Thursday, April 28, 2016

sunflower seed butter

3 cups roasted sunflower seeds, unsalted
1/3 cup canola oil

In Vitamix, start on variable, speed 1 and quickly increase speed to 10, then turn to high. Use tamper. In one minute you should hear a high pitched sound. Then watch for butter to flow. At this point you should hear a low laboring sound. Stop.

Caution from Vitamix recipe book: Over processing will cause serious overheating to your machine! Do not process for more than 1 minute after mixture starts circulating freely.


-may roast seeds in pan or in oven. 3 cups seeds and 1 T. canola oil.
-use immediately and freeze whatever you won't use immediately. The sunflower seed butter gets "nippy" as it sits, even in a half hour or so. May store in fridge for a couple days if you don't mind some "nippy-ness." But it gets more nippy the longer it's there. It doesn't seem to get this way in the freezer. Interesting I also had frozen sunbutter that has thawed a couple days in fridge and it hasn't had the nippy-ness either.
-yummy to mix equal ratios unflower seed butter and frosting, with optional chocolate chips or raisins, crushed cereal (plain cheerios or chex) and form into balls. Freeze immediately(in ball form, so easier to eat partially thawed) what you won't eat in one sitting.

Variation: Almond butter- roasted almonds and 1/2 cup canola oil. Pour off excess oil next day.

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