Nut Free Foods

Unfortunately, if you used to love eating mixed nuts by the handful and now have a peanut or tree nut allergy you will have to find some nut free foods to replace them with.

Sorry! However, there are a few foods typically made with peanuts and tree nuts that a can be found in "nut free" varieties. Following are some nut free foods that just might fill the void for you.


Mixed

Peanut Butter

Given the amazing amount of peanut butter consumption in the U.S. alone (in case you missed it on the peanut allergy page, somewhere in the neighborhood of 500 million pounds consumed in a year) one of the most sought after substitutes for those of us managing a peanut allergy is, of course...peanut butter!

Soy Butter

If you aren't allergic to soy, there are several different soy butters on the market. Some varieties are even flavored (chocolate, anyone?). Here are a few different brands of soy butter that are available:



Sunflower Butter

Sunflower butter is another peanut butter replacement option. My family actually prefers it over soy butter. To us, it tastes a bit more like peanut butter. In our house, we use two different brands of sunflower butter that I know to be peanut free:

  • SunButter
    Sunbutter is widely available and I have heard that many schools even offer it in their cafeterias.
  • Trader Joe's Sunflower Butter

    If you're lucky enough to have a Trader Joe's near you, their sunflower butter is a little bit less expensive. It's a bit of a drive to Trader Joe's for me so I always stock up!

A note about baking with sunflower butter: Sunflower butter has the tendency to turn green (yes...green!) when used in baking. According to the Sunbutter website, this happens because the baking powder/soda reacts with the chlorophyll in the sunflower seeds causing the sunflower butter to turn green. According to Sunbutter, if you cut back on the baking powder/baking soda by 1/3, this will be prevented. Adding a small amount of acid, like lemon juice, might help also.

I have had my cookies turn green (it's very subtle, but yes... green). Even though it looks a little bit odd, this doesn't affect the flavor at all. If you're not looking to enter your cookies into a baking contest where the appearance will be scrutinized, you probably don't need to worry about altering your recipes.

Speaking of baking with sunflower butter, try these Sunbutter Cookies in the Recipe Index.

Chocolate

If you're looking for "safe" chocolate chips, check out Enjoy Life's semi-sweet chocolate chips. They are free of all of the common allergens and are made in a nut free, gluten free facility. If peanut butter and chocolate were made to go together, then a spoonful of sunflower butter sprinkled with these chocolate chips were too - yum! You can find them, along with other nut free products by Enjoy Life, at the Gluten-Free Mall online or in the Food Allergy Store (where you can purchase a variety of allergy-free foods through Amazon while supporting this site!)


Candy

Here is a list of online candy makers that specialize in nut free candy:

Granola and Granola Bars

Along with chocolate chips and chocolate bars, Enjoy Life Foods makes a variety of nut free "granola" bars and granola. These are becoming widely available at regular grocery stores and kids love them!

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