After hearing cream cheese might not be the healthiest option for breakfast, I set out to look for a substitute that would provide nutrients and that tasted just as well. Of course, there is good old hummus, but I wanted to try something different this time, something that would not require cooking.
Sunflowers are super popular as snacks, to include them in your salads, as a yogurt topping and so on. But first of all, let's look at its benefits: Sunflower seeds contain healthy fats, nutrients and plant compounds that help reduce your risk of inflammation, reduce the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. But did you know you could actually make a raw, no-bake spread? Here I'll teach you how.
- 2 cups sunflower seeds
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon minced onion (this is optional)
- ½ cup tahini
- ½ cup water
- I always like to toast seeds in a pan over medium heat for at least 8 minutes. Make sure you keep on stirring until they are lightly golden.
- Then mix the seeds with tahini, stirring well to coat all seeds.
- Spread seeds out in a thin layer until they are at room temperature.
- Mix the lemon juice and garlic in a container and set aside for a minute.
- Put seeds in a food processor -I use my blender- and add the juice mixture, soy sauce, minced onion and water; blend until the mixture is fairly fine.
- Refrigerate if not using the spread within 15 minutes.
- Enjoy this super easy tasty spead!
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