One of our favorite food allergy moms is Tracy Bush of Allergy Phoods. She has also built a business, written books and authors a blog on food allergies. She’s one of our Official SunButter Blogger Ambassadors, so we had her review our new SunButter Natural No Sugar Added variety. Here’s her post, packed full of great nut-free recipes, created with her signature mom love and cleverness. Thanks, Tracy!
The latest SunButter is Natural No Sugar Added. I know what you are thinking, why mess with a good thing but I have to say, this is my favorite yet! What’s in it? Two ingredients: sunflower seeds and salt. Simple yet very tasty. The consistency seems much smoother and easier to stir. And because I am a visual person, I am sharing the side-by-side comparisons to prove how smooth it is (Left, Original and Right, Natural No Sugar Added). I mean gosh, how did they get it so smooth?!
Still that good, old SunButter flavor but not as strong and (dare I say) if you miss peanut butter, I personally think this is pretty close to that peanut butter taste.
What Did I Do With It?
You know that I always try to come up with unique and different things to do with foods, especially since people often feel as if food allergies hinders what they can do with foods. I say, not so! It’s just about how to think of new ways to utilize what foods you can have. What I wanted to share with all of you was the idea that my daughter got all by herself. I’m sure you will see that she thinks outside of the box like I do (well, outside of the SunButter jar!)
When I asked her what she would do with SunButter if she could use it in any way, she sat up in bed and said “Finger paint that you can eat!” I was so proud of her idea that I promised to share it with all of you. (To view her video, please click HERE .)
And of course, with the weather being so cold for sooooooo long (well, it seemed like it anyway) I whipped up some Simple SunButter Muffins that were very well-received.
Simple SunButter Muffins
1 c. white rice flour
Egg replacer = 1 egg
2 Tbsp. raw honey
2 Tbsp. Winona Pure Sunflower Baking Spray
2 Tbsp. gluten-free baking powder
½ tsp. sea salt
1 ½ c. nondairy milk
2 Tbsp. Natural No Sugar Added SunButter
Enjoy Life Foods chocolate chips and 8 Mega Chunks
Preheat oven to 450° F. Line a muffin pan with baking cups and set aside. In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients except the Mega Chunks. Spoon the batter into the muffin cups, filling half way. Top with one Mega Chunk. Bake approximately 22-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Makes 8 muffins
Frying fail. Baking success.
As I made these, I wondered about a fried chicken recipe with SunButter. I did have a brief Elvis moment but I pushed that right out of my head and continued. I will warn you that this recipe is strictly for oven baked chicken – DO NOT FRY IT! I did and I wound up with this icky, brownish muck. Bake it for a tender, slightly crunch fried chicken with a creamy taste.
Oven Fried SunButter Chicken
2 c. Glutino Gluten Free Pretzels (chopped fine)
1/2 c. cornmeal mix
1/2 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. sea salt
1/2 c. Natural No Sugar Added SunButter
1 lb. chicken fillets (cleaned and pounded thin)
Winona Pure baking spray
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine the chopped pretzels, cornmeal, paprika and sea salt. In another large bowl, scoop out SunButter. Place the chicken fillets into the SunButter, coating the chicken with less (rather than too much). Transfer the fillets to the crumb mixture, coat and place onto an ungreased baking sheet. Spray each prepared fillet lightly with a bit of baking spray. Bake for 10 minutes, then gently flip. Continue baking another 10 minutes or until no pink remains inside of the chicken.
*Optional- are you a spicy chicken lover? Try adding a bit of hot sauce into the SunButter before breading.
But Wait, There’s More!
Yes, this time NutriDaughter and I were both beaming with ideas to try out. We put our Nutri heads together and we each came up with one more recipe but with two variations. How about a delicious, tempting hot beverage? Oh, maybe some hot cocoa drizzled with some warmed SunButter? The result was a hot cocoa that seemed like a liquid candy bar. It hit all of our “must have” sensors.
Sinful SunButter Cocoa
2 c. milk of your choice
4 Tbsp. sugar
5 Tbsp. cocoa
1 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. coconut oil
3 Tbsp. Natural No Sugar Added SunButter
Optional: Marshmallows, chocolate chips or chocolate shavings
In a medium pot, combine all of the ingredients except the SunButter and optional items. Stir with a whisk until the milk becomes hot and frothy. Pour into mugs. Warm the SunButter on low (just enough to make it melt). Add optional toppings to the prepared mugs and drizzle with warmed SunButter.
Makes approximately 2 cups
Too Hot For Cocoa?
Yes, but we have that covered too (this is where the dual recipe comes in)! Remember fudge popsicles? Is it me or is it truly impossible to find a dairy-free version out there? No need, you can make your own!
SunButter Fudge Pops
Simply use the prepared recipe for “Sinful SunButter Cocoa” and pour it into the sections of a mini muffin tin. Top with your choice of toppings (marshmallows, chocolate chips or shavings, crushed allergy-friendly cookies), drizzle with softened SunButter and freeze.
Once frozen, remove the tray and let it sit on a counter top for a few minutes to soften enough to remove. Caution: these soften very quickly so keep an eye on them. If they become too soft, simply put back into the freezer to reform and repeat. Once softened, remove and place in an airtight container. Enjoy!
Makes approximately 18 pops
But I like Non-Frozen Desserts
That’s ok too, dessert is dessert, right? Most of us have cookouts during the warmer weather and what is the most awesome cookout dessert? S’MORES! But alas, how many times have you not been able to find a suitable, safe gluten-free cracker to make a proper s’more? We didn’t either so we skipped the cracker, went straight to a chocolate sandwich (thank you Enjoy Life Foods) added a touch of Natural No Sugar Added SunButter and SunButter Challow was born! (Challow….Chocolate Mallow) Can we say YUM! Well, we did in between licking fingers and making more.
Innovative SunButter creations from your kitchen? We’d love to hear about it!
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