This fall the 3-Year-Old starts a new pre-school, which I know is nut free. I get it, I really do, and if I have a kid with a nut allergy I would want to know they are in a safe environment when I drop them off at school. However, for my nut-loving family, it's a challenge.
I'm a big believer in nuts. My pantry is filled with them -- cashews, pistachios, walnuts, almonds, peanuts, even pecans! I turn to nuts as a healthy snack for the kids and keep all of them in their reach. I'd much rather them pop a few cashews then reach for Dad's Doritos! Plus, they make great lunch box additions.
Unlike his older brother, the 3-Year-Old is a peanut butter and jelly FANATIC. It's his favorite thing to have for lunch and he actually asks for it when we're out. Little does he know he actually eats almond butter with homemade apple butter (I call it jelly) sandwiches but I'll save that for another post. Regardless, it's my go-to when packing lunch for him at his current school but seeing how his new school is nut free I'm going to have to find a replacement and fast!
Cue Sunflower seeds!
Sunflower seeds are generally safe for nut, tree nut and peanut allergies and are allowed in many nut-free areas. There's only one problem, Sunbutter is hard to find and pretty expensive -- at least in my area. The only place that carries it near me that I know is the health food stores and it's like $7 a jar!
So I decided to make my own and it came out AMAZING!
Here's what I did…. (scroll down for the video.)
- 8oz roasted unsalted sunflower seed kernels (227g)
- 1 tbsp honey (more or less to taste)
- 1 tbsp coconut oil (any oil may work)
- Pinch of salt, to taste
Put just the seeds in your food processor and pulse a few times to get the started. Then run for about a minute.
Scrape down the sides and process again. Do this a few times until a ball starts to form.
At this point add the honey, salt and oil.
Let it run until it reaches your desired smoothness.
Transfer to a saved peanut butter jar and voila!
Your very own homemade sunflower butter!
Here's the video.
Little Bean has been eating it all week on his sandwiches. Not one complaint. 🙂
Speaking of Little Bean, someone is not only going to a new school but is now wearing "big boy underwear!" This has been an excited week in our family as we celebrated Funderwear Day and my children's book of the same name was published.
Little Bean's Funderwear Day is a fun picture book helping kids get excited for the day they say goodbye to diapers or pull-ups. It's how I potty trained both my boys and I hope it inspires other moms out there -- Click here to check it out on Amazon!
I love being inspired by my kids. They ooze into everything I do, even beyond the kitchen. 🙂
Oh! I almost forgot. Here's my estimated nutritional information on the Sunflower Seed Butter!
|Servings||Amt per Serving|
|95||8g||1g||old: 2||new: 3|