One of my favorite things to buy at the grocery store is Trader Joe's salted sunflower seed butter. It is SO GOOD, you guys. But, I probably sound like a broken record by now, but a big goal of mine this year is to reduce my carbon footprint by reducing the amount of waste I personally produce.
I found one of the easiest ways for me to immediately reduce my waste is to start making more of my grocery store items at home, instead of buying them each week and throwing out the plastic container. First, it was nut milk. Now, it's nut butter. Next, THE WORLD! Just kidding. Next will be coconut yogurt, once I can figure out how to freaking master the recipe. It's harder than you think!
I live for nut butter. I live and will probably die for nut butter. Honestly, probably from consuming too much nut butter. I'm okay with that outcome though. I can already see it on my gravestone. "Girl. 23 years old. Died from drowning her insides with too much nut butter." Hopefully not. Anyway, I digress.
I love love love raw almond butter, but almonds are 1) expensive & 2) honestly not that great for the environment, especially in California because we have a drought and almonds take A LOT of water to grow. So, when I found Trader Joe's sunflower seed butter, I was stoked beyond belief.
The best part about making sunflower seed butter at home is that sunflower seeds are SO inexpensive. I bring my own reusable produce bag to the bulk section, fill up about a 1/2lb of sunflower seeds for $2 and it makes enough sunflower seed butter to last me at least 2 weeks. It's really amazing that I didn't think of doing this sooner. It's cheaper, efficient, and less waste. Yaya. Enough of me already. To the recipe!
1.5 cups raw sunflower seeds (I haven't tried this recipe with roasted ones yet because there aren't any roasted sunflower seeds in the bulk section at my grocery store, but I think this recipe might be even better if they were roasted)
3 tbsp sunflower seed oil or avocado oil (for a smoother/liquidy butter, add more oil)
1 tsp sea salt
Glass jar (to keep your butter in after!)
Place the sunflower seeds in a food processor and blend on high.
Add the oil, 1 tbsp at a time. You may find you might need more or less than what is listed depending on the oil content of the sunflower seeds you use.
Add the sea salt in and continue to blend until the mixture becomes smooth. Your texture will vary depending on the processor/blender you use. Mine always come out a little grainy but I'm ok with it!
That's it! SO simple. As always, tag me in your recipe photos or DM them to me! I love to see you guys making the recipes I love :)