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Sunflower & Pumpkin Seed Spread


I used to work in a Health Food Shop & there was one lady who always bought a tonne (almost literally) of sunflower seeds. Being curious I asked what she used them for half expecting her to tell me about a whacky bathing ritual... in reality she used them to make her own sunflower spread for toast and bread. The inspiration for this recipe!




I decided to have a play around in the kitchen and added Pumpkins to the mix as they are a good source of polyunsaturated fatty acids, potassium, and vitamin B2 (great for veggies/vegans). Pumpkin seeds additionally have a good supply of antioxidants which reduce inflammation and protect cells from harmful free radicals. In Ayurvedic Medicine it is suggested that all disease stems from inflammation, so anything anti-inflammatory is good in my books.


Sunflower seeds have some great benefits but they also have a high cadmium content. This heavy metal can harm your kidneys if you’re exposed to high amounts over a long period. So balancing with another seed seems wise.



SUNFLOWER & PUMPKIN SEED SPREAD


Ingredients:


  • 1 cup of sunflower seeds.

  • 1 & 1/2 cups of pumpkin seeds.

  • 1/4 cup hemp, olive, or almond oil.


Method:


  • Add the seeds to a shallow baking tray and place in the oven on at 100 degrees until they start to brown.

  • Either add to a blender and whizz them up this way. Or put in a flat bottom bowl / jug and blitz with a hand blender.

  • When blending gradually add in oil so you reach desired texture. If you want it more like a vegan spread for toast you may require more oil. Mine is more a seed butter texture (and super addictive).

  • Store in a glass jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.



If you wanna get funkyyy with flavours then you can add some nutritional yeast for a cheesy tang or even a small amount of marmite to get a salty bite. If you have a sweet tooth you could add spices to flavour (cinnamon, cardamon, ginger..) then round it off with a sweetener of your choice.



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