Nut butters are a delicious, satisfying, and nutrient-packed addition to sandwiches, smoothies, home-made energy bars, rice cakes, and raw desserts, among other tasty uses. But for many people, nuts simply aren’t an option.
Whether someone in your family has a nut allergy, your child’s school has banned peanut and tree-nut containing products, or you’re simply seeking to expand your repertoire of spreads, “not-nut butters” are an excellent choice! Not just an alternative or a substitute, these nut-free spreads are delicious in their own right.
Here are 4 tasty and widely available options:
Made from roasted soybeans, soynut butter is an excellent alternative to traditional nut-based spreads. It’s also lower in fat and higher in protein than most nut butters, and is also a good source of calcium, iron, and magnesium.
I.M. Healthy makes 8 delicious varieties of soynut butter, including crunchy and creamy versions of their original, chocolate, unsweetened, and honey flavors (the honey variety is vegetarian but not vegan).
Sunflower Seed Butter
Sunflower seed butter is made from ground sunflower seeds (raw or roasted). It’s a good source of protein, fiber, iron, and vitamin E, and is completely nut- and gluten-free. For brand options, Sunbutter makes crunchy, creamy, organic, and no-stir varieties of their popular spread, while Once Again makes a creamy, organic variety.
Pumpkin Seed Butter
Made of ground pumpkin seeds, pumpkin seed butter is a great source of iron, zinc, potassium and protein. It has a rich flavor that pairs well with breads, crackers, raw vegetables, and savory snacks. Try Omega Nutrition‘s creamy, organic variety.
Pea butter is a unique and delicious alternative to nut-based spreads! Made from brown peas, it’s also a good source of protein, fiber, and iron. Manufactured by a Canadian company called Mountain Meadows, No Nuts Golden Peabutter comes in a gluten free creamy variety.
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