Sunflower Macadamia Nut Butter

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2012/05/09 by nikkiledford

My latest obsession. Sunflower Seeds.

I’ve discovered a delightful alternative to almond butter and it’s taken over my life. Sunflower Seeds make GREAT nut butter! They are a great source of Vitamin E and a decent source of magnesium.

Vitamin E:

  • Fat soluble antioxidant
  • Prevents free-radicals from oxidizing cholesterol, good for the heart.
  • A 1/4 c. of seeds contains 62% of the Recommended Daily Allowance for Vitamin E

Magnesium:

  • IT’S AMAZING AND ESSENTIAL
  • Bone Health
  • Energy
  • Balances calcium levels
  • Combats against muscle cramps, soreness.

As I walked through my local Trader Joe’s, I spied something awesome on the NEW ITEM shelf… Macadamia Nut Meal!

So as soon as I got home, I created this little nut butter blend. These nuts are pretty oily so it doesn’t take to long to process them into a butter.

Sunflower Macadamia Nut Butter

2 c. sunflower seeds (raw is best for making cookies below)
1 c. macadamia nut pieces or  1 1/2 c. whole macadamias
salt to taste

  1. Toss ingredients in a food processor and process until it reaches a buttery consistency. This will take a while, so just let it go. Maybe stop every minute or so to scrape down the sides.

    Deliciousness awaits

After this creation, I decided to go for another! You’ve heard of peanut butter cookies, right?Well, you know where I’m going with this then…

Two thumbs up from my house guests!

SunButter Cookies

1 cup sunflower macadamia nut butter
1/2 cup maple sugar or coconut sugar (also at Trader Joe’s)
1 large egg
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a food processor, combine butter and sugar.
  3. Add egg, soda, salt, and vanilla.
  4. Form 1 1/2 Tbsp. of batter into a ball.
  5. Place on a baking sheet.
  6. Flatten cookies with a fork
  7. Bake for 10 mins until golden around the edges.
  8. Let Cool. Then Eat.
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One thought on “Sunflower Macadamia Nut Butter

  1. nikkiledford says:

    Reblogged this on The Clean Plate and commented:

    I was combing through the archives again! Thought I’d re-share this gem of a recipe!

    Even get tired of the same ol’ nut butters! Mix it up by making your own with your favorite nuts and seeds. I’m a huge fan of macadamia nuts and they’re great for making nut butters quickly because they have so much natural oil.

    Try out this nut butter for snack with an apple or make the cookie recipe for a mid-week (mostly) healthy treat!

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