9 Peanut-Free Alternatives to the Peanut Butter Sandwich

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If you’ve got a peanut allergy, finding a peanut-free alternative to the peanut butter sandwich can be a real task. Have no fear, the peanut butter alternatives are here! You will find tree nut butters, deli meat options, and seed butters do a fine job of satisfying your taste buds while cranking up the nutritional contribution to your diet. So, if you are unable to have peanut butter, there are a load of substitutes that can fit the bill.

Here are 9 healthy, nutritious alternatives to peanut butter:

1. Sunflower seed butter (also known as Sunbutter) and raspberry jam sandwich.

Sunflower seed butter is a seed butter made from sunflower seeds. It is considered a safe alternative for those with peanut and tree nut allergy. Sunbutter is a good source of vitamin E and iron and has twice the fiber of peanut butter! Spread a slice of bread with sunflower seed butter and top it with raspberry jam.

2. Ham and cheese with grainy mustard on rye bread.

Pre-packaged and sliced ham and cheese is your safest bet in terms of allergens. Read the ingredient label for potential allergens, as processing in manufacturing facilities and cross-contamination can be a real issue. Getting ham and cheese from the deli can be risky, as it can be potentially cross-contaminated with allergens.

3. Turkey, lettuce, tomato, and hummus on whole grain bread.

The same holds true for turkey—buy it pre-packaged and sliced, and make sure to double-check the ingredient list for allergens.

Use hummus as a spread to add in extra protein and flavor. Hummus is made from chick peas (garbanzo beans) and despite its membership in the legume family, it is usually tolerated with a peanut allergy.

4. Hummus spread pita stuffed with leftover salad

Spread the inside of a pita pocket with hummus and stuff it with leftover salad or bagged salad greens.

This sandwich is deliciously crunchy and loaded with protein, fiber and vitamins and minerals.

5. Soy butter with banana slices on whole wheat bread.

Soy butter is a popular alternative to peanut butter. Made from soybeans, this substitute is full of fiber, protein, and the healthy fats omega-3, and omega-6, fatty acids. Swipe some soy butter on whole wheat bread and top with banana slices for a satisfying lunch or breakfast meal.

6. Tahini (sesame seed butter) with shredded broccoli and carrots on a roll. Tahini is made from sesame seeds, and you can find some hummus products made with tahini. Spread a split roll on both sides with tahini and pile on the shredded broccoli and carrots (these come pre-packaged in most produce sections of you grocery store).  You’ll have a crunchy, fiber-rich, protein-filled sandwich that’s full of healthy fats!

7. Almond butter and sliced apples

Sometimes a sandwich isn’t in the cards. Try this peanut-free, non-sandwich option for lunch or as a snack idea. Almond butter is made from almonds, which are tree nuts. Almond butter is rich in fiber, vitamin E and healthy fats. In fact, almonds contain the most nutrients per calorie than any other nut.

8. Cashew butter on an English muffin topped with raisins.

Cashew butter is made from the cashew, a tree nut. Spread cashew butter on a piping hot English muffin for some melted nut butter goodness. Add the raisins on top for an extra boost of iron.

9. Pumpkin seed butter and honey sandwich.

Pumpkin seed butter is different from pumpkin butter, which is made from the flesh of the pumpkin.  Pumpkin seed butter is made from roasting pumpkin seeds and grinding them in a blender to a butter consistency. Spread slices of bread with pumpkin seed butter and drizzle a bit of honey on top for a nutritious and delicious peanut butter sandwich stand-in.

What’s your favorite alternative to a peanut butter sandwich?

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