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Homemade Sunflower Seed Butter – really affordable and SOY free!

sunbutter bread Manimal loves sunflower seed butter. If I put it in his oatmeal he giggles loudly with every bite, and he almost always steals his big brother’s sunbutter bread (He did this morning, and the day before that). Unfortunately, all the brands that are sold at the stores near my house are made on a shared line with soy, so they are a no-no. That leaves the Trader Joe’s brand, which is really good — except Trader Joe’s is 30 plus minutes from my house. A 30 minute drive to buy groceries when you don’t have small children is an annoyance.  A 30 minute drive when you have small children is like getting a root canal. My boys use up all their patience on the drive over and spend the next 45 minutes in the store making fools of themselves, while making the grocery store unpleasant for anyone in earshot (and Trader Joe’s is small, so that’s everybody). Whew.

With that said, I have not had a chance to make a trip out to Trader Joe’s in a while. But a few weeks ago, I realized I could probably easily make my own. So I did a quick Google search and found this recipe on the really cute blog, Life From the Roof. It was soooo easy to make, and it tastes as good as the main-stream brands.

I have always bought Dakota-Brand shelled sunflower seeds from Hy-Vee because they are affordable (around $3 for a 16 ounce bag) and they seem to have good allergy practices so their lines are soy, peanut and gluten free. This recipe took all of 5 minutes to make, and yielded about half a mason jar of sunbutter. Because the sunflower seeds I used were salted, I omitted the salt from this recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 tsp salt (or use sunflower seeds that are salted).
  • 1-2 Tbl sp honey (I used 1 Tbl spoon, but I would have used another had I not run out)
  • 2-4 Tbl spoon oil (I used canola but coconut or olive oil would probably work really well, too).

Directions:

sunbutter processorIn your food processor (I’m sure a blender would work OK, too), pulse your sunflower seeds until they are a grainy mass that looks almost like wet sand. Use a rubber spatula to scrape the sides (turn the process off to do this, of course). Put the processor’s lid back on and while processing the seeds again, add a tablespoon of oil. Use the same tablespoon to add your honey (this way the honey just slips off the measuring spoon without sticking or having to scrape it off. Add the remaining number of tablespoons to the processor, while intermittently taking breaks to scrape the sides. Process until desired smoothness and consistency.

sunbutter manimal

Manimal enjoys his homemade sunbutter sandwich while giving the camera his newest weird “smile for the camera” face.

Sunbutter mason jar

Weird Birthday Cake and Bad Butter Replacements

Weird Cake 2Z Weird cakeLast week was Lil Z’s birthday. He is off dairy again, so I tried to figure out how to make his cake without butter (while not running back to the store to buy an expensive butter replacement like Spectrum Organic Shortening or coconut oil). One thing any PIC and allergy mom knows is that cooking and baking often is just fits of trial and error.

Using sunflower seed butter instead of butter was definitely an error. It turned the cake green (so weird), and the cake was dense and heavy. Granted, gluten-free baked goods used to be dense and grainy, but not anymore, especially not Betty Crocker GF cakes.

I was able to mask the fact that Z had a friggin’ weird birthday cake by telling him it was a dinosaur cake, and he’s 5, so he bought it.

Z alligator hat

Lil Z wearing his “dinosaur” hat.

How did I pull this off? Well, luckily The Hubs just happened to buy dinosaur cake decorations the night before, and I had gotten Z an alligator hat to wear instead of a party hat (which for some reason Z and I both thought was a dinosaur until The Hubs whispered to me, “You do realize that’s an alligator, not a dinosaur, don’t you?).

Anyway, the weird green cake was turned into a positive and a good lesson was learned: Sun flower seed butter is NOT a good butter replacement. Stick with Spectrum or coconut oil.

Sunbutter Crisps – Hodgson Mills Gluten Free Cookie Mix

Hodgson Mills Cookies 2The other day I was excited to discover Hodgson Mill Gluten Free Cookie Mix, 12-Ounce (Pack of 6) at Walmart. It was a pretty good price – under $3 a box, which is pretty cheap for gluten-free anything.

I brought it home, thinking I would prepare it without eggs and butter, so it would be totally Top 8 free; however, while I was at work that night, The Hubs apparently decided to be father of the year and bake the boys cookies. Well, he made them with Sunbutter and canola oil Hodson Mills Cookies(which is what I would have done) but he also used eggs… sigh. Oh well. The next time I get this mix, which will be soon, I will make them with flax to see how they turn out.

These were amazing. AMAZING. I love crispy cookies, and these were just that – crunchy and crispy, and they didn’t taste gluten free at all. If you can’t have eggs, use an egg replacer, or make your own using a tablespoon of ground/milled flax seed and 2 table spoons of water (mix them together and let them sit for several minutes til they are goopy like an egg).

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup sunbutter (we use Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 large egg or egg replacer (see above)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 box HM GF Cookie Mix

blend the wet ingredients together and add them to the cookie mix. Stir until well blended. put rounded spoonfuls on a cookie sheet and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 14-15 minutes, or until the cookies are golden brown and have crispy edges.

The ingredients in the box are: Brown Rice Flour, Sugar, Tapioca Starch, Amaranth Flour, Cornstarch, Baking Soda, Xanthan Gum, Flake Salt.

Top 8 Free Finds and the Sunflower Seed Butter Success

trader joes sunflower seed butterA few days ago I posted a recipe for Bumps on a Stump and I mentioned I was using Sunbutter’s sunflower seed butter. Well, they roast their seeds on the same line as soybeans, so Manimal was having diarrhea and sleeping troubles after eating it.

Well, I found a Trader Joe’s Sunflower Seed Butter 16oz at Trader Joe’s yesterday that tastes just as good, but is completely Top 8 free — AND it is cheaper than the Sunbutter brand I bought at Target for $6.35ish a jar. Success!

I’m finding I like the taste of sunflower seed butter better than peanut butter because it is not as thick and it doesn’t cling to the roof of my mouth the same way…

Some other great Top 8 and Gluten-Free Finds: