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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?

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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.

Warm up with SunButter Butternut Squash Soup

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

It’s squash’s time to shine, and butternut squash blends smoothly with SunButter in this wonderful recipe for SunButter soup.

Creamy SunButter Butternut Squash Soup warms and fills you up!


2 Tbsp. butter

1 small onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 3/4 pounds small butternut squash flesh, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

1/4 c. SunButter (we used Organic Creamy)

4 cups water

1/4 c. orange juice

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. pepper

Minced chives, sour cream and pumpkin seeds, optional


In large saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Add onion and cook about 2 minutes. Add garlic and squash; cook, stirring often, 6 - 8 minutes. Stir in SunButter and water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer until squash is tender, about 30 minutes. Puree soup in blender until smooth (be sure to use the lid to prevent splatters!). Stir in orange juice, salt and pepper. Rewarm in saucepan and serve hot, topped with chives, sour cream and pumpkin seeds if desired.
Soup’s on? Please share other savory SunButter soup and other warm recipes with us!

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.

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?






Food trends: smarter snacks, new proteins, better breakfasts

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Two months into 2013, and the food trends predicted by Paul Lempert, The Supermarket Guru, are spot on. Three of his predictions, and SunButter recipes to keep you on trend:

TREND: Snacking & Mini-Meals Take the Spotlight and We Discover the Correct Portion Size

As Paul says, “Snacking has gotten a bad rap, and that is about to change. One recent study reported that ‘people who eat snacks have healthier diets.’ The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported research that followed 30 thousand men over a sixteen-year period and found that those who ate just two meals a day had a higher risk of Type 2 diabetes.

Sales of SunButter on-the-go snack packs are robust, and we’re exited about how people are creating and enjoying nut-free snacks.

#SunButter On-the-Go Snack Packs! Perfect for your little one's school snack!

Here are the two most-viewed nut-free snack SunButter recipes from our online recipe box:

 Nut-free SunButter hummus - Favorite vehicles for this creamy smooth snack are fruits, crackers and veggies like these carrots and green onions on toothpicks:

Simple Nut-free #SunButter Hummus!

Custom SunButter energy bars, where you add what you like (raisins, coconut, flax seeds, nut-free chocolate chips)–and leave out what you don’t. Make a big basic batch, then customize a few of each, so everyone snacks happy!

Custom #SunButter Energy Bars! Add whatever you enjoy most!

TREND: The New Proteins

“Proteins are part of every cell, tissue, and organ in our bodies; and are constantly being broken down and replaced,” Paul explains. “The desire for and interest in protein is hot and it is about body composition, sports, satiety and maintaining muscle mass as you get older.” He specifically mentions shifts to low cost/high protein options like peanut and other nut butters.

Check out SunButter’s nutrition facts to find varieties that can power up your protein intake.

TREND: Breakfast Becomes The Most Important Meal of the Day

“The benefits of breakfast are becoming hard to dispute,” Paul says. “From kids doing better in school and having less behavioral issues, to maintaining a more normal weight, more energy, better mood, and even improved memory.” Some of his suggestions:

- Yogurt with granola or cereal

- Veggie omelet with whole grain bread

- Yogurt-based fresh or frozen fruit smoothie alongside eggs

Nut and seed butters like almond, peanut, and sunflower are not only protein rich, but rich in essential minerals as well; slice banana or strawberries on top. Nut and seed butters are extremely versatile and can even be mixed in with oatmeal to increase the nutrition content of this already nutritious breakfast choice.

Thanks, Paul!

Two of the most-liked Breakfast Recipes from our Instagram Feed

SunButter banana muffins, topped here with a blend of cinnamon and honey:

Yummy #SunButter Banana Muffins! A quick, and portable breakfast!

 SunButter granola:

Healthy #SunButter Granola!

See all Paul’s 2013 Food Trends. And of course, please share what’s trending in your food world on our Facebook page or Instagram feed.

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Thursday, November 1st, 2012
If you’re like most households, a chunk of your food budget is for items in a box, can or bag. It is convenient.
But can women get nutrition that fits their eating styles (workout fuel, meat-free, organic, gluten-free or slim-down selections) from packaged foods?
125 yeses.
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There’s even a key for foods that are good workout fuel, organic, gluten-free, meat-free and/or slim-down picks.

The Women’s Health pros went to the supermarket and developed their list of the 125 best packaged foods for women. Can we brag a little? SunButter Natural No-Stir Creamy made the list!
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Chime in and win
To celebrate, we’re sending out a little something to the first 125 people who comment on this blog post.
What you’ll get:
A free sample-sized Snack Pack: SunButter On-The-Go Snack Pack
Comment to get a FREE Snack Pack and #SunButter coupon!
And, a SunButter coupon to save on your next jar of SunButter
How to get it:
1. Leave a comment on this blog post and tell us where you’ll take your Snack Pack
2. Submit your mailing address in our nifty Rafflecopter Widget, right here:

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SunButter’s favorite best packaged foods
Other highlights from the list of best packaged foods include:
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Perfect with SunButter on a sandwich!

