Monday, March 21, 2011

Peanut Butter Project

So it's not really about peanut butter, but rather a peanut butter substitute. I'm deathly allergic to peanuts and other nuts and have never had peanut butter cookies, pb&j sandwiches, or any such things. My fella felt bad for me and after a conversation about such, we looked into substitutes. The best result we found was about Sunbutter, made from sunflower seeds instead of peanuts. I promptly found and ordered a little jar of the "creamy" stuff off of ebay (since I couldn't get it locally) and the wait was on.

The Sunbutter arrived in my mailbox on St. Patrick's day and I happened to be at a local co-op food store that same day looking for jelly to make a sandwich and happened across another substitute I had come across as well, Peabutter.

Sunbutter vs. Peabutter

Upon first taste my fella told me that Sunbutter tastes just like peanut butter, but the aftertaste is definately sunflower seeds. The taste almost changes while in your mouth. I found sunbutter quite strong, but it was ok. The texture was more runny than peanut butter, so I've been keeping it in the fridge to firm it up.

Peabutter on the other hand...didn't really have that much flavor. Slight taste of the "golden brown peas" that the product is made of, not much else. It was actually a bit strange. The texture seemed more like real peanut butter, but it seemed...well, waxy. I'm still not too sure how I feel about peabutter, but I know no one here will touch it now, so I guess I can safely say I won't be buying it again.

As far as packaging is concerned they were both differently labeled, and I must admit that the peabutter won me over with it's little rabbit illustration. Bunny lovin' - good stuff. Too bad the peabutter flavor disappointed. Ah well, just like the saying goes, don't judge a book by its cover.

I made cookies out of both the Sunbutter as well as the peabutter. The sunbutter was more runny so it was actually better to work with, the peabutter being waxy seemed my crumbly. After tasting, the peabutter cookies actually weren't too bad. Not a lot of flavor, but not bad. The sunbutter cookies had lots of flavor, and my Dad and fella have been eating them, so they must be ok. Overall a nice new food experience.

So if you're on the lookout for a peanut butter substitute, check into Sunbutter. It may be just what you're looking for!

1 comment:

  1. Well hello,
    I found your blog while looking for SunButter recipes. As a SunButter blogger, I'm happy you found the product--and your guys approve. You may want to try stirring it up, since like natural peanut butter, the sunflower seed materials do separate. (The SunButter team also just introduced a no-stir version if you're so inclined.) And if you want, we have an online recipe box full of ideas for snacks, desserts and even main course dishes. Can't wait to see what else you create with SunButter, and looking forward to following your lovely posts.