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Sugar Free Sunflower Seed Butter

Sunbutter — the name alone just sounds friendly, doesn’t it? Actually, Sunbutter is a registered trademark, so I think that I have to call my version sunflower seed butter or something that isn’t Sunbutter.

I initially thought that I might be able to find the unsweetened version at Trader Joe’s, where lots of people on the interwebs said that the regular, sweetened type could be found, but my local Trader Joe’s only had the sugar-filled version, and I just couldn’t bring myself to pay $10+ (with shipping) per jar from the Sunbutter website. So, I picked up some roasted sunflower seeds — at around $2.99 for a pound, I think it was — and set out to make my own.

I am now a total sunflower seed butter convert. Not only was it easy to make, and much more economical to make myself, but it tastes totally yummy. If you haven’t tried sunflower seeds or sunflower seed butter before, then it’s difficult to describe the flavor. It’s kind of like peanut butter, but not really. As B said when I had him taste test my first batch, “it’s really a different kind of flavor, isn’t it?” Yes, it is, and it’s delicious with some of that sugar free jam, slathered on a banana, or just eaten with a spoon.

In addition, sunflower seed butter is rich in Vitamin E and Thiamine (B1) and is a great source of protein. It’s a great alternative to peanut butter, too!

Sunflower Seed Butter
recipe yields approximately 3/4 cup

Notes: You can use raw seeds, which may retain more nutritional value, or buy the seeds raw and roast them yourself. If you’re using unsalted seeds, then you may want to add a bit of salt to taste. I’ve sweetened this version, and you can easily leave the sweetener out completely or add more if you want a sweeter result. Use coconut oil in place of the canola oil for a different flavor profile.


1 cup roasted, salted sunflower seeds
2 Tbsp. canola or other light tasting oil
1 Tbsp. xylitol (optional)


1. Place the sunflower seeds into a food processor and process on high until finely ground. Add oil and sweetener (if using) and continue to process until the mixture comes together and starts to stick to the bottom and sides of the processor bowl. Use immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator between uses.

Posted in Alternatively Sweetened, Favorites, Food, Jams, Spreads, and Butters, Quick and Easy | 10 Comments »

10 Responses

  1. Michelle says:

    What a great idea. I’ve made almond butter and peanut butter, but I love sunflower seeds and just never imagined turning them into “butter.” Thanks for the idea!
    (FYI – I believe you’ve got a typo in your recipe….”use the coconut oil in place of the coconut oil.”)

  2. Kristen says:

    Sure thing, Michelle, and thanks for letting me know about the typo!

    If you’re already a fan of sunflower seeds, then this should be right up your alley. :)

  3. Tempest says:

    OH YUMMO! I hope you don’t mind but I have linked this yummy sounding recipe on my blog. I can’t wait to make some.

  4. Elisa @ whatthevita says:

    Perfect, I have two bags of sunflower seeds that I bought by mistake, I can use this recipe! But can I just use agave instead? I have plenty of that and not xylitol..?

  5. MANDA says:

    thank you so much for this! i know you wrote this a while back, but i have just found it while “googling” sugar free sunbutter! it never occurred to me to make it myself! and i just got more xylitol in the mail today! its fate:) this is going to save me tons o’ cash too!!

  6. Hailey says:

    I was just wondering what kind of food processor you use. Mine just broke and I’m looking for something that will definetly work for making sunflower butter.

  7. Kristen says:

    Hailey – I use an inexpensive Black & Decker that I’ve had for 10+ years. It’s worked great for me, though I don’t think that B & D makes the model anymore.

  8. Debi says:

    I am so glad I found this! I’m trying SunButter for the first time despite not liking the extraneous ingredients and the sugar in it. I am definitely going to make my own once this jar is gone. Thank you, Kristin!

  9. Debi says:

    I am so glad I found your site. I just tried SunButter for the first time and while I like it, I don’t like the ingredient list. Thank you, Kristen!

  10. Kristen says:

    Thanks so much! This worked great! My 3 year old daughter and I just made it. I developed a peanut (and all other nut) allergy when I was pregnant, so we don’t have any nut products in the house. My daughter loves Sunbutter and we just ran out. It’s so expensive (and Trader Joe’s is a bit of a drive to buy their version, which is cheaper), and I had a bag of sunflower seeds laying around. I added about 1 Tbsp more of the oil…and about 2 1/2 Tbsp of honey (Isis wanted it sweet because she’s used to the store bought brand)…and it turned awesome! Thanks again…we will be making the homemade version from now on. :)

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