Roasted Sunflower Seed and Salted Date Caramel Butter

, from Issue #68. September, 2016
Photography by Aaron McLean.
Roasted Sunflower Seed and Salted Date Caramel Butter

Nut butters abound but this scrumptious butter is made with a base of sunflower seeds. Add a spoonful on top of your breakfast porridge or yoghurt, in smoothies for extra richness, as a filling in croissants or cinnamon buns or spread on warm brioche or toasted grain bread. 


20 pitted dried dates, roughly chopped
200 grams sunflower seeds, toasted
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon sea salt
pinch ground cinnamon
100ml coconut cream


Put the dates in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Soak for 10 minutes then drain well.

Place the sunflower seeds in a food processor and process until very finely ground. Stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl, when needed.

Add the dates, maple syrup, vanilla, salt and cinnamon and process for 1 minute. With the machine going, drizzle in the coconut cream and blend until thick and smooth. Store the butter in a sealed jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Makes about 2 cups 

Cook's tip: To toast seeds, place them in a dry sauté pan and cook over a gentle heat until lightly golden and fragrant, stirring for even colouring.