Sunflower Seed Flour: Everything You Need to Know
Sunflower seed flour is a versatile grain-free flour. While it’s not as popular as almond flour and coconut flour, it should be in every gluten-free baker’s arsenal. Here’s everything you need to know!
What is sunflower seed flour?
Sunflower seed flour is exactly what it sounds like. It’s made by grinding up sunflower seeds until they reach a fine, powdery texture. It’s a good flour alternative to use in gluten-free baking, and some bakers prefer it to almond flour because it has the advantage of being nut-free. The taste is relatively neutral, with a slight sweetness and nuttiness.
Is sunflower seed flour gluten-free?
Absolutely. Sunflower seed flour has only one ingredient: sunflower seeds, which are always gluten-free. It’s also grain-free, nut-free, paleo and keto-friendly, making it an excellent choice for almost any dietary lifestyle.
Is sunflower seed flour good for you?
You bet! It has all the great nutritional value of regular sunflower seeds. Sunflower seed flour is high in plant protein, rich in antioxidants and high in fiber. It’s an excellent source of vitamin E and selenium, which help protect cells against damage that can lead to heart disease and other health problems. It’s also a good source of folate and other B vitamins, which are essential for producing new cells and helping to form DNA.
Can you make sunflower seed flour at home?
Making sunflower seed flour at home is easy! All you need is a bag of raw, hulled sunflower seeds and a food processor. Pulse the sunflower seeds for about 30 seconds until the flour reaches a fluffy, powdery texture. If you grind for too long, your seeds will start to turn into sunflower seed butter, in which case you’ll need to spread it on an English muffin rather than use it for baking! One cup of sunflower seeds will make about one cup of flour, and you can easily substitute it at a 1:1 ratio for all-purpose and almond flour in recipes.
Which Mikey’s products contain sunflower seed flour?
We use sunflower seed flour in the crusts for our Pizza Pockets and Breakfast Pockets. Not a lot of companies are using sunflower seed flour, but we like it because it creates a crispy, flavorful gluten-free crust. In fact, plenty of people have told us they would never know our pockets crusts were gluten-free if it didn’t say it on the box!