A fun way to change things up from traditional nut butter, this Maple Cinnamon Sunflower Seed Butter is allergy-friendly, delicious and easy to make at home!
First things first- a little note about the next couple of recipes I have to share with you: they are not earth-shatteringly creative. I’m sure you’ve seen something similar on other blogs and recipe sites. Perhaps you’re even tired of seeing them!
But here’s the deal – I view it as part of my job as a blogger and RD to teach you to have fun in the kitchen. I want to remind you that it can be fun to try new flavor combinations, challenge you to recreate some of your favorite products and encourage you to be creative!
I also think it’s important to practice what you preach, which is exactly how this recipe came about! You guys know I’m a nut butter fanatic. I am a long time peanut butter lover and lately I’ve fallen in love with almond butter as well. The thing is that I almost always eat them plain, with just one or two ingredients (nuts and salt).
You also may know that I love seeds. Pumpkin seeds are my first love, but sunflower seeds are a close second. Seeds are nutrient powerhouses and are so easy to mix into baked goods, sprinkle on oatmeal, yogurt, salads, etc.
I also know that while I’m lucky that Squish has successfully tried several kinds of nut butter with no reaction, nut allergies are on the rise. Many schools have restrictions on bringing peanuts and tree nuts into classrooms and as someone who pretty much lived on pb&j as a kid, I find that a little disheartening.
The good news is that for many (not all), sunflower seed butter can be a great substitute. Since I’ve already successfully made homemade nut butter, I decided now would be a good time to tackle sunflower seed butter. And to make it just a little more exciting, I went beyond plain and added some of my favorite flavorings! Truth is, I like sunflower seeds but I don’t particularly like plain sunflower seed butter. But add a bit of maple syrup and some cinnamon and vanilla and you’ve got something I’m excited about adding to my morning bowl of oatmeal!
So consider this post a kick in the pants, encouraging you to give homemade nut/seed butter a try and to add some flavor to make things a little more exciting!
Here’s how you make it:
Feel free to adjust the maple, cinnamon and vanilla to fit your flavor preference. Just know that if you add more liquid after you’ve already got it nice and creamy, it will probably seize up for a little while. Just let the processor continue to run and it will smooth back out! On Friday, I’ll be showing you how to use up your delicious summer fruit to make chia jam. Pair this with that and you’ve got the makings of an epic sandwich!