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Cinnamon Sugar Sunbutter

Cinnamon sugar almond butter is my favorite of all the homemade nut butters, as I’m sure some of you may remember me waxing poetic (and clichéd) about it here.  So when I grabbed a 1-lb bag of sunflower seeds with the intention of attempting to make sunflower seed butter (or sun butter), I decided to stick with a tried-and-true favorite flavor.


I’m not going to give you step-by-step photos again, but if you want a tutorial on making any type of nut butter in a food processor, you can look at the cinnamon sugar almond butter post I linked to above, or see the classic almond butter post here.  Sunbutter works exactly the same way.


Cinnamon Sugar Sunbutter

  • 16-oz sunflower seeds (for ease of prep, I bought roasted and unsalted)
  • 1 t salt
  • 3 T granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 T cinnamon


Pretty simple, really.  Process the sunflower seeds until they release their oils (ugh. gross phrase) and turn into sun butter!  Add the salt, sugar, and cinnamon, and give them another whirl to mix.  Adjust to taste.


The sunflower seeds took about as long (or slightly longer) to turn into a paste as the almonds did.  I was a little surprised, since I was expecting them to be more like cashews.


Still delicious, though.  And stick-to-the-roof-of-your-mouth thick.


Fritz ate some in a PB&J today and really liked the flavor.  He said it was more complex.


I find Fritz to be very complex.  He finds me to be even more complex.  It all works.


Speaking of Fritz, did you know that he was awarded the New York Academy of Dentistry Research Fellowship this year?  Of course you didn’t.  That’d be weird (unless you brought either him or I into the world).  But he did!  So proud.

The two of us also spent a few hours this morning shoveling 30″ of snow out of the driveway.  It was so exciting to see snow on Long Island this year (I missed the minute snowfall we had last year by being out of town), and driving around for a bit today was so bizarre–barely plowed roads and cars abandoned everywhere.  Hopefully everyone was home safe last night.

Note to self.  Park cars closer to end of driveway before a highly anticipated blizzard arrives.


So. Much. Shoveling.


And because we all need some cat on a snowy Saturday evening, I give you Cats in Things: Grocery Bags.


Lastly (’cause I know you all have been dying to know, I decided to stick with my two spaces after a period for now. Habits are so hard to break).

Good night!

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  1. Charles Coe

    Mmmm…going to take some of my homemade oat muffins out of the freezer, thaw and toast a couple, and spread this recipe over them.

  2. Debby

    You’re right about the cats. One of mine is currently perched on teh arm of the chair watching VERY CLOSELY as I type.

  3. Cara

    As an English major, I’m a believer in the two spaces. I could never break that habit!

  4. Sarah

    I have been searching for a sunflower butter recipe to make with my students (I’m a brand spanking new SLP at a school for children with special needs in DC) and here it is!

    PS. I’ve been following your blog for the past several months and can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed it! especially the pictures of your kitty (ies) and your writing (definitely up there with the pregnant chicken who is hillllarious if you haven’t heard of her blog). Oh and also, I have become obsessed with cooking/baking since I started on food blogs this summer, yours included, so thank you!! :)

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      glad that the timing worked out for you then! And thanks for leaving a comment, I love meeting my readers :)

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