Soynut Butter, Sunbutter or Peabutter?

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For those who have tasted all, which do you feel is the best? We've only tried Peabutter and my son (not PA but used to love PB) ate it at first but soon began to dislike it to the point he won't eat it anymore.

I'm eager to try Sunbutter which I've heard good things about and Soynut Butter but there are different varieties like creamy, crunchy, and honey and I'd rather get some opinions before I start buying!

What do you think?

On Jan 19, 2006

If you call Sunbutter, they may send you a sample. Also call IMHealthy to see too. I've seen both in "sample sizes" in bagel shops.


------------------ 30-year old survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy

On Jan 19, 2006

Put us down for a vote for Sunbutter. We love it. We get the healthier variety without any transfats, so it is even more expensive than the regular. But I order 6 jars of it a couple of times per year - usually end up spending $35, and just don't think about the cost. Regular folks spend more than that on peanutty treats all the time.

We tried the IMHealthy Soynut butter - we didn't like it.

------------------ Sherlyn Mom to 6 year old twins Ben & Mike - one PA & the other not. Stay Informed And Peanut Free!

On Jan 19, 2006

My dh bought a jar of IM Healthy Soy butter one time and nobody could stand it- it sat in the cupboard for over a year (it burned with the house- no great loss) [img][/img]

We are Sunbutter fanatics though. I just bought 6- 1 lb. jars a week ago and we have less than 2 left already! (I did give one away to a good friend who also has a peanut allergy- she loves it too!)

Hope this helps, Valerie

On Jan 19, 2006

I.M Healthy Soybutter-Creamy, Honey. I can't keep it in the house for long. The plain isn't as good. We use it for sandwiches and cooking. We tried peabutter-the kids hated it. We tried sunbutter(they sent us a free sample)and they hated that too.

On Jan 19, 2006

Peabutter with a little white or brown sugar sprinkled on top! It is in many stores all the time in our area where the other makes are harder to find. I will add that it took us 11 years to get brave enough to have it in the house since it look so much like PB.

On Jan 19, 2006

Maybe we're not the majority, but we have been enjoyed I.M Healthy's soy nut butter...DD is used to it and said she did NOT like sunbutter at all! I thought sunbutter had a better 'roasted' flavor. But I think they are both great. Good luck to you!


------------------ Jill DD, 5, TNA DS, 18 mo. EA, MA

On Jan 19, 2006

We haven't tried PeaButter and won't be able to because my PA son at one point became allergic to soy -- another legume -- so we're afraid to have him try a spread made from peas (yet another legume). That being said, we've tried Sunbutter and Soynut Butter.

My PA son (who remembers peanut butter because his allergy didn't develop until he was 6) liked SoyNut Butter more than peanut butter or SunButter. As I wrote above, he can't have it any more because he became allergic to it (possibly because he was eating it almost every day). He doesn't really care for SunButter, but I like SunButter very much. My non-PA son likes SunButter more than SoyNut butter, but still isn't wild about it.

Personally, I think it's just a matter of personal preference, and you'll find advocates here for each of the options. For a non-PA kid, I'd try them all to see which you prefer. For a PA kid, I'd hesitate to feed them any legume-based spread with any degree of frequency, based on our family's experience.


On Jan 19, 2006

I've tried all three and our family's favorite is the IM Healthy soynut butter. My husband likes sunbutter, too. I think it's ok, but only if you like sunflower seeds. I'm the only one who will eat the Peabutter. It's very sticky in texture and it has no salt added to it. I think it's tastier with a little salt sprinkled on it.

I think it's worth it to get a jar of each just to try. You'll never know which one you prefer until you taste it. It seems to be a very individual preference. Have a family taste test for fun!


------------------ Mom to 6 1/2 yr old PA/TNA daughter and 3 yr old son who is allergic to eggs.

On Jan 19, 2006

DD can't have peabutter (allergic). Doesn't care for sunbutter. Likes Soynut butter, either the regular or honey version. DH likes the soynut butter better than the sun butter. So do I. I don't buy the crunchy kind (didn't like crunchy PB when a child) crunchy soynut butter has no appeal to me. I think DH would enjoy the crunchy version though . . .

On Jan 19, 2006

We are not a peanut butter-loving family, but we all really like Natural and Honey Crunch Sunbutter. It's really good stuff!

We've been having a mouse problem lately, and we've caught 5 out of 6 with the Sunbutter. Those mice sure like it as well! [img][/img] It's a great peanut butter substitute to bait those nasty rodents.

On Jan 19, 2006

Personally, I love Sunbutter (same as Trader Joe's Sunflower Seed Butter). Unfortunately, it's made on the same equipment as soy, so it's not an option for DS#1 (allergies to peanut, tree nut, and soy). Does anyone know any options for him? I think he's also allergic to peas, so peabutter isn't a good alternative.

I also tried I.M. Healthy soy nut butter. It's too pasty for my taste. I didn't like it.

