Nourishing and fulfilling seed butter can be a great addition to almost anything! Uncomplicated recipe with minimum ingredients, 100% better than a store-bought version.
Being a big fan of meal prep, I love having multiple containers with prepared food in my fridge. Jars with homemade nut and seed butter are must-have items. A drizzle of nutritious, protein-packed almond or sunflower butter makes almost all my breakfast creations more fulfilling. Healthy fats keep the body full for a longer period of time, which I appreciate as an always hungry student).
I do not think that I have a sensitivity to nuts, but sometimes I am naturally taking a break from eating them. Those days/weeks, seeds become a great replacement in my diet. They are nutritional powerhouses and technically can be used instead of nuts in the majority of recipes which call for nuts.
Today I am sharing a simple and delicious recipe of my favorite seed butter which is particularly great for people with nuts/legumes sensitivity.
Sunflower & Pumpkin Seed Butter
- 1 cup raw sunflower seeds
- 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
- Optional add-ons
- Pinch of sea salt
- Dates cut in pieces
- Preheat the oven to 350 ℉/ 180 ℃
- Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Spread seeds evenly into a thin layer.
- Bake for about 9-10 min. Stir seeds after 5 minutes to prevent burning.
- Take the seeds out of the oven. Let cool.
- Transfer into a powerful blender or a food processor, add some salt or sweetener of your choice. Process for about 10-12 minutes with quick stops to prevent overheating of your processor.
- Stir the seeds occasionally if necessary. Stop processing when desired consistency is reached.
- Transfer seed butter into a dry airtight glass jar. Store in a fridge for a few weeks.
This fulfilling seed butter is rich in protein, fats, and micronutrients such as iron. Try to use it instead of nut butter. I promise you will like it!
There are many creative options for using seed butter; I am sure it won’t take much time for you to figure out your favorite. I personally love adding a spoon of it to my morning chia pudding or a smoothie. It can be also a great snack paired with crunchy vegetables, fruit, and berries. Even a piece of dark chocolate tastes better with a little bit of seed butter on it 😉
Here are few other quick ideas:
- 1 tsp of seed butter + 1 cup of water + blender = delicious seed milk (optionally, add a date, cinnamon, cardamom, maca powder, vanilla extract). Or make turmeric milk, beetroot latte, or hot chocolate using seed milk as a base.
- ½ Banana or a few strawberries + 1 tbsp seed butter (quick energy snack)
- Date filled with seed butter and sea salt (favorite dessert edition!)
Try it and let me know what you think about this recipe!
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Enjoy your summer!