This sunflower almond spread is a versatile and delicious snack, appetizer, or sandwich filling! The hearty texture and savory flavor makes it a tasty and healthy alternative to store bought spreads. Plus, it’s a great option to make in advance for a week’s worth of lunches and snacking. This sunflower almond spread is also packed full of the health benefits found in sunflower seeds and almonds, so you’ll get a wonderful dose of healthy fats, proteins, and vitamins with each bite!
Although sunflowers are usually recognized for their cheerful golden flowers during the summertime, it’s not just beauty that these lovely flowers can offer us. Have you ever seen birds clinging to the sunflower heads and eating the seeds after the flowers have gone by? Well, those little birds know what they’re doing. Sunflower seeds have a unique spectrum of essential vitamins and nutrients that are beneficial for human health too!
Sunflower seeds are one of the top sources of Vitamin E, selenium, copper, Vitamin B1 (thiamine), phosphorus and many other vitamins and nutrients. Because Vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin, and needs to be eaten with fat to be absorbed properly, sunflower seeds are the perfect delivery method because they also include essential fatty acids. So, let’s go ahead and make this lovely sunflower almond spread and add those healthy little seeds to your diet!
I was really delighted with how this recipe turned out! Usually, a spread like this would be dosed in mayonnaise, but for this recipe I made a batch of this healthy vegan mayonnaise to use instead. And it turned out to be the perfectly creamy, oil-free complement to the chopped sunflower seeds and almonds! From there, I mixed in a few spices and the end result was just so yummy! This recipe makes a large bowl of spread, and I stored it in a mason jar and used it to make sandwiches throughout the week. If you want to make this sunflower almond spread as an appetizer or just in a smaller batch, you can easily cut the recipe in half too.
I love that this versatile sunflower almond spread is so easy to make in the food processor and you can whip up as much as you want for the week ahead! It makes a really delicious appetizer for a dinner party paired crackers, hummus and chopped veggies. It also makes a great snack paired with rice crackers! And, it’s surprisingly filling on its own or in a sandwich combined with your favorite veggies and toppings!
So, next time you’re looking for a different and delicious lunch option, go ahead and whip up a batch of this yummy sunflower almond spread! Just make it in advance, and then try sprinkling it on a salad, spreading it on some bread, or eating it with a spoon (yes, I may have done that…) It doesn’t matter what serving option you choose, because it makes a tasty and filling alternative to your regular lunch routine eaten in any way. So, with that said, I hope you enjoy this deliciously nutty spread as much as we do!
Savory and delicious, this sunflower almond spread makes a wonderful appetizer or hearty sandwich filling!
- 2 cups raw sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup almonds
- 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
- 1 cup fresh parsley, or more to taste
- 3/4 cup healthy vegan mayonnaise (see recipe below)
- 1 1/2 Tbs liquid aminos
- 2-3 garlic cloves
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- salt, to taste
- black pepper, to taste
Using a food processor, pulse the sunflower seeds and almonds briefly to start breaking them into smaller pieces. Add the carrots, garlic and parsley and continue to process until all the ingredients are broken down into small pieces.
Pour the mixture into a large mixing bowl. Add the healthy vegan mayonnaise and spices. Stir the mixture until the mayonnaise has coated all of the nuts and the spices are evenly distributed.
Allow the spread to cool, and store in an airtight glass container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
- This recipe makes enough spread for about a week's worth of spread for sandwiches and snacking. If you would prefer to make less spread, you can easily cut the recipe in half.
- This spread is delicious on sandwiches, as a dip for crackers or as an appetizer.
- To make the healthy vegan mayonnaise, follow this recipe.