Peanut allergy is one of the most common food allergies with an estimated 3 million people in the United States affected. In school-age children, the prevalence is even greater, with four of every 100 children diagnosed with a peanut allergy — and that number keeps growing every year.
Peanut may hold the crown for the most popular nut butter, but it’s not the only one available. Almost any nut and even seeds and legumes can create a delicious spread that won’t have your kid feeling left out.
If you’re on the hunt for peanut-free recipes that you kids go crazy for, these 10 recipes are just what you need.
Grain-free Almond Butter Pancakes. Pancakes are the perfect fuel for those slow Saturday mornings. This grain-free alternative using almond butter is proof you don’t need flour and peanuts to keep the tradition going. It’s perfectly paired with warm syrup and morning cartoons and a dish everyone will enjoy.
Maple Pumpkin Oatmeal. Kids either love oatmeal or hate it, but this version will have the kids asking for more. Sun Butter is mixed with rolled oats, pumpkin puree and banana to give kid’s taste buds the perfect wake up.
Banana Chocolate Chip Cashew Muffins. Muffins are perfect for the busy on-the-go mornings and this is no ordinary muffin. Using chestnut flour and cashew butter, it’s full of flavor, nutrition and perfect bites for little kids.
Sunflower Seed and Banana Sandwiches. Forget boring peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and give your kids an upgrade. This next-level sandwich swaps peanut for sunflower and adding banana makes it unforgettable.
Hazelnut Butter Pasta. If your kids aren’t afraid of a little spice, this dish is a real treat. By using fettuccine, olive oil, sage and hazelnut butter, this pasta is ideal for adventurous eaters – kids and adults alike.
Almond Apricot Cashew Butter Granola Bars. Dried apricots, almond chunks, brown rice cereal all held together with creamy cashew butter makes these granola bars stand out. Sweetened with honey and with only needing one hour to set in the fridge, these are easy to whip up for after school.
Carrots with Walnut Butter. If you have a hard time getting your kids to eat their vegetables, the secret just might be walnut butter. It’s healthier than ranch dressing and it’s easy to make yourself using California walnuts creamed in a food processor.
SoyNut Butter Cookies. You don’t have to mourn easy-to-make peanut butter cookies because this SoyNut Butter is an excellent alternative. It has the same delicious texture and a peanutty taste without the allergen. It only takes 10 minutes to bake and the directions are easy for your kids to follow so they can make some for you.
Coconut Butter Bars. Four ingredients is all it takes to create this healthy dessert that your children will prefer over the store-bought chocolate cake. It’s like a little bit of heaven in a healthy alternative to peanut butter chocolate bars.
Rice Chocolate-Covered Banana Bites. Slice bananas into rounds then spread sunflower seed butter between two banana slices, making a kind of sandwich. Then dip the sandwich bite in melted chocolate, covering all sides and place in the freezer for a few minutes. Each bite-sized piece is a little slice of happy that your kids will love after school or as a before-bed dessert.
TapGenes Takeaway: Whether your child has a peanut allergy or you’re looking for some recipe alternatives for school or home, these peanut-free recipes are just what you need.
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