Going Gluten-FreeJanuary 4, 2017

Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Sunflower Seed Buttercups

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Posted by Chrystal Carver

Once Again Sunflower Seed buttercups

I don’t know about you, but I love receiving food gifts. Holidays, my birthday, or sometimes just because, are all excellent reasons to bring me homemade treats! Every year on my birthday, my daughters make me breakfast in bed, and then they make me treats from scratch. It warms me from the inside out that they put so much effort and love into making me food. Our girls aren’t old enough to bake on their own just yet, but they are old enough to find their way around a no-bake recipe, like this recipe for vegan chocolate sunflower seed buttercups.

Flavored nut butters are fabulous no-bake ingredients to include in homemade treats like candies and energy bites; these snacks are easy enough to make and don’t require a ton of ingredients. One of the things that I love about making treats with nut and seed butters is that they’re healthy, full of protein and good fats, and one jar can make several dozen treats depending on the recipe you are making, whether it be fudge, sunflower seed butter balls or buttercups.

Most of our friends and family are foodies, which means they love receiving homemade treats! We recently fell in love with Once Again Sunflower Seed Butter and used it to make sunflower seed buttercups for everyone this past holiday season. We made twelve butter cups for each family and put them in little decorated tins. Because they are free from gluten, nuts, and animal products, everyone in our family can enjoy them. They were a huge hit! Our extended family members even asked us to make them again next year!

Once Again Sunflower Seed buttercups

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and my kids and I are already thinking about how we’re going to wrap our Valentine treats. There are several great ways to wrap up food gifts. Here are a few of my favorites:

1. Place treats in decorated cupcake papers and place inside tins, boxes, or plastic containers.

2. Cut off the top of an egg carton. Place treats in mini muffin papers and insert one into each egg slot. Wrap the carton in cellophane and finish it with a bow.

3. Gift bags work great for cookies, nut butters, and candies. We tend to reuse gift bags that are clean and in good shape.

4. Mason jars are perfect for homemade candies or muffins mixes.

5. Place treats in a small sandwich bag and tie a ribbon around the top

If you’re looking for a simple, quick, mess-free homemade treat to give as a gift or share, I recommend making these gluten-free vegan sunflower seed buttercups. Double or triple the batch and share the love!



Once Again Sunflower Seed buttercups

Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Sunflower Seed Buttercups

Makes 12 Buttercups


˝ cup of Once Again Sunflower Seed Butter, lightly sweetened
2 tablespoons coconut oil + 1 tablespoon for the chocolate coating, melted
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 cup gluten-free, vegan chocolate chips
Sea salt for sprinkling on top


  1. In a medium mixing bowl, mix Once Again Nut Butter Sunflower Seed Butter with 2 tablespoons coconut oil and maple syrup; set aside.
  2. In a medium microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon coconut oil for 30 seconds a time until melted (approximately 60 seconds). Stir to combine.
  3. Drop 1 teaspoon of melted chocolate into the bottom of 2-six serving molds (or 12 silicon muffin cups).
  4. Drop a teaspoon of the sunflower seed mixture on top of the chocolate in each cup.
  5. Spoon chocolate over the sunflower seed mixture and around the sides until the mixture is covered.
  6. Sprinkle the tops with sea salt.
  7. Place in the refrigerator or freezer for an hour or until the chocolate sets.
  8. Store leftovers in refrigerator or freezer.

Once Again nut butters

Looking for more food-gift ideas? Nut butters can be used to make candies, cookies, cakes, and muffins. All make great gifts for foodies. For more recipe ideas using nut butters visit the Once Again Nut Butter blog.

This recipe is by Chrystal Carver and was inspired by the Sunflower Seed Buttercups recipe provided by Carolina at Once Again Nut Butter.


blogger Chrystal Carver

Chrystal Carver, author of Sweet & Simple Gluten-Free Baking; Irresistible Classics in 10 Ingredients or Less! is the recipe developer and writer behind glutenfreepalate.com. She comes from a family with a history of cooking and baking, and has been an avid baker since she was little. Chrystal started developing gluten-free recipes in 2009 when her daughters both tested positive for Non-Celiac Gluten Intolerance (NCGI). Chrystal believes that baking gluten free should not require extravagant ingredients or complicated steps. With her background in problem solving and design for usability, she started converting everyday gluten-containing classics to easy family friendly gluten-free recipes. You can connect with Chrystal on Facebook, Twitter, and at http://www.glutenfreepalate.com.

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