Sunday, August 5, 2012

Sunflower seed butter: nut allergy substitution

Two years ago I realized I had a peanut allergy, one that progressed quickly and morphed into a cross allergy for all tree nuts. Since then I have mourned the loss of peanut butter sandwiches and every dessert that has nuts in it. 

Other than not being able to eat every dessert and having to interrogate every waitress/waiter about what is in my dish and how they cooked it, it's been difficult to not have the quick burst of protein from a nut butter. 

Image courtesy of Om Sweet Om

Sunflower seed butter was a good option, and so far I've been pretty happy with it. It does have a bit of a strong sunflower seed taste, but it also has the same saltiness of most peanut butters and the same texture as all other nut butters. It tastes great on crackers or bread, but it also bakes really well. With seven grams (some brands have even more) of protein and good omegas, I would even recommend it for people who can eat the alternatives, especially vegans and vegetarians looking to add a little protein to a snack or meal. 

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