The “Nut Free” policy in schools has made sunflower butter, an approved alternative, very popular amongst us moms.
The $6.99 – $9.99 price tag… has not. Knowing how quickly one of these jars empties, I found my eye looking longingly at the $1.99 – $3.99 peanut butter, and thought… “I wonder how much it costs to whip some of this up from scratch?”
And… “I wonder how complicated it would be?”
(Let’s take a moment to give thanks for the enormous, beautifully displayed Whole Foods Market dry goods section!)
I brought my pound of seeds home, added 3 T of coconut oil (substitute with any mild tasting oil) that I had in my cupboard
(I posted some of the benefits of my favorite oil below!)
I blended them for 8 minutes,
added 1 teaspoon of granulated sugar (optional) and 2 teaspoons of vanilla, and hoped that my sunflower butter (this is with only HALF a lb of seeds- so less than $1 worth)
would make a favorable impression on Peanut Butter’s best friend.
They got on quite harmoniously, I’d say.
Tucked between some lovely bread, I packed the above sandwich in Samaria’s lunch box, and made breakfasts with bowls of oatmeal topped with plain yogurt, a dollop of this sunflower butter, a bit of in season yellow delicious apples, and a smattering of my new favourite super food, Cacao Nibs.
The smooth texture, and sweet taste, of the sunflower butter pulled the dish together. And, as an added bonus… with the addition of those cacao nibs, the two ingredients truly do give the scandalous sensation of having chocolate for breakfast!
*Coconut oil for weight loss, digestion, metabolism & sugar cravings: One 2009 study looked at the weight loss link between women’s consumption of coconut oil and found that it reduces abdominal obesity. Researchers discovered coconut oil is easy to digest and also protects the body from insulin resistance. Metabolism A study reported in the Journal of Nutrition found that coconut oil boosts metabolism. Sugar cravings: good quality fat is more satiating than carbs, so if you cut down on sugar you will feel less ‘ravenous’. (Adapted from Detox Tips)