Peanut Butter Substitutions - Peanut Allergy Information

Peanut Butter Substitutions

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What can you eat if you can't eat peanut butter?

Fortunately for people with a peanut allergy, there are substitutions for this food that are very tasty. Some people who are not allergic to peanuts prefer to skip the peanut butter and opt for the common peanut butter substitutions like sunflower seed spread, nut spreads, or other substitutions. Peanut butter is a low-cost food per serving, and the substitutions are usually substantially more expensive.

Sunflower seed spread can be used like peanut butter

One of the reasons for the popularity of sunflower seed spread is that it has a spreadable, thick consistency like peanut butter. This makes it good for spreading on bread, toast or crackers in the same way that peanut butter would be used. Sunflower seed spread can also be used in recipes, such as in making peanut butter cookies. It has a unique mild taste that is similar to peanut butter.

Soy nut butter is another alternative to peanut butter

Soy nut butter is preferred by some people who are not allergic to soy. Peanut allergy prevention is important to those who are allergic to peanut butter, but soy is another common food that children are allergic to. Introducing soy nut butter or any of the peanut butter substitutions should be done slowly. Children should be observed for allergic reactions, especially if they are allergic to peanuts. Soy nut butter is made from crushed soy nuts with some soy oil added to give it a more spreadable consistency. It is a good source of protein, just like peanut butter.

Almond and cashew butters are other substitutes for peanut butter

Other good substitutes for peanut butter are almond and cashew butters. It is important to know that there is a chance that you could be allergic to tree nuts if you have a peanut allergy.

A person with nut allergies who eats these spreads could experience symptoms that are much like peanut allergy symptoms. If no allergy exists, they are a delicious gourmet treat that is also healthy and high in protein, antioxidants, and other nutrients.

Hazelnut spread is often mixed with cocoa, milk, and sugar for a taste that most people enjoy

Hazelnut spread is popular in many European countries and is becoming more popular in the U.S. Peanut butter producers are beginning to also make hazelnut spread that is chocolate flavored. If you are allergic to peanuts, be sure to read the label carefully to see if the hazelnut spread is produced in the same processing plant as peanut butter. If it is, there could be cross-contamination from machinery that has produced peanut butter.

You can make your own sunflower seed butter or nut spreads in minutes

It is very easy to make sunflower seed butter, cashew butter, almond butter, or soy nut spread in a food processor. Simply place some sunflower seeds or some nuts into the food processor. Place about one teaspoon of sunflower seed oil or canola oil, along with a dash of salt into the processor. Blend the ingredients until they are mixed and the sunflower seed butter or nut spread is smooth and without lumps.