Wednesday, August 1, 2012

SoyNut Butter Review and a Recipe

Are you looking for a peanut butter substitute?  Well say hello to SoyNut Butter.
Eliana loves it. And my dad likes it too. Now this is a big feat for us.  As you know, Eliana is allergic to peanuts, cashews and pistachios.  My dad is highly allergic to sunflower seeds, pecans, and well basically every nut except the ones that Eliana is allergic to.  I say highly because when he even gets close to them he starts to feel funny. So far, thankfully, Eliana only has had reactions with direct contact. But between the two of them they cover all the nuts!

I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter does not contain peanuts, tree nuts of any type, sesame, sunflower, dairy, egg, wheat (gluten), fish or shellfish.  Their products are manufactured in a facility free of those ingredients to eliminate cross contamination. SoyNut Butter is made from soybeans.

The reason I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter is so awesome is because I don't even need to worry about cross contamination within my own family! You see, we like Sunflower seed butter, but my father is allergic. My father loves peanut butter, but Eliana is allergic. It means that we have to be super safe when making any nutbutter sandwiches-- by using separate knives to ensure that there is no cross contamination issues that could hurt either one of them.  SoyNut Butter can be eaten by both of them (neither are allergic to soybeans) and I really really really appreciate there being a product out there that they can enjoy together! There are also a lot of versions too-- Eliana's favorite is the Honey Creamy SoyNut Butter. I honestly cannot wait to get my hands on the Chocolate SoyNut Butter, and I'd love to try the crunchy too.

SoyNut Butter would also work perfect in a lot of recipes as a peanut butter substitute. I know Eliana would love that!  I was thinking about whipping something up when on Monday I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter put a recipe on their Facebook page. So I decided to try it out, with Eliana as my sous-chef of course, and this was the result:
Chocolate SoyNut Bars (easy no bake dessert!)
Gorgeous aren't they? They were a hit! David and Eliana love them! For me, they are a bit too sweet and I might play around with the recipe next time I make them but they were good, especially with a tall glass of milk.  We don't have a food processor so I improvised and used our Ninja, so it might have taken longer to come together but it worked out just fine :)

*2T butter, melted
*3/4 cup I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter
*2 cups confectioners sugar
*3/4 cup crushed graham crackers
*2-4 T apple juice
*3/4 cup chocolate chips

*Combine butter and I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter in food processor. 
*Add sugar and graham crackers, drizzling in just enough apple juice (one tablespoon at a time) to make the dough stick together, but not enough to make it wet.
*Press dough into 8" x 8" pan. Chill for 20 minutes
*Meanwhile melt chocolate chips
*pour and spread over dough. Chill for 20 minutes
*Cut into squares, or desired shape and enjoy :)
(recipe taken from their Facebook Page)

So we are really enjoying our new peanut butter substitute! I will definitely be using it in recipes to come. We have finally found one PB substitute that everyone in the family likes, and that for us was not easy. I did some research (research = calling up a bunch of stores) and I found out that Whole Foods (well one of the ones by us) carries a lot of I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter variations.. including the chocolate one.. yummy..... I think I know where I am going today.. you know for research... ;)

Disclaimer: I received one jar of Original Creamy SoyNut Butter free from I.M. Healthy but it was my decision to do a post and all opinions are my own.

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