Monday, May 7, 2012

Sunflower Butter with Honey

Yum
 When life hands you lemons you make lemonade. When life hands you too much sunflower seeds, make sunflower butter.  My husband and kids love sunflower seeds.  What they don't love is the raw(un-roasted) and unsalted variety which I mistakenly bought on my last trip to the grocery store. I figured they would be fine with it, but it was like there was a sunflower mutiny on my hands. I hate to waste perfectly good food, so I had to come up with a way to use it.  I decided to morph it into something they would never expect and grinding it up with some honey to make a smooth creamy sunflower butter seemed like a good idea. Eureka! Why haven't I done this before?  What a delicious nut-free alternative for our favorite peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I will have to buy more raw, unsalted sunflower seeds and this time there will not be a mutiny.

PS... Nancy over at  Spicy Foodie honored me with doing an interview.  If you are curious to find out more about me, hop on over there and enjoy. :)   An Interview with Curry and Comfort My Favorite Foodies Series

Ingredients:

1 cup raw sunflower seeds
salt to taste
1-2 Tbs of honey (to taste)
2-3 Tbs of canola oil


 Directions:

Toast raw (shelled) sunflower seeds in a pan until lightly golden.  Allow to cool.  In a food processor blend dry sunflower seeds with salt until almost "powdered" and fine. Then add honey and oil to make creamy and spreadable.  Apply on bread, crackers etc... Store in fridge.  Enjoy







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23 comments:

  1. wow....lovely spread...innovative 1 toooooo

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  2. Healthy butter, lovely spread..

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  3. so very interesting! I have never even thought of sunflower butter. You are so creative Ramona! Well done.

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  4. Looked so interesting I had to read. Great recipe. Buzzed!

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  5. Ramona, that looks so good! I am a huge nut butter fan, and this contains even fewer ingredients than my "natural" PB.

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  6. This is such a delicious and all natural nut butter with so many wonderful ingredients :D
    Well done my friend!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  7. What a great idea! I hate to waste food, but I know I do it too often.

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  8. Oh my gosh!! I'm so jealous! Sunflower butter is like my favorite thing ever, and then you added honey to it!! MMmmmmmm!!!

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  9. Oh, how I love sunflower seeds...so how come I didn't know I could make sunflower butter??? This sounds wonderful!!!! Thank you!

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  10. Wow, that's a great idea, looks delicious!

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  11. What a great idea! I will have to give this a try.

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  12. My Hubby loves sunflower seeds, espciasloy ranch seasoned. So I buy a lot of these. Your buter is a genius idea! I will have to try it%! Thank you so much for sharing, my friend!

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  13. Wow! This is such a unique idea. Sounds delicious.

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  14. Ramona - thank you, thank you, thank you! I have a huge jar of unsalted, unroasted sunflower seeds that will never get used before getting old. I know what we're having for lunch today! I'm headed over to spicy foods to learn more about you!

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  15. What a great idea! I have seen sunflower butter in the store (which is really expensive by the way!) but never thought to make my own. Will be trying soon! :)

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  16. This looks lovely. I buy the Trader Joe's version but how easy it would be to make at home. Good call on adding the honey. Nancy's blog is on my to do list.

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  17. I love sun butter! Never even thought about making it at home. Bet it's so yummy!

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  18. Very unique recipe! I'm off to check Nancy's post on your interview. :-)

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  19. I love this! This would be a great substituion in peanut butter recipes for anyone allergic to peanuts. I love that it's all natural too. Great recipe!

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  20. Great idea to make your own, Ramona. Do you know how much this would cost at the health food store. Very expensive.

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  21. Great alternative to peanut butter!

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  22. Okay this should be a sin or something. No way this is legal.

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