Thursday, February 13, 2014

Pineapple Sunbutter Oatmeal

Have you tried sunbutter*? I've always thought that sunbutter was only reserved for the people who can't have peanut butter because of allergies. Nobody chooses to eat sunbutter, right??

*It's a "nut" butter made from sunflower seeds.

My perspective changed last year when I voluntarily purchased a jar of sunbutter from Trader Joe's. Why? It was one of my 10,003 attempts to manage my peanut butter addiction. If I had a crappy version of peanut butter, maybe I wouldn't binge on it...? Wrong. I binged on that sunbutter just as hard as the real deal. Sure, the first spoonful was a little strange, but by the third, I found it just as addicting.

This time, I made it myself. I have two secrets to my success: I use Trader Joe's sunflower seeds (they are THE BEST), and I add several tablespoons of nut milk at the very end, which makes the nut butter take on a whipped, mousse-like texture.

Pineapple Sunbutter Oatmeal

by The Oatmeal Artist
Prep Time: 2 min
Cook Time: 5 min
Ingredients (serves 1)
  • 1 cup milk of choice, or water
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple tidbits or chunks
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1-2 tbsp sunbutter (sunflower seed butter)
  1. Bring milk (I use 1/2 c almond milk and 1/2 c water) to a boil, add oats, and reduce heat to medium. (If you'd like to add a teaspoon of flax or chia seeds, do so now.)
  2. Add pineapple immediately.
  3. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt. Stir.
  4. When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Add a splash of your milk of choice, sunbutter, and any other additional toppings (sunflower seeds, shredded coconut, nuts, etc.).
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  1. I've had the exact same experience with sunbutter. I also thought it would help me manage my peanut butter addiction (it's possible that I've consumed at least half a jar of the stuff in one day), but then it turned out I also love sunbutter. The trials and tribulations of a nut (and seed) butter lover...

    I just made my own sunflower seed butter last night. I've never heard of adding the nut milk, though, but having a whipped texture sounds awesome. I'll have to try that next time. Have you experimented with adding milk to other nut butters?

  2. Not a pineapple fan AT ALL, but this looks yummy!

  3. I LOVE sunbutter. I would eat it all the time if it weren't so expensive. Hadn't thought of making it myself though!


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