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On Jan 19, 2006

We love the Honey Crunch Sunbutter - it does have a little sunflower aftertaste but it doesn't bother us. My PA son won't touch it however my 7 year old peanut butter fan loves it. We tried the IM Healthy soy butter but didn't like it. Never tried the pea butter. We used to order Sunbutter from the company but now our local grocery store carries it - much cheaper that way!

On Jan 20, 2006

I've only tried the sunbutter and soynut butter. I didn't like sunbutter at all-the aftertaste was too much for me. My husband liked it and ate the entire sample. So we use soynut butter and even my PA/TNA daughter eats it.

------------------ ============== [b]~Gale~[/b]

On Jan 20, 2006

We used to eat Soybutter all of the time because that is all we could get. Then at Christmas DD's aunt brought her some Sunbutter. It actually scared us because it seemed alot alot alot like peanut butter. She ate it and loved it. We even made some sunbutter cookies with it and everybody gobbled them up. Soybutter is still ok, but our vote goes to the sunbutter. (we have never seen peabutter around here)

On Jan 20, 2006


On Jan 20, 2006

I've tried them all and Sunbutter is the BEST. I LOVE it! My kids love it, my extended family loves it... etc. The peabutter makes great peabutter cookies, though. [img][/img]


Marie (mother of p.a. son)

On Jan 21, 2006

I've tried the IM Healthy soynut butter and Sunbutter... peabutter is not availible locally.

We prefer sunbutter, but the soy stuff makes better cookies.

------------------ Cheryl, mom to Jason (8 MFA including peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish and egg) Joey (6 NKA) Allison (3 MFA including milk, butternut squash, several fruits and suspected shellfish allergies, avoiding tree nuts, RAST - for peanut) Ryan (born 12/27/05) nka *knock on wood*

On Jan 22, 2006

My 6 year old PA son loves Peabutter. I had emailed them last year and they mailed me a full size jar to sample. At first my son didn't like it but months later he asked for it and now likes it. I want to try the Sunbutter. I just emailed them yesterday and asked where in Southeastern Wisconsin they may sell it and if they had samples they could send. Debi

On Feb 20, 2006

I've checked through a lot of threads, and can't find if anyone ever found Sunbutter in Canada. I brought a jar home from Florida for DD to try. Soy and pea butters I can get here, but she likes the sunflower one best. Any Canadians find it yet? If not, I guess that DD's grandparents will be making an extra trip to the grocery store before they return home!

On Feb 20, 2006

Hello, Just wanted to let you know we have tried the sunbutter(my DH loves this) as well and the I.M.Healthy soynutbutter and like them both but the I.M. Healthy has a chocolate soynutbutter that my children love...If you are having trouble getting them to eat the regular I suggest this..My children loved peanutbutter before my son was PA. They are doing great trying all new food..

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On Feb 21, 2006

Sunbutter -- Nobody liked.

IMHealthy soy nut butter is okay.

Trader Joe's creamy and crunchy soy nut butters are great. We eat them every day.

On Feb 21, 2006

Sunbutter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! by far the best I've tried and I've tried other brands of sunflower butter, almond and cashew nut butter, pea butter, you name it... Sunbutter is just as sweet and salty as peanut butter too!!!!!!! Angela

On Feb 21, 2006


"sunbutter, oh suuuuunbuutter, we love our sunbutter..." [img][/img]

We have never tried peabutter, but we have the soynut butter which to us was okay until we got the sunbutter. I even got each kid in DS's class a jar as a thank you for all they do for us & the response has been great. I also have a great recipe I copied off of here for cookies. YUMMMM! Aidan doesn't eat it, but has tried it & said he likes it, (he is soooo picky) but the rest of us love it.

Sunbutter & apples; sunbutter & syrup sandwiches & old faithful sunbutter & jelly.

Good luck & take care.

Ps...I also got some of their trail mix to put in out hurricane/emergency kit.

On Feb 22, 2006

We received our Sunbutter recently and my son seems to like it. It really has a strong sunflower seed aftertaste which I don't care for. It looks and smells very "authentic." I also don't like the texture and aftertaste of the soybutter. I'm also a very picky eater so my opinion should not dissuade anyone else from trying it.

My non-PA son eats it so that's all that matters!!! He seems to like it more than the peabutter and soybutter.

On May 16, 2006

[img][/img] Found Sunbutter (16 oz. jar) on sale at Cub Foods today for $1.28. [img][/img]

On May 17, 2006

we like i m healthy- creamy. cant buy it fast enough to keep it stocked in the house. both of my children like it and my non pa daughter who loves peanut butter asks for it with out jelly.

On May 18, 2006

oh also i think sun butter has a good taste but it just dosnt taste like peanut butter and i dont think it tastes as good with grape jelly, thoe i do like it better on an english muffin ... so we have both in the house...,

On May 18, 2006

To be fair we haven't tried pea butter, but of the other two we prefer Soynut butter from I.M. Healthy. They have a chunky flavor and a creamy honey. Plus it is very easy to buy here - I have only found Sunbutter at on organic type grocery here and only within the last few months, but we just didn't like it as much as the Soynut Butter.

