How was your weekend? It was beautiful here! We had an 80 degree day today. I’m so happy I got to get outside and soak up some sun! Yet another reason to love recipes that are quick and easy to make! I took Bao for long walks to the dog park and and he got to run off his energy and play with other dogs. I’ve got all my windows open letting lots of fresh ionized air into my home, plus I hung laundry out on the line. There’s nothing like the fresh smell of laundry from outside. Do you agree?
Here’s an alternative to my Homemade Hazelnut Butter. Although delicious, hazelnuts can be pricey. Raw sunflower seeds are half the price of hazelnuts, making them much more cost effective. Or if you just need a recipe that is nut free, it’s a great tasting alternative!
Homemade Sunbutter is just as easy to make as hazelnut butter. The flavor is different, but just as delicious! I like to eat sunbutter with slices of Granny Smith apple or celery sticks. I also use it in my Toasted Coconut Sunbutter Cups, you’ve got to try them!
Benefits of Sunflower Seeds
A 1 oz. serving of sunflower seeds contains 165 calories, 3.1 g of fiber, a whopping 5.48 g of protein, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6 and E. The seeds also pack in a number of minerals, including calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium and zinc.
Sunflower seeds contain heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. Unlike saturated fats and trans fats, monounsaturated fat doesn’t increase your overall cholesterol level.
Have you tried sunbutter? Have you tried to make your own? What are your thoughts?