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  1. chasingchels
    March 17, 2014

    You know, I never realized that there was such a thing as soy nut butter until now. Living under a rock, party of one haha. I am a huge fan of sunflower seed butter, though. Definitely love getting a jar of that every now and then to change things up :)

    • Chelsea
      March 27, 2014

      Soy nut butter is super good! You should definitely try it sometime.

  2. Linz
    March 17, 2014

    sunflower seed butter is my fav!!!!!

  3. Cat
    March 17, 2014

    Ooh soy nut butter! Need to look out for that one. I went through a phase of being obsessed with pumpkin seed butter – loved how green it was! I think I OD’d on it now because it doesn’t appeal so much. Tahini is one of my classic favourites though ;)

    • Chelsea
      March 27, 2014

      Definitely try soy nut butter – it’s so good! Where do you find pumpkin seed butter?

  4. sklloyd15
    March 17, 2014

    Awesome post girl! Not sure I would be up for the coconut butter (I have something against it lol) but I really want to try soy nut butter I can’t believe I never have! I cannot imagine what it was like to have an allergy before the world become more friendly (still not awesome) to them. But I am glad you have found ways to enjoy the flavors without the side effects and I am biased but I think some of your recipes beat baked goods!

    • Chelsea
      March 27, 2014

      Haha what do you have against coconut butter?

      • sklloyd15
        March 28, 2014

        Nothing against it I have just never loved coconut ;)

  5. Kaila @healthyhelperblog!
    March 17, 2014

    Sunflower seed butter is one of my all time favorites! It’s got such a unique flavor and it tastes amazing with everything! My favorite brand is Once Again Nut butter….but the sunbutter brand is delicious as well!

    • Chelsea
      March 27, 2014

      Hmm I think I’ve seen that brand before but it says it may contain traces of other nuts on the label. :(

  6. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    March 17, 2014

    Great post lady! It’s great that there are so many alternatives out there for people with nut allergies. Coconut butter is a huge favourite of mine (that jar I bought in TO? Almost gone…) and i’ve been meaning to try sunflower seed butter.

    • Chelsea
      March 27, 2014

      Definitely try sunflower seed butter when you get a chance!

  7. Alex @ therunwithin
    March 17, 2014

    tahini is one thing I really like the taste of but have never thought of buying it. my family always has it in the house ( thanks to lebanese blood!) but not something I have had myself.

    • Chelsea
      March 27, 2014

      Tahini is the bomb! I wish my family was Lebanese – Mediterranean food is seriously the best!

  8. Christina Orso
    March 17, 2014

    i have to finally by that sunflower butter! everyone loves it! and the leaving camp part made me laugh…so something i would do “hi mom,nice to see you but we gotta go to the store asap”

  9. EatGreatBEGreat
    March 17, 2014

    I’m lucky enough not to have any sort of nut allergy, but I’m so happy to see that there are so many alternatives out there to people who do!

  10. Amanda @ .running with spoons.
    March 17, 2014

    You know I love this post :D I’ve come to terms with my peanut allergy as well over the past couple of years, and having delicious alternatives definitely has a lot to do with that. I’d have to say that coconut butter is my absolute favourite, but I just tired soy nut butter for the first time last week and it’s making its way up my list as well!

    A few butters I tried that you didn’t mention here are pumpkin seed butter and hemp seed butter. Both interesting, but definitely situational.

    • Chelsea
      March 27, 2014

      I’m so happy you’re on the soy nut butter bandwagon now! :D

      Hemp seed butter? I’ve never even heard of that one! Do you know where I can buy it?

      • Amanda @ .running with spoons.
        March 27, 2014

        I think I bought mien at Save On Foods, which is a grocery store chain we have out here. I think I’ve seen it in some health food stores, though? I know Planet Organic has it…

  11. Molly
    March 17, 2014

    Can I just say the day I got a purse saved my reputation as well? I’ll never forget photos of me at camp with that not-so-stylish fanny pack. Why didn’t they have cute fanny packs back then like they do now!

    I still complain from time to time about my nut allergy – more so when eating out or because a lot of desserts contain nuts, but you are right, there are some great alternatives. Thanks for putting a positive spin on it. Truth be told, I wish I could at least have sunflower / pumpkin seeds to compensate, or almonds for that matter.

    I love making hummus with tahini, or a dressing, but have you ever tried it on toast as is? Just curious, not sure how it would taste!

    • Chelsea
      March 27, 2014

      Hahaha I know right? I HATED my fanny pack!

      I’ve never tried tahini plain on toast… I think it might be too bitter for my tastes? I’ve heard some people pair tahini with honey though, so maybe that would be good.

  12. Health, Love, and Chocolate
    March 17, 2014

    Oh Sunbutter and coconut butter, how I love you. My two current faves and I don’t even have a nut allergy!

