Cacao Sunflower Butter
2 cups of raw, shelled, organic sunflower seeds: the health benefits of sunflower seeds include high levels of selenium and Vitamin E, which assist the body’s natural detoxification systems. Be sure to choose organic as their high fat and oil content allows them to easily soak up pesticides.
2-4 tablespoons raw honey for sweetness: the health benefits of raw honey are vast and include antiviral, anti-fungal, and antioxidant properties.
4 tablespoons of organic cacao powder: cacao (which differs from cocoa in more than just name) is a wonderful source of antioxidants.
3 tablespoons of organic coconut oil (to help facilitate the buttering process): this healthy fat helps regulate blood-sugar levels, boost the metabolism, and reduce the risk of type-2 diabetes.
Now, if you’ve ever made a nut or seed butter, you’ll know that it requires quite a bit of time in the food processor in order to come into fruition. First, add the sunflower seeds and cacao powder in the processor and grind the ingredients for about a minute or until the seeds are a fine powder. Next, add the raw honey and coconut oil. Grind all of the ingredients together for ten to fifteen minutes, stopping occasionally to scrape the sides of the processor and to let your processor cool if it is prone to overheating. After fifteen minutes, the oils from the seeds should be out, and the mixture should be a thick paste. I like a thick nut butter, but if you prefer a runnier butter, feel free to grind the mixture for a little longer in order for you to achieve the desired consistency.