A Better Sunflower Butter

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Someone REALLY likes sunflower butter!

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Henry likes it, too. Smile


In all seriousness, if I had to rank my favorite nut butters, it would go like this:


I don’t think Nutella REALLY counts because the first ingredient is sugar.  To be a nut butter, your first ingredient must be a nut!  But Nutella is pretty darn delicious, so it can make the list. Winking smile


Anyway – nut butters. 


Henry is at the stage where he tries to grab everything I am eating and shove it in his mouth.  The other day, I was eating a sunflower seed butter sandwich and let him have a bite.  He loved it, so now I give him scoops of sunflower butter with his meals. 


I think the Trader Joe’s sunflower butter is mind-blowing, but the second ingredient is cane juice, and it has 3 grams of sugar in each serving.  For me, I’m kind of meh about that, but for Henry, I would rather give him a sugar-less sunflower butter.


Introducing… MaraNatha’s sunflower butter!  No added sugar, 2 more grams of protein per serving.   Yum.


I’ve had a request for another Henry video.  I haven’t gotten one of him walking yet (but he is SO good at it).   Here’s a short one of Henry being oh-so-funny!

Happy Friday!



  • Jen March 29, 2013, 9:50 am

    The organic variety of Sunbutter is sugar free.

    • jen March 29, 2013, 3:21 pm

      i’ve never seen this in stores. where can you buy it? thanks!

      • Jen March 29, 2013, 4:14 pm

        I’m not sure where you live, but Fresh Market (an east coast chain) has it and MOMs (a health food chain around MD & VA). And my small locally owned health food store has it. It looks like iHerb has it for $8 a jar, which is pretty equal to the store prices.

        • jen March 29, 2013, 8:17 pm

          thank you!

    • Melissa April 1, 2013, 5:21 pm

      We buy the organic sunbutter at Whole Foods.

      We’ve been using it a lot lately to make spaghetti squash pad thai.

  • Becca March 29, 2013, 9:54 am

    OMG I can’t get over how cute he is!!

  • Shel@PeachyPalate March 29, 2013, 9:55 am

    The Organic SunButter is amazing too!

    • jen March 29, 2013, 3:22 pm

      i’ve never seen this in stores. where can you buy it? thanks!

  • Grace March 29, 2013, 10:00 am

    “He loved it, so now I give him scoops of sunflower butter with his meals. ”

    My daughter loves MarthaNatha’s sunflower seed butter, too! But you want to be careful how you give it to Henry. Scoops of any nut butter are a big no-no as they are a choking hazard: “Dollops of peanut butter and other nut butters are also a choking hazard. Spread nut butter thinly on bread or crackers.” (http://www.babycenter.com/0_choking-hazards-for-children_1004.bc)

    I spread sunflower seed butter very finely over some toast, which I then cut into thin strips and give to my daughter. I’ve even heard that you don’t want to add too much nut butter to oatmeal before you give it to your baby, if it’s too sticky and thick that can be a choking hazard as well.

    And I agree about TJ’s sunflower seed butter, it’s sweet enough that it tastes like candy to me! I treat it like Nutella and only occasionally eat it on toast as dessert after dinner.

    • Laura Ann March 29, 2013, 4:01 pm

      I have to agree with this. It’s so cute that he loves it so much, but I work for a parenting and prevention program and we advise against scoops of nut butter b/c of the choking hazard. 🙁

  • Dana March 29, 2013, 10:01 am

    1. That video was a wonderful way to start my day
    2. Sunflower butter is incredible. I’ve only had the TJ’s brand, I’ll definitely have to check out the other 🙂

  • Ashley March 29, 2013, 10:02 am

    I really need to try sunflower butter. I was never really into peanut butters so I always assumed nut butters weren’t my thing but I think I just don’t LOVE peanut butter (because I do LOVE almond butter).

    And Henry is way too adorable!

  • Carol March 29, 2013, 10:15 am

    THANKS for sharing the video, made my morning! Henry has so much personality, I can’t get over how cute he is! (AND HE HAS A HAIRCUT — O.M.G. where have I been?)

    P. to the S. I was totally in the market for a new sunbutter as well, I’ll be picking your suggestion this evening!

    Have a happy happy friday!

  • Cecilia @MommiesRUn March 29, 2013, 10:20 am

    I’ve been eating the Sunbutter but I’m pretty sure it has added sugar. Thanks for the info! I love Maranatha’s almond butter.

