Sunflower Seeds Butter is a delicious 1 ingredient nut-free, dairy-free alternative to regular peanut or normal butter. It goes best as a spread on your toast or to enjoy as a dip with your fruits or crackers.
Sunflower seeds butter can be made using raw or roasted seeds. This seed butter does not use any other ingredient except sunflower seeds. This sunflower seeds butter recipe is vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, keto, etc.
Making sunflower seeds butter at home is easy. Just needs a little bit of patience, because it has to be processed until it comes to a smooth buttery texture. You would need a high-speed blender or a food processor to make this butter.
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Oil-Free Sunflower Seeds Butter
One can use roasted or raw sunflower seeds in this recipe. Roasting of the seeds helps release the natural oil of the seeds and hence no additional oil is required while making this butter. Roasting also helps increase the shelf life of this butter. If you are using raw seeds, you might need a little oil. I have not tried it so you would need to test it out.
Flavorings for Sunflower Seeds Butter
One can add any sweetener or flavorings of choice to this sunflower butter. I have kept it simple. As when you spread this seed butter on a toast, you can top it up with your favorites. Like in the picture I have drizzled it with some honey and cinnamon.
One can add a bit of sea salt to give it a kick and if you fancy some chocolate, add some melted chocolate or cocoa powder to this to make chocolate sunflower seeds butter. And if you fancy some chocolate butter, try these 2 Ingredients Sugar-Free Hazelnut Chocolate Butter.
Maple Syrup, honey can be added to make it sweet. Like I used to add in this Peanut butter.
If you are looking for something different which is not sweet, try this with a hint of paprika. It would be just delicious. Cinnamon, nutmeg can be added along with honey or maple syrup to make cinnamon sunflower seed butter.
One can even add a combination of seeds to make a mixed seed butter. The addition of chia or flax seeds will add to the nutrient content as well as to taste.
Winter and Seeds
It’s winter and it is good to add some healthy fats to your diet. I like to add such seeds and nuts to my family’s diet during winters. I make a batch of this healthy Sugar-free Khajoor Barfi (Dates & Nuts Roll) which has all the nuts and seeds in it. Another recipe which I like to make is this Flourless Nut and Seed Bread (Vegan and Gluten Free). It is freezer friendly and one slice of this is enough to give you the morning boost.
So this month the theme for our Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge was Seeds suggested by Archana from The Mad Scientist’s Kitchen. So when Anu Kollan from Ente Thattukada gave me Sunflower Seeds as the secret ingredient I decided to make this Sunflower Seeds butter. Yes we generally give 2 secret ingredients, but as I wished to make it with just 1 ingredient I asked Anu If she would give me only 1 ingredient.
While Archana made this Kachaya Dinka chi Pud Recipe which is a mixture of seeds and dry fruits. A healthy and delicious recipe which can be added to your milk powder or your morning porridge.
Making Butter from Sunflower seeds
Roasting of Sunflower Seeds
One can roast the sunflower seeds in an oven or air fryer or simply on a stovetop. I have used the stove-top today but occasionally I even roast in an oven. To roast on a stovetop simply add the sunflower seeds in a heavy bottom pot or a pan. Roast it on slow until they start turning golden brown or you smell a nice aroma.
To roast in an oven, preheat the oven to 180 Deg C or 350 Deg F. Roast it for 5-8 minutes turning in between until it turns golden brown. Do not leave it while they are roasting, they burn pretty quickly.
Processing of seeds or Making butter from sunflower seeds
To make butter needs a little time and patience. It took me roughly around 15 minutes, stopping in between, from the start of processing to smooth butter. I processed it into stages, for a minute or two, and then waited for a minute or two so that the machine does not get overworked.
While processing the seeds it is also important that you scrap out the sides and the bottom. This will not leave any chunks at the bottom and will help you in even grinding. Also do not be in a rush to use your processor at the highest speed at the start. First, process it at low speed and then slowly increase it.
At the lowest setting of your grinder or food processor, process the seeds. You will get to a coarse powder-like texture almost in less than a minute. Then again process it until you get a fine powder. Now stop and scrape the sides and the bottom.
Now wait for a minute and process it till you see it starts releasing oil. This should be done in 1-2 minutes. Wait again for a minute and then on medium speed process for 1-2 minutes. After this, the mixture turns into a ball shape. Do not worry if it does not turn out for you.
Once it has got to that stage, wait again for a few minutes. Now process the mixture again on a high-speed process until you get soft butter-like consistency. That’s it you are done.
The seed butter would be slightly warm due to the use of machines. Let it cool completely. Store this in an air-tight sterile container. Keep refrigerated. It might stay good at room temperature outside, but I have not done that as we are not using any form of preservatives here. I have stored this in the refrigerator.
Shelf life of Sunflower Butter
This sunflower butter stays good in the fridge for at least a month under proper hygiene conditions. It can be stored for more too, but I have finished it before that. One can store it in the freezer too. Defrost as required. When storing seed butter you might see the oil separated when defrosted. It has not gone bad, just that it has released oil. Mix it and you are good to go.
Can we soak the sunflower seeds before?
Yes, you can soak the sunflower seeds and use them. However, the process will take more time. Once you have soaked the sunflower seeds, you will drain them and remove all the water. Then let it dry completely. This can be sun-dried or dehydrated. But do keep in mind that it should be free from any moisture before making butter or else the butter would be spoiled soon.
Sunflower Seeds Butter
- Sunflower seeds I used 1 cup – 280 grams
- Remove any impurities from the seeds.
Roasting of seeds
- In a heavy bottom pan or pot, on slow, roast the sunflower seeds until golden brown.Sunflower seeds
- One can roast it in a pre-heated oven for 5-10 minutes at 180 Deg C, turning in between.
- One can roast the sunflower seeds in an oven or air fryer or simply on a stovetop. I have used
- Remove in a pate and let the seeds cool completely.
Making butter from sunflower seeds
- Add all the seeds in a powerful grinder or a food processor.
- Process on the slowest speed to a fine powder. This should take around 1-2 minutes at the max.
- Now stop and scrape the sides and the bottom.
- Wait for a minute and process it till you see it starts releasing oil. This should be done in 1-2 minutes.
- Wait again for a minute and then on medium speed process for 1-2 minute. After this the mixture turns into a ball shape. Do not worry if it does not turn for you.
- Once it has got to that stage, wait again for a few minutes. Now process the mixture again on a high speed.
- Keep on doing this until you get a soft butter like consistency.
- The butter would be slightly warm due to the use of machine. Let it cool completely.
- Store this in an air-tight sterile container. Keep refrigerated.
- Any quantity of seeds can be used.
- For flavorings read above.
- I have detailed the time and way you would need to process the seeds to get a smooth butter.