Soynut butter works great in cookies and as an ingredient in any peanut type dipping sauce (like for a saute).

On May 18, 2006

To be fair (as well)

Never bought Peabutter OR Sunbutter.

We've been buying IM Healthy for YEARS now.

Sara likes Honey Chunky. Caitlin likes Honey Creamy or Chocolate Meghan gets whatever [img][/img]

And yes, Meghan/Sara are NKA's and consume it as well. They've never HAD a PB&J, so theres NOTHING to compare to.


------------------ [b]* Obsessed * [/b]

On Oct 26, 2006

My gf who has a son who is pa gave me a jar of IM Healthy soynut butter today

OMG is all I can say

First to me it smells just like PB,

looks like Pb and taste from what I remember like PB

I was actually a bit stressed out eating it lol, doubting that it wasnt peanut butter I even used a plastic spoon!

Did anyone else experince this?

I tried to get my kids to eat it, my pa son was like no way, i dont want ot eat it, fine My dd and other son let me put a bit in their mouths and they thought it was gross Oh well I had a sb and jelly sandwich and made one for dh for work tomorrow I cant wait to hear what he thinks of it

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On Oct 26, 2006

I have been baking cookies with the peabutter, not our small stock of Sunbutter, because I can get the peabutter here. DD still prefers the Sunbutter.

DS2, who is not PA, takes peabutter sandwiches to school on the days that I have nothing else to give him. The PA kid in his class was a little concerned the first time - 'is that PEANUT BUTTER?'. DS assured him it was NOT, that his sister was PA and we use this stuff.

On Oct 26, 2006

Okay...huge PB lover here (until 2 years ago)...and by and large, absolutely, Sunbutter! I have not tried Peabutter...but I tried the IMHEalthy soy butter (don't recall, but I think it was honey)....and it was beyond hideous. Absolutely awful taste, nasty consistancy. I spent a ridiculous amount of money on it and THREW IT OUT. My 9yo and I HATED it. Words can not express how awful it was. I am also not a big soy fan. My BIL is in the medical field, and he is always saying how SOY is NOT good for you....people are consuming way too much!

When I bought the sunbutter I had oldest ds close his eyes and taste it..and he yelled at me for having PB in the house! TO me...that said it all! [img][/img]

Go SUNBUTTER! I guess this thread just goes to show you can't please everyone all the time! I am actually SHOCKED anyone liked that soybutter stuff! BLAH!

On Oct 27, 2006

Now I have to try sunbutter too lol

On Oct 27, 2006

I keep all 3 in the house because:

DH & I eat sunbutter. DH seems to be soy intolerant (can handle soy baked into products but has GI issues if he eats soy butter or drinks soy milk etc). I avoid soy because of thyroid issues. Sunbutter tastes like sunflower seeds, not like peanut butter.

My two boys eat soy butter and honey soy butter (I.M. Healthy). DD # 1 eats I.M. Healthy soy butter and the crunchy variety. She doesn't like honey soy butter but adores the crunchy variety.

DD # 2 (PA) eats chocolate soy butter, but I won't give her pea/sun/soy butter. She's only 3, and I don't want her to be confused between safe products that look like pb and the real pb.

My mother lives with us, and she eats peabutter because she's on a very low sodium diet.

On Oct 27, 2006

we have sunbutter creamy and soybutter. my oldest (nonPA) daughter and one of my PA daughter's like the soybutter but i dislike it very much. we all like sunbutter creamy quite a bit. i just received my first jar of sunbutter natural crunchy about a week ago and it is already gone. it was really, really good. i think it is my favorite pb replacement so far. i can't say that any pb replacement tastes just like pb on it's own (plain in the spoon or on a cracker, for ex) but the sunbutter does a great job on bread with jelly. tastes so much like a pb&j that i sometimes forget it's not.

oddly, my youngest PA daughter hates anything that resembles or tastes like pb (she's never had pb in her life or any peanut products). she seems to have a natural aversion to the texture, look, smell, and taste of items that are pb-like. she's tried small bites of soybutter and sunbutter but doesn't like them at all.

i keep the sunbutter creamy and sunbutter natural crunchy around here mostly for me. [img][/img]

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On Oct 27, 2006

I prefer the taste of Sunbutter, but I don't mind soy butter. However, at the risk of providing TMI, let's just say that the soy butter [i]disagrees[/i] with me: [url=""][/url]

On Oct 27, 2006

pattsmommy i dont know if there is a wegmans grocery store near you but they sell the sunbutter. if you think im healthy is good you will love sun butter. havent tried peabutter, erin

On Oct 27, 2006

Hi, my kids love Sunbutter. Me too. I've had the natural and just found the natural crunch which is even better. They have a sunbutter cookie recipe on their website that all my kids devoured. Debi

On Oct 27, 2006

There is a Wegmans by me, that where the girl who gave me the soy butter got it. I will haveto go there and look for sunbutter.

I really think this soybutter taste and smells and looks just like pb. I even eat it off the spoon.