I have a packet of seeds in my cupboard that expired in January. They still taste ok, but I figured I should eat them sooner rather than later.

The seeds were from Holland and Barrett and I have often been tempted by the jars of seed butter they have. I figured that since I eat peanut butter on granary bread it would taste like a mix of that. I also realised it would be silly to buy a jar of seed butter when I have seeds crying out to be eaten at home.

Now, I made this myself but I was heavily influenced by a few different recipes I found online. One recommended using nothing but seeds and just blending the f*** out of them until they yield and release their oils. Others used oils to speed up the process. Some cooked the seeds in the oven not on the hob.

Nearly every recipe I found was from America, therefore my measurements are in cups. I apologise if you are not from the USA. If you are from the USA you will probably love that you can understand the measurements instead of all this weird grams business.

If you are converting from cups to grams make sure you check the amount for dry and liquid goods as the sizes will be different.


1 3/4 – 2 cups of seeds.

1/2 cup of Sunflower Oil

a little pinch of Salt

about 1/4 cup of Agave Nectar (I would add this very gradually and taste as you go as mine was quite sweet)


Toast the seeds over a low heat, stirring all the time to prevent burning. Wait till they smell lovely and have changed colour.

Add them to the food processor, add about half the oil and half the agave nectar and the salt.



Make sure the lid is on.

It will look like cement, it will look like gravel, it will be sticking to the sides. At this stage add the rest of the oil/agave nectar and blitz again.

Now, I would recommend pulsing and pulsing for as long as you have the patience to do so. It should make it nice and creamy. Maybe my food processor isn’t very powerful  but I lost patience and just gave up when it looked sort of done.

This is what the finished product looked like.


I’ll quite happily admit I have made tastier looking food.

And yes that is a Hello Kitty plate. I may be approaching 28 but I like Hello Kitty.

It did taste nice.

Get a more powerful food processor is what I would advise.

Published by flodebtfreediary

Hello, I write about food, debt, saving money, mental health and social anxiety.

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