My Favourite Tamari Garlic Sunflower Seeds

January 12, 2016

My Favourite Tamari Garlic Sunflower Seeds - easy, quick and perfect for snacking, lunch boxes, topping salads, and on avocado toast! Vegan, gluten free.

This tamari sunflower seed recipe is a hand-me-down from my mother, who learnt it from her friend a few decades ago! Well, the 1970s were good to us vegetarians, and this recipe is no exception. It’s stood the test of time and has been tweaked over the years to include garlic… All for the better I say! These are a super tasty, moreish snack or addition to salads, stirfries, avocado toast, you name it!

A very flexible recipe, I’ve had success including pumpkin seeds, almonds, flaked coconut and raisins (added at the end) with this method – resulting is something similar to the over priced tamari trail mixes you can buy. But really, sometimes simple is best, and I more often than not just make this version. Let me know in the comments below if you experiment with any other nuts or seeds.

Keep some handy in a jar on your counter to pimp up your next salad, or just for snacking… They’ll soon be finding their way onto anything and everything – but who’s complaining? They’re called my favourite for a reason! Xx

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My Favourite Tamari Garlic Sunflower Seeds - easy, quick and perfect for snacking, lunch boxes, topping salads, and on avocado toast! Vegan, gluten free.My Favourite Tamari Garlic Sunflower Seeds - easy, quick and perfect for snacking, lunch boxes, topping salads, and on avocado toast! Vegan, gluten free.My Favourite Tamari Garlic Sunflower Seeds - easy, quick and perfect for snacking, lunch boxes, topping salads, and on avocado toast! Vegan, gluten free.

My Favourite Tamari Garlic Sunflower Seeds

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Time: 5 min
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Garlic is optional here, and the seeds areย still tasty without it. I prefer tamari as it is traditionally fermented and gluten free, you can use soy sauce in a pinch though. This is a flexible recipe, I’ve had success including pumpkin seeds, almonds, flaked coconut and raisins (added at the end) to this method.

Serves 6-8.

Prep and Cook time: 5min

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Tamari Garlic Sunflower Seeds

150g | 1 cup sunflower seeds
1 clove of garlic, finely chopped (optional)
30ml | 1.5 tbls tamari (gluten free soy sauce)

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In a dry frypan (skillet) over high heat, toast the garlic and sunflower seeds. Stirring constantly, cook till the seeds are becoming golden and the garlic is fragrant and starting to colour – about 2-3 min. Turn off the heat and, whilst the pan is still hot, add the tamari. Immediately stir the seeds whilst the liquid evaporates, making sure all the seeds are well coated.

Remove from the frypan and set aside till cool, then promptly serve or place in an airtight jar or container – they can lose their crisp texture if left out. Will keep for a couple of weeks in an airtight container (but not in my house!)

How to use your seeds:
Pack as part of a trail mix, as a snack, or sprinkle on top of salads, avocado toast (my favourite), stir fries or rice dishes etc.


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3 Comments

  • Reply Sally Fagence January 12, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Great to see you using the ideas from the 70s Lib! We still have these often sprinkled on stir fries and salads etc . They are great as a sandwich filling for school or work lunches.. Love the addition of the garlic. The girls would call them seedy sandwiches!

  • Reply Liberty January 12, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    Hehe! It’s your recipe Sally! Yes mum always puts garlic in them, I don’t always, but it does give them some punch! I’ll have to try them in a sandwich – what else do you put on them?

  • Reply Sally Fagence January 12, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    How cool, so great to know that your family loved them too ! You inspired me to make a batch tonight to have on a quinoa, tofu,sweet corn,red cabbage and zucchini stir fry.The sandwiches are delicious just by themselves with a healthy spread , maybe Misomite ( new here in NZ ) or avocado or butter if you dear! Takes me back to the “Easy Life Cafe” and “Clearlight Cafe” days in Adelaide .

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