    • Jen March 29, 2013, 4:14 pm

      Non organic Sunbutter has sugar. It’s only the organic variety that’s sugar free. Not sure why.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 29, 2013, 10:20 am

    Oh my gosh, he is so cute!!! I can definitely see you and The Husband in his personality and expressions now. As for the nut butters, LOVE MaraNatha!! Their crunchy pb is the bomb (although it does need a bit of stirring first!)

  • Maeve March 29, 2013, 10:41 am

    Have you tried TJ’s Cocoa Almond Spread? It’s a sugar bomb and not nutritional like plain nut butters….but it is definitely better than nutella (at least in my mind??). It’s not as sickeningly sweet as nutella, and definitely has a nice almond flavor to it. It’s my favorite TJs find of 2013

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats March 29, 2013, 10:46 am

    I loooove the TJ’s sunbutter but didn’t realize it had added sugar, haha maybe that’s why I liked it so much?

  • Melanie March 29, 2013, 10:51 am

    He is super cute!!

    I also LOVE Naturally Nutty’s Organic Cinnamon Vanilla Sunflower Seed Butter – so addictive and yummy! I usually just eat it with a spoon 🙂

    Have a great weekend!

  • Tara March 29, 2013, 10:54 am

    Nutella can be an honorary member, it’s sooo good. I love really crunchy peanut butter and smooth almond butter as well!

    PS: Henry is such a cutie!

  • Sandy March 29, 2013, 10:58 am

    I love Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut butter, it’s like Nutella but with a nuttier taste and less sugar, I buy it in those small packets so I don’t eat the whole jar!

  • Stellina @ My Yogurt Addiction.com March 29, 2013, 11:00 am

    I’ve never tried sunflower butter before! Souns yummy 🙂

  • Avery @ SouthernBelleLivingWell March 29, 2013, 11:12 am

    Sunflower butter outranks peanut butter?! Whoa, I really need to try this stuff.

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More March 29, 2013, 11:17 am

    I’m going to have to find that Sunbutter because I’d rather eat something with less sugar because it usually sits better on my tummy and makes me FEEL good!

    And seriously, that video is freaking hilarious!! I love how he’s making himself laugh! 🙂

  • Chantal March 29, 2013, 11:18 am

    That is my absolute favorite nut butter!! So drippy and delicious, and just a little salty. And you can’t beat the ingredients!

  • Kim March 29, 2013, 11:26 am

    Where I live (in Madrid), sunflower butter is non-existent, so I’ve resorted to making my own. Not only is it a lot cheaper and fresher than storebought, but it allows you complete control over added salt and sugar. Yay.

  • Shannon March 29, 2013, 11:50 am

    My cousin works for MaraNatha and he hooks me up with the good stuff on the reg. Their almond butter is bomb!

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed March 29, 2013, 11:52 am

    Cutest kid ever! Nut butters just aren’t my thing. I’m not that into peanut butter. When I was training for my half I decided I would give almond butter a go and I ended up choking down more than a few almond butter banana sammies… just not my thing I guess.

  • Alison March 29, 2013, 11:53 am

    Did you check with your pedi before giving him nut products? I mean that in a genuinely curious way – I have found so much “mom advice” was just that (advice) after asking the doctor about it. (For instance walking early is bad for the joints, eating solids before 6 months causes tons of allergies, you should always start with veggies before giving fruit, etc etc.) I’ve heard not to give nut products until 2 years so I’d love to know what others say!

    • Alison March 29, 2013, 11:54 am

      (by the way I did each once of those examples including peanut butter at a year old and my daughter is fine!)

    • Caitlin March 29, 2013, 2:53 pm

      Sunflower butter is made from a seed 🙂

  • Amanda @ Peanut Butter & Adrenaline March 29, 2013, 12:00 pm

    I’ve always wanted to try sunflower butter, so thanks for writing this!

    P.S. I love Henry’s red hair. What a cutie 🙂

  • Nicole Dyan March 29, 2013, 12:03 pm

    Henry is so cute! My dad used to call that “the baby rap”.

  • Tricia March 29, 2013, 1:08 pm

    Ha! My 10 month old daughter do the “Indian” all the time. That is funny how all babies kind of do the same things. I also love that damn sunflower butter too much! I never even looked at the sugar content. Shame on me bc I do give it to my daughter as well bc she also wants everything I am eating!!

    Video of Henry walking is a must. Lauren is almost there but not quite. I kind of want to push her down bc I am so not ready for a walking child!!

  • Jen G. March 29, 2013, 1:09 pm

    Okay, I really want to try this stuff, but NO WAY does it beat Nutella.

