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!
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