gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, vegan, soy-free, cane sugar-free
I am jealous. Jealous of all the cane-sugar-consuming-folk who get to enjoy Naturally Nutty’s Cinnamon Vanilla Sunflower Butter.
I could cheat if I wanted to. I could just embrace the quickened pulse, insulin spike, and general demolition to the body that accompany any sugar-sweetened treat. I could.
I choose, however, not to. Especially when it is is THIS easy to come up with a decent substitute. I am quite positive that “Naturally Nutty’s” Sunbutter is nothing short of divine, but a girl has got to make due with what she’s got! Am I right?!
So. I now present you with a poor man’s “Naturally Nutty.” Er… a sugar-free man’s “Naturally Nutty.” Actually, the gender specificity is simply uncalled for; a sugar-free person’s “Naturally Nutty.” Hm. The more I think about it, the more I realize this altered expression might be completely irrelevant seeing as I haven’t the slightest clue if my version is even close to the real thing… which would leave us with: a sugar-free person’s cinnamon vanilla sunflower butter. And that doesn’t even resemble a common expression anymore. That’s just a sentence.
I may not have a tolerance for cane sugar (nor a way with the English language), but I do have a high regard for my own taste buds. And if they had hands, they’d be giving me some serious thumbs-up upon tasting this little concoction.
Cinnamon Vanilla Sunflower Butter
2 cups organic sunflower seeds
1/4 cup agave nectar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup ground hemp, chia, flax from Matilda’s Kitchen Flax & Company (optional – if you really want to make it like “Naturally Nutty’s)
1-2 Tbsp grapeseed, safflower, or refined coconut oil if needed
1. Toast sunflower seeds on a parchment-paper-lined baking sheet for 10-15 minutes at 350˚. Stir from time to time to be sure all seeds are toasted. Let cool 15 minutes.
2. Put sunflower seeds and hemp, chia, flax in Vita-mix. Blend/Grind till a smooth butter.
3. Add remaining ingredients and blend on low speed. Blend on higher speed for only a few seconds if necessary.
4. Add oil if you think the sunbutter is too thick. I like it the way it is, but I know sometimes people like their nut/seed spreads a little creamier.