I am on a nut and seed butter kick. They're just so darn yummy and can come in all sorts of flavor variations. Plus my husband likes them too, so we can hardly keep a jar around for more than a few days. But if allowed, these nut and seed butters can last in the fridge for up to a couple of weeks.
1 1/2 cups organic raw or roasted pepitas
1 1/2 cups organic roasted and salted (or unsalted) sunflower seeds (or you can roast your own)
1 tbs. organic canola or olive oil
1 tbs. honey
*Only use a pinch of salt if using unsalted sunflower seeds
Vitamix: Pour all seeds into blender. Drizzle with oil, honey, and optional sprinkle of salt. Turn on low, then turn up to high. Blend and stir using tamper until creamy (1-2 minutes). WARNING: Don’t process longer than 1 minute at a time or you risk burning out your motor.
Blender: WARNING: Not all blenders are created equal. Not recommended unless you have a muy strong blender or are ready to face the consequences if you’re seeds are tougher than your blender.
Food Processor: Same as Vitamix instructions, but you will need to turn off food processor and scrape the sides with a spatula as the consistency goes from chopped to meal to a creamy buttery consistency.
Put the finished product in a glass jar and put in the refrigerator until ready to consume.
Pepitas (Hulled Pumpkin Seeds): These babies are packed with zinc and vitamin E, but are also excellent sources of manganese, tryptophan, magnesium, phosphorus, and copper. They are also very high in protein. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information. Many suggest that soaking nuts (and grains, legumes, and seeds) before consuming them enhances their nutritional quality.
Sunflower Seeds: A handful of sunflower seeds will supply significant amounts of vitamin E (the body's primary fat-soluble antioxidant, which is also an anti-inflamatory and cardiovascular health superstar), magnesium (which has been said to help reduce the severity of asthma, lower high blood pressure, and prevent migraine headaches, as well as reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke), and selenium (helpful for DNA and cellular repair). See here for more health benefits and nutritional information. Many suggest that soaking nuts (and grains, legumes, and seeds) before consuming them enhances their nutritional quality.