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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Sunflower Seed Butter

There are tons of recipes on the 'net for this. The recipe below is what I tweaked to suit our tastes. The stuff on the shelves tends to have lots of sugars and soy oil. Ugh! At $9 a jar, I figured I could make something better without the garbage in it, and a bit cheaper. Mission accomplished. You can use the same method for other seeds and nuts, making your own to your taste.

First: Toast your nuts 😁 or seeds. Pre-heat your oven to 300°F. Spread the seeds in a thin layer in a pan. I use a ceramic-coated pan. Use parchment paper if needed. Toast for 10 minutes. Stir and check the seeds. If they need more time (taste them!), go for 5 minutes at a time. Depending on your elevation and whether you use gas or electric oven, will give the time roasting a variable. Roasting seeds and nuts keeps the seeds from being bitter and enhances the flavor.

Sunflower Seed Butter

4 cups hulled sunflower seeds, roasted
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
2+ tbsp sunflower seed oil
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp raw honey, optional

Put the seeds into a food processor. (You can use a good, strong blender if it can handle making butters.) Put on the top and process for 30 seconds to 1 minute at a time, until the seeds are meal-like. Process longer if you want it very smooth. As you can see, we do not.

Then turn on to a low setting, I have #1 (low) and #2 (high). Through the hole-thingie for adding ingredients, add salt and blend thoroughly. Next, add coconut oil, sunflower seed oil and honey. Let process for a minute or two at a time.


If it is still too thick and whapping the sides of the processor, add 1 tablespoon at a time of the sunflower seed oil. I usually end up adding at least 2 more tablespoons of the oil.

Once the butter is to the consistency you prefer, spoon into jars, put on lids and refrigerate. I have no idea how long it lasts until it would go "off". It never lasts long enough to do so.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Homemade Cream of Celery Soup

First, go to the original recipe! Kimberly of The Daring Gourmet is where this recipe came from. I altered it to our tastes. Her photos are ... Read more »