  13. Arman @ thebigmansworld
    March 18, 2014

    Ever since I first came across your blog, I’ve been intrigued by soy nut butter- we have soy nuts here but not the butter!

    Tahini or sunbutter make amazing asian stir fry sauces- and on tofu!

    Maybe we should invent chicken butter or steak butter.

    • Chelsea
      March 27, 2014

      Steak butter? Gross. Steak cooked in butter? Delicious.

  14. Tina Muir
    March 18, 2014

    What an interesting read! I had no idea about any of these, but now I do! Will definitely try using some of them out! I hope some day when I open a business, I will be able to provide many options for people with nut allergies. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Chelsea
      March 27, 2014

      Thanks for considering us allergy people in your future business plan! ;) What kind of business do you want to start?

  15. Gabby @ the veggie nook
    March 18, 2014

    Oh man try tahini in sweet recipes! The bitter flavour totally gets mellowed with some brown rice syrup, honey, etc. And it gives your treats a complex flavour!

    I have never tried soy nut butter despite seeing it every time I go grocery shopping. I might just have to try it out! I love me a good “nut” butter ;)

    • Chelsea
      March 27, 2014

      Ok you’ve convinced me – I’ll have to try that halvah recipe you posted a while back!

      • Gabby @ the veggie nook
        March 27, 2014

        Oh yes please do! And let me know what you think!

  16. monika42sharma
    March 19, 2014

    Hi Chelsea, Thanks for welcome us ! Chelsea, thanks you so much for teaching & telling about Butter ! I’m a food lover & I love eating various kind of food but I hate butter, I don’t have reason why but this is true, Which you have shared about Butter & Now I think I should move on Butter ;)

  17. Dre Shapiro
    March 19, 2014

    Thanks for writing this. I am very new to the “nut-free lifestyle,” having just had a bad reaction to almonds and been advised to stay away from nuts. I have sunflower seed butter but I wasn’t sure if it was safe to eat. FWIW I’ve only ever had reactions to whole nuts, never nut butters (I’ve tried almond butter and cashew butter in addition to peanut butter, and the only whole nuts I’ve ever reacted to are Brazil nuts and almonds).

    • Chelsea
      March 27, 2014

      Hi Dre, perhaps you didn’t react to the nut butters in the past because you weren’t sensitized to them yet? People tend to not react to something they’re allergic to the first time they try it.

      I’m glad this post was helpful to you! :)

  18. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli
    April 8, 2014

    It would be really hard for me to choose between sunflower seed butter and coconut butter…they’re both SO good! I’m not a big fan of tahini. I keep trying to make myself like it but haven’t had much success…and I can’t really tell a big difference when I add it to my hummus. I’ll have to check out some of those recipes you linked! And I have GOT to try soynut butter! I keep forgetting!

    • Chelsea
      April 10, 2014

      Try making tahini sauce with lemon juice, garlic, nutritional yeast, salt, and water to thin it out… so good!

  19. Mama B
    November 19, 2014

    We’ve tried soy nut, sunflower, golden pea… You name the available substitute, we’ve tried it. My son doesn’t like any of them (neither do the rest of us, to be honest). Blue Diamond used to make a peanut free almond butter that was awesome, but they sadly discontinued it. My son is fine with just butter and jam on a sandwich, and doesn’t feel like he’s missing anything, thankfully.

    • Chelsea
      November 19, 2014

      If your son can have almonds, I highly recommend Barney Butter! It’s made in an almonds only facility and it tastes fantastic. The only problem is it’s only available in the US, so I have to get it shipped to my house.

  20. Davida @The Healthy Maven
    November 20, 2014

    As you know, I am not nut-free but I definitely love my nut-free butter alternatives! Also I’m a big fan of mixing coconut butter and pumpkin seed butter. I just throw it all in the food processor and add some cinnamon and maple syrup or honey! It’s amazeballs :) Another great post Chels!

  21. Ju
    March 23, 2015

    I am allergic to all nuts (including coconut and lycee nut), seeds(sunflower, chia, sesame) and beans. I have been looking for a replacement for nut butters. Does anyone know of any that has not been mentioned above? I used to use all of the alternatives that are listed and loved them…until they stopped loving me. LOL

    • Chelsea
      March 23, 2015

      Hi Ju, unfortunately I can’t think of any nut butter alternatives that aren’t made with any of those foods you listed. I’ll let you know if I ever find anything though!

  22. Ju
    March 24, 2015

    Thanks Chelsea. I can actually still eat soy, amazingly, but all of the soybutters have palm oil which I am also allergic to. It’s related to coconut. Love your site!

  23. Ju
    March 24, 2015

    Thanks Chelsea!! This looks like it might be okay. It does have monoglycerides from plant sources so I’d have to find the source as sometimes it’s from corn, which I am also allergic to. But difinately worth a call to the company :)

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