Big Savings In Making Our Own School Safe Sunflower Butter

The “Nut Free” policy in schools has made sunflower butter, an approved alternative, very popular amongst us moms.


The $6.99 – $9.99 price tag… has not.  Knowing how quickly one of these jars empties, I found my eye looking longingly at the $1.99 – $3.99 peanut butter, and thought… “I wonder how much it costs to whip some of this up from scratch?”


And… “I wonder how complicated it would be?”


(Let’s take a moment to give thanks for the enormous, beautifully displayed Whole Foods Market dry goods section!)

I brought my pound of seeds home, added 3 T of coconut oil (substitute with any mild tasting oil) that I had in my cupboard


(I posted some of the benefits of my favorite oil below!)


I blended them for 8 minutes,


added 1 teaspoon of granulated sugar (optional) and 2 teaspoons of vanilla, and hoped that my sunflower butter (this is with only HALF a lb of seeds- so less than $1 worth)


would make a favorable impression on Peanut Butter’s best friend.


They got on quite harmoniously, I’d say.


Tucked between some lovely bread, I packed the above sandwich in Samaria’s lunch box, and made breakfasts with bowls of oatmeal topped with plain yogurt, a dollop of this sunflower butter, a bit of in season yellow delicious apples, and a smattering of my new favourite super food, Cacao Nibs.


The smooth texture, and sweet taste, of the sunflower butter pulled the dish together.  And, as an added bonus… with the addition of those cacao nibs, the two ingredients truly do give the scandalous sensation of having chocolate for breakfast!



*Coconut oil for weight loss, digestion, metabolism & sugar cravings: One 2009 study looked at the weight loss link between women’s consumption of coconut oil and found that it reduces abdominal obesity. Researchers discovered coconut oil is easy to digest and also protects the body from insulin resistance. Metabolism A study reported in the Journal of Nutrition found that coconut oil boosts metabolism. Sugar cravings: good quality fat is more satiating than carbs, so if you cut down on sugar you will feel less ‘ravenous’.  (Adapted from Detox Tips)


Grandma’s First Trip to Whole Foods Market

I think it goes without saying that the topic of, “What shall we do for lunch?” came up more than once while Grandma


and I watched Samaria’s 12 pm soccer game on Saturday.


Immediately after the game, we experienced the joy of introducing Grandma to Whole Foods Market!


As we slowly perused to store, tasting samples at every turn


and then announced, “Everyone choose what they’d like for lunch,”


Grandma, like so many of us that went before her, became an instant WFM fan.


I made a beeline to the Sushi Bar


where Nan came out to visit,


and point out the favorites of her creations.  A delight in and of itself.

Anwar made his selection from the hot bar,


and eventually… after some typical Allen Family absurdities… IMG_4703

and my stop at the soup bar (where else can one pair world class sushi AND vegetarian chili if they so wish?),


we sat down and enjoyed our Family Lunch.


“Reminds me of Scotland,” said my Scottish grandma.


In other words, “It reminds me of home.”

The highest praise, indeed.