How to make Sunbutter in the Vitamix
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Delicious, creamy and smooth. Sunbutter is a school "approved" nut butter that tastes and acts just like peanut butter in most applications. Your kids will love it and so will you!
Recipe type: nut butter
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1.5 cups
  1. Preheat oven to 300°F
  2. Roast sunflower seeds in a single layer on cookie sheets until golden brown, stirring frequently.
  3. Let cool
  4. Add 2-4 cups* of sunflower seeds to the DRY container of a Vitamix. (Here's the Vitamix that I own and recommend.)
  5. Process on low until the seeds are a uniform large sand sized consistency.
  6. Turn power up to HIGH and blend until smooth, using the tamper to scrape down the corners of the container.
  7. When the seeds start to turn to butter, add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, and continue to blend. Add more coconut oil to achieve desired consistency.
  8. Add salt, and sweetener and blend a final time.
  9. Store in a glass jar in the pantry or fridge.
*Adding less than 2 cups of seeds will make it extremely difficult to get your butter a consistent, and smooth texture. Adding more than 4 cups, generally has the same effect. A pound of sunflower seeds, will likely take two batches of processing and yields about 1.5 cups of sunbutter.

Please note that this has a definite "toasted" flavor. If you do not want a toasted flavor, then you can try to barely toast the seeds, and see if they will still turn into butter for you. That being said, it is my experience that most nuts and seeds need to be toasted in order to bring out their natural oils, that allow the Vitamix to process it into a creamy consistency.
Recipe by HealthNut Nation at