How To Make Sunbutter

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There are two bouquets of flowers in my house currently. One is on our dining table, soaking up some rays and looking oh so beautiful. The other is brightly sitting right next to me while I type. It’s like having a piece of sunshine. The reason behind these flowers though is much more significant than the blooms themselves.

Sometimes I need a physical reminder that I am loved. It’s something I know down deep, but I’m human. Constantly needing a little more than a feeling to go by. My husband is one of the most loving people you’ll ever meet. He loves well. Part of what makes him good at this, is he gets creative about how to love. Years ago when we were first married, I told him I was the kind of girl who needed flowers once in a while. Not in a demanding diva sort of way, but more of a “you should know this about me” way.

He’s never forgotten, and is king of being sporadic enough that I feel genuinely loved. There have definitely days he brought home “I’m sorry” flowers, but that hasn’t happened in a really long time.

I’m of the opinion that everyone needs lovin’. Whether it’s between friends, family or the stranger behind you in line for coffee. There are so many ways to love.

This week my son and I chose to love a child in his class. We’ve never met him or her. A note came home from school stating a child at school has a peanut allergy and all children are asked to keep everything peanut at home. My son has devastated. Nuts and seeds are big part of our family’s diet. It’s one of his favorite ways to eat carrots and apples. Instead of allowing the focus to go towards my son suddenly feeling without – we got creative.

I’ve loved sunbutter for a few years now, but the cost has kept me from buying it regularly. Now I have a big reason for having this as a staple in our kitchen. To the girl or boy in my son’s class, I pray this allergy doesn’t keep you from anything you want to do. I hope you feel loved as your class is making a way for you to enjoy the cafeteria and not have to be afraid of certain foods. And if you ever need any sunbutter, don’t hesitate to ask us!

How To Make Sunbutter

Ingredients

  • 3 cups raw unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 T honey
  • *You will need a vitamix or high powered food processor for this recipe.

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°.
  2. Spread the sunflower seeds on a cookie sheet.
  3. Bake for 15-30 minutes. Watch for the seeds to turn golden brown. Mine take exactly 20 minutes.
  4. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  5. Using a vitamix blender pour in the sunflower seeds (yes all of them)
  6. Grab a good spatula and prepare to do a lot of stirring.
  7. Use the pulse setting and begin blending the seeds. Every time the seeds get thick and the bottom (because they are turning to butter) stop the pulsing and stir.
  8. Do this for a minimum of 6 minutes until oil starts to come out of the seeds.
  9. Then the magic happens. Now blend on a high power setting, like 7 for 2-4 minutes.
  10. The butter will be wet enough from the oil to blend on its own.
  11. Once you have the desired texture, scoop the sunbutter into a sealable jar. Now is the time to add the salt and honey. This is completely optional. I've found it makes a wonderful flavor with these two ingredients added.
  12. Keep in the fridge for up to a week, or as long as it will last. My family eats a jar of sunbutter in a matter of 3-4 days!
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