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Best Peanut Butter Substitute of 2012

Food Allergy Reader's Choice Awards Winner and Finalists


Updated March 31, 2012

When you can't pack PB&J for your peanut-free school lunch, what are you going to pack? Hundreds of readers voted in the Reader's Choice Awards to choose their favorite peanut-free spread. Each of the companies that create these peanut-free, nut-free spreads deserves recognition for its service to the food allergy community. Thank you for making living with food allergies easier and more enjoyable!

And now for the results. The two runners-up and the winner of Best Peanut Butter Substitute of 2012 are:

3. Sunbutter

Sunbutter Jar

In third place is SunButter, a sunflower-seed spread that is free of nuts, peanuts, corn, and gluten. It is made in a dedicated facility and is certified kosher. It contains less fat and more fiber and vitamin E than peanut butter. SunButter is also available in an organic, sugar-free version. Sunbutter does contain vitamin E made from highly refined soybean oil that has had the soy protein removed, and which most people with soy allergies can tolerate. Compare prices.

Sunbutter also manufactures a Trader Joe's label sunflower butter, which was also nominated for Best Peanut Butter Substitute.

2. I. M. Healthy Soynut Butter

IM Healthy Soynut Butter

In second place, I.M. Healthy Soy Nut Butter is peanut-free, nut-free, gluten-free, sunflower-free, sesame-free and kosher. It is made from soybeans and is manufactured in a dedicated facility. It has a nutty taste and spreads like creamy peanut butter. I.M Healthy SoyNut Butter is about 30 percent lower in fat than peanut butter. Compare prices.

1. WOWButter

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And the winner is:WOWButter! WOWButter is a spread made of ground roasted soybeans that is free of peanuts, nuts, sesame, and gluten. It is made in a dedicated facility that is also free of many other allergens and food additives. It has a nutty taste and smell and spreads like peanut butter. WOWButter is made from non-GMO soybeans and Compare prices.

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