Lots of kids today struggle with peanut allergies and sensitivities to similar foods that are very high in phenols. But raising a kid on a restricted diet without any nut or seed butters is difficult! These foods provide a filling, child-pleasing way to get the nutrients in your child.
That is why we love SunButter and why I was excited to receive a selection of their best products! Smooth, easy and phenol-free, this is my kids’ top choice to substitute for nut or even other seed butters. (Yes, we’ve tried them all! Here are some more great reasons to love SunButter:
- SunButter is made from U.S. grown sunflowers.
- It contains 7 grams of protein per serving as well as more vitamins and minerals than traditional nut butters.
- It comes in a variety of flavors, including USDA Certified Organic and easy to pack On the God Single Cups.
- SunButters are all NonGMO, vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and certified Kosher.
Independence Skills with SunButter
While SunButter does help make life on a restricted diet easier, it also helps in other ways. This smooth, delicious, peanut-free butter is easy to spread and that makes it great for a kid to learn to make a simple meal for herself. For years, I have been cooking clean breakfasts for my kids but SunButter allows them to gain some independence as they create SunButter sandwiches, which make a great lunch or breakfast! (My kids don’t like jelly – don’t ask me why! They’d rather have their SunButter straight up!)
Making The Autism Diet Easier
We have been doing our gluten, dairy and soy-free, low sugar diet for the kids since 2011, and this autism diet has taught me a lot! I’m so glad I found SunButter back in 2013 to help make my life easier. Not only can the kids go on their own to create sandwiches or snacks, but I know they are getting the protein they need with a taste they love! And there are so many way to use sunbutter: on celery, on apple slices, on crackers or banana chips, in smoothies and in “non peanut” peanut sauce for those of you who love Asian foods.
I tried this recipe created by the Clean & Delicious Blog, substituting Natural Crunch SunButter for peanut butter and using organic, gluten free brown rice crisps and allergen free chocolate chips. The brown rice syrup is ideal to use for those avoidng sugar! This was SUPER easy to make and delicious! I added the chips as I was stirring everything together. This is a great, protein-filled sweet treat for special days when kids come home from school.
First you melt all your gooey stuff together.
It’s pretty quick and easy. Spray your bowl and your pan. I use coconut oil myself. Mix it all in the pan. Add the chips last – they will melt, but that’s ok!
After refrigerating, I had to melt it a little in the microwave, about 20 seconds on high, to get it soft enough to remove from the dish.
It’s as OOEY GOOEY GOOD as it looks! Don’t believe me? Well here is my #1 food critic, with a mouthful of these crunch bars! My adult super picky food critic (i.e, Husband) said they were better than a certain kind of bar…and a lot more affordable! Shout out again to Dani at Clean & Delicious for a great recipe.