If you had asked me if I knew what sunbutter was just a few years ago, I would have had no idea what you were talking about. I certainly wouldn’t have known how to make my own! However, after realizing that one of my kids is allergic to nuts we dived into the nut-free world and were introduced to sunbutter. This stuff is great. It tastes almost like peanut butter, so much so that even I don’t mind using it and I can allow my son to enjoy some of the funner things in life like sunbutter cups, sunbutter smoothies, and of course the good old SB&J.

But why bother making your own? There’s a few reasons.

Homemade sunbutter tastes SO much better than store bought.
You can customize it to your taste preferences and desires.
Much cheaper than store bought. (it’s about half the price!)

So without further ado, here’s how you can make this wonderful stuff!

Homemade Sunbutter - great alternative to peanut butter!

Homemade Sunbutter

2 cups organic, unsalted, raw sunflower seeds
2-3 Tbs coconut oil – melted
1/2 tsp salt
1/32 tsp stevia* (or 1-2 Tbs sweetener of choice)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Arrange sunflower seeds on a baking sheet and roast in the oven for about 5-10 minutes. Make sure to check on them often so that they do not burn.

Once seeds have been roasted, allow to cool.

Place seeds into a food processor (I’ve heard high speed blenders work too) and turn the food processor on. The process will take 5-10 minutes and you may need to stop the machine and scrape down the sides occasionally. Keep processing until things are smooth.

Homemade Sunbutter - great alternative to peanut butter!

Once you have a smooth consistency, add in the oil, salt, and sweetener. Turn food processor on for a bit longer to fully incorporate and then you are finished. Place in a jar and store in the refrigerator.

Makes about 1 cup of sunbutter

Notes:
You can use already roasted sunflower seeds but those tend to have less oils in them and thus results in a drier sunbutter.
If you would prefer you can use another light tasting oil. I prefer coconut oil for its health benefits but coconut oil does solidify when cold so the sunbutter will firm up in the fridge (to about fudge consistency).

Variations:
You can customize this sunbutter in so many ways. Add cinnamon, cocoa powder, vanilla, maple, even orange. Get creative!

* 1/32 tsp of stevia is the equivalent to 1 tiny stevia scoop or a “smidgen” measuring spoon.