Gluten-Free Sunflower Seed Butter

Toastabags Two Reusable Non-Stick Sandwich/Snack The other day I ordered toaster bags from Amazon.  I was so excited that I blogged about them on my other site, Simply Nooner.  And guess what?  Today…

…they’re still not here.  Bummer.  Okay, so that topic is shelved until another day.

But there is something else I got pretty excited about. I learned how to make nut butter out of sunflower seeds.  There’s no need to applaud.  You see, I can’t eat legumes of any sort, so peanut butter is out.  And I don’t do well ingesting a lot of almonds, so I don’t buy almond butter.  What’s a gluten-free gal to do when she wants some nutty goodness on toast?

Enter sunflower seed butter.  There is a commercial product available, SunButter, which is gluten free.  But alas, it contains soy-based (according to the website) tocopherols, which is enough soy to trigger a reaction for me.  So I don’t buy it either.

But I just discovered that sunflower seed butter is ridiculously easy to make.  Here’s how:

Gluten-Free Sunflower Seed Butter

Take 1 cup of shelled, roasted sunflower kernals.  If they aren’t roasted, it will never really process into “butter.”  Put them in a food processor with 1 Tablespoon of oil (corn, canola, coconut, etc.; use something that won’t compete with the nutty taste).  Process until almost smooth.  Then add more oil a drop at a time, and process until integrated.  Stop the processeor and check in between each addition of oil, until you get your desired consistency.  I accidently added too much oil too soon, and ended up with some soupy sunflower seed butter.  Oh well.  At this point, I added a generous pinch of kosher flake salt and mixed it in, but that’s optional.  You can also add a smidge of honey, if you prefer your nut butter a little sweet.

After everything is smooth and integrated, place in a container and store in the fridge.  Try not to eat it all in one sitting (like I almost did).  It’s incredibly good, but has something like a gazillion calories per teaspoon.  I’m just saying…

About Li

A writer, runner, and Gluten-Free Zealot, I've been helping others navigate the gluten-free lifestyle for many years. Life is meant to be enjoyed, and when you're gluten-free, it's even better!
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