vanilla-maple sunbutter

peanut butter sandwiches are a staple in our home as i'm sure they are with any family with kids or dads.  
however, with back to school 11 days away (not that i'm counting), we will soon bid farewell to this lunchtime option and turn towards the nutfree world of sunbutter.  

made from roasted sunflower seeds, it's equally delicious, maybe even better because i add in maple syrup & vanilla, i'm fancy like that.

vanilla-maple sunbutter

2 cups raw hulled sunflower seeds
2-3 tablespoons sunflower oil
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
pinch of salt

preheat oven to 325 degrees.  roast sunflower seeds for 15 minutes.
place roasted seeds in food processor and process for 10-12 minutes, stopping occasionally to scrape down sides of the bowl as needed.  once smooth and creamy, add in maple syrup, vanilla, oil and salt.  process for another 3-5 minutes.
store in air-tight container in refrigerator.


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