Hi everyone, happy valentine’s day!
Yesterday when I got back from Bloomington, I got to work in the kitchen. I made matzo ball soup (again)…I seriously have never really eaten it before and now I am obsessed! I figured out the secret to keeping the matzo balls together and that is to refrigerate the dough for about 15 minutes before dropping it in the hot water. Total success.
After the soup, I decided to make my own sunflower seed butter. I bought Trader Joe’s sunflower seed butter on a whim when I went looking for almond butter and am so glad I did. Sunflower butter is SO good, I think I might even like it more than peanut butter. Trader Joe’s version is super creamy and thick without being overly-stick to your mouth thick.
To make your own sunflower seed butter you only need two things.
1. Sunflower seeds (duh), I used 1 cup
2. oil of some sort, vegetable, sunflower, etc but NOT olive oil, I used a few tablespoons of vegetable. I think sunflower oil would work really well too.
3. Ok I lied, maybe 3. If you are using unsalted nuts, then you will need a little bit of salt too.
To begin, take the sunflower seeds and pour them into a food processor. Turn the food processor on medium-high and grind the seeds for a few minutes (I turned mine off and on a few times so I didn’t overheat the food processor).
You will want to grind them until they are almost a powder. The longer you grind them, the creamier your sunflower butter will be.
I probably did 3 minutes, but you might want to do more for a really creamy taste. After those were done, I slowly added the oil to the mix (pouring it in the top). You will want to do it slowly so you can add only as much oil as you need, especially if you want a chunkier butter. The nice thing about making your own is that you can create the consistency based on what you like.
I never realized quite how easy it is to make your own sunflower/peanut/almond butter. If you prefer almond butter or peanut butter, you could just as easily swap the sunflower seeds for something else. I like sunflower butter because it has the same consistency and deliciousness as peanut butter but has a little bit of a different taste (obviously) and also has more protein, more fiber and less saturated fat. If you like sunflower seeds, you have to try sunflower butter.
I wouldn’t say that I liked mine as much as Trader Joe’s version, but they have also had more practice than I have. I think if you have tried/ like Trader Joe’s version and want to recreate it, the best thing to do would be to blend for a really long time in step 1. Next time, I will blend for almost double the time. That way the butter would be much creamier. Also, I used salted sunflower seeds and the end result is pretty salty, which I love since I am a salt fiend. If you don’t like salt as much as me, you are insane. Just kidding, if you don’t want such a salty taste, just use unsalted nuts and then add salt to taste towards the end of the process. You could also try making variations by adding things like honey, seasonings, etc. I think next time I will try almond butter with a twist. Of course I will post the results.
And I will leave you with this last picture from this weekend:
I know this is a really bad picture, but the backstory on this one is that when my brother was little he was obsessed with a little thing called ‘Surprise for a boy’ at the Dollar Store. Basically they are random toys from the dollar store that they throw in a paper bag that says surprise for a boy on it. Usually they put at least 2 things in, so you are reallyyyy getting your moneys worth for a dollar. But, obviously the catch is that you don’t know what is in the bag so you could end up with a really sucky toy. Andrew, being the smart kid that he was, always picked up all the bags until he found the heaviest one because he thought it would for sure have the best prize. Until the day that he realized his technique had a major flaw because he ended up with a paper weight. Mwahahahaha. Long story short, I now always look for surprise for a boy’s when I see a dollar store and a few weeks ago I went to the Dollar Tree to pick up some random items and low and behold, they had them! I got Andrew two for his birthday (that wasn’t all I bought him, I’m not quite that cheap). And that’s that. It clearly looks like my gift pretty much made his birthday.