I’m cheating on my almond butter this week. I discovered sunflower seed butter, and I am in love lust (we just met…). This stuff is too good!
First taste, I thought it tasted a little peanuty (peanuts = one of my few strong food dislikes), but I loved that I was full of whole sunflower seeds so I kept eating. Then, I got hooked on the sweet/salty flavor and declared it a wonderful alternative to almond butter as a banana topping.
Nutrition info for “Sunbutter: Natural Crunch”
2 Tbsp contains 200 calories, 16 grams of fat, 7 grams of carbs, 4 grams of fiber, and 7 grams of protein. Also has 27% of your daily vitamin E recommendation.
Ingredients: Sunflower seeds, Dehydrated Cane Juice, Salt, Natural Mixed Tocopherols to preserve freshness
What the heck is a tocopherol?? A tocopherol is a compound with vitamin E activity. This is the form of vitamin E found in supplements. Most supplements actually use synthetic forms, so I like that Sunbutter uses natural tocopherols. I’ve never heard of them used as preservatives before, so I thought that was interesting.
Moving on to hummus! I about died and went to heaven when Caroline from The Broccoli Hut posted all her hummus recipes. I knew it was time to step away from the Sabra and buy some tahini when I saw her homemade pumpkin hummus recipe!
When I got home with my tahini, I realized I was missing one essential ingredient– chickpeas/garbanzo beans.* So I decided to substitute white kidney beans.
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 cup white beans
- 1/2 cup pumpkin
- Generous shakes of Emeril’s Southwest Essence (I love this stuff…)
- 2 tbsl sesame tahini
After blending in the food processor, the hummus was a little think for my liking. So I added some pumpkin seed oil that I got in Austria.
This oil is so unique and delicious! It is a dark green color and has a really nutty taste. When I was in Austria, I was told that Austria is the only place that it is sold. While I think it is exclusively produced in Austria, you can definitely buy it online here.
The finished product:
Sorry about the messy presentation. The food processor container is actually perfect for storage when you put the top back on, so I wasn’t about to get another container dirty and create more dishes to clean….
See? It’s very convenient
The hummus turned out fantastic!! I served it last night when I had some friends over with some white cheddar cheese and Carr’s water crackers. Delicious combo!
*Chickpeas/garbanzo beans have tons more names! They can also be called Indian peas, bengal grams, ceci beans, kadale, kaalu…etc. Why do these beans get so many names??? I think I normally say chickpeas. What do you like to call them?