Sunflower seed butter is a fantastic alternative to your traditional peanut butter. Many people try to avoid peanut butter for food allergy reasons or if they follow a particular diet, such as paleo. That can pose a challenge when wanting to make some popular peanut butter based goodies. But with the use of some sunflower seed butter, problem solved!
Just like most nut and seed butters, sunflower seed butter is packed with some healthy fats and nutritional benefits. One thing to keep in mind when consuming sunflower seed butter is it is high in omega-6 fats. That might not sound like a bad thing, but you want o keep your ratio of omega's balanced. So make a effort to consume a healthy dose of omega-3's as well.
Sunflower seed butter contains a good amount of protein, vitamin E, magnesium, and healthy fats. You know what this means, total satisfaction! Another bonus is not a lot of frills goes into making this butter. Sure, you can find some on your local store shelves that likely have sugar and various other ingredients added. But it doesn't need to be that way. Sunflower seeds are a bargain. You can buy your own seeds, throw them in your food processor, and have your own homemade butter in minutes. Sunbutter is also a great option. It's reasonably priced and contains no added ingredients. Just read your labels if you decide to purchase some so you know what you are getting.
I originally created this recipe for a friend of mine who needed to remove a host of ingredients from her diet, nuts being one of them. So I came up with this fudgy sunbutter recipe that became a fast favorite! It is absolutely delicious and makes a satisfying snack or dessert. The chocolate chips and coconut flakes that are incorporated into the fudge layer add some great texture. Drizzling the top with chocolate isn't necessary, but it sure adds a nice touch!
Whipping these up could not be easier. There is absolutely no baking required. All you need is a mixing bowl and a small saucepan if you decide on the chocolate drizzle. I hope you enjoy these tasty treats as much as we do!
1 1/4 cup sunbutter (either homemade or store bought)
2/3 cup coconut butter, softened
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup chocolate chips
Chocolate Drizzle (optional):
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 Tbs coconut oil
1. Line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper.
2. In a medium bowl, mix the sunbutter, coconut butter, maple syrup, vanilla, sea salt, and coconut flour.
3. Next add the coconut flakes and chocolate chips. Mix well.
4. Spread the mixture evenly in the 8x8 pan. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes to firm up.
5. You can either slice and enjoy right from this point or choose to drizzle some chocolate over the bars.
6. If adding the chocolate, place 1/2 cup of chocolate chips and 1 Tbs coconut oil in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir often until melted. Drizzle over the bars and allow the chocolate to harden. This takes about 5 minutes in the refrigerator. Slice and enjoy! Store bars in the refrigerator.