Peanuts aren't the only nut you can make into a spreadable treat. Sunflower seeds can also be ground to produce a smooth, creamy sunflower butter that can act as an alternative to peanut butter. The spread is delicious on toast, in sandwiches and on crackers and is especially good for those with peanut allergies. Create a very good sunflower butter easily and in very little time at home in your food processor.
Place the two cups of hulled sunflower seed kernels in the food processor. for about 6-8 minutes. Run in on high until the seeds are ground into a fine powder. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed, while processing.
Drizzle the canola oil into the food processor one tablespoon at a time, while it is running. Continue to blend the oil with the pulverized seeds until it reaches the consistency of peanut butter.
Add the sea salt to taste. and continue to blend. Finally, add the sweetener of your choice to the mixture and blend it in, as well. Use honey, agave nectar or sugar or Xylitol for a sugar-free version.
Remove the mixture from the food processor and pack it into a small glass jar and lid for storage. Keep the sunflower butter in the refrigerator to extend its shelf life.