A Passion For Sunflowers Is The Seed For Sunflower ButterI love peanut butter, and thankfully, I don't have an allergy to peanuts. But sometimes, I like something different on my Fluffernutter sandwiches. Being I also love sunflower seeds, I was curious about SunButter spreads. Could they be just as delicious as normal peanut butter?
The Red River Valley, which stretches along the North Dakota and Minnesota border, has long been recognized as one of the world’s richest and most productive agricultural regions. In Fargo, North Dakota, centered in the birthplace of confection sunflower, our founders at Red River Commodities developed a passion and a wealth of experience working with sunflower seeds. With an increase in peanut and tree nut allergies (the number of U.S. children with peanut allergies more than tripled from 1997 to 2008) we wondered if our sunflower seeds could be a part of the solution for kids and their parents. We imagined a delicious peanut butter alternative made from sunflower seeds, grown in the area. And we set out to make it.
The Making Of SunButter
We began working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop our SunButter Sunflower Spread. We initially expected it would be used as an ingredient in other food products. Soon, it became clear: We had a sunflower spread that would safely take the place of peanut butter for families with food allergies.
When we introduced SunButter in 2002, Governor John Hoeven declared, “Wow, SunButter tastes great and it is the future of North Dakota.” SunButter provided a solution – offering a delicious peanut butter substitute – for families with peanut and tree nut allergies. Our customers turn to this peanut and tree nut free sunflower spread for safe lunches, snacks and peanut and tree nut free recipes. SunButter is produced in one continuous process from field to table that ensures a fresh roasted flavor, improved product consistency and a finished product that is now free from all of the top 8 food allergens.
SunButter is not just for families with food allergies – SunButter is an ideal choice to send for lunches and snacks in schools that restrict peanuts or forbid them. It’s a healthy treat packed with more nutrition benefits than peanut butter and a delicious roasted sunflower seed taste.
^^What I received^^
I was sent one jar of the 'Crunch' variety and a drawstring bag from the company. I was also sent some coupons, but they went AWOL in the picture above.
This spread doesn't have much of a different taste that peanut butter. The texture is different, though. It's more 'soupy' than traditional creamy peanut butter, and it likes to separate frequently. In the 'Crunch' variety, you get bits of actual sunflower seeds, which are softer on the teeth than peanuts. I can eat this spread with no issues, even with my oral/gum issues.
This tastes delicious when used in marshmallow fluff sandwiches, but because of the 'soupy' texture, expect to make more of a mess than traditional peanut butter and fluff sandwiches.
The main problem I see disabled people having with this spread is stirring it once it has started to separate. Oil forms on the top of the spread and it becomes even 'goopier' than usual, making it hard to stir. When completely stirred together, the spreadability of this is about the same as creamy peanut butter. If you have issues spreading creamy peanut butter, you may have some issues spreading this spread.
This is available from Amazon starting at $6.68. Alternatively, you can visit Sunbutter's Where to Buy page to find a store near you.
A yummy alternative to peanut butter, but expect to make more of a mess with this spread.
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes
**As per FTC guidelines, I received this product in exchange for an honest review. Only compensation I received is the product(s) mentioned above. All opinions are my own and your usage/results may vary.**