Posts Tagged ‘nut-free snacks’

Peanut Free Snacks Recipe: SunButter Bites

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Tomorrow is your turn to bring snacks to preschool: they must be nut-free, healthy and delicious. And it’s 9:30 at night.

No worries: Whip up these SunButter Bites!

You probably already have the ingredients in your pantry, or can get them with a quick grocery store trip, like our friend Trisha did for her son James and his lucky classmates.

SunButter Energy Bites, perfect for preschool or other group snack times!

Our friend Trisha’s son James, with his SunButter Bites all packed up and ready to bring to his friends. (Don’t forget your blankie, buddy!)


SunButter Bites


3/4 c. powdered milk

1/2 c. crispy brown rice cereal

2 Tbsp. wheat germ (Kretschmer has a nut-free variety)

2 Tbsp. ground flax seed (optional)

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 c. SunButter

1/4 c. honey

1 tsp. vanilla extract


In a small mixing bowl, stir the powdered milk, cereal, wheat germ, flax seed, and salt until combined. Set aside.

Combining dry ingredients for nut-free SunButter Bites.


In a medium mixing bowl, stir the SunButter, honey, and vanilla extract with a rubber spatula until combined.

A few simple ingredients combine to tasty nut-free SunButter Bites.


Add the powdered milk mixture and stir until uniform. The mixture may be on the crumbly side.

Combining wet and dry ingredients for nut-free SunButter Bites.


Take Tablespoons of the mixture and form into balls. If the mixture is too crumbly, add a bit more honey.

SunButter Bites also freeze nicely for up to 3 months.


Serve or store in an airtight container in freezer for up to 3 months. If you do freeze some SunButter Bites, thaw for a couple of minutes before serving.

Trisha and James brought apple chips and raisins to accompany these yummy nut-free SunButter Bites. Happy snacking, little people!

SunButter Bites, accompanied by juice and raisins for a great group snack!

SunButter’s Guide to Date-ing

Friday, February 21st, 2014

SunButter has many ideal matches for its roasted flavors, and one of the most nutritious and delicious is Medjool Dates. Medjool Dates, the fruit of date palms, are about 6,000 years old. We like older mates! Dates are also naturally sweet, which perfectly complements SunButter’s salty side. Other attributes that make dates an ideal partner for SunButter:

Protection  - Dates take care of you. As a hot-climate fruit, dates are loaded with polyphenols, an antioxidant that’s showing promise in helping ward off cancer.

Energy (but no crash) – Dates have “good carbohydrates,” and are rated low on the Glycemic Index (GI). Low-GI foods help keep blood sugar at good levels, so you get a nice source of energy without the “crash” from more processed foods. Dates also have lots of potassium, which balances sodium levels.

Satisfying –  Dates are a filling snack to keep you focused. Just two dates provide 12 percent of the recommended daily requirement of fiber.

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Perfect for play dates, workout dates and lunch dates

Dates are ideal portable energy for all ages. Here are four of our favorite SunButter Date Recipes:

SunButter Date Smoothies are easy to make and packed with protein and good carbs.


1/2 c. frozen yogurt (we used vanilla)
2 Tbsp. SunButter
1 or 2 dates, diced (don’t forget to remove the pits!) – if desired, save a few for garnish
1/4 c. milk (we used soy milk)
Optional: 1 scoop protein powder and/or whipped yogurt


Place all ingredients in blender.
SunButter Date Smoothie is a great  breakfast, lunch or post-workout fuel.
If desired, add a scoop of protein powder for a perfect post-workout meal.
SunButter Date Smoothie is naturally sweet and packed with fiber, protein and good carbs.
Blend until smooth, pour into glass, top with whipped yogurt and a few more date pieces if desired.
Sweeten up a play date, breakfast or lunch date with SunButter on toast and sliced dates on top!

Sweeten up a play date or breakfast with SunButter on toast and sliced dates on top!

Best lunch date, ever. Tortilla spread with SunButter, topped with spinach and sliced dates.

Best lunch date, ever. Tortilla spread with SunButter, topped with spinach and sliced dates.

