Sunbutter Hummus

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a fiend for sunflower seeds. Which is why I’m kicking myself for not trying Sunbutter sooner. Sunbutter is almost exactly like peanut butter or any other nut butter – but it’s made with sunflower seeds instead of nuts.

Sunbutter hummus | Kitchen Treaty

I first heard of it a few years ago when my friend, whose daughter is allergic to peanuts, started sending Sunbutter sandwiches to school as a substitute for peanut butter. And because I’m being kind of a weenie about introducing nuts to my own child, I bought some Sunbutter to see how she liked it.

She loves it – and so do I. This Sunbutter hummus might be the first of several Sunbutter recipes you see around here, because it’s kind of got my wheels turning. Sunbutter oatmeal cookies? Sunbutter no-bakes? Sunbutter, cheddar, and apple tortilla wraps? I must try them all. And then some.

(Note: I realize it sounds like it, but this is not a sponsored post! The Sunbutter people know nothing of me. I’m just kind of obsessed with the stuff right now.)

This recipe is simply an adaptation of my favorite classic hummus recipe. Instead of tahini, I used Sunbutter. And then I sprinkled the top with salted, roasted sunflower seeds.

Sunbutter hummus | Kitchen Treaty

I loooove this hummus. It still tastes like the real deal, but the sunbutter and sunflower seeds give it an unmistakenly sunflower-seed vibe. We dip carrot fries into it, spread it on rosemary crackers, and use it as a sandwich or wrap spread. And my toddler has been known to just eat hers plain by the palm-full.

And because I’m using Sunbutter on so many other things, I’m much more likely to have it in the refrigerator than the tahini it replaces. Bonus!

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Sunbutter Hummus

A twist on classic hummus, this recipe substitutes Sunbutter - sunflower seed butter - for the tahini.

Yield: 2 cups

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 1 can garbanzo beans (aka chickpeas) drained, liquid reserved
  • 1/4 cup [url href="" target="_blank"]creamy Sunbutter[/url]
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • ½ teaspoon salt plus more to taste
  • Olive oil and salted roasted sunflower seeds for garnish


  1. Add everything except the liquid from the garbanzo beans into your blender or food processor.
  2. Pulse, adding a tablespoonful of bean liquid at a time to help get things moving. Continue pureeing for a minute or so until completely smooth.
  3. Scoop into a bowl, top with sunflower seeds and a liberal drizzle of olive oil, and serve.
  4. Keeps refrigerated for 3 - 4 days.

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19 Responses to “Sunbutter Hummus”

  1. Elizabeth H, blogger for SunButter posted on March 4, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Well, the SunButter people know about you now (hee hee). Actually I blog for SunButter and I’m always looking for new recipes, which is how I found this post and your lovely blog. (And your Pinterest page, which delightfully zapped up about an hour of my time: it’s all good!) Anyway, so happy you’ve discovered the product. As a fellow mom, I’m eager to try the hummus recipe on the gaggle of kids who end up at our house after school.
    Keep baking with SunButter, please, I can’t WAIT to see what else you create!
    (PS/ of course if you’d ever like to guest blog for SunButter, we’d be honored.) Take good care, looking forward to following you!

    • Kare posted on March 11, 2013 at 1:56 pm

      Hey Elizabeth! I can attest to the fact that my Pinterest boards have stolen much more than an hour of my life … oy. :) I would LOVE to write a guest blog for SunButter – fun! I just baked up some chewy granola bars with sunflower seeds and SunButter last night and am having a hard time keeping my mitts off of all of them today. Is there a SunButter Anonymous? ;) Thanks so much for visiting and commenting!

  2. Maria Tadic posted on March 4, 2013 at 10:25 am

    I love sunbutter. It has such a unique flavor. Super yummy. This is a great idea! Will have to try it!

  3. Taylor @ LiftingRevolution posted on March 4, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    I am a huge fan of sunflower butter! I tried it about this time last year after giving up nut butters for Lent… it’s seed butter, so its okay, right? It’s my favorite!

  4. Rachel @ Bakerita posted on March 4, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Mmm, I love Sunbutter as well! They have it at my school cafeteria and I love stirring it into my oatmeal :) so good! I’ve been wanting to make Sunbutter cookies as well with those rainbow chocolate-covered sunflower seeds from Trader Joe’s! I love that you added it to hummus – I would’ve never thought of it, but it sounds so good.

    • Kare posted on March 11, 2013 at 1:58 pm

      Both of those ideas – stirring it into oatmeal and chocolate sunflower seed cookies – sound marvelous to me!

  5. Courtney Jones posted on March 4, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    I’ve yet to try sun butter, but will definitely be picking some up this week. Cannot wait to try this out. I love hummus and finding different varieties is fun and provides some variety. Awesome recipe!

    • Kare posted on March 11, 2013 at 2:00 pm

      Isn’t hummus wonderful? Healthy, filling, delicious – win all around. Hope you like the sunflower butter but be warned – it’s addicting!

  6. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on March 4, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    This looks awesome! In my cookbook,there’s a recipe for PB Hummus! I love SFSButter, too, and can see this would be awesome!

    • Kare posted on March 11, 2013 at 2:03 pm

      Peanut butter hummus – brilliant! Cannot wait to see your cookbook.

  7. Lauren posted on March 4, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    We do Sunbutter sandwiches for preschool, too! Nora doesn’t have a nut allergy, but her school is nut-free. Good stuff.

    • Kare posted on March 11, 2013 at 2:11 pm

      It’s really the perfect substitute for peanut butter and I think it’s tastier. I really do need to feed my kid some nuts though to rule out any nut allergies, but I keep chickening out! Nut allergies are so scary these days.

  8. Kalyn posted on March 5, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    I’m pretty nuts about sunflower seeds, so pretty sure I would love this!

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  10. Maria posted on March 12, 2013 at 10:50 am

    We have been loyal fans of a particular store-brand, tahini-free hummus for years, and it is a huge staple of my daughter’s diet. Seriously, we go through at least a tub per week. So… After making this recipe, my daughter actually said, “can we stop buying the stuff from the store and just make this one from now on?” What!? I almost fell over! This recipe is so simple, but truly fantastic. You empowered a 4.5 yr old and her mom to kick a major store-bought hummus habit! Thank you so much!

    • Kare posted on March 13, 2013 at 7:29 pm

      I *love* this! This comment makes my day. I know how picky little ones can be so I consider that a HUGE compliment!

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