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Spread with SunButter, wrap around a banana and roll up for a filling breakfast or snack.

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Cooks up nicely and is more savory topped with a dollop of SunButter.

Ready for your goodies? Comment here, submit your address above, and if you’re one of the first 125, we’ll slip a free SunButter sample-sized Snack Pack and SunButter coupon in the mail for you. Thanks!

SunButter is safe as ever

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Lately we’ve witnessed the peanut butter industry affected by a recall. Fortunately, you have a healthy, nut-free option in SunButter.

With the increased attention of the peanut butter recall, we’ve received calls and emails from some of you asking if SunButter is affected. No need to worry. SunButter is a nut-free spread made with sunflower kernel, NOT peanuts, so SunButter is NOT a part of any peanut butter recall. (The likely source of confusion? Sunland, Inc. of New Mexico is the company central to the peanut butter recall. Although their company name sounds similar to ours, Sunland, Inc. is NOT related to SunButter.)

For years, you and your families have trusted SunButter, and we will continue to provide that same great SunButter taste for years to come. Maybe now is a good time to share some delicious SunButter recipes with your friends and family?

#SunBuuter is a healthy and TASTY nut-free alternative to peanut butter!

Spread the word – SunButter is a healthy, nut-free alternative to peanut butter!

If you need to restock your supply, you can find a store near you with our store locator. And as always, if you have any questions for us, please leave them in the comments!

Peanut free snacks spotlight: Buckeyes

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Passionate preparation helps football teams–and Game Day parties! A little superstition doesn’t hurt, either. For example, Ohio State fans count on Buckeye Snacks. Besides being a poisonous nut from the Buckeye Tree (the state tree, of course), Brutus Buckeye is the college’s mascot.

And with a team that is undefeated this season, we’re excited to share these peanut-free buckeyes recipes.

First up, Heidi at Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom, an Ohio State alumnus, who makes 600 of these sweet treats for family and friends (this recipe makes about 56 buckeyes)! See her beautiful step-by-step photos.

Try these yummy little #SunButter Buckeye treats at your next sporting event!

Peanut-Free Buckeyes

1 1/2 cups Creamy SunButter

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 tsp. vanilla

4 cups powdered (confectioners’) sugar

6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips

2 Tbsp. shortening

Line a baking sheet with waxed or parchment paper; set aside.

In a medium bowl, mix SunButter, butter, vanilla and confectioners’ sugar with hands to form a smooth stiff dough. Shape into balls, using 2 teaspoons dough for each ball.  Place on prepared pan, and refrigerate or freeze.

Melt shortening and chocolate together in a metal bowl over a pan of lightly simmering water. Stir occasionally until smooth, and remove from heat. 

Remove balls from refrigerator or freezer. Insert a wooden toothpick or skewer into a ball and dip into melted chocolate, leaving a small circle at the top uncoated. Return to wax paper, chocolate side down, and remove toothpick.  Repeat with remaining balls. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to set.

Next, the team at Glutenista created this delicious recipe your guests will cheer and pass around.

Try these Sweet & Savory Bacon Buckeyes with #SunButter!

Glutenista’s trademark savory Buckeyes!

Sweet & Savory Bacon Buckeyes

1 jar Sunbutter

2 Earth Balance Buttery Sticks

2 lbs. powdered (confectioners’) sugar

Dairy-free chocolate chips

Bacon, cooked and chopped (optional)

Kosher salt (optional)

Mix SunButter, butter and powdered sugar. Place in 200-degree oven for a few minutes to soften.  Remove, mix well and add bacon pieces.  Taste; add more sugar if desired. Form into small, 1 – 2 inch balls and refrigerate until cooled. Melt chocolate chips in double boiler or in microwave. Use toothpick to dip balls into chocolate, leaving some of the SunButter mixture showing. Top with a few bacon pieces and (optional) sprinkle with kosher salt, chipotle pepper or a spice of your choice. Cool on wax paper.

Now, we’re ready for some football!


Which nut-free “peanut butter” should I get?

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Whether you’re looking for nut-free snacks for kids, a fast gluten-free lunch or allergy friendly, healthy snack recipes for a crowd, we can help. SunButter offers several nut-free “peanut butter” varieties, and this guide helps you choose the best SunButter for your needs and tastes.

Where to buy

Whichever variety you’re ready to try, find SunButter:

- By your city or zip code through our store locator  (call your store to check if it carries a specific variety)

- Through our online shop

Which to get

Here’s what food bloggers, moms and our own test kitchen bakers and cooks recommend:

First-timers, young kids:

SunButter Creamy is the most readily available at retailers. It’s a comparable peanut butter alternative for young kids. Its consistency is very similar to peanut butter if you’re making the switch due to nut allergies or just doing a swap. It spreads great on bread and easily scoops with celery, carrots, apple slices and crackers.

