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You need these three seed butters in your pantry!

by , 10 March 2017
You need these three seed butters in your pantry!
Move over, nut butters! Seed butters are the newest trend in the world of natural foods - and for good reason.

Seed butters, unlike nuts, aren't common allergens. Plus, they're loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fibre and healthy fat!

Here are three seed butters you just have to try plus some yummy ways to enjoy them.

Three seed butters you need to try

#1: Sesame butter
Also known as tahini, sesame butter is a condiment made from toasted ground hulled sesame seeds. Brimming with minerals like calcium, magnesium, copper, manganese, iron, zinc and selenium, a single two-tablespoon serving provides 3 g fibre and 5 protein. Plus, sesame butter is generally low in sodium.
Sesame butter is delicious when you use it as a topping for oven-roasted chickpeas, sauce for grilled or oven-roasted vegetables, a dip for raw veggies or a salad dressing (if you thin it with a bit of water). It also works well as an ingredient in homemade hummus.
You’ll usually find sesame butter with the nut butters in your local supermarket. If you can find it there, check the condiment aisle near tomato sauce, mustard and the like.



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#2: Hemp butter
Made from hemp seeds, hemp butter boasts 9 g protein in every two-tablespoon serving. It’s also packed with vitamin E, essential fatty acids as well as an array of mineral, including calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorus, zinc and sulphur.
If you find hemp butter too grassy and gritty for your liking to eat on its own, you can use it as an ingredient instead. Mix it with strong-flavoured foods to tone down the taste, for example: Add hemp butter to a smoothie with raw cocoa powder, fresh ginger, frozen cherries and honey. You can also mix it with other butters, such as coconut butter. When you mix this duo with dark chocolate and a touch of cinnamon, it makes a fantastic dip to scoop up with fresh celery or carrot sticks.
#3: Sunflower butter
Sunflower butter is the closest seed butter to peanut butter on this list. It’s silky-smooth, easily spreadable and mild in flavour. If you enjoy the taste of sunflower seeds, you’re sure to love this variety in a super-creamy, crunchy form. Sunflower butter supplies generous amounts of B vitamins, vitamin E, magnesium, iron and zinc. One two-tablespoon serving also contains 4 g fibre and 7 g protein.
Enjoy sunflower butter straight off the spoon, swirled into oatmeal or whipped into smoothies. You can also combine it with cinnamon, ginger and chopped dark chocolate to make a healthy fruit dip that’s best enjoyed with pear and apple wedges.
For a savoury treat, try sunflower butter in a savoury, peanut-free sauce. Thin it with low-sodium veggie broth and then add minced garlic, chopped chilli and fresh grated ginger root. This sauce is lip-smacking good tossed with cooked prawns, steam broccoli and buckwheat soba noodles..

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