Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Roasted Pepita Honey Butter and 25 Nut-Free Alternatives to Peanut Butter

Looly loves peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, which is a problem because, in case you missed the memo, Roo is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts. So, sadly, no almond butter or Nutella for us either. For years we've relied on Sunbutter for sandwiches, cookies, and pretty much everything else peanut butter-inspired. Huge props to Sunbutter. I don't know what we would do without you, my friend, and seriously, it is pretty freaking good. We're not tossing our jar of Sunbutter but with the school year looming and roughly 540 lunches to pack (that's 180 days times 3 kids!) perhaps it's time to expand our nut-free horizons.
Yup, that's a a smothering of homemade roasted pepita honey butter, baby. Chunky, salty, sweet, crunchy, nut-free yet nutty in flavor, and loaded with good stuff like amino acids, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals. Pepitas, by the way, are pumpkin seeds, but "pepitas" is a much snappier way of putting it, am I right?
Bean worked the blender and helped taste test. After giving up one too many spoons to her constant lick stealing, I finally gave her a bowl and a spoon. Roo was intrigued but not ready to actually sample quite yet. And Looly, my usual holdout, she gobbled up half a pepita butter and jelly sandwich then wolfed down another thick slice of bread slathered in pepita butter. Yeah. That was after her lunch.
Roasted Pepita Honey Butter

2 cups pepitas, roasted and salted (I bought our pepitas already roasted and salted but you could easily roast your own pumpkin seeds instead).
3 tbsp. honey
1/4 cup canola oil

Combine pepitas and honey in a food processor or powerful blender and pulse. Slowly drizzle in oil through top of lid and process until you have reached your desired consistency. I left ours just a little chunky and the extra crunch is awesome. Taste and adjust salt and honey to suit your mood.
And just in case you aren't swayed by my recipe, here are 25 more nut-free sandwich spreads to help get you through the school year.

25 Nut-free Sandwich Spreads
  1. Sunbutter
  2. Wowbutter (soy butter)
  3. Nonuts Golden Peabutter
  4. Biscoff Spread
  5. Guacamole
  6. Simple Foods Organic Chocolate Soy Butter
  7. Mashed banana
  8. Hummus
  9. Edamame Hummus
  10. Black Bean Hummus
  11. Baba Ganoush
  12. Roasted Vegetable Spread
  13. Lemon Curd
  14. Triple Berry Curd
  15. Apple Butter
  16. Vanilla Pear Butter
  17. Pumpkin Butter
  18. Mascarpone cheese
  19. Goat cheese
  20. Ricotta cheese
  21. Schuler's Cheese Spread
  22. Whipped honey
  23. Marshmallow Fluff
  24. Nut-free Kale Pesto 
  25. Olive Tapenade
  26. And of course, Roasted Pepita Honey Butter


  1. Good suggestions, and the pepita butter looks yummy! Have you tried Trader Joe's speculoos cookie butter? I think it's nut free, and it's a splurge but so good!

    1. I have! So Biscoff spread is the same thing (made from Speculoos cookies) but TJ's specifies that their spread is packaged in the presence of tree nuts. For us we're willing to risk that, but ultimately Biscoff is safer and super tasty, but slightly more expensive.