I’ve never been a rabid peanut butter fan, though I understand the appeal for a quick and easy, non-perishable, packable protein spread for everything from school lunches to hiking trips to an everyday snack. While I didn’t really dig peanut butter as a child, Sunbutter Sunflower Seed Spread slathered on an apple slice or a banana is one of my favorite adult snacks.
Besides its fame as one of the most common allergens for children, today’s peanut butters are often blended with obscene amounts of sugar, oils, and other additives. Recently, there was a widespread recall of peanut butter, and my husband asked me if we had any in the house to dispose. We haven’t had peanut butter in the house for ages. Even if we had had peanut butter, it would have been organic and therefore not contaminated or subject to the recall. However, we haven’t had peanut butter for years while we’ve enjoyed almond butter and even cashew butter instead. Lately, Sunbutter has won the nut-butter war and has turned into one of our staples.
Sugar free, the sole ingredient in Sunbutter is sunflower seeds. Sunflower seeds are full of anti-inflammatory vitamin E, cancer-fighting selenium and cholesterol-lowering phytosterols, and heart-healthy polyunsaturated fats. Available in regular or organic, Sunbutter offers a nice hit of protein to fill you up and keep you going.
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Hi Elizabeth, Wonderful description! Glad SunButter fits your eating style. Of course I appreciate it since I blog for SunButter, but as a fellow healthy eating/living person, I’m always interested in new foods and how people eat them. (Although I shamelessly admit my fave SunButter “recipe” is by the spoonful.) Let us know if you use SunButter in any recipes and how it works out? We’re always looking to build our online recipe box. Take care. Enjoying following!
Another trendy peanut butter alternative that’s the total opposite of Sunbutter is Biscoff spread, which has the texture & appearance of peanut butter, but is made from crumbled/pulverized cinnamon/ginger cookies (it reminds me of cinnamon Teddy Grahams from when the kids were little). It is nut-free for those with nut allergies, but it doesn’t have the protein that peanut butter (or Sunbutter) would have, either. AFAIK no one in our family has any allergies requiring us to use a particular type of spread on our bread; however, I surely wouldn’t mind finding a healthier alternative to fancy peanut butter than Biscoff spread or Nutella (the hazelnuts are interesting, but the chocolate in the spread makes it too sweet for me).