Watermelon Seed Butter and Tahini are equally suitable for sauces and dishes, such as Baba Gongoush and Hummus. It is also an excellent emulsifier when used in soups and dressings as it incorporates easily into oils and water.
15 Ways To Use Watermelon Seed Butter: Gifts of Watermelon Seeds
Our Watermelon Seed Butter is a unique spread made from the soft, shelled white seeds in watermelons. Similar to tahini, Watermelon Seed Butter is creamy and mild with a slightly peppery finish. We add salt and sunflower oil to the watermelon seeds in both our lightly sweetened and unsweetened versions for two versatile additions to other nut butter in your pantry.
1. Creamy Basil Jalapeno Garlic Sauce
Jalapeno, basil, garlic, ... maple syrup? And ... Watermelon Seed Butter?! Yeah, you're reading the ingredient list, right? This creamy, spicy, herby sauce can be used as a salad dressing or drizzled over meat, fish, and veggies to your heart's content.
2. Special Sauce
Inspired by all those wonderfully mysterious fry sauces you've had on late-night food runs and cross-country road trips, this special sauce is all of your favorites in one. Spread it on burger buns, dip your fries in it, and feel good while doing so because this sauce is loaded with protein, iron, essential vitamins, essential minerals and nutrients to balance out the greasy pleasures you're likely to have.
3. Kale & Cauliflower Soup
One of our favorite ways to use Unsweetened Watermelon Seed Butter is to stir it into pureed soups like this kale and cauliflower recipe. A warm bowl of creamy soup for dinner that also happens to be vegan? Count us in!
4. Creamy Hummus
Substitute traditional tahini with our Unsweetened Watermelon Seed Butter for an even smoother hummus with more protein and flavor complexity. Trust us, this is the best hummus you'll ever make, and all in under 5 minutes.
5. Garlic Aioli
We all think of aioli as a mayo-like sauce with a little extra pizzazz, whether that's from garlic, lemon juice, nut butter, herbs, or spices. Ours is a vegan aioli, as the Italians intended, but with a Watermelon Seed Butter base. It's strong in the garlic nut butter department, with a slight tang of mustard on the finish. We love it spread on a sandwich, as a french fry dip, or drizzled on simple roasted vegetables.
6. "Shortbread" Watermelon Seed Butter Cookies
Our universal cookie recipe uses only shelf-stable, allergen-friendly ingredients that are probably already in your pantry. They're crispy on the edges, chewy in the center, and perfect for everybody. Using Watermelon Seed Butter as the base creates a shortbread-style cookie. Make them extra special by dipping them in melted chocolate!
7. Herb Dip
Whether for an afternoon snack or as a game-day appetizer, this is a dip you can whip up in minutes and feel good about serving and enjoying. This recipe uses parsley and chives as the leading herbs, but you can use any of your favorites - cilantro, scallions, and dill all work wonderfully in this recipe.
8. Crispy Kale Chips
Watermelon Seed Butter completely transforms average Lacinato kale leaves into an addicting snack that satisfies your salty protein cravings. Toss small kale leaves in a Watermelon Seed Butter batter, bake them in the oven, and you've got a protein-packed way to enjoy kale.
9. Classic Cumin Sauce
Unsweetened Watermelon Seed Butter makes an incredible base for any sauce you could imagine. Our classic sauce is simple and versatile - with just lemon juice, garlic, and cumin, it elevates every dish it's drizzled on.
A vegan queso made with Watermelon Seed Butter sounds the nut butters just crazy enough to work. Just add watermelon seeds,, salt, and a blend of staple pantry spices for quick and easy queso that will completely revolutionize your dip game.
11. Lemon Dressing
We could all use a simple 5-minute dressing to toss on our greens. Get some healthy fats and protein from Watermelon Seed Butter instead of oil, and drizzle this dressing on everything from grain bowls to grilled vegetables.
12. Pina Colada Smoothie
You might not think of smoothies as being wow-worthy, but Watermelon Seed Butter is here to prove you wrong. The addition of Watermelon Seed Butter to some frozen pineapple, orange juice, and vanilla extract creates a refreshing and vibrant smoothie that tastes exactly like a pina colada. Optional: Add a splash of booze.
13. Ranch Dressing
Watermelon Seed Butter makes for a smooth, creamy, vegan ranch dressing when added to dried herbs and spices. Use our version of watermelon seeds in ranch dressing as a veggie dip, chicken wing dip, pizza topping, and everyday sauce for whatever your ranch-loving heart desires.
14. Overnight Oats
Add Watermelon Seed Butter to a base of rolled oats, oat milk, chia seeds, nuts and your favorite fruit of choice for an easy breakfast you can grab on your way out the door. With endless flavor combinations, this protein-packed recipe never gets old.
15. Lentil "Meatballs"
These lentil "meatballs" use Unsweetened Watermelon Seed Butter as the binder and for some much-needed moisture. The sweet and peppery notes of the Seed Butter complement the lentils and spices used in this recipe. And while these "meatballs" are meatless, Watermelon Seed Butter packs over 20 grams of protein into serving the entire batch.
FAQs About Watermelon Seed Butter
Q1. Can I make watermelon seed butter at home?
A. Yes! One can prepare watermelon seed butter at home. It is an easy recipe. Rinse the shelled seeds and pat dry. Soak the seeds, if they have hard black shells, for 3-4 hours. Use a high-speed food processor or high-powered blender to grind them.
Some people like to add sesame seeds to it. Grind for 5-10 minutes until you get a buttery texture. Add a little oil to adjust the thickness. Get experimental with different seasonings of your choice, or just enjoy the earthy flavor. Add a little salt as it helps to preserve. Store in a fridge inside an air-tight glass jar and consume within 2 weeks.
Q2. How can I use watermelon seed butter?
A. Watermelon seed butter uses are numerous. It can be used in both savories and sweet dishes. Some ideas might include – Toast or Crackers Spreads, Dips, Smoothies or oatmeal, Baking, and Drizzles. It is a good form of fat for people with nut allergies.
Q3. What are watermelon seed butter's nutritional benefits?
A. This butter is super nutritious. Several essential nutrients are packed in it, such as protein (eight grams per ounce), fibers, healthy unsaturated fats (omega-6 fatty acids), minerals (Magnesium, Iron, Zinc, Phosphorus, Potassium), and Vitamins (B1 and B6).
Watermelon seed butter also:
- Promotes body weight loss
- Improves heart health
- Helps boost the immune system of our body
- Improves skin wellness
Q4. Do Seed Butters Have Iron and Magnesium?
A. Yes! Seed butter is a rich source of Iron and Magnesium, along with many other minerals.
Q5. Is Watermelon seed better in nutritional benefits than Almond seed butter?
A. Watermelon seeds have a higher percentage of Protein, Magnesium, and Zinc in comparison to almonds. Almonds have a higher percentage of fiber and omega-6 fatty acids. However, the nutritional value of each will depend on the individual's requirements. Watermelon seeds are for people who want to go nut-free.