More and more schools are requiring allergy-friendly school lunches, which means PB&Js are off the menu for many of us. For parents who don’t want to spend a bundle on store-bought peanut butter alternatives, we’ve found the perfect solution: homemade sunflower seed butter.
DIY Sunbutter is delicious, easy to make, super affordable, and packed with nutrients and healthy fats — so basically, it’s the ideal school lunch spread. And I’ve found three recipes that show you how it’s done, whether you want your sunflower seed butter slightly sweet, ultra-nutritious, or just pure and simple.
Top: Homemade Sunflower Seed Butter | Edible Sound Bites
Related: 5 nut-free spreads that are more fun than peanut butter anyway.
Sunflower seeds are already high in fatty acids and vitamins, but this Super Seedy Sunflower Butter takes it to the next level with chia seeds, flaxseed, and other superfood add-ins. Plus, food blog fave Minimalist Baker always delivers on taste, so you know this recipe will be as delicious as it is healthful, especially if you serve it with fruit on toast like Dana does.
I love a challenging weekend recipe as much as the next avid home cook, but in reality, the fewer ingredients, the better. I know that many of you agree, especially during the hectic back-to-school season, which is why I’m loving this 2-ingredient Homemade Sunflower Seed Butter at Edible Sound Bites (above & top). It comes together quickly and lets the sunflower seed flavor shine.
Related: 6 nut-free alternatives to peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
If you want a nut-free spread that feels a little more like a treat, try this Salted Dark Chocolate Sunflower Seed Butter by Sondi Bruner, which looks totally divine and avoids nuts and copious amounts of sugar (looking at you, Nutella). Don’t be surprised when you’re tempted to steal a spoonful for your own lunch too.