  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs March 29, 2013, 1:20 pm

    Oh my goodness, Henry is TOO CUTE!

  • Allison March 29, 2013, 1:43 pm

    Okay, Henry is officially the cutest little thing. Ever.

  • Catherine @ A Two Storey Home March 29, 2013, 1:45 pm

    Ahhh, Henry is SO cute! That made me laugh out loud. 😀

    Nutella? Oh man. I tried it for the first time recently. Someone gave me a single serving packet, and after I finished scooping it with pretzels, I found myself licking it to get every bit out of the corners. Then I thought, maybe I should just buy a jar. Hah. I haven’t bought any (because, as you said, there’s more sugar than nuts in it) but, oh my gosh, it’s so good!

  • Emily @ The Swallow Flies March 29, 2013, 1:49 pm

    I’m so glad you posted this — I was going to buy sunflower butter this weekend, and now I know which brand to grab! Thank you!

  • Jolene (Homespun Heritage) March 29, 2013, 2:05 pm

    I have 7 kiddos, including one with multiple food allergies. We buy sunbutter by the case! While I agree that Trader Joes is the yummiest, I can’t get it bulk….so we stick with the Sunbutter brand. Every kiddo needs their nutbutter sammy….right?

  • RunEatRepeat March 29, 2013, 2:18 pm

    I eat both of those sunflower seed buttas at an alarming rate!!! Send help. Or Hen over to help…

  • Lisa March 29, 2013, 2:54 pm

    He is so cute and happy!

  • Bonnie March 29, 2013, 2:55 pm

    Try rawtella or rawmio! It doesn’t taste the same as nutella (it tastes better in my opinion) but its raw hazelnuts, coconut, coconut sugar, coconut oil and cacao butter, it’s so good! It is pricey ($13 for a small jar), but I imagine it would be pretty easy to recreate in the vitamix!

  • zimage March 29, 2013, 3:13 pm

    A word of caution: sunflower oil contains way too ch Omega-6 polyunsaturated fat. You may want to check if sunflower butter is too pro inflammatory due to that.

  • Jessica R @ fromthekitchentotheroad March 29, 2013, 3:23 pm

    That video is super cute! I have only ever had peanut butter. I should give the other nut butters a try.

  • Sarah March 29, 2013, 3:38 pm

    Best video ever. Just started giving my wee one sunflower butter- he loves it, too.

  • Tiffany March 29, 2013, 4:36 pm

    I love the maranatha sunflower butter! Its so drippy and salty!

    Have you tried Wild Friends nut butter? I highly recommend the espresso almond butter! And if you are looking for a healthier “nutella” nut butter…wild friends has a chocolate coconut flavor which is delicious!!

    I loved watching the video of Henry! Made my Friday that much better 🙂

  • AmandaonMaui March 29, 2013, 6:31 pm

    I like the Organic Sunbutter. It has no added sugar and is delicious.

  • Jelena@ FabLifePhd March 29, 2013, 8:30 pm

    I love crunchy peanut butter. We put it on our fruit, use it as a spread and and add to the smoothies. Believe it or not, pb is available only in better supplied stores in Germany and it’s about 3 times more expensive than nutella. I simply don’t get why.

  • luv what you do March 29, 2013, 8:44 pm

    I just bought MaraNatha almond butter at Costco. I’ve never tried it before but I can’t wait to dig in. I’ll have to look for the sunflower butter too!

  • Helene @healthyfrenchie March 29, 2013, 8:48 pm

    I love sunflower butter! it’s my favorite too 🙂
    As for nuttella, hazelnut butter is soo good! I mix it with a bit of rice syrup and cocoa butter for a natural nuttella

  • Emily March 29, 2013, 8:57 pm

    I have just died from adorableness!!!!!! That video is dangerously cute.

  • Emily @ Hungry Delights March 29, 2013, 9:06 pm

    Nutella ALWAYS counts 🙂

  • Miranda @ Miranda Runs March 29, 2013, 9:33 pm

    I’ve never tried sunflower butter! I think I need to now 🙂

  • BroccoliHut March 30, 2013, 3:02 pm

    I like the Maranatha kind better too–I think it’s more versatile for sweet or savory dishes due to the saltier flavor. Too bad it’s more expensive though!

  • Mallory April 1, 2013, 12:02 pm

    Have you had the Cocoa Almond Butter from Trader Joe’s? I personally think it rivals Nutella! I am pretty sure it is a sugar bomb…but i like to think if i eat it on an apple then I am canceling out the damage. So smooth, chocolately, nutty, and dreamy!!!

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