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If you’ve ever been to Canada, then you know this country’s obsession with maple. The second you cross the border you are bombarded with all things maple. If you didn’t know any better you would think Canadians lived off a diet of maple cookies washed down with pure maple syrup. 

maple cinnamon sunbutterThough I can’t speak for all, many Canadians struggle with what it means to be a Canuck. Besides Celine Dion, hockey and definitely maple syrup we don’t have anything that stands out as distinctly Canadian. Okay, maybe poutine. As a result Canadians can be extremely pushy about their maple syrup. Unless you’re my roommate who insists on Aunt Jemima, you proudly eat the real stuff (I still love you Sab!).

maple cinnamon sunbutter 2Unlike most grade schoolers who go on field trips to the zoo or the acquiarium, Canadians visit The Sugar Shack where we stand in the freezing cold and witness the arduous task of making maple syrup. It’s sad to me that Canadians try so desperately to find an identity. What I love most about this country is how multicultural we are. This is especially true in Toronto where you are surrounded by an infinite number of languages and cultures. We should pride ourselves on the fact that everyone is different, rather than one cohesive personality.

Maple is pretty damn good, but Canadians are so much more than a sugary condiment! 

Maple Cinnamon Sunbutter

by The Healthy Maven

Prep Time: 10 mins

Keywords: blender raw dairy-free gluten-free vegan nut-free sunflower seeds

Ingredients (Yields: 1 cup)

  • 2 cups raw, unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1 T coconut oil, melted
  • 1 T maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1.5 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt


1. Add sunflower seeds to a food processor and process for 2 mins.

2. Add in coconut oil and maple syrup and continue processing until butter is smooth. May take several minutes. Scrape sides as necessary.

3. Add in vanilla, cinnamon and sea salt and process until well-combined.

4. Keep at room temperature for several weeks or longer in refrigerator (but will harden in fridge).

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Have you ever been to Canada? Does your country have a national identity?


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Hi! I'm Davida and welcome to my corner of the internet. I'm a wellness blogger, yoga teacher, certified herbalist, and green beauty lover.

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  1. I went to Vancouver in August 2012 and loved it so much. I went to Toronto to see the Lion King play when I was little and don’t remember too much. That sunbutter looks so tasty!!! Makes me want toast.

  2. Wow, this is so unusual and awesome! I’ve visited Toronto a couple times and definitely come back with loads of maple syrup in tow. Also, I love poutine and am jealous that you guys have it, so flaunt those fries!

  3. I loooooove sunbutter!! I seriously eat sunflower seeds by the BAGful, so that probably explains it 😉 And seeing as how Im a huge Celine fan as well as a hockey lover, you think you’re country would accept me? 😉

  4. I have to be honest, I love Aunt Jemima too because I grew up on it! I’m going to Toronto in April so when I cross the border I will find everything and anything maple! Yum!

  5. I’m a big maple syrup fan (even though I’m not Canadian!) My grandparents had a house in Vermont when I was growing up and its pretty big there too! I think the US is pretty similar; everyone seems to have a different idea of what it means to be “American”. Unfortunately, a lot of those end up with a negative connotation!

    1. As a dual citizen I hate when people harp on Americans! Such generalizations are passed which I can attest to having grown up in Canada. I will defend America to the death though!

  6. Your field trip sounds infinitely better than some of the shit I’ve done. Actually, minus the frigid temps, Canada sounds awesome. I have Vancouver and Toronto on my bucket list. I don’t even want to know America is known for in other countries. I usually lie and say I’m Canadian when I travel 🙂

  7. Sunbutter is one of my favorite “nut” butters ever! 🙂 That picture of it dripping over the side… Goodness. 🙂

    I love both the fake maple syrup and the real stuff equally. It’s just that the real stuff sometimes is overpowering on pancakes whereas the fake stuff is milder and you can taste more the pancake, ya know?

  8. I’ve never been to Canada but hope to visit at some point!!
    I mix peanut butter and syrup – maybe a little similar? (Ok, I’m just lazy!)

  9. YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMY 🙂 I went to undergrad in VT and they are second obsessed with maple… and it turned me into an addict! This sounds/ looks delicious! 🙂