Here’s another review in favor of Sunbutter. I had resisted buying Sunbutter, the peanut-free peanut butter made from sunflower seeds. I had a reservation about introducing my peanut allergic son to Sunbutter and worried that he would have an impossible time distinguishing it from real peanut butter outside our house. Let’s face it: it generally isn’t served outside of a peanut-free house and I was concerned that this might set him up for disaster.
But recently I concluded that he’s old enough to know that this is special allergy-free spread. And, I was craving peanut butter as a healthy (ish) snack alternative with apples and celery. If Sunbutter worked as a substitute, at a minimum my husband and I could enjoy it!
And, I will say, we are split in our feelings about it. I absolutely LOVE it! It tastes almost exactly like peanut butter to me — so much so that I originally felt guilty about having it! It is unbelievably nut-free, but you’d never know. And, I suspect this would be perfect for baking as well – a very exciting prospect!
In the interest of balance, my husband wasn’t as enthusiastic about it. Bummer.
That said, I would highly recommend it for a peanut-free household. You may wish, as I did, to consider the unintended consequences of introducing a substitute peanut butter and weigh them against your child’s age, understanding of his/her allergy, responsibility levels, etc. But I would also suggest any family dealing with nut-free restrictions consider Sunbutter – it is perfect for lunches at nut-free schools, camps and playdates. And, it’s quite a treat for us non-allergic parents and siblings who don’t get to indulge in peanut butter very often.