You鈥檝e probably heard a thing or two about sunflower seed butter. Yes, it鈥檚 a nut-butter-like spread that is free of nuts, making it an easy alternative for those聽with unfortunate allergies. With its unique, roasted flavor and lengthy list of health benefits, it is much,聽much more,聽which is why it鈥檚 converting even the most steadfast of nut lovers into seed fans.

Sunflower seed butter is a friend to your body. Nutritionally speaking, it鈥檚 very low in saturated fat and high in heart-healthy fats. A single tablespoon of the substance has a quarter of the vitamin E you should eat in a day. The not-too-sweet butter is also rich in magnesium and energy-boosting聽protein.聽It鈥檚 no wonder its fan base is rapidly growing.

Enough facts. How can you use the stuff?

1. Dip crackers, celery, or sliced apples into it.聽Spoon a serving of sunflower seed butter into a small container, or better yet, snag these convenient聽SunButter cups聽for a snack you can stick in your purse.

2. Use it in place of peanut butter.聽And聽that doesn鈥檛 mean only PB&J. Take these聽21 ways to use peanut butter, and grab the sunflower seed alternative instead, using it in everything from pancakes and pie to salad and stew.

3. Let it star it in healthier desserts.聽Like these salted sunflower seed butter cups, for one.

We鈥檙e fans of the SunButter brand, which has a mild flavor, no added oils, and comes in crunchy, organic, no-sugar-added, and more varieties. Or, if you have a food processor, you can make it at home on the cheap.

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