SunButter-filled dates, topped with coconut or nut-free chocolate drizzles.

Quick date: Fill them with SunButter, top with coconut or nut-free melted chocolate drizzles.




Six SunButter Spoonfuls (3 Salty, 3 Sweet)

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Sometimes, just a spoonful of something is all you need for a quick snack. Here are six SunButter Spoonfuls to fit your sweet tooth or salty need, perfect to fill you up.

Hey sweetie

We used SunButter Natural for these three sweet-tooth remedies, one topped with a nugget of SunButter Flax Seed Vanilla Granola.


Three Sweet Spoonfuls of SunButter and sweet-tooth worthy toppings for a quick, filling snack.

SunButter with berries; SunButter stirred with marshmallow fluff, then topped with mini-marshmallows and cocoa sprinkles; SunButter with chocolate chips and a nugget of SunButter Flax Seed Vanilla Granola.

Salty, please

We used SunButter Natural Omega-3, which has added flax seeds, for these three salty creations.

Three Salty SunButter Spoonfuls to fill that craving for "just a little something."

SunButter with nut-free snack mix plus garlic salt; SunButter with carrots, sunflower seeds and pepitas (pumpkin seeds); SunButter with pretzels and a dash of paprika.

What’s your go-to SunButter Spoonful? We’d love you to comment here or post it to our Facebook page, SunButter on Instagram or SunButter on Twitter.


SunButter On-The-Go Pouch Boxes Now Available in Canada

Monday, December 23rd, 2013


Handy SunButter On-The-Go Packs are now available in Canada.

Look for this product display of SunButter On-The-Go packets, now available in Canada!

If you’re on the go, try SunButter On-The-Go packets, now available in Canada!

Each handy packet contains 32 g of our popular SunButter Original No-Stir variety. You can also see the product information in French.

SunButter On-The-Go packets are totally peanut and tree nut-free, gluten-free, egg-free and dairy-free, and produced in a strictly peanut-free and tree nut-free processing facility. The packets do not require refrigeration.

The size and packaging is perfect for:

  • School lunches
  • Snacks for sports, tournaments, day camp and field trips
  • Road trips
  • Airline travel: the portion size fits CATSA, TSA and other air travel security guidelines, so you’ll have safe, nut-free snacks right with you during air travel

SunButter On-The-Go packets contain : Roasted Sunflower Seed, Evaporated Cane Syrup, Palm Oil to prevent separation, Salt, and Natural Mixed Tocopherols to preserve freshness.

Where to buy

Find where to buy SunButter On-The-Go packets, including online retailers.

SunButter packets not in your store?

Download a Merchant Request form

Let us know where you take your SunButter On-The-Go packets! We’re always looking for portable snacks to fuel our adventures. Comment here, or chime in on our Facebook pageTwitterInstagram or Pinterest.

Peanut-free snacks recipe: Autumn Snack Mix

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Fall’s flavors are perhaps SunButter’s perfect match: Pumpkin, cinnamon, maple, nutmeg, made even more delicious in this batch of peanut-free snacks. Perfect for afternoons at the apple orchard, pumpkin patch, one last evening by a bonfire, and of course while viewing football!

Nut free snack as crispy as fall: SunButter Autumn Snack Mix.

Autumn Snack Mix

Inspired by’s Caroline and her Sweet SunButter Caramel Corn with Sea Salt.


5 – 6 cups various seeds: sunflower, pumpkin (pepitas, roasted and/or raw), plus raisins, dried cranberries, etc.

1/2 cup Earth Balance Shortening or other Dairy Free margarine

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup SunButter

2 Tbsp. maple syrup

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. ground ginger

1 tsp. nutmeg

1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp. baking soda


Pour seeds and dried fruits into a large bowl.

Nut free seeds and other goodies mix, ready for SunButter sauce!

In a large saucepan, combine the margarine, SunButter, brown sugar, maple syrup and spices (not baking soda just yet) over medium heat.

Mix up SunButter Autumn Snack Mix.

SunButter, brown sugar, fall spice, butter--the beginnings of a delicious Nut Free Snack Mix.






