Finding delicious recipes that suit your family’s health needs can be a challenge. You may be dealing with peanut or tree nut allergies, egg allergy, dairy intolerance, or issues with soy and gluten. It may seem impossible to find recipes that tick some of all of these boxes, taste great, and still offer great nutrition, right?
Thankfully, we have the solution - seed butter, more specifically our great selection of 5 Seed Butters.
What Is Seed Butter?
Seed butter, like peanut or almond butter, is the process of grinding toasted or raw seeds to create ‘butter’. Seed butter can be made from virtually any seed such as:
- Chia seeds
- Pumpkin seeds
- Flax seeds
- Sunflower seeds (sunflower seed butter is particularly popular)
- Sesame seeds
- Hemp seeds etc
Seed butter may be mixed with oil, sugar, salt, or cocoa to aid in flavor or consistency.
Seed butter mimics peanut or tree nut butter quite successfully, allowing those with allergies to these to enjoy their favorite treats without compromise or risk.
Why It Works So Well As A Substitute for Peanut And Almond Butters
The reason seed butter is such a great substitute is that its texture, consistency, and taste is on par with traditional nut butter options. Seed butter is also low in sugar, saturated fats and carbohydrates, but high in protein. Making it the optimal choice for those following a ketogenic or paleo diet.
This means that in baking, spread on bread, mixed in a smoothie, or used as a topping, it provides that same moreish quality that nut butter provides but with none of the negatives. Seed butter is tree nut free, peanut free and safe for those with dairy or soy allergies also.
Why 5 Seed Butter Is The Ideal Choice
There are so many seed butter products available these days, naturally, we believe ours is the best! This is for several reasons;
Rather than using just one or two seed types, we researched the best varieties and have created a product that harnesses their superfood qualities. Our 5 Seed Butter contains:
Sunflower seeds which are high in magnesium, vitamin E, and protein, they can help lower blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol.
Chia Seeds that are high in omega-3 fatty acids and protein, fiber, magnesium, calcium, iron, copper, phosphorus, manganese, and selenium.
Flax seeds, also high in omega-3 fatty acids and protein, can help lower blood sugar and insulin levels, aids in weight loss, improve skin health, and is rich in lignans which are shown to reduce the risk of certain cancers.
Pumpkin seeds, high in iron, calcium, B2, folate, and beta-carotene, which the body metabolizes into vitamin A. They also contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
Hemp seeds, high in protein, unsaturated fats, and fiber. It also contains zinc, iron, and the B vitamins niacin, riboflavin, thiamine, and folate.
This dynamic blend ensures that you can easily enjoy the nutritious boost that seeds contain. Benefits that are so rarely utilized or discussed.
Our Commitment To The Environment
Did you know that seed butter is less resource-intensive than almond butter? We are committed to promoting sustainability as much as our great tasting seed butter.
Water is a precious resource and should be used thoughtfully.
As discussed in one of our earlier blogs:
“Each pound of shelled almonds requires on average 819 gallons of irrigated water to grow. The seeds in 5 Seed Butter take much less water to grow, requiring only about 81 gallons of irrigated water per pound—about 90% less than almond butter. 5 Seed Butter is a great, environmentally-conscious alternative.”
Our Commitment To Taste And Variety
Just because you live with allergies and intolerances, doesn’t mean you have to miss out.
At Beyond The Equator, we are forever working to develop more great seed-based products. Our goal as we continue to innovate is to offer the healthiest products available without compromising on taste.
Delicious Recipes For Every Occasion
If cooking Flax Seed Butter or Sunflower Seed Butter recipes you can easily substitute with 5 Seed Butter for added nutritional value and great flavor.
The One For Lunchboxes
5 INGREDIENT GRANOLA BARS make the ideal lunchbox snack, completely safe for school where no peanut butter is allowed and oh so tasty!
- 2 cups of rolled oats
- ¼ cup Honey
- 1 tbsp oil
- ¾ cup Unsweetened 5 Seed Butter
- ¼ cup + 1 tbsp chocolate chips
- Line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper.
- Measure honey, seed butter, and oil into a medium saucepan and warm over low to medium heat until just bubbling (about 2 minutes), set to low, and cook for one more minute.
- Turn off heat and move off the burner.
- Stir in oats until fully incorporated.
- Stir in ¼ cup chocolate chips (they will melt).
- Firmly press the mixture into the prepared pan.
- Chill for 1 hour.
- Cut into desired granola bar size.
Yield: 12 bars
Prep Time – 10 minutes
Chill Time – 1 hour
These can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or frozen for up to 3 months.
The To Impress Your Friends
Thai Inspired Seed Butter Dressing is the perfect addition to your favorite salad. Take it to your next gathering and we bet your friends will ask for the recipe.
- 1/2 cup Unsweetened 5 Seed Butter
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 small piece of ginger, peeled
- 1/2 lime squeezed
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 tbsp light brown sugar
- Red pepper flakes to taste
- 1/4 c water
- Combine all ingredients in a food processor.
- Process 15-30 seconds.
- Pour and Enjoy!
The One To Indulge In
Fluffy Chocolate Cake is guaranteed to hit the spot when you’re craving something indulgent.
- 1 flax egg
- 1/3 cup Creamy 5 Seed Butter
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cup non-dairy milk
- 1 1/2 cup oat flour
- 1/2 cup almond flour (or our Sunflower Seed Flour)
- 1/4 cup cacao powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and oil a cake pan or use a silicone cake pan.
- In a small bowl, mix the flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flax with 3 tablespoons water) and let it sit for a few minutes.
- In a large bowl, mix the wet ingredients together, then add the flax egg.
- To the same bowl, add in the dry ingredients and mix until it is all incorporated.
- Pour the batter into the cake pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, until slightly golden and a toothpick can be removed cleanly.
- Let cool completely before removing from the pan, then top, slice, and enjoy!
Be sure to visit our complete recipe collection for more great, nut-free options. The majority of our recipes are also gluten and/or dairy free or vegan, making them suitable for just about everyone. That's the 5 Seed Butter difference, inclusion.