I just had to write a post about this because I am super excited to have finally discovered a nut butter alternative: hello SunButter! A nut-allergy-girl’s dream, SunButter is made from sunflower seeds and is completely, 100%, NUT FREE. If only they started making this stuff ages ago my childhood could have been so different…then again I wouldn’t have had the luxury of being tormented by evil children with their peanut butter sandwiches at the lunch table as I would have had to sit in a peanut free zone with all of the other cool kids so let’s call that a win.
I originally discovered SunButter through Sun Cups, the holy grail of nut free Reese’s Pieces. My non-allergic boyfriend tested them out for me to confirm that, yes, they do in fact basically taste the same so I’m not really missing out on anything. I have never actually tasted peanut butter so the difference would mean nothing to me regardless but I still needed to know how legit they were. From there, I knew I had to get my hands on this stuff in raw form so that I could make ALL THE THINGS that I previously couldn’t thanks to their nut butter requirements.
Enter my beloved SunButter. This brand is amazing because they are totally dedicated to ensuring their product is safe for people like me. Their ‘Allergy Promise’ even says “We know that living with a food allergy can be tricky, so we make SunButter simple: Safe and Delicious, Every Time—We Promise.” WHAT! I’m in luuurrrve. Not only are they nut-friendly, this product is completely free of the Top 8 food allergens: Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Milk, Wheat, Eggs, Fish, Shellfish, and Soy. You’re welcome.
So I made all the things. My first nut-free SunButter & jelly sandwich (oh THIS is why people love peanut butter & jelly sandwiches so much), smoothies with SunButter added for thickness and protein, cucumbers & SunButter as a snack…the list goes on. I’ve lost count of how many jars of this stuff I’ve gone through at this point. But the one that has stuck the most is my new favorite breakfast. Check out the recipe below and enjoy!
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 cup water
1 small ripe banana, sliced
1 tablespoon dark cocoa chips
1 pinch salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon SunButter
1 tablespoon unsweetened coconut flakes
1 tablespoon chia seeds
- Combine the rolled oats, salt, cinnamon, and water in a saucepan and turn the heat on high. I like to add just a tad extra water when I cook this because they tend to cook really fast so you lose a bit of the water right off the bat.
- Bring the water to a boil and then immediately turn down to simmer. This is going to happen quickly since there isn’t much water in here so don’t go straighten your hair or watch football while you’re waiting for the boil to start.
- Stir the oats frequently until the water has completely cooked into them.
- Scoop the cooked oats into a bowl and top with banana, coconut flakes, cocoa chips, chia seeds, and SunButter.