Recipe & Tips
3½ Cups Sunflower Seeds, Soaked for Six Hours
3 Pounds Carrots
3 Large Cloves of Garlic
1 Medium Sweet Onion
2 Cups Fresh Sweet Basil or 2-3 T Dried Sweet Basil
½ Cup Fresh Lemon Juice
1½ tsp Himalayan Sea Salt
Food Processor Method:
Chop the carrots and onions into pieces about 1” or so. Place sunflower seeds into the food processor with the chopping blade installed. Process for 30 seconds.
Add carrots and onion to sunflower seeds and process until mixed very well. Mince the garlic and basil; add to the mixture and process for 10 seconds or until thoroughly combined. Place into a large bowl and add the lemon juice and salt. Make sure to stir well so the flavors marry together.
Champion Juicer Method:
If you are using a champion juicer to prepare this dish, you will need to use the blank. There is no need to chop the carrots. If they are too big around to fit through the champion, cut them in half lengthwise. Cut the onions into quarters or to a size that will fit through the champion juicer. Peel and quarter the lemons.
Place a large bowl under the entire front end of the juicer to catch all of the ingredients. You will also have some juice come out the end closer to the motor.
Alternate the carrots, onions, lemons, and fresh basil with the sunflower seeds when putting them through the champion juicer. The juice from the combination of carrots, onions, and lemons makes it easier to process and will not create heat (as it would if you used the sunflower alone). If using dried basil, it will be added later.
Add the salt (and dry basil) to the processed ingredients and make sure to stir well so all of the flavors marry together. Let the pâté sit for at least 30 minutes prior to serving, which will greatly enhance the flavor!
Joyce’s Raw Ideas: Sunny Seed Pâté is a very versatile dish. It is great to have on hand as a regular item in your fridge. Pâté can be eaten plain as is, rolled up in romaine, kale, or Swiss chard, stuffed into a tomato, or used as a sandwich spread. It can even be dehydrated for absolutely delicious crackers! The possibilities for this spread are endless.