A Nut Free Zone: Shopping for Peanut Butter Alternatives

A Nut Free Zone: Shopping for Peanut Butter Alternatives

A Nut Free Zone: Shopping for Peanut Butter Alternatives

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by MoneySavingQueen.com

MoneySavingQueen

Posted on August 23, 2011 at 4:27 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 8:22 AM

This is my son. He is allergic to peanut, tree nuts, milk and egg. In fact, every little bit of my business and what I have become today is because of his food allergies and our journey through it. The only reason I began to coupon was because I was trying to buy our food and his too and through that experience, I learned how to save money on just about everything.

The amount of allergies he was actually born with is unbelievable but thankfully at age 6, we're only looking at 4. All of which, however, are life threatening. I am saying this only because I have had several parents ask me about alternatives to peanut butter.

I thought I would share with you a few things we use and, in Money Saving Queen fashion, give you a few money saving tips too!

{Alternatives to Peanut Butter}

#1 Recommended by the Queen: Sunbutter
We have been using Sunbutter for years, it looks and acts just like peanut butter only Sunbutter is made of sunflower seeds. You can make sunbutter & jelly sandwiches, cookies or anything you would normally use peanut butter for and it tastes great! You can buy it at Target, Akins, Whole Foods or any other health foods store. I usually buy it on Amazon.com.

SoyNut Butter: Another great peanut butter alternative but this one is made of soy. In our house, we've been using Sunbutter from the start so I've never used SoyNut butter but I have several friends who really enjoy it. Again, you can find it at heath foods stores.

Cream Cheese: Ok, obviously this one is not for dairy allergic children (unless you use Tofutti) but, if your child has no food allergies and you are simply trying to find something else to send to school other than peanut butter then try cream cheese. You can buy it with fruit flavors or just put it on bread and top it with jelly. Really, it tastes good like that!

Hummus: This is a great spread (assuming your kids will eat it), just get creative with it and they'll love it.

Almond Butter: Keep in mind, this is a tree nut. If your school has a tree nut ban then this won't work. In our family, this does not work either but I wanted to mention it because I know it's a popular one. Here is a way-too-easy recipe for Almond Butter if you'd like to make it at home.

Yes, having a nut-free-zone does require some extra creativity but if it saves the life of a child then it is well worth it. Check out our frugal lunch list from last year with tons of ideas for back to school lunches.

Also, I do want to mention that you can save money on allergy free food in the same way you can on conventional foods. Check out this post Couponing 101: Finding Coupons for the Products You Actually Use. The most effective way I have saved money on these products has been to contact manufacturers directly and to shop on Amazon.com.

I am also a HUGE fan of Enjoy Life Foods. If you're looking for allergy free snacks or recipes, check them out! Another great blog resource for recipes is FoodAllergyMama.com.

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