Food Allergy Essential: Sunflower Seed Butter

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Growing up, I basically survived on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. As I got older, I discovered the deliciousness of spicy peanut as in spicy cold peanut noodles or peppery mixed nuts. When my son had his anaphylactic reaction, all of those items were out the door immediately.

For a while, we were too scared to eat them, even when we were away from our son. What if I ate peanuts and they were on my hands when I came home and touched him?

My husband was the first to cave. He hid a stash of salty crunchy peanut butter in the basement (where the kids are not allowed) and would sneak downstairs to enjoy it in secret. One year, a colleague sent him a gift basket from (basically my worst nightmare in a box) which he enjoyed downstairs.

When I first heard about sunflower seed butter, it sounded a little weird but remembering how much I used to love snacking on sunflower seeds, I thought I’d give it a whirl. I picked up a jar from Trader Joe’s, and the rest is history. Sunflower seed butter is salty and rich, and has a deeper and more complex flavor than peanut butter. You know how peanut butter is often loaded with sugar and can almost be one-note in that regard? Sunflower seed butter has a more savory taste. I started with SB & Js and toasts. Now I’ve moved on to spreading it onto wraps and open faced sandwiches as a condiment, often with Sriracha to get that spicy nutty taste.

I think I went through a few jars before my husband decided to try it. Now we have to buy two jars at a time because he is even more obsessed than I am. I should tell you that my son refuses to try it because it smells like nuts. And that means more for me!

Sunflower Seed Butter Meatball Wrap

Sunflower Seed Butter Meatball Wrap

Spread a wrap with about a tablespoon of sunflower seed butter. Squeeze on some Sriracha or your favorite hot sauce. Top with spinach and meatballs. Roll up like a burrito. Enjoy your spicy nutty lunch guilt-free!

Alternatives to try: add a scoop of whole grain salad such as quinoa, substitute rotisserie chicken or baked seasoned tofu for the meatballs.


6 Comments to Food Allergy Essential: Sunflower Seed Butter

  1. Tiffany Self

    YUM! I want to come to your house to try this! I love sunbutter–even more than peanut butter. This looks so good!

  2. Chase Fuller

    What type of sunflower seed butter do you use? I asked my husband to pick up some from Whole Foods, and the kind he got (MaraNatha) states that it may contain peanuts and tree nuts! This seems ridiculous since I’m trying to use it as a nut-free alternative for my nut-allergic child.

    • Kate Petrov

      Oh no! We’ve used Trader Joe’s sunflower seed butter. But like I said, my son does not want to try it because it smells like nuts. #moreforme

    • Lauren Potter

      Get the Sunbutter brand. Its made on a peanut free, nut free, dairy free, and wheat free factory.

  3. Leigh

    I need to make the drive to Trader Joe’s. I haven’t been able to find a peanut butter alternative that doesn’t have another allergen in if. I looked up the Trader Joe’s one and it would be allergy free! Woohoo!

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