My eldest son has started school this year and what a change in our weekly family rhythm! Hence why I have been quiet on the blog front this year so far. I've been trying to be gentle on us all while we adjust to our new routines. My main tactic for doing this is by placing less expectations on all those "extra things" we sometimes feel we need to do. Instead it has been bare essential activities all round, myself included. The idea of writing this recipe up today filled me with excitement, a sure sign that I must be ready to incorporate some extras back into my life.
Lunchbox packing. It seems like such a big theme in the lives of parents with school-aged children. So many to be packed over the span of years, and of course it's the things we do the most that we loose enthusiasm for the quickest. While I have been packing daycare lunches for a while now, organising lunches 5-days a week feels like next level parenting.
One look at the school canteen menu left me feeling disheartened with the world, as did researching the government minimum requirements for a 'healthy' canteen. Then there was the quick realisation that peer pressure is now a very real factor in my child's food choices. Needless to say, I'm still adjusting to all this. How do you communicate to a 5-year old that there is absolutely no nutritional reason to have a blue slushie for morning tea, and plenty of reasons why not to? Yes, they are really on the menu.
This sunflower seed butter recipe is perfect for school because its nut free. Its great for a quick sandwich filling that's always on-hand or to add some protein and good fats to some crackers, fruit or vegetable slices. At home it can also be added to a smoothie or substituted for nut butters in any recipe.
SUNFLOWER SEED BUTTER
2 cups sunflower seeds
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp honey
3 Tbsp coconut oil, extra if needed
Toast sunflower seeds in a dry frypan over medium
Once fragrant and golden remove to cool
Add all ingredients into a food processor and blend
Add another Tbsp of coconut oil if needed (different sunflower seeds have different oil levels)
Store in a clean jar in a cool cupboard
If it dries out over time, add extra oil
All the best for your lunchbox packing!