Stir constantly while everything melts together. Bring to a boil.
SunButter smoothes into a creamy sauce for Autumn Snack Mix.


Cook, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes. Add the baking soda and stir, then remove from heat.



Add the baking soda so the SunButter Snack Mix is crunchy but chewy (not rock hard!).

Pour over seeds and dried fruits and mix to coat.

SunButter Fall Snack Mix, underway!

Spread onto tinfoil or wax paper, cool. Break into chunks and store in airtight container.

SunButter Autumn Snack Mix on tap.

Other nut-free snacks with fall flavors? We’d love to hear about them, please share.

Peanut-Free Lunch ID Stickers (free download)

Friday, September 13th, 2013

So you’ve packed your kids a peanut-free lunch and/or peanut-free snacks for school? Let the school folks know about it!

Free downloadable stickers to ID peanut-free lunches and snacks, courtesy of SunButter.

Minimize confusion at already-busy cafeterias and snacktimes with these free downloadable stickers. Lunch ladies, cafeteria staff people and parents of kids with nut allergies will thank you.

Click here for a downloadable PDF that you can print on address labels to stick and share with ease. (We’ve had great luck printing on 2″ x 4″ shipping labels, like these.) Or, right click each of these photos and choose Save As to get the larger JPGs.

ID label for school lunches - spread the word that you're peanut-free!

“This sandwich contains no peanuts.” Print and stick on your peanut-free lunch!

ID labels for SunButter (and other peanut butter alternatives). Ideal for school lunches!

“Eat me, I’m peanut-free!” stickers for peanut-free lunches


Need ideas for nut-free snacks? Check out our blog post chock full of good ideas.

And let us know other tips that work to keep kids with food allergies safe at school?


SunButter nut-free snacks go back to school

Friday, August 30th, 2013

They’re back (to school, that is). The best nut-free snacks to send to school have protein for energy, not much sugar to help maintain focus and are easy to pack. These five do not come back home in the recesses of backpacks at the end of the day, so we’re proud they’re fueling up students we know! All are also nut-free, to accommodate the growing number of nut-free schools and classrooms.

Check out our school-week’s worth of nut-free snacks to send with your students:

1. SunButter Amped Up Roll Ups Nut-Free Snacks

Amped Up SunButter RollUps are excellent nut free snacks to pack to school!

Simply spread SunButter onto  a tortilla, then sprinkle on dry cereal and/or sunflower seeds. Roll up, cut up and pack up for a crunchier version of these nut-free snacks! Make these gluten-free by using corn tortillas and gluten-free cereal.  As always, SunButter is gluten-freee.

Check out our Instagram video on making these Amped Up SunButter Roll Ups.

2. SunButter Chewy Granola Bar Nut-Free Snacks

Homemade Chewy SunButter Granola Bars ready for hungry kids!

Get this Chewy SunButter Granola Bars recipe. Whip these up in an evening or on the weekend, and have these on-hand to grab on busy mornings.

3. SunButter On-the-Go Nut-Free Snack Packs

Perfect portion of SunButter to pack with your students’ favorite veggies, fruits and/or crackers. See where to get SunButter On-the-Go Snack Packs

SunButter on the go snack packs are a perfect portion for nut free snacks to bring to school.

 4. SunButter More-Than-Ants-On-Logs Nut-Free Snack

More than just "ants" (raisins) - SunButter on celery, with all sorts of colorful dried fruit, alongside fresh grapes!

Instead of just “ants,” use other dried fruits on SunButter in celery sticks for a more colorful, more flavorful nut-free snacks idea.

5. SunButter Crustless Sandwiches

SunButter Uncrustables are a nut-free snack that powers up students during school days!

Some students need a little more oomph from their snacks. These SunButter and Jam Homemade “Uncrustables” deliver a jolt of energy in the jam, plus protein and carbohydrates that kick in later in the school days. Keep the SunButter and jam in the middle, use a square glass to press edges together, then seal with your fingers. Don’t throw the crusts! They make a great breakfast, sprinkled with cinnamon or used to create french toast sticks, er, crusts.

