This delicious homemade sunflower seed butter recipe is made using only ONE ingredient! Plus the health benefits of sunflower seeds, sunbutter flavour options and uses!
This homemade sunflower seed butter recipe (otherwise known as sunbutter) is not only a very cost-efficient seed butter, and it also works amazingly as an alternative to many types of nut butter in recipes. I love the fact that sunflower seed butter can save you money, without giving up on lots of nutrition. As part of this blog posts, I’ve also included sections on flavoured sunflower seed butter options, and sunflower seed butter uses.
Sunflower seeds will always have a fond spot in my memory because I remember eating them, roasted and salted, from the shell as a child- a small pile of discarded sunflower seed shells forming beside me. I honestly feel like the sunflower seed in the shell ‘snack’ isn’t something that’s appreciated in the UK, in comparison to in countries like Turkey, etc.
This sunflower seed butter recipe is made using just ONE ingredient – roasted sunflower seeds! Because that is honestly all you need. However, it’s also optional to add in some salt. Salt tends to bring out the flavour of all nuts and seeds, so it is an excellent additive to nut and seed butter recipes without having a massive impact on the shelf life.
Now, like promised – I will include some options for flavoured sunflower seed butter, but also feel free to experiment! I always make sure to make flavoured batches in small quantities as the additional ingredients will affect the shelf life of the nut butter.
As you’ll see below too, sunbutter can be used in so many different ways – not only as an alternative to other nut butter recipes. It’s an ingredient that I return to time and time again. So much so that I buy sunflower seeds massively in bulk now, so that I’m always stocked up!
Health Benefits of Sunflower Seeds
This small but mighty seed is filled to the brim with nutrients. A healthy dose of magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron, folate as well as essential fats and Vitamins A, B and E. They also contain 2g protein per tablespoon and ZERO cholesterol.
Because of all the excellent nutrients inside these little seeds, they come with all sorts of health benefits. These include lowering blood sugar levels, blood pressure and cholesterol as well as being heart-healthy, and a natural anti-inflammatory.
Now, for the homemade sunflower seed butter recipe, flavoured sunflower seed butter combinations and it’s uses…
How to make homemade Sunflower seed butter
As with all nut and seed butter recipes, the process for making this delicious homemade sunflower is ridiculously simple. To begin, roast the raw sunflower seeds in the oven at 165ºC (fan assisted) for 8 minutes and then leave till cool-to-touch.
Pour the sunflower seeds into your food processor or blender and blend till smooth. Do this in intervals of around 2-3 minutes, so the seeds ( and machine) don’t overheat. The longer they are blended, the runnier consistency the homemade sunflower seed butter will be.
These will need around 15 minutes. If you don’t have a processor/blender that auto scrapes down the sides, you may need to do that every time you pause the machine, to make sure all the seeds are blended till super smooth.
I suggest using a high-speed blender if possible. Otherwise, the process can take quite a bit longer than it took me. However, if you do have a relatively mid-level powered food processor/blender, don’t fret! Give the seeds some extra time to blend, giving the machine a break every couple of minutes.
Once the homemade sunflower seed butter is ready, transfer it to an airtight glass container and keep this in the fridge for up to 2 months. It can also be frozen, for longer.
Note* When you put any nut or seed butter in the fridge then it will solidify and the oils can separate. Don’t panic – simply mix it well before using.
Flavoured Sunflower seed butter combinations
Whenever I make large batches of any nut or seed butter, I tend to avoid adding any additional ingredients, and they will affect the shelf-life. If I want to flavour any, I will make sure only to flavour a small portion of it, so none goes to waste. If you want some flavoured sunflower seed butter inspiration:
- A simple, sweet modification would be to add some homemade Vanilla extract or Vanilla Powder.
- I also think Cinnamon works well in pretty much every nut and seed butter. Yum!
- For a simple, sweet version add your favourite natural syrup of choice. I love using maple syrup.
- Why not try to make a delicious chocolate version with some cocoa powder. Everything is better with chocolate!
- Once again, like with most nut and seed butter, I LOVE love love adding desiccated coconut to the blender for a delicious coconut mix!
- Also, I love to mix up my nut and seed butter recipes, experiment with combining different nuts and seeds!
How To Use Sunflower Seed Butter/ Sunflower Seed Butter Uses
I can not overstate how useful having a jar of sunflower seed butter in the kitchen at all times is. Not only can sunbutter be used as an alternative to peanut butter and other nut butters. It also holds up on its own and can be used in so many ways.
In terms of savoury dishes, sunbutter can be used within savoury sauces, as part of drizzles and salad dressings and even as an ingredient within dipping sauces. Sunbutter can also be used in hummus recipes to replace homemade tahini.
For some sweet inspiration… well, this list will take a bit longer to write. Homemade sunflower seed butter works well in raw treats including cookies, protein balls/bars and more. It can also be used within ice-cream recipes, pancakes, waffles, muffins, cakes, biscuits ( and stuffed cookies!) banana bread etc. Sun butter can also be used in granola recipes too.
In terms of simple nut/see butter swap-out uses – this sunbutter can be used as a simple spread on toast or fruit, stirred into or drizzled over oats, yoghurt, ice-cream, pancakes and hot cocoa! Etc. It can also be used for a fun alternative butter in these homemade Vegan peanut butter cups.
As always, if you give this recipe a go then let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Also, feel free to tag me in your recreations @AlphaFoodie.
Homemade Sunflower Seed Butter
- 2 cups raw sunflower seeds
- Food Processor
- Roast the sunflower seeds in the over at 165ºC (fan assisted) for 8 minutes. Let to cool till room temperature.
- Blend them in a high-speed processor/blender. It's best to do so at intervals so the seeds ( and machine) don't overheat. I suggest taking a break every 2-3 minutes. The longer you blend the runnier the sunbutter consistency will be. For a smooth sunflower seed butter, blend for about 15 minutes.
- Once the homemade sunflower seed butter is ready, transfer it to an airtight glass container and keep this in the fridge for 2-3 months. It can also be frozen, for longer.
- For inspiration for flavour variations on this sunflower seed butter, check my blog posts above!
- If you don't have a food processor/blender that auto scrapes down the sides then you will need to do this every time you stop the machine.