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Snacking with Sunflower Seeds and Cinnamon Sunbutter Recipe
May 25, 2012 | Home >Allergies > Healthy Kids > Best Recipes >Snacking with Sunflower Seeds and Cinnamon Sunbutter Recipe

Snacking with Sunflower Seeds and Cinnamon Sunbutter Recipe

Sweet and salty Cinnamon Sunflower Butter makes a satisfying and allergy-friendly stand-in for nut butter.

Snacking with Sunflower Seeds and Cinnamon Sunbutter Recipe. Cinnamon Sunbutter! This has become such a staple at our house, we probably make it every 2-3 days! No lie.If you have kids with food allergies (or kids who eat lunch in an allergy-friendly classroom), you might miss having good old PB&J in your mealtime repertoire. After all, nut butter is a quick, easy and healthful addition to snacks and lunches.

But before you pack yet another ham and cheese sandwich, take a taste of our Cinnamon Sunflower Butter! This creamy spread made from sunflower seeds provides similar nutritional benefits and flavor to nut butters, yet isn’t a common allergen. Plus, even if you love peanut butter, it’s nice to switch things up once in awhile.

Why Homemade?

Yes, you can buy sunflower butter at most grocery stores. But we like to make it fresh in our kitchen for a few reasons. First, the commercial versions of sunflower butter contain a little more sugar than we would like. Second, they’re usually expensive compared to whole sunflower seeds. And third, sunflower seeds contain delicate monosaturated and polyunsaturated fats that turn rancid quickly after they’re ground.

When we blend up this Cinnamon Sunflower Butter at home from whole seeds we source ourselves, we know our spread will turn out luscious and fresh!

And of course, it provides terrific nutrition for our kids. Sunflower seed butter is rich in…

  • Protein for growing.
  • Fiber for healthy digestion.
  • Vitamin E for reducing inflammation.
  • Magnesium for healthy nerves and muscles.
  • Heart-healthy unsaturated fats.

Snacking with Sunflower Seeds and Cinnamon Sunbutter Recipe. Cinnamon Sunbutter! This has become such a staple at our house, we probably make it every 2-3 days! No lie.

Sunflower butter is really easy to make at home. Your food processor does all the work for you! Check it out! First, assemble your ingredients.

Snacking with Sunflower Seeds and Cinnamon Sunbutter Recipe. Cinnamon Sunbutter! This has become such a staple at our house, we probably make it every 2-3 days! No lie.

Then grind the sunflowers in a food processor until they become a powder.

Snacking with Sunflower Seeds and Cinnamon Sunbutter Recipe. Cinnamon Sunbutter! This has become such a staple at our house, we probably make it every 2-3 days! No lie. Snacking with Sunflower Seeds and Cinnamon Sunbutter Recipe. Cinnamon Sunbutter! This has become such a staple at our house, we probably make it every 2-3 days! No lie.

Add remaining ingredients to the food processor and pulse again until it’s paste. (Add a touch more oil if necessary.)

Snacking with Sunflower Seeds and Cinnamon Sunbutter Recipe. Cinnamon Sunbutter! This has become such a staple at our house, we probably make it every 2-3 days! No lie.

Then spread your butter on crackers, bread, apples, pita, waffles, or anything else you like, and enjoy!

Snacking with Sunflower Seeds and Cinnamon Sunbutter Recipe. Cinnamon Sunbutter! This has become such a staple at our house, we probably make it every 2-3 days! No lie.

Looking for more flavorful uses for sunflower seeds? Try these:

Honey-Roasted Cinnamon Sunflower Seeds over Peach Sorbet

Mini Rainbow Sandwiches

Grab-and-Go Granola Bars

And don’t forget to give your kids sunflower seeds to munch on at baseball games. My kids love this time-honored tradition! Here’s my son TJ spitting out the shells in the dugout:

Snacking with Sunflower Seeds and Cinnamon Sunbutter Recipe. Cinnamon Sunbutter! This has become such a staple at our house, we probably make it every 2-3 days! No lie.
Have a sunny day!

Snacking with Sunflower Seeds and Cinnamon Sunbutter Recipe

Serves: 8
Prep Time: 15 m
  • Nutrition per serving   % daily value
  • Calories: 182 9%
  • Fat: 12 g 18%
  • Carb: 16 g 5%
  • Fiber: 3 g 12%
  • Protein: 3 g 6%
  • Sugar: 10 g

Ingredients

  • 1 cup – sunflower seeds
  • 2 tablespoon – olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon – honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon – cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon – salt
Optional:
  • 4 medium – apple

Directions

  1. Puree seeds in a food processor until they become a fine powder.
  2. Add oil, honey, cinnamon and salt and puree again until the butter becomes smooth and spreadable.
  3. Spread on fruit, bread, or crackers, and Enjoy! Refrigerate leftovers and use within a month.
*You can buy pre-roasted sunflower seeds, or do this yourself easily in the oven. Spread raw seeds on a cookie sheet and toast at 350 F for 15-20 minutes. Cool completely before blending. *Coconut oil can be used in place of olive oil.

Nutrition Facts

  • Nutrition per serving % daily value
  • Calories: 182 9%
  • Fat: 12 g 18%
  • Carb: 16 g 5%
  • Fiber: 3 g 12%
  • Protein: 3 g 6%
  • Sugar: 10 g
written by
Amy Roskelley

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[…] Charm. This week’s offerings from the blogosphere look delicious as well, including this Sunflower Seeds and Cinnamon Sunbutter from Amy at Super Healthy Kids. And if that’s not enough to snack on this week, check out […]

Yummy! I love sunflower butter but sometimes it tastes a little bitter. I bet the tiny bit of honey and cinnamon make this delicious!

susan says:

This sounds like something my kids would really enjoy

Amy says:

2 questions please: What is the best way to roast sun seeds and would this taste even better using coconut oil? Thanks!!

[…] An easy way to get some seeds, is to make them into a spread like we did Friday with the Sunbutter!  Add this to sandwiches or fruit and wa-la, delicious […]

The presentation looks lovely! I’ll try making this when my niece and nephews come over my place. Any other fruits you can suggest to complement the honey cinnammon spread?

Amy says:

I could only think of apples and bananas, but it’s OK to get creative here!

Amy says:

I roast them dry. Just spread thin on a baking sheet, a little salt sprinkled on, and baked only for about 10 minutes on 400 degrees. Coconut oil would be delicious!

sallyjrw says:

I bought sunbutter and it has a lot of sugar. I’m much more willing to eat this but it’s a little more prep work. How do you store it and how long will it last?

Amy says:

I store it in the fridge, and we usually eat it within a week or so. We also just make small amounts at a time. So, I’m not sure how long it will truly last.

Cairn says:

This sounds great! I think we will try it this weekend. I love the rally caps in the picture. We just had our first game of the year last night.

AmyE says:

I have made sunbutter a few times and I have not needed to add oil. The longer you grind it in the food processor, the creamer it will get(like peanut butter if you want).

Amy says:

Thanks AmyE I’ll try it without next time.

Rebecca Currie says:

My kids’ schools serve “Sun Butter” because it’s not an allergen for kids who have allergies to tree nuts! Kids at school actually appear to like it. I will have to make a batch for here at home and try it!! Thanks!!

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