Sunflower Seeds in Food: Chocolate Seeds Recipe

Sunflower Seeds in Food: Chocolate Seeds Recipe

Published by Chocolatier Jason Vishnefske on 16th Sep 2023

Sunflower seeds, known scientifically as Helianthus annuus, have a rich history intertwined with culinary traditions. Native to North America and specifically The State of Kansas, these nutrient-dense seeds have been an important part of indigenous diets for thousands of years.

Pre-Columbian Era: Native Americans, particularly those of the Plains and Southwest regions, were among the first to cultivate and consume sunflower seeds. They revered sunflowers not only for their vibrant blooms but also for the nutritional bounty hidden within their seeds. Sunflower seeds were a healthy source of protein and carbohydrate for tribes like the Cheyenne, Sioux, Arapahoe and the Pueblo, who ground them into flour, mixed them with other ingredients, and formed them into cakes for storage and consumption (basically a savory version of the recipe below).

European Introduction: When European explorers arrived in the Americas, they encountered these intriguing seeds. Sunflower seeds were taken to Europe in the 16th century, and sunflowers quickly gained popularity as ornamental plants due to their stunning yellow flowers. Their culinary value remained largely untapped in Europe during this time. The sunflower became a popular image incorporated into French culture. It came to represent provençal style of food and living.

Ukrainian Adoption: The 18th century is when sunflower seeds began to gain culinary significance in Ukraine. Ukrainian farmers embraced sunflowers for their oil-rich seeds, which were pressed to extract sunflower oil. This oil became a vital cooking ingredient and also found use in oil lamps and soap production.

Global Spread: As sunflower cultivation spread worldwide, various cultures incorporated sunflower seeds into their culinary traditions. In China, roasted sunflower seeds became a popular snack, while in the Middle East, sunflower seeds were used in sweets and confections. The recipe below is a style you would find in Slavic countries as well as the Middle East.

Modern Uses: In modern times, sunflower seeds are a versatile ingredient in international recipes. They are used as a topping for salads, baked into bread, and even processed into sunflower seed butter, a nutritious alternative to peanut butter. SunButter is a great base for building all types of recipes both savory and sweet. Sunflower seeds with their mild, nutty flavor and satisfying crunch make them a favorite ingredient in health-conscious and gourmet recipes alike.

Health Benefits: Sunflower seeds are celebrated for their culinary appeal and also for their nutritional benefits. They are a rich source of protein, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals. They are particularly known for their high content of vitamin E and selenium, both of which offer various health benefits for your skin from the inside and topically.

The sunflower seeds journey from Native American traditions to global prominence is a testament to their enduring significance in the world of food.

Chocolate Seeds - Fast and Healthy Delight Recipe

Delicious and easy Sunflower Chocolate Candy! 5 minutes and ready!!!


Sunflower Seeds - 8 oz

Rainforest Dark Vegan Cacao Powder - 4 tablespoons and for sprinkling.

Honey or Maple Syrup - 4 tablespoons.


Grind the seeds with a blender into crumbs, add Rainforest Dark Vegan Cacao Powder and sweetener, mix well, form healthy candies, roll in Rainforest Dark Vegan Cacao Powder and store in the refrigerator.

You can also roast the sunflower seeds for a different flavor.