If there’s one thing my children and I missed the most after food allergies came to our lives it will be hands down —- Peanut Butter! I was even surprised to realized that we haven’t had a jar in our home for the past 7 years. How did we survive?
Okay, I’m not exaggerating here. You see, because of our Asian (Filipino) heritage, peanuts and peanut butter are considered a staple in every home. Not only is it a traditional snack of choice, it is also an ingredient in desserts, candies, dipping sauces, marinades and even savory dishes. After being exposed to peanuts even before they were born, they should have immunity already right? Oh well, the wonders of allergies.
For years, I’ve been looking for a good alternative for peanut butter. But due to tree nut and soy allergies, choices are very limited. Late last year though, I got a chance to try the newest addition to 88 Acres Foods. Can you guess it? Seed Butters!
What is it?
Made with sunflower or pumpkin seeds that are roasted, spiced and ground to perfection, 88 Acres Seed Butters are full of flavor and nutrients. It is available in 3 varieties namely:
- Vanilla Spice (Sunflower seeds with a hint of vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon)
- Pumpkin (Straight up pumpkin seeds with sunflower oil)
- Chocolate Sunflower (Sunflower seeds with cocoa powder & cocoa butter)
All the seed butters are free of the top 8 allergens (wheat, dairy, egg, soy, tree nuts, peanuts, shellfish,fish) as well as sesame. It is also gluten free, vegan, non-GMO certified and contains only organic ingredients.
Plus, the manufacturing facility is also allergy friendly.
The Taste and Texture Test
While it does not exactly taste like peanuts, I’d say it is close but with added flavors. For the purist, you can readily know the difference but in a good way. I’d compare it to “mildly flavored peanut spread”.
The vanilla spice for instance, has subtle hints of vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon. Even though it contains organic sugar, it is not sweet at all. It’s creamy but is not smooth. You can actually feel some seeds just like a chunky variety. This gives it some crunch too.
Don’t be fooled by the green color of the pumpkin butter. It actually tastes really good. If you’ve tried the pea butters available in the market, this is quite similar but with more of the pumpkin seed taste. Creamier and smoother than the vanilla spice, this is good for those who wants extra protein in smoothies without the crunch or seed texture.
Lastly, the Chocolate Sunflower. What more can I say? It’s like chocolate and peanut butter all over again. While it’s not sweet as the common hazelnut spread (a big plus for us), it is still as decadent.
Overall, all 4 kids gave it a thumbs up.
Aside from using it as a spread or in smoothies, I’ve also baked with these Seed Butters. In fact, I used it a few times as an oil substitute in baked goods such as quick breads and muffins. The results were really good. Not runny at all. Take note, I haven’t tried it on cookies yet. Also, it didn’t turn the finished product green. I’ve had quite a number of questions about baked goods looking greenish when they use peanut butter substitutes.
With all the good things I mentioned about the Seed Butters, the only thing that makes it not a staple in my pantry is the price. $14.99 for the a 14 oz jar of Pumpkin Butter. While $10.99 for a 14 oz jar or either Vanilla Spice or Chocolate Sunflower.
For us dealing with food restrictions, it is definitely a healthy treat that’s great to have on hand.
If you are not ready to commit for a 14 oz jar, a 4 oz jar of each flavor (plus 3 seed bars) is included in the 88Acres Gift Pack for just $12. I really find it a good deal as you would be able to sample all the products of 88 Acres.
Now, for the best part. Our friends from 88 Acres would like to give a special Gift Pack for one lucky US based TFMFriend. Simply do the steps below to get free entries.
This giveaway will end on Feb. 12, 2017, 11:59 pm EST.
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The Pumpkin seed butter would be just right for me.
The Vanilla Spice sunflower seed butter would be my choice to enjoy.
The Chocolate Sunflower seeds butter would definitely be a tasty treat.
I would really like to try the tasty pumpkin seed butter.
The Vanilla Spice seed butter would be a favorite of mine.
I would love to try the Chocolate Sunflower seeds.
I would like to try all of the products equally as much.
I want to try the Vanilla Spice.
The vanilla spice would be my first pick!
I think the Vanilla Spice sounds yummy and would like to try it.
the chocolate sunbutter sounds amazing! we would love that
Chocolate always speaks to me! Thanks so much for the giveaway.
I would try the Chocolate Sunflower first because I just love the taste of sunflower seeds! The other two flavors sound scrumptious too!
My daughter and I would love to try the Vanilla Sunflower Seed Butter while my husband and the boys vote for chocolate!
Vanilla Spice is a flavor that I’d like to try.
I want to try the chocolate seed butter
I’d love to try the Vanilla Spice Sunflower:)
chocolate one sounds really interesting…
The chocolate sunflower sounds like a real treat!
I would like to try Pumpkin Seed Butter.
The chocolate sounds yummy. We have not had peanut butter in our house for 6 years and have relied on Sunbutter as our go to. I have tried other alternatives and found Superbutter, but it was taken off of the market. It would be nice to have another alternative as well as also having the Sunbutter. Food allergies can be so limited. I am always looking for ways to expand our food choices.
The one I would like to try most is, mmmmmmmm, chocolate!!
I’m already a huge fan of sunflower seed butter, but I’d love to try the chocolate sunflower seed variety
Chocolate sunflower sounds wonderful!
I would like to try the chocolate
I would love the Chocolate Sunflower because I love all things chocolate.
The pumpkin sounds great!
Chocolate sunflower sounds yummy
I would love to try the chocolate sunflower butter!
First I would try the Chocolate Sunflower variety.
I’d love to try the Chocolate Sunflower (Sunflower seeds with cocoa powder & cocoa butter).
The Pumpkin sounds amazing. I really want to try it.
Chocolate Sunflower Seed Butter–that sounds sooo good!
I’d most like to try Vanilla Spice.
Most def Pumpkin Butter. Anyone know why I can’t find “roasted” pumpkin seed butter.
I would like to try the pumpkin butter, what a great idea making it from pumpkin seeds and it sounds wonderful.
my kids will love anything with chocolate in it so I am excited about Chocolate Sunflower
That vanilla spiced spread sounds delicious!
Pumpkin butter sounds fantastic! Thanks for the review and giveaway, I had no idea 88 acres was making nut butters now!
I’d love to try their nut butters! I’m on an elimination diet for my son and this would be great!
I would like to try the chocolate most
I really like pumpkin seeds so I would like to try that first. They all sound good.
I am most excited to try the Pumpkin
the vanilla spice sunflower sounds delicious!!….would like to try it….
I would like to try the Vanilla Spice Sunflower Seed Butter. It sounds like a warm and cozy flavor!
I would love to try the Vanilla Spice Seed Butter the most. It sounds amazing and unlike anything I have ever tasted before. I also think the Chocolate Sea Salt Craft Seed Bar would make me really happy!!!
I would love all the flavors, but I would enjoy trying Pumpkin (Straight up pumpkin seeds with sunflower oil) first.
I would like to try the chocolate sunflower.
I want to try the Vanilla Spice most.
The vanilla spice sounds really good. I would love to try them all!!
The chocolate sounds yummy
I’d like to try the chocolate!
Wow! The chocolate sunflower seed butter sounds amazing!