. I knew this week I was going to make sunflower seed butter cookies and did not want to run out. The taste of this butter is so good. I hope you give it a try, for it is really easy to make. And again, you know exactly what ingredients are in the foods that you serve your family.

Sunflower seed butter is also fairly inexpensive to make, the whole 2 batches cost me $5.00.

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The Starving Student September 20, 2011 at 7:32 am

Wow you are really going all out with the homemade spreads! Good for you!!! I would love to try the same process with cashews or even macadamia nuts (imagine how rich and fatty that would be!!!). Keep it coming!

Carrie September 20, 2011 at 8:41 pm

I am looking forward to making cashew and almond butter. I have found more and more that I prefer to make my own spreads rather than all the processed out there-plus I can insure quality control, plus sugar and oil amounts. It is so very easy to make.

Alyssa September 25, 2011 at 2:47 pm

I tried these sunflower seed butter on toast this morning and it was really good! You didn’t need to slather on too much to get the flavour and it doesn’t stick to the roof of your mouth like peanut butter. I found warming it in the microwave for 15 seconds made it more spreadable.

Carrie September 25, 2011 at 9:57 pm

The sunflower seed butter has no preservatives in it so thus it needs to be stored in the refrigerator. So, yes, a quick warm up helps it spread better. Real food tastes so good.

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