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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Works For Me Wednesday: A Little Miracle Called SunButter

We eat the peanuts around here. We eat fistfuls of salted, dry-roasted peanuts, boiled peanuts, peanut-butter oatmeal bars, Kung Pao chicken with extra peanuts, peanut butter cookies, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and our all-time favorite quick and healthy snack-on-the-go, the simple, elegant, delicious peanut butter spoon. My darling HoneyBunny was born and reared in South Georgia, Carter-country, the peanut capital of the US, and I do not believe I've seen him go a day without some peanuts or peanut butter since I met him. I eat peanuts nearly as regularly, myself, although perhaps not quite as religiously.

So you can imagine our horror upon discovering that our dear sweet small daughter entered the world allergic to peanuts. I gave her a small taste of peanut butter on a piece of bread right around her first birthday (mistake, don't do this) and moments later the poor child had hives all over her tiny little face. Fortunately, that was the extent of her reaction, and several con$ultations with allergy specialists later we were assured that Bean's allergy falls on the lower end of the severity scale. BUT, continued exposure to peanuts may render her even more allergic, and therefore we do not give them to her. Ever. Except in the one case of mistaken stroller identity at the mall, when Al put Bean in someone ELSE'S Jeep Umbrella stroller and she immediately fished around in the side pockets and pulled out someone ELSE'S bag of peanut butter crackers and proceeded to eat them. Oh well.

Anyway this whole scenario left us in a predicament with Bean. How would she grow up a normal child without the joys of peanut butter and jelly sammies? For months I grieved the peanutbutterlessness. Until one day at the grocery store I was stocking up on Jif (peanut lovers and choosy mothers DO choose it) when my eyes fell upon a modest red-lidded jar with a pretty little flower on the front. SunButter, the label read, and I picked it up for closer examination. It's peanut butter, made with SUNFLOWER SEEDS. Hopeful, I plopped it into my cart and brought it home.

That day, that very day, I made Bean the first of many SunButter and jelly sandwiches. And while SunButter doesn't taste EXACTLY like peanut butter, it's a fairly good substitute, particularly when paired with grape jelly. Well, Bean LOVED it. And has been eating SB&Js ever since. And SunButter spoons, too!

I've tried a few other brands of sunflower spread, but SunButter seems to have the best combination of taste, texture and pricing... others tend to be too runny, too salty and/or way too expensive.

A substitute for our beloved peanut butter for my sweet allergic Bean? Works for Me!

Works for Me Wednesday is hosted by Shannon at Rocks in My Dryer. For more neat tips and tricks from learned mothers all over the world, head on over to Shannon's blog!

13 comments:

  1. I've never heard of that. We'll give it a try. (I love your blog design!)

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  2. My son is severly allergic to peanuts. I gave him a taste when he was 15 months old and we ended up the hospital. (I blame this allergy on the fact that I consumed copious amounts of PB and honey while pregnant.)

    I recently discoverd Soy Butter at Wal-Mart. It was perched on the shelf right beside the peanut butter. I brought a jar home and my husband and I tried it and LOVED it! It tastes just like peanut butter.

    I had my son (who is now 4 and a half) try it. He reluctantly took one little taste and proclaimed, "It's good!". However, he would not eat the PB&J sandwich I made him for lunch. He decided (after not even tasting it again) that he didn't like it after all. I think 3 years of telling him not to eat peanut butter has scared him and he was too afraid to eat it. I am going to keep trying to get him to eat it. It would be nice to have another lunch option!

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  3. We bought SunButter for Riley after you recommended it. But he was already so used to refusing peanutbutter that I had to FORCE him to eat it and because it tastes so much like peanutbutter he was horrified. (I think he was afraid I was trying to poison him!) He hasn't touched it since then. :( I really wish he did though! I love peanut butter.

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  4. Hi! My 4 year-old is severely allergic. . .and I've never heard of sun butter. I can't wait to try it! We love SoyNut butter. We use the I.M. Healthy brand. I know, sounds cheesey, but it's good and comes in chunky, smooth, chocolate, unsweetened, and sweetened. You can buy it at most supermarkets and definitely health food stores. Thanks for the tip!

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  5. I'll have to pass this along to my sister. Her little guys is at the top of the charts as far as peanut allergies go.

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  6. I've tried the non-peanut butters made with sunflower seeds and also with almonds, and they are all pretty good. When we can afford it, I go to the Central Market here in Texas and get them freshly made. Yum.

    Allergies suck, though. My husband developed (through a Chemistry class in college) an allergy to eggs, so finding substitutes for those and avoiding products made with them isn't so easy! All the products labeled "egg substitute" have eggs in them. Okaaaayyyy...

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  7. Wow...didn't know such a thing existed. Can you use it to cook with too? Like making SunButter cookies? My best friend's mom is on the HIGH end of the allergy scale and we have to be SO careful not to have anything contaminated, because she could easily die from just the oils. I'm glad your daughter isn't on the high end.

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  8. My 7 y.o son has been allergic to peanuts since he was born. Though he has taken responsibility for it, and freely tells people that he can't have peanuts he really thinks he's missing out on something. I live in NY and I've never seen anything like SunButter, is it a regional product? If it is, I may just find the company website and write to them. Thank you so much for the tip!

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  9. Hey don't give up hope completly, a friend of ours' daughter with what was decribed as a "moderate" peanut allergy grew out of it by the time she was 4!

    In this country thy don't let you eat peanut butter whilst pregnant in case of allergies. Not a problem the first time, but when I was pregnant with the boy all I wanted was toast slathered in peanut butter! The substitute I found was cashew nut butter which was pretty close in my opinion. You should be able to find it in a health food store.

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  10. I'll be looking for this stuff next time I'm in the store...hope I can find it. Although, no peanut allergies in my household....still sounds like something fun to try!

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  11. OK, read your post on using SunButter in lieu of peanut butter however my son is allergic to soy beans too! He is highly allergic to peanuts, soy beans and coconut. Weird combination I know, but what can I say. Is there anything else out there that is remotely close to peanut butter so my little on can finally have a substitute for PB&Js?

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  12. Jen, I don't see a way to contact you, but I wanted to reiterate that this butter is made from sun flower seeds, not soy beans. I tried the soy butter though, and it was AWFUL, so you're not missing anything there. Is your son allergic to sunflower seeds?

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  13. No, he doesn't seem to be allergic to those. I'll have to try the sunflower butter. Maybe he can have his own special spread. Thanks!

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