How to Make Your Own Sunflower Seed Butter

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins

Use your favorite sweetener: honey, unrefined cane sugar, agave, barley malt, etc. (A light drizzle-about 1/2 teaspoon of real maple syrup tasted good in this!) It is very important to be certain the sunflower seeds you use for this recipe are fresh. If not, the butter will taste "off"-rancid. To store, use a covered container and refrigerate. From

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1 -3 tablespoon sunflower oil (or more) or 1 -3 tablespoon safflower oil (or more)
  • sugar, to taste (your choice of sweetener)
  • sea salt, to taste


  1. Roast sunflower seeds until golden brown then set aside to cool. I found the best method to toast them is in a dry cast iron skillet over low-medium heat for approximately 10-15 minutes. Set aside to cool a little.
  2. Place your sunflower seeds into a food processor and blend for about 1-2 minutes or until the seeds look fine like brown sugar, scraping down the sides as necessary.
  3. With food processor running, drizzle in oil�a tablespoon at a time�until mixture is to desired consistency and texture is the same as that of peanut butter.
  4. If using unsalted seeds, stir in a little sea salt, to taste.
  5. Stir in sweetener of choice, to taste.


Most Helpful

This was delightful! I made half of the recipe. I don't have a regular food processor, just a mini one that has to stay closed while it's running, so I just added a tiny amount of oil, processed a bit, added more, etc until I got the consistency I wanted. I added just a small amount of honey for sweetener and no extra salt. Enjoyed on multigrain toast - thanks for sharing this treat!

loof October 27, 2010

Wonderful! I have tried store bought sunflower seed butter and I have never cared for it, but tried this since I had some seeds I didn't know what to do with... And this is fantastic. I had slightly less than a cup of seeds, so I didn't measure the other ingredients. Just buzzed these in the processor, then started drizzling oil (I used grape seed, as it was what I have) until it was the right consistency. Sweetened with agave (just developed a taste for) and it turned out great. Thanks for sharing.

Queen Roachie February 26, 2013

This is great! I made this in my Magic Bullet and used a bit of honey as the sweetener. It's a lot more economical to make this yourself than to buy those expensive nut/see butters and it only took a few minutes to do once the seeds were roasted.

Dreamer in Ontario October 04, 2011

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