SunButter is a peanut butter alternative made from sunflower seeds. I picked up a jar of SunButter to give it a try since my daughter is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts. Both my husband and I love peanut butter so my goal was to find a product that would be a good substitute. One that would mimic peanut butter well both in everyday use like on toast or on a peanut butter sandwich as well as in recipes like cookies or monkey munch.
Admittedly, I was a little skeptical. I just couldn’t see how a product made without peanuts could really taste like peanut butter. My first try of SunButter was on a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I was very pleasantly surprised. SunButter tasted almost exactly like peanut butter. The consistency was pretty similar to natural peanut butter and spread really well on the bread. Now, I will admit that Maya wasn’t a huge fan but she can sometimes not be a fan of something the first time she tries it. I’ll let her try a few more times before I say for sure if she likes it or not.
I think SunButter will be very useable as a peanut butter substitute in recipes. Based on the taste and consistency I would imagine that SunButter can easily be substituted into baking recipes in the same quantities as the recipe calls for. As with any substitutions it may take a little trial and error before you get the perfect amount. I’m going to give it a try in monkey munch later this week so I’ll let you know how that goes.
My one big disappointment was the price. I had to pay over $6 for a 1lb jar. Now, I bet the pricing was high because the store I purchased it from saw an opportunity to gauge the consumer a little given that people looking for peanut alternative “peanut butter” don’t have a whole lot of options. You can find it cheaper (about half the price) online at places like, Peanut Free Planet.
So, the bottom line is that price aside I am very impressed. SunButter is definitely a peanut butter alternative that this admitted peanut lover could get used to. If you have children with peanut allergies it is definitely worth giving this product a try. I would recommend purchasing it online though as you will be able to get a much better deal!