Celery & Sunflower Butter (Inspired by the Beach Boys)

THE DISH
Celery with homemade sunflower butter and golden raisins (recipe here)

THE INSPIRATION
So, the Beach Boys’ Smile came out last week… Kind of a big deal! (I recommend reading this if you don’t know the story behind it.) There’s a fun little song on there called “Vege-Tables,” and — a little bit of trivia — some of the “percussion” in it is made by Paul McCartney chewing celery. So, I made one of my childhood favorites (OK, I still pack this in my lunch sometimes), the delightful snack known as ants on a log: celery sticks for the same crunch in the song, topped with sunflower butter and sweet golden raisins for the Beach Boys’ infamous California harmonies.

I couldn’t find the version of “Vege-Tables” from The Smile Sessions, but you should be able to listen to it on Spotify here.


THE RECIPE
Sunflower butter from Prudent Baby. Makes about 1 cup (a great substitute for peanut butter if you have nut allergies!).

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups sunflower seeds**
About 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp brown sugar (I’d actually recommend adding a little bit more than this)
1/2 tsp honey
2-3 tsp olive oil
Celery sticks
Golden raisins

** Ideally you should use raw, shelled sunflower seeds with no salt. I had salted sunflower seeds that were probably already toasted and they worked just fine.

Directions:

• Toast sunflower seeds in a pan for about 3 minutes, stirring frequently.

• Pour seeds into your food processor with about 1/2 tsp salt (less if the seeds were already salted). Run the processor for about 30-45 seconds, until the seeds turn into a fine powder.

• Keep it running for about 5 to 6 minutes, scraping the sides with a spatula as needed (maybe about every 30 seconds for me) until it becomes a thick, grainy-looking paste.

• Add the honey and keep processing; it will become sort of a big blob in the food processor.

• While it’s running, add the olive oil, one teaspoon at a time, until you reach your desired consistency. I used 2 teaspoons and it’s fine, but I think I should have added a little bit more.

• Spread on celery sticks and top with raisins.

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2 thoughts on “Celery & Sunflower Butter (Inspired by the Beach Boys)

  1. Wait, what?! When did you end up making these and where was I? Is there still sunflower butter left – I shouldn’t have turned it down when I had the chance!

    Joking aside, kudos on another creative recipe!

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