If you have a peanut allergy you probably know that peanut butter can not be part of your life. Fortunately, there are actually a number of great alternatives that are as delicious as they are completely peanut-free.
However, before going into the options, it should be noted that not all peanut butter alternatives are safe for people with peanut allergies. Peanut allergies can range from extremely severe and life-threatening to fairly mild, says Tania Elliott, MD, allergist and immunologist at NYU Langone Health, SELF. In many cases, even the smallest amount of peanut dust can be enough to trigger a reaction, she says. A peanut allergy does not automatically mean that you are also allergic to tree nuts like almonds or walnuts ̵
The problem is that many other nut-based products may be cross-contaminated. Even if you're allergic to peanuts, avoiding peanuts does not guarantee you're safe, Elliott says. Many packaged foods can generally be dangerous to people with peanut allergies as they are often processed in facilities that also process peanuts. You must therefore constantly check labels to ensure that you do not eat peanuts trace amount. According to the Mayo Clinic "most people with a peanut allergy must avoid all products that may even contain traces of peanuts," but it is important to talk to your allergist to confirm what is and which is not safe for you.
All this means that many alternative nut and seed butter, even if they do not contain real peanuts, are often processed in the same facilities. Therefore, it is important to always check the labels. If you are not sure whether a product contains traces of peanuts, you should omit this for safety reasons.
To help you find options, we asked people with peanut allergies to share the 100 percent peanut-free spreads they actually eat. Made with a range of ingredients, from Watermelon Seeds to soybeans, their textures and flavors are similar to peanut butter and delicious in their unique ways. Important Note: These nut and seed butter are not necessarily free from other allergens such as soy and tree nuts. If you are not sure about what you are allergic to or if you are allergic to other seeds, nuts or legumes other than peanuts, always read the labels and talk to your allergist before trying any of the following foods.