apple sunflower sandwich roll

I love road trips. It doesn’t matter if I’m the driver or a passenger. It doesn’t matter if I’m traveling 100 miles or 1,000. Let’s just go. Grab your sunglasses, mix some CDs and let’s do this. Need a break? Great, let’s stop dozens of times. I don’t care. What’s the rush?

My dad has spent most of his life driving a truck cross country. Back and forth, here to there, over the river and through the woods and repeat again and again. He loves to just go. Just move. I’m the same way. My mom also loves to travel. She’ll go anywhere. And my super cool grandparents seem to be gone more than they are at home. They’re always hopping in their van and hitting the road. Every time I plan a visit back home to Kentucky I have to first find out if they’re even going to be in town. I hope I’m always traveling when I’m their age. I hope I’m half as awesome as they are in 40 years. I guess the urge to go go go is in my blood.

My husband and I drove to Philadelphia this past weekend to watch the Flyers play. It’s a trip that we’ve made several times since we met. A couple hours in the car each way, same old scenery and traffic each time, and still I get excited for it like I’m traveling to a new, far-off land. Just being in the car is so relaxing for me.

I only have one real problem when it comes to road trips. The food. It’s no secret that it’s hard to find vegan choices while on the road. I used to get so frustrated over it until I decided to treat every trip as an opportunity to hone my food-making skills instead of the voyage of misery that it had become.

Last weekend I had a craving for something in particular. I wanted it to be super filling and also sweet. It needed to be portable and delicious when kept at room temperature. I wanted it to feel like a treat. And boy, did it ever.

Apple Sunflower Sandwich Roll
Makes 2 regular servings or 1 very large sandwich
Printable Recipe


  • 1 Granny Smith apple
  • 1 tablespoon Earth Balance
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons apple juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • sprinkle of nutmeg
  • 1 piece of lavash bread
  • 4 tablespoons sunflower butter
  • 3 tablespoons apple butter

Step 1 – Fry that apple! Slice your apple into 1/4″ slices

Melt Earth Balance in a skillet over medium heat. Add in the apple slices, brown sugar, apple juice, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir until apples are coated in the mixture.

Cook until the apples are soft, 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. When the apples are done, remove from heat, transfer to a plate and allow to cool to room temperature.

Stir together the sunflower butter and apple butter in a bowl.

Spread the butters on the bread, stopping 1/2″ from the edges.

Place the fried apple slices on top of the butter

and roll the sandwich


Pack it up and hop in the car! Or go to the park. Or jump on a plane. Or take a few steps, plop yourself down on the couch and eat immediately while you watch back-to-back episodes of Cats 101. Sebastian loves that show.

16 thoughts on “apple sunflower sandwich roll

  1. How was the flyers game? That looks like an awesome road trip! I want to take a trip to Haida Gwaii this year, which means a road trip and an excuse to make these wraps.

    Sebastian is such a cute boy. What is cats 101? I think I probably need it in my life after WE SWEEP CHICAGO!

    • I want to go there too! Can I come?? I had to google it, I’d never even heard of it. Please take me. We’re driving around PEI in June and I can’t wait.

      Cats 101 is a super awesome show! and I think you really will sweep Chicago. They are such a mess, it’s HILARIOUS! The Flyers game was nuts. It was so emotionally draining we were both yawning when we left the arena.

      • ÒOOOOOoooooOOOOOOoOOHHH PEI! I’m jealous. It is such a beautiful place, one day I want to drive across Canada, ending with the Confederation Bridge and PEI. For now, I’ll tackle this giant province, like Haida Gwaii which is so shockingly beautiful, it’s hard to believe it’s in the same province. There’s a rainforest! A FREAKING RAINFOREST!

        I’m watching this video of “Cats 101” and it has baby bobtail kittens and now I want one. Dammit.

  2. Hello,
    Just when I thought road trips couldn’t get any sweeter! Since I blog for the SunButter brand of sunflower butter, I love this creation. And since our family road trips as often as possible (and I’m so jealous of your Flyers game!), these are definitely on the “to pack” list for our next trek. Thanks much. Enjoying following your posts!

  3. That looks like such a fun road trip – and this looks like such a lovely recipe! I’m totally going to pass it on to a peanut-allergic friend…

  4. I couldn’t agree more! I just drove to DC to see my sis and nephews … packed a HUGE bag of snacks for myself. Why is food on the road so gross and unhealthy?!?!? Not like these rolls…. which look awesome and full of flavor and nutrition! 😀

    • Hi Marty – it’s a thin flatbread popular in Middle Eastern countries. If you can’t find it, you can also just use a tortilla :)

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