Sunflower Seed Butter Pinwheels

Hannah is here to share another wonderful bookish snack with you! Perfect to eat before, during, or after your reading time. Plus, a bonus sunflower butter spread recipe too. Follow Hannah on Instagram for more amazing recipes and tips and tricks to make meal time a breeze. In Hannah's words,

Sunflower seed butter is not only delicious, but it’s a great alternative for anyone with a tree nut allergy! That’s right, sunflower seed butter is typically school “approved” and can replace nut butters in your kids lunches, snacks, etc. And even better, it’s loaded with healthy “stuff”: protein, vitamin E, healthy fats, magnesium, zinc, iron, etc.  

So, pair this delicious alternative to nut-butters with some bread and BAM! Happy kids, happy parents!

I’ve got a great homemade Sunflower Seed Butter recipe for you that I’ll share at the end of this post. And it’s good. REALLY good…but I’ll be honest, if you want to just buy the ones already made at the store, those are really good, too! I recommend the @SunButter brand.

Once you’ve got your Sun Flower Seed butter (either homemade or store bought), you can make these super easy and fun pinwheel sandwiches!

Sunflower Seed Butter Pinwheels



Sunflower Seed Butter

Bread (I like the 365 multi-grain seed bread found @wholefoods)



Knives (one for spreading the seed butter & a sharp one for cutting into pinwheels)

Cutting board

Rolling pin (optional)


To make:


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Lay your bread on a large cutting board (I know, duh!)


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Roll out the bread to flatten (if you don’t have a rolling pin, you can just smash it with the heel of your hand.


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Spread a layer of the Sunflower Seed Butter. Spread to the ends, as this will work as your “glue” in holding the pinwheel together.

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Roll it! Try to keep it tight-ish!


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Cut into rounds. The sharper the knife the better for this step!



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That’s it! Enjoy right away or pack it up for your child’s snack or school lunch!

*These are great with just the seed butter, but some fun additions are smashed fruit, jam, agave nectar, chia seeds, etc. We’ve also made and enjoyed these pinwheels sandwiches with nut butters, hummus, cream cheese, or ghee!


Sun Flower Seed Butter Recipe:


Overview: To make sunflower seed butter, you basically put sunflower seeds, salt, sweetener, and olive oil into a blender or food processor (not all at once) and grind until they form a paste.



3-4 cups of sunflower seeds (unsalted, shelled/hulled)

1-2 tbs of olive oil (coconut oil also works here)

1/2 tsp salt or more to taste

.5 -1 tbs sweetener of choice (I like using agave or honey) to taste



Cookie sheet/Sheet pan

High powered blender (I use our @Vitamix) or Food Processor

Parchment paper (optional)

Jar for storage



To Make:

1. Roast sunflower seeds to bring out the seeds natural oils (do not use store bought “roasted seeds”): Preheat over to 300°F and roast sunflower seeds in a single layer on a cookie sheet layered with parchment paper (optional) until golden brown, stirring frequently to prevent burning.

2. Let sunflower seeds cool completely.

3. Add roasted sunflower seeds to blender or food processor and use the low setting until the seeds start to look sandy.

4. Turn to high setting and blend until smooth.

5. As the seeds start to resemble butter, add in 1 tbs of oil and continue to blend and add more oil if needed to get the buttery consistency.

6. Add in salt and sweetener a little bit at a time, continuing to add more of each until desired taste.

7. Transfer to a glass jar or container of choice and store in the fridge or pantry!




 Hannah of @californiatoddler. She rocks toddler and after school snacks. Making it easy for you to focus on having fun with your kids and not worry about what goes on their plates.