How do you not go nuts?

What nut-free snacks to send to school that don’t arrive back home? We’d love to hear your creations and recipes, clue us in in the comments?






Peanut-free snacks recipe: SunButter Strawberry Bread

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

SunButter pairs well with many fruits and veggies, as a dip or spread, and in this deliciously moist, easy nut-free bread with SunButter and strawberries. We used fresh berries, but we’ve also used frozen berries. The flavors combine wonderfully to create a peanut-free snack, side to a salad or soup for a light lunch (try spreading on cream cheese) and sweet nut-free dessert!

SunButter Strawberry Bread is quick, easy and most importantly, deliciously nut-free.


1 pint strawberries

5 Tbsp. SunButter (we used Organic Unsweetened)

1 Tbsp. butter

2 eggs

1 3/4 cups flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1 c. sugar

1/3 c. water


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 2, loaf pans with nonstick cooking spray. Rinse, hull and slice strawberries into a small saucepan.

Strawberries are a perfect complement to SunButter in this SunButter Strawberry Bread.

Bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add SunButter, stir in, remove from heat and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together butter, eggs, flour, baking soda, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt.

Cinnamon adds just the right touch of warmth to this SunButter Strawberry Bread.

With an electric mixer, cream together until light and fluffy. Add flour mixture alternately with 1/3 cup water, beginning and ending with flour.

Mix together the ingredients for a sweet-salty SunButter Strawberry bread that is perfect alongside salads, soup or with cream cheese on top for a nice dessert.

Fold in SunButter strawberry mixture.

Blending in strawberries and SunButter for a quick, tasty bread.


Place into prepared pans and bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, approximately 45 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes, then remove from pan. This also freezes very well for a summery treat when winter rolls in.

This recipe makes 2 loaves of SunButter strawberry bread. Freeze one now for a January treat!

A slice of summer heaven: SunButter Strawberry Bread.

As I enjoyed this peanut-free snack, I started thinking about adaptations…. like adding some of our bumper crop of rhubarb.

How about adding rhubarb to this SunButter Strawberry Bread?!

Other peanut-free recipes, especially nut-free breads, we ought to know about? We are ‘berry’ eager to hear about it! Comment here or share on the SunButter Facebook page.

Eight great nut-free lunch ideas for summer camp

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Sports, crafts, horses, science, outdoor adventure, art…There’s a summer camp for that! Ensure kids and parents are happy campers when you send nut-free lunches and nut-free snacks with your kids to summer camp. Our nut-free lunch ideas are meant to:

  • Last through a morning without refrigeration
  • Fuel an active child through the afternoon
  • Are not smushy, yucky or weird looking to other kids

Our 8 best tips for nut-free snacks and allergy-friendly lunches for summer camp:

1. Cool it

Invest in a soft-sided lunch tote with a reusable ice pack. It isn’t the same as a refrigerator, but it gets the lunch through the morning without spoiled mayo, dip or cheese.

2. The new bread

Bagels hold up better than bread. Graham crackers are great “bread,” too. Build a rollup with a flour tortilla: spread on SunButter with jam, roll it up, then roll in tinfoil. Or use cream cheese (holds it together better than butter or mayo), with any combination of meat, cheese or veggies. Or, spread SunButter and a bit of honey on the flour tortilla, add a banana and roll up. Consider slicing the rollup into bite-size pieces before you pack it.

#SunButter Rollups from the SunButter blog - yum!

3. Shape up

Use little cookie cutters to make your own “lunchables:” meats, cheeses and bread. Hard cheeses hold up better. A fav: Last night’s meatloaf cut into star shapes. I also bought these mini cookie cutters in camp-related shapes like an oar, fish and fire.

4. Rethink “sandwich”

Spread SunButter on a hot dog bun. Wrap up. Send along a small banana and some alfalfa or bean sprouts in a small plastic bag or container. At lunch time, have your child place the banana on the bun and top with sprouts. SunButter and sliced berries or honey are fresh takes (tip: spead a thin layer of SunButter on BOTH slices of bread to help avoid a mushy sandwich.

