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Reasons to stock Sunbutter

Sunflower seed butter
Ten reasons to  love sunflower seed butters in your preps

Add SunButter (or other sunflower seed butter) to your
prepper's pantry!

Do the "choosiest" moms really choose Jif? Peanut butter is a
good item to have in your food storage, but in a Jif you may
want to skip the Skippy and send Peter Pan looking for
something even better at the grocery stores: sunflower seed

Be choosy and skip the hydrogenated oils, allergens and extra
fat. Be the choosiest and pick Sunflower seed butter for your
family or group. A sunflower seed spread is just as great
tasting as your favorite peanut butter brand,  but it's a
healthier and nutrient-rich alternative to peanut butter, that's
also shelf-stable, high in protein and extremely versatile.
What's more, unlike peanut butter, SunButter and other
sunflower seed butters are not on the top list of allergens, so
you can feel better about serving it to the people you love.

  • NOTE: We are not paid by SunButter to promote their
    brand of sunflower seed butter. It is a leading brand and a
    good example of sunbutter ingredients.

Here's the complete list of why you should add a sunflower
seed butter to your everyday food storage …

Ten reasons to stock Sunflower Seed Butter

#1: Sunflower seed butter is a nut-free alternative
to peanut butter!
SunButter (and other sunflower seed butters) is a school safe
product. You can bring a Sunbutter sandwich or treats to school,
but not peanut butter.

Around 3 million people are allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, or
both! Sunflower seed butter is a comparable nut-free alternative
to such allergens. That's because SunButter is made from a
sunflower seed. SunButter, pictured top left, is a sunflower
seed butter that's processed in a tree-nut free facility, so you
won't need to worry about nut allergies. SunButter relies on
local farmers of North Dakota, a region far from peanut farming
regions to avoid cross-contamination.

  • The sunflower seed is NOT on the list of top allergens,
    1. Peanuts*
    2. Tree Nuts*
    3. Milk
    4. Eggs
    5. Wheat
    6. Fish
    7. Shellfish
    8. Soy*

    * You won't find sunflower seeds on the list of allergens
    above; however, if you have any of the above allergies,
    makes sure to check if your brand of sunflower seed butter
    was made in a facility that also processes peanuts, tree
    nuts. Another cross contaminate possibility is soy.

#2: Sunseed butters have fewer ingredients.
The most simple sunflower seed butter available has just one
ingredient: sunlfower seeds; however, even with the varieties
of sunflower seed butters available, the ingredients are far
simpler and more wholesome:

Organic SunButter contains only one ingredient!
Roasted organic sunflower seeds is the only ingredient of
Organic SunButter spread, although other varieties are available.
  • No Sugar
  • No artificial ingredients!
  • 100% organic!
  • No hydrogenated oils. (Jif is a fat filled)

There are only three ingredients in SunButter Squeeze packs
Pictured immediate left is SunButter with evaporated cane syrup
and palm oil.
  • No artificial ingredients!
  • No hydrogenated oils. (Jif is a fat filled)

SunButter Natural Sunflower Seed Spread shows four
Roasted sunflower seed, dehydrated cane syrup, salt and
natural mixed tocopherols.

Look at the label below in red and you'll find gully
Hydrogenated oil on Jif peanut butter. You won't find this
artificial ingredient in SunButter.

#3: Less saturated fat, and no hydrogenated oils!
Not only is SunButter is nutritionally superior to peanut butter,
but it has 1/3 the saturated fat of peanut butter. The saturated
fat of SunButter is 11% while the peanut butter brands are
between 18% and 26%.

  • Jif has fully hydrogenated vegetable oils and throws in
    mono and diglycerides. Here's the unfortunate truth about
    the jar of Creamy Jif:

Hydrogenation of any form (partial or fully) is a chemical
process that converts liquid vegetable oil into solid fat.

#4: Sunflower Seed butter has more fiber content
than peanut butters.
SunButter has more fiber than peanut butter - about twice.
Sunflower seed butters have around 4 grams of fiber, while
peanut butter has about 2 grams. This means you'll get 17% of
your fiber intake from two tablespoons Organic SunButter, while
significantly less from peanut butter -- only 8% from Peter Pan,
from Skippy and 9% from Jif,

#5: Sunflower Seed Butter is Protein rich.
Sunflower seed butter is nutrient rich and offers an excellent
source of plant-based protein. Two tablespoons of sunflower
seed butter has about 6 grams of protein. This is slightly lower
than peanut butter with Peter Pan outperforming them all at 8
grams of protein. Sunflower seeds are one of the five surprising
foods that help fight diabetes. Tunflower seeds contain five
grams of protein in an ounce, plus they have polyunsaturated
fats to help combat diabetes.

  • Makes the perfect diabetic snack. Crackers with
    Sunbutter is an especially important snack for diabetics to
    help them stabilize blood glucose. Read more about
    diabetic prepping.

#6: High in Vitamin E and other vitamins.
Vitamin rich, you can get 27-40% of the recommended daily
Vitamin E in one serving of Sunflower seed butter. Wendy would
be so proud of Peter Pan for taking his vitamins. Also included
in just a couple tablespoons is 8% phosphorous, and 10% Zinc.

SunButter is also an excellent source of selenium
(greater than
or equal to the 20% recommended daily value, according to the
USDA), though it's not listed on the labels.

#7: SunButter is a great source of iron.
Move over PopEye and Peter Pan, SunButter has a much higher
iron content than spinach or peanut butter. As a bonus, you
also get  magnesium, and niacin.

#8: "SunButter is safe as ever!
SunButter is not part of any peanut butter recall, according to
the company and is "safe as ever." Unfortunately,
outbreaks in peanut butter are commonplace:

#9: Sunflower seed is shelf stable.
Just like peanut butter, sunflower seed butter is a shelf stable
product. A jar will last  a couple years and it won't go as quickly
rancid as will peanut butter.

#10: Sunflower seed butter requires no
Sunflower seed butter requires no refrigeration after being
opened; however refrigeration helps maintain freshness.

Experiment with Sunflower seed butter in your preps
When substituting SunButter in baking recipes, you may need  
to reduce the baking soda/powder by about one-third. The
chlorogenic acid (chlorophyll) in sunflower seeds reacts with the
baking soda/powder when baked, causing the green color when
the cookies cool. This is completely harmless! Depending on the
recipe, a splash of lemon juice may help. You can also check
out our tried and tested SunButter recipes.

Have fun with sunflower seed butter:

  • Mix sunflower seed butter into oatmeal and add chocolate
    chips for breakfast.
  • Make a sunflower seed butter waffle sandwich with
    bananas for breakfast
  • "No bake" some Choclate Sunflower Seed Butter Granola
    bars (a sweet idea from Running with Spoons, pictured

  • Pair SunButter with crackers, dried fruit and nuts for a
    nutritious lunch on the go. Or try GoPicnic ready to eat
    meal, pictured left.
  • SunButter quesadilla.


  • Sandwich sunflower seed butter between two Ritz crackers
    and dip in chocolate for dessert.
  • Spread sunflower seed butter directly on chocolate for
  • Flash in the pan caramel whip, pictured right
  • No Sugar, Vanilla Protein bark, it's health food disguised as
    dessert (not pictured)

Happy endings...
Imagine the sweet surprises you can provide your family when
you include SunButter (or your favorite sunflower seed butter) in
the pantry!

Sunflower seed butter is a healthy alternative to peanut butter
that's shelf-stable, high in protein and ultra versatile. Skip the
Skippy and choose SunButter or make your own!

Related articles

Here's how to make your own home made SunButter using raw
unsalted sunflower seeds.

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