If you’re like me and highly allergic to peanut butter but crave a nice smooth spread on your toast, it can be a real struggle. I have heard peanut butter on toast is one of the go-to breakfast options for many Americans, a breakfast option I have never been able to enjoy. Or PB&J sandwiches — a staple in every (non-allergic) kid’s lunch box!
My entire family gave up peanuts for me, and because of that, I set forth to find them a satisfying nut-free solution.
So is there really a nut allergy-free peanut butter substitute?
You can make one at home out of sunflower seeds or even garbanzo beans. These provide a rich and creamy texture that tastes nutty without any of the allergens you may be allergic to.
I have practiced making so many kinds of nutless nut butter for them to enjoy and have finally found a few good recipes. The best part is all you need is a decent blender that can blend seeds, and you will have the perfect nut allergy-free peanut butter.
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How To Make A No-Nut Peanut Butter?
The first trick to getting the perfectly made nut-free peanut butter for allergies is to find the best blender. You will want to buy a blender made to handle nuts and seeds.
One of the best blenders I have discovered is the Vitamix series 750; it is high-quality and professional grade. This blender will help you achieve the perfect no-nut peanut butter, it is one of the best investments I have ever made.
Once you get the proper tools, you will need to choose one of the recipes; my absolute favorite is the sunflower seed recipe. My husband tells me it tastes deceptively like peanut butter, and he thoroughly enjoys it.
My second favorite is making garbanzo bean butter. This recipe needs a tad bit more sugar to cover the bean's taste, but once you get the ingredients and portions correct — it is outstanding!
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Peanut Butter Substitute No Nuts Recipe!
Let’s start with my favorite, the sunflower butter.
Made from seeds instead of nuts, this butter is much more nutrient-rich than your average jar of peanut butter!
I have made this so many times because it truly is the best nut allergy-free peanut butter you can make. The first time I made this recipe, it took me about 10 minutes to complete; now, after several rounds and attempts, it takes me only five to six minutes to do.
All you need to do is combine sunflower seeds, sunflower oil, and a bit of honey* for a super enjoyable alternative to peanut butter.
Here are the ingredients and steps to follow:
2 ½ cups of unsalted sunflower seeds
½ cups of flax seeds
¼ cup of sesame seeds
½ cup of sunflower oil
2 Tablespoons of honey
½ teaspoon of salt (optional, but highly suggested)
*Substitution for honey: If you are not a fan of honey you can use water and your favorite sugar or sugar substitute. I think raw honey tastes absolutely delicious in this recipe and helps give it a natural sweetness.
This nut allergy-free peanut butter will help you create wonderful snacks and breakfasts each morning.
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Honey Chickpea Butter Peanut-Free Alternative
So, this recipe comes with a warning:
This is an excellent alternative if you are allergic to nuts but not allergic to legumes.
Peanuts are actually not nuts; they are in the legume family, but many people allergic to peanuts can still eat garbanzos or chickpeas. You will want to ensure this is a safe alternative for you before attempting to make it.
This recipe uses ghee instead of the regular tahini you would see in hummus. You can combine garbanzos, ghee, cinnamon, and sugar to get the perfect sweet and salty snack. After some practice, you will see why this is my second nut allergy-free peanut butter.
Here is what you will need to do:
1 can of garbanzo beans
1 Tablespoon of olive oil
2 Tablespoons of honey
½ teaspoon of cinnamon
¼ teaspoon of kosher salt
4 to 8 Tablespoons of melted ghee
This recipe does take a little bit longer than the sunflower recipe. Yet, it is still an excellent solution if you are looking for a peanut-free alternative.
- If you like your mixture more chunky, you can stop blending early.
- If you like it runnier, you can add extra ghee to the mixture and let it blend for a few minutes longer.
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The best thing about making your own nut allergy-free peanut butter is that you are in complete control. You can put as much or as little sugar in your mixture, and you know exactly what is going into your body.
You can buy all sorts of processed nut butter at the store, but it is way more fun to make it yourself and a lot safer if you have any allergies. Plus, eating unprocessed food is so much healthier for you!
So is there a nut and allergy-free peanut butter?
Absolutely, and you can easily make these tasty substitutes. Let us know in the comments which one you made first and what your thoughts are on it!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How Do You Grind Your Nuts Into Butter?
If you have a high-quality blender, you can add all nuts and seeds to the blender easily.
If you have a lower quality blender, you can soak your nuts and seeds overnight for an easy blend in the morning.
Do You Need to Refrigerate Homemade Nut Butter?
If you buy allergy-free peanut butter, it will stay good for up to two years due to the mixture's preservatives.
However, if you are making your own nut butter, you will want to refrigerate it immediately after making it.
How Long Until Blended Nut Butter Goes Bad?
Homemade nut butter can go bad within a day if you leave it out on the counter.
Once you have made the mixture, get an airtight jar and put it in the fridge as soon as you can.
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