Here Are Some Tasty Peanut Butter Alternatives

If you’ve recently discovered a peanut allergy in your family, you may be wondering what on earth you are going to replace those peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with or what you can smear on a cracker or piece of celery for an afternoon snack. There are delicious options and after a while, you won’t miss peanut butter at all.

Soy, Sunflower and Other Nut Butters

There are a huge variety of peanut butter-like spreads out there. Soy butter and sunflower butter are two of the most popular nut-free varieties. They can easily substitute for peanut butter for cooking and straight eating out of the jar.

Beyond The Equator makes a delicious and nutritious peanut butter alternative that's made with chia seeds, flaxseed seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and hemp seeds. Their 5 Seed Butter comes in crunchy, creamy, and unsweetened so there's something for everyone. The best part of Beyond The Equator 5 Seed Butter is that it's even more delicious than peanut butter and good for you too.

Other nut butters, if you can tolerate them, are also good. Almond and cashew rate among the most popular. Before dabbling in other tree nuts, make sure your doctor gives the approval.

Cream Cheese

With jelly on a sandwich – wonderful. Great as a spread on toast or on crackers. Plain goes really well with veggie sticks or flavored Triscuits. The fruit flavors are wonderful on bread and fruits.

Guacamole

Often overlooked, guacamole is a wonderful spread. The texture and flavor are spreadable and hearty. Works as a sandwich spread, fill a pita or roll up a tortilla with it. Top it with salsa too.

Hummus and Other Bean Dips

This bean dip is a tasty, savory garlic laced treat. Use it as a dip on crackers and for vegetables. Fill a pita with it. Eat it with a spoon. And it’s easy to make and inexpensive. Other bean dips like refried beans are also excellent spreads.

Vegetable Purees

Roast any vegetable combination and puree it. Roasted red peppers are an excellent choice for this. Toss in a few artichoke hearts and you have an unusual and tasty treat. Try it as a spread on crackers and toasted pita. Or, put it on scrambled eggs in the morning. Use it with cream cheese on a sandwich to prevent sogginess.

Source: About.com, Cooking for Allergies
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