Make your own "uncrustables." Insider tip: Keep the SunButter and jam in the middle, use a square glass to press edges together, then seal with your fingers (the crusts make a great breakfast snack, especially sprinkled with cinnamon or used to create french toast sticks, er, crusts.

Make your own “uncrustables.” Insider tip: Keep the SunButter and jam in the middle, use a square glass to press edges together, then seal with your fingers (the crusts make a great breakfast snack, especially sprinkled with cinnamon or used to create french toast sticks, er, crusts.

5. Take a dip

Pack sticks for lunch: pretzel sticks, carrot sticks, celery sticks, pea pods, cheese sticks and/or little bread sticks with SunButter for dipping or with On-The-Go Snack Packs.

Take a dip with #SunButter snack packs!

6. Oodles of noodles

Make a cold pasta salad with their favorite noodles, a bit of SunButter and their favorite chunks of veggies, cheese, meat and whatever else you mix in.

7. Edible energy

Whip up SunButter Energy Balls one evening, and send this edible energy for lunch.

#SunButter energy balls - taste like cookie dough!

8. Get a night life

Pack the lunches the night before for happier campers each morning.

We’d love to hear your ideas for nut-free lunches. What works for you and your children?

“Why the heck are you running a marathon?” StuftMama guest post + SunButter recipe!

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

We first met Kristin, also known StuftMama, when she shared some SunButter recipes on her StuftMama blog. We really noticed when she ran full marathons with (get this) her twin boys in a jog stroller! Her story is like yours: lots of processed food as a kid, college weight gain, keeping it on as a young adult–then a realization that led to healthier living. (For some great inspiration, read her “Looking Back” blog post.)

Now, she’s kind of a big deal in the fitness and healthy living community, with national appearances and recognition. But here the refreshing part: Her #1 love is eating. So she focuses on, as she says, “the journey to find balance.”

If we had a medal for inspiration, she'd be the top of our podium! #SunButter

If we had a medal for inspiration, she’d be the top of our podium!

We’re especially proud she’s sharing a guest post here, in her engaging, lively style with practical tips. Thanks, Kristin. You’ve Stuft us with inspiration yet again!

Hi, SunButter fans. I’ve run about 7 full marathons and that week leading up to the race is always a bit unnerving. You’re supposed to be resting, but yet you’re getting anxious and worrying if you’ve done enough training, if you’re really ready for the big race, etc.

There's our Kristin, smile stuft with pride, joy and energy.

There’s our Kristin, smile stuft with pride, joy and energy.

Here are a few quick tips that help me that last week.

Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. There will always be another race in the future. Set goals, but know that the race will still be incredible if you don’t quite get the time you really want.

Rest. Try to go to bed early as many nights as possible the week before a race so that really early wake-up call on race day isn’t too much of a shock to the system.

Eat well. Make sure to keep fueling your body even though you’re not working out as much because you’re tapering. It’s important to go into a race with a good fuel supply. Eat good quality carbs. A coach once told me you should be oozing carbs at the start of a marathon.

Setup. Get everything set before the actual morning of the race. Set out your outfit, number, gels, shoes, etc.

Know you’ve put the time in and think of the race as a celebration of all your training. Get ready to have the experience of a lifetime. During the race just try to appreciate every step you take. There will definitely be times when you may question why the heck you’re running a full marathon, but crossing that finish line will be amazing.

Speaking of fueling properly, we’ve been fueling up a lot these days with these balls. They’re nutritious and the whole STUFT family loves them.

Mmmmm, SunButter Balls!

Mmmmm, SunButter Balls!

Better STUFT SunButter Balls

1 cup agave

1 cup SunButter

1 cup oats

3/4 cup cereal

1/4 cup ground flaxseed

1 1/2 cups nonfat dry milk powder

1/2 cup finely shredded coconut

1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Mix all ingredients together. Scoop into balls and refrigerate in air tight container.

*Make sure to hide a couple in the freezer for yourself when the craving strikes because they’ll be gone fast.

See why we appreciate Kristin? Perfect balance of delicious eating, working out–and beautiful living. Thanks, StuftMama.