Have you tried our sunflower seed butters yet? Since you clicked on this post, you are at the very least interested in sunflower seed butter, so we want to give you a few reasons you want to include a Once Again Sunflower Seed Butter jar in your pantry soon! Let’s start with our Tart Cherry Ginger Sunny Granola recipe.
Sunflower seed butter spreads just as easily as peanut butter and contains about six grams of protein per two-tablespoon serving size. That’s a powerful portion of plant-based protein to fulfill your daily needs! When it comes to vitamins, sunflower seed butter delivers about 48-50% of your recommended intake for vitamin E in just two tablespoons. This fat-soluble vitamin is also an effective antioxidant which plays roles in many parts of our body including a pivotal one in the immune system. When it comes to fat, much like other nuts and seeds, sunflower seed butter is rich in unsaturated fats and low in saturated fats. This healthy ratio is ideal for heart health. Perhaps the best-known feature of sunflower seed butters is their magnesium content. Often called the most important mineral in our bodies, magnesium is integral for maintaining high energy levels throughout the day; it aids in prevention of muscle spasms, relieves constipation, and aids in promoting restful sleep patterns. It is surprising so many Americans don’t meet their daily needs for magnesium; luckily, Once Again Sunflower Seed butters can help by meeting at least 30% of your needs in two tablespoons.
Ready to try some sunflower seed butters? There are a few tips for choosing just the right one. Often sunflower seed butters are combined with excessive added sugar, salt and oils to mask some naturally bitter characteristics. These added ingredients can compromise the nutrient integrity and cancel out the benefits of consuming this seed for your health. As with all nut and seed butters, we keep it simple! We minimize ingredients as much as possible. With our Once Again nut butters, you have two options when it comes to sunflower seed butter. Our no-salt and no-sugar options sunflower seed butters are made by roasting organically grown sunflower seeds. The seeds are then milled to creamy perfection. And just enough organic sunflower oil is added to aid in creating a velvety smooth texture. Our lightly sweetened version contains organic sunflower seeds, organic sunflower oil, organic sugar cane and salt.
Observe the nutrition label for this delicately sweet version— there is only one gram of added sugar and 50 mg. of sodium per two tablespoons. We added just a touch of sugar and salt, which for some is all it takes to satisfy a certain palate and make sunflower seed butter a household favorite!
Just as a side note, often people try to compare nut and seed butters with the intention of ranking them and crowning one the best. We believe they each offer a unique set of nutrients and flavor and should be enjoyed according to personal preferences. As a nutritionist, I can say our motto is “variety is key” when it comes to healthy foods! Here is a recipe for you to start introducing this new butter and adding it to your menu.
Want more granola recipes? Try our Lemon Tahini Granola recipe too.
Tart Cherry Ginger Sunny Granola
Carolina Jantac, MS, RD, LD
Easy to make granola that will taste better than any store bought variety you've tried before! The tartness from cherries are a perfect match to the spiciness of the ginger! Crunchy and fresh for you to enjoy with your favorite yogurt, milk or as a snack.
- 2 cups of old fashioned oats
- 2 cups of brown rice cereal of your choice
- ½ cup of chopped dried tart cherries
- ¼ cup of chopped candied ginger
- ¼ cup of flaxseeds
- ½ cup of Once Again Wildflower Honey
- In a very large bowl, mix all dry ingredients and set aside.
- In a small saucepan combine honey and sunflower seed butter over low heat, while mixing constantly. When the mixture is thinner than when you started, about eight to 10 minutes into the process, quickly pour the liquid over the dry mixture.
- Using a large wooden spoon or spatula, mix all ingredients well and pour the combination onto a baking sheet. Place it in an oven pre-heated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes, remembering to give the granola a good stir half way through. This will ensure even baking.
- Remove the sunflower-sweet creation from the oven; let it cool, and then break it into pieces. Store granola in an airtight container for up to two weeks.