Oh my, this is such a treat recipe! I have made my own nut butter many times, although, with sunflower seeds in the cupboard, I decided to get a little creative and I am so very glad I did. This recipe is quick, nutritious and purely delicious. All seeds carry amazing health benefits and I am sure this will work with other seeds including pumpkin – this will be my next butter!
This protein enriched snack is packed with vitamin E from the sunflower seeds. This vitamin is a powerful antioxidant, protecting your cells from damage, can also help with preventing blood clots, lowering cholesterol, wound healing and fertility. The inflammatory properties of vitamin E are also suggested to reduce the symptoms of asthma, arthritis, reducing the risk of some cancers, diabetes type 2, as well as supporting women going through the menopause. Furthermore, vitamin E is known to be good for our skin with anti-ageing properties, so a definite winner in my book! If you were deficient in this vitamin you may display the following signs: low or no sex drive, exhaustion after light exercise, varicose veins, slow wound healing, loss of muscle tone and infertility.
* Sunflower seed are one of the highest sources of vitamin E, however, here are some other sources: sesame seeds, almonds, swiss chard, spinach, kale, hazelnuts, avocados and olives.
* Sunflower seeds are extremely nutritious and an excellent source of copper, vitamin B1, manganese, selenium, phosphorus, magnesium, vitamin B6, folate, and niacin.
Sunflower seed butter
100g sunflower seeds
2 tsp date nectar
pinch of Himalayan salt
pinch of cinnamon
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
- Spread the seeds on a baking tray and bake for 8-10 minutes in a preheated oven at 180 degrees celsius * As cooking sunflower seeds at high temperatures can destroy vitamin E it is important to roast them for no longer than 10 minutes
- Once the seeds are cooled add all of the ingredients listed to a food processor or blender and blitz (you do need a good blender/processor for this), you may need to stop and mix with a spoon a few times before continuing, but it should take no more than a few minutes for a smooth seed butter – yum!
Serving suggestions: Spread on apples or celery, serve on porridge or simply spread on rice cakes.