Busy moms, dads, college students and young professionals:

SunButter No-Stir is the creamy variety but does not separate so it does not require stirring. Hey, a few seconds makes a difference!

Paleo eating, avoiding sugar and/or salt:

SunButter Organic Unsweetened is sunflower seeds and only sunflower seeds. No added sugar, salt or anything else. It’s Paleo eating plan approved!


Any SunButter! To make gluten-free recipes, we recommend SunButter Creamy, No-Stir or Organic if you’re also looking to reduce sugar and salt.

On the go (vacations, business travel, bikers, runners, triathletes):

SunButter Snack Packs slip into pockets, bags and backpacks, open easy, and help you fuel up on the go whether you’re training, racing or just taking the kids on another adventure.

Baking, cooking

The most ideal substitute for peanut butter is SunButter Creamy. No-Stir, Natural and Crunchy also bake and cook up nicely. Remember to add a bit of lemon juice to reduce the green hue from the sunflower seeds’ chlorophyl that can react with heat and turn goodies green. Unless, of course, you’d like a “naturally” green treat for Halloween or St. Patrick’s Day! More on this discoloration.

Adventurers, crunch-lovers, texture-cravers, omega-3 seekers

SunButter Natural Crunch gives you texture; SunButter Natural Omega 3 gives you powerful omega-3 with something other than fish oil. A single serving provides 461 mg of omega-3, with 1/3 less saturated fat than peanut butter.

Big families, serious bakers, home-schoolers

SunButter Creamy in 5-lb. pails help ensure you won’t run out of SunButter for nutritious breakfasts, the group of kids who stay for lunch and new recipes to try. (Note: if you are placing an order for a school, call 877-873-4501 and have your tax ID number nearby.)

How to survive a play date with food allergies

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Play dates are good for all: kids get to interact and learn while they laugh and play; parents get ever-coveted adult interaction! But what about play dates with kids who have food allergies? How do you ensure it’s a safe time that truly is good for all? Our friend Emily Allen, who blogs here, shares her experiences and tips on surviving a play date with kids who have food allergies.

When I arrived at the park for my daughter’s first play date, I let her loose on the playground and gabbed with the other moms. It was so nice to talk with adults, and the kids were having a great time. I wondered why I had never done this before.

How to survive a play date with food allergies!

Emily’s middle daughter – Look out below!

Soon kids started wandering over asking for food, and that’s when I realized something that should have been completely obvious. The perfect kid food for a picnic at the park is, of course, PB&J. The kids happily munched away, wiping smears of peanut butter across their shirts. I sat my peanut-allergic daughter apart from the other kids for her lunch, a turkey and cheese sandwich.

“I don’t want to be that crazy allergy mom”

The other kids quickly finished lunch and went back to the playground. I watched as their peanut butter hands touched the playground equipment, toys and the other kids.

And I had no idea what to do.

I couldn’t let my daughter go back out to play, since she would have a reaction even from being touched with a little smear of peanut butter, but I didn’t want to be that crazy allergy mom who worries too much. Instead, I made an excuse and left early.

How to survive a play date with food allergies!

Don’t miss precious moments like this one: Emily and her youngest daughter.

Tips for safe play dates

Since then, I have learned a lot about having a child with a life-threatening allergy. Here are a few things I keep in mind when planning our play dates:

1. Speak up! 

Don’t be afraid to let people know your child has an allergy, and don’t be afraid to request a peanut-free gathering. The more you talk about it, the more people will be aware and understand that it is a very serious issue. They might feel inconvenienced at first, but most people would rather be a little inconvenienced than be the reason a child has a severe reaction.

2. Be the host. 

You have much more control over what food is in your own house and can make sure all the food is safe. If other people will be bringing food, be ready with a list of safe things they can bring. If people want to bring their own PB&J sandwiches, have them bring their own bread and provide plenty of SunButter for sandwiches that can be made there.  We have done this so many times and have yet to have another child even notice they weren’t eating peanut butter!

3. Scare people. 

Okay, not really, but don’t be afraid to emphasize the severity of the allergy. For those who have never dealt with a life-threatening allergy, it can be hard to know how serious it can be. It’s amazing how peoples’ attitudes can change once you teach them how to administer an Epi-Pen. Suddenly they become very diligent about what goes in your child’s
mouth at their houses.

4. As always, be prepared. 

Have an Epi-Pen and/or whatever medications your child may need available and make sure that anyone you are leaving him or her with knows how to use the Epi-Pen and the medications, and has your emergency contact information.

Playdates should be fun, and 911 calls are not fun. I hope these tips help you have many safe, fun playdates for your kids!

How to survive a play date with food allergies!

Thanks, Emily. See you at the playground! Do you have additional tips for play dates with kids with food allergies? Comment here or on our Facebook