Sunflower Seed Butter

Sunflower Seed Butter #vegan #paleo #glutenfree

Saving money on groceries is the name of my eating healthy game.

I’ll make my own dairy-free ranch salad dressing, paleo cheese sauce, or sandwich wraps if it means saving a buck.

I’ll replace expensive ingredients for less expensive ones in recipes like my lemon pudding, or my roasted vegetable cabbage rolls if I know it wont sacrifice taste.

But there was just something about that $8 jar of sunflower butter that got me ever time I was at the grocery store.

Something needed to be done. So, I roasted a bunch of seeds, ground them up (with no expectations of it actually being good) and it tasted so much like the storebought version, I’ve made a promise to myself that I’ll never go back.

At the rate I go through sunflower butter, I just claimed back at least $300 per year.

Shoe shopping, anyone?

Sunflower Seed Butter #vegan #paleo #glutenfree

To print, email or text this recipe, click here.

5.0 from 4 reviews
Sunflower Seed Butter
Recipe type: Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free, Nut-free, Egg-free
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 16
Super simple roasted sunflower seed butter that's smooth and full of flavor.
  • 3 cups raw, unsalted hulled sunflower seeds
  • 1-2 tablespoons grape seed oil
  • pinch sea salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Spread sunflower seeds onto a large baking sheet in a thin layer.
  3. Place in the oven for a total of 10-15 minutes. After the first 5 minutes, rotate every 3 minutes until seeds are golden brown.
  4. Remove from the oven, allow to cool for a couple of minutes.
  5. Add roasted seeds to the bowl of your food processor or high powered blender. Begin to blend/pulse, for a total of 10-12 minutes.
  6. While the machine is running, add oil (1 tablespoon at first) and a pinch of salt.
  7. If you feel that your butter needs a bit more liquifying action, add additional oil. The full process will take 10-12 minutes to fully breakdown the seeds. Allow the machine to do it's thing, turn it off once in awhile to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  8. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

View nutrition information (once on page, scroll down)

And of course a sunflower seed butter recipe wouldn’t be complete without a second recipe to put it to good use… and I have just the one for you here.

I just know a bunch of you are super savvy. I’d love to know…

What items do you make at home to save money?

What do you find most difficult to replicate?

Pin It
Happy Keto Body


  1. Hi Leanne,

    I just made this recipe with exact quanties but was wondering what the serving size is based on your nutritional info? I am still a macro counter unfortunately and don’t know how to guesstimate this one!

  2. We live in Belleville Ontario and find it hard to find sunflower seeds that have not been produced on the same equipment as nuts. Can you give me the brand name you use. My daughter is allergic to all nuts. Thanks for your time and I enjoy your site very much.

    • Hi Donna I purchase from the bulk bins and have never had a problem. I am allergic to peanuts but not all nuts. Sorry I can’t be of more help ;)

  3. Hooray! I wanted to make your Fudge-tastic brownies and was squirming at the cost of buying sunflower butter…..but I have plenty of sunflower seeds on hand, so I’m going to give this a go!

  4. Do you have suggestions for what to use in place of grape seed oil? Do you think coconut oil would work? Also, what is the reason for roasting them at 350F…wouldn’t they be more nutrition using them in their raw form?


    • Hi Liz! I made the sunflower butter with raw sunflower seeds and it was really, really bitter. You can roast these at a much lower temperature, though! Any oil would work. If you used coconut oil though, the butter would be hard at room temp.

  5. Thanks for this recipe! We make a sunflower seed butter/quinoa flake cookie frequently here and every time I buy the butter I cringe and the $8+ price. Whereas I can get a pound of sunflower seeds raw for maybe $3.
    Question, is any other oil just as good ( like liqiuified coconut oil), or is grape seed oil the best to use only?

    • Hey Laura! Yes, I used to cringe, too. No more! No more! You can use any oil, although I’d stay away from coconut oil just because it’ll make the butter hard to spread if it gets a little cold. Enjoy ;)