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overhead closeup: creamy sunflower butter in a jar

Homemade Sunflower Butter

  • Author: Lindsay Cotter
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 1.5 cups 1x


Sunflower seed butter is a delicious, healthy, allergy-friendly alternative for nut butter. Easily make your own sun butter at home in a matter of minutes. 


  • 3 cups raw sunflower seeds
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 23 teaspoons melted refined coconut oil or avocado oil, as needed

Optional Add Ins

  • vanilla extract
  • honey or maple syrup


  1. Preheat an oven to 350° F. 
  2. In a large bowl, Toss raw sunflower seeds with cinnamon or spice of choice. Spread on baking sheet and toast for 20 minutes, stirring seeds halfway to evenly toast. When seeds are golden brown after toasting, remove pan from oven.
  3. Place toasted sunflower seeds in bowl of food processor. Blend on high for 1 to 2 minutes, or until a mealy texture is formed.
  4. Scrape down sides of the bowl and continue blending on medium to high speed for an additional 7 to 10 minutes, or until a thick paste is formed. See blog post for process shots.
  5. Add the optional extract and sweetener, then blend to combine. If the spread isn’t as smooth as you’d like it, gradually add 2 to 3 teaspoons refined melted coconut oil or avocado oil.


  1. Consistency and texture. It takes  about 10 minutes to fully blend, including stopping to scrape the bowl. The consistency is not as smooth as commercial nut butters, but still smooth and delicious! 
  2. Storage: It will stay fresh in an airtight container at room temperature for about 1 week, or in the fridge for a month. If you plan to use it often, I recommend keeping it at room temperature, because it’s easier to spread that way.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: condiments
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 tbsp w/o oil added
  • Calories: 103
  • Sugar: 0.5 g
  • Sodium: 1.6 mg
  • Fat: 9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 3.7 g
  • Fiber: 1.6 g
  • Protein: 3.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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