Peanut butter is a yummy and healthy ingredient for your kid’s smoothies and sandwiches. With eight grams of protein in two tablespoons, it’s sure to pack a protein punch, and all natural brands like Old Home don’t contain any added sugars. Sweet!
But peanut butter isn’t always an option for your kid’s lunch. Peanut allergies in children have more than tripled in the United States from 1997 to 2008, and schools are taking action out of concern for all kids. Fortunately for peanut butter lovers, a wide array of alternative butters offer a tasty alternative. Many of these alternatives use tree nuts, a category that includes cashews, walnuts, pistachios, almonds and hazelnuts, among other tree-grown nuts. Tree nuts aren’t related to peanuts (which are ground-grown legumes) so they can often be used as a healthy alternative to peanuts and peanut products. Here are our picks for the top seven kid-approved peanut butter alternatives.
Artisana Pecan Butter has a rich, hearty texture and simply pecans and cashews, nothing more. Pecans and cashews are rich in manganese, thiamin and copper, important nutrients for your kid.
Almonds and omega-rich flax are blended together with a touch of honey in this kid-pleasing, healthy peanut butter alternative. Almonds contain less saturated fat than other nuts, instead offering monounsaturated fats that help reduce bad cholesterol and lower the risk of heart disease.
Delightfully spreadable and lightly sweet, Kween Granola Butter is made from just seven ingredients, including gluten-free rolled oats, golden flax seeds and pure, unrefined maple syrup. Not only free from nuts and tree nuts, Kween is also crafted without any refined sugars, preservatives or unnatural additives. The world’s first spreadable granola serves up all the yum of cookie butter but with extra fiber, protein and healthy fats!
Premium hazelnuts and organic chocolate make this nut butter a spoon-licking indulgence; it’s preservative-free and made with organic ingredients. Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter offers a healthier take on the classic European spread, which contains 21 grams of sugar per two tablespoon serving.
Can you believe that Sneaky Chef’s No-Nut Butter is made from golden peas, a variety of garden peas? Surprisingly, this spread is naturally “peanutty” tasting and packed with vegetarian friendly nutrition: protein, fiber, iron and magnesium. It’s a great choice for kids with nut allergies.
Made from sunflower seeds, SunButter’s all natural, allergen safe spread is packed with nutrition and flavor. As an added bonus, it contains less sugar and saturated fat than some popular peanut butter brands.
Wowbutter, made with toasted soybeans and available in classic creamy or crunchy, tastes just like peanut butter. It contains a whopping 7g of soy protein, containing all 9 essential amino acids and 1200mg of omega-3 fat, both of which are important for brain and eye development.
No need to miss out on this classic favorite treat! With the rise of allergies, there are so many opportunities to eat a peanut butter alternative, whether store bought or homemade.
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