Pretty much everything is better homemade and Sunflower Seed Butter is no exception. While it does require either a blender or a food processor, it’s quite easy to made and comes together rather quickly. The great thing about making your own sunflower seed butter is that you can control what’s in it. A lot of brands will add salt and sugar and I’d much prefer to add my own. Plus, I like to eliminate any extra processing I can when it comes to purchasing ingredients. This is why I choose to start with raw sunflower seeds and roast them myself. Of course, you can purchase then already roasted if you don’t want to do this extra step. I like to purchase my sunflower seeds from Trader Joe’s.
How to Roast Sunflower Seeds
Roasting your own sunflower seeds couldn’t be easier. Simply speed your raw sunflower seeds on a baking tray and roast in your own on 325 degrees for about 15-20 minutes. Simple as that!
Blender or Food Processor?
When it comes to making sunflower seed butter at home, you have two options. You can either use a blender or a food processor. I have both, so I almost always opt for using my blender. It’s much faster and I often avoid pulling out my food processor when I don’t absolutely need to. Way too many parts to hand wash 🙂. If you only have a food processor though, it’s totally an option. It will take a little bit longer for your seeds to turn into butter, but it will happen!
Benefits of Sunflower Seed Butter
Good source of protien: Need I say more?
Contains Vitamin E: Vitamine E is an antioxidant that helps protect cells in your body and help keeps skin healthy.
Contains Magnesium: Magnesium creates energy by helping to convert food to energy in your body. This is going to help give us power to make it through our busy days!
If you love making your own sunflower seed butter, try some of these other wonderful DIYs.
Homemade Sunflower Seed Butter
- 3 cups raw sunflower seeds
- 1-3 TBSP sunflower seed oil or oil of your choice
- pinch of salt
- Sweetener of your choice
Preheat your oven to 325°.
Spread your sunflower seeds on a prepared baking sheet in an even layer and roast for 15-20 minutes or until your seeds begin to turn lightly golden.
Allow your seeds to cool for about 5 minutes and then add to your blender.
Blender on high for 2-3 minutes. Once your sunflower seed butter starts coming together and smoothing out, you can drizzle in your oil until you have the perfect consistancy.
If you are sweetening this, you can add your sweetender at this time. Note: Liquid sweeteners are going to result in a more stiff butter. Perfectly fine when using it as an ingredient in making.