Sunbutter Bars


Coming up with ideas for supper is one thing, but figuring out how to pack peanut/cashew-free migraine-less lunches is another.  It seems that so many of the portable lunch foods that we would have packed are now not possible.  We had already replaced peanut butter with almond butter on homemade bread due to the food allergies.  With the onset of migraines, the almonds are out as is wheat.  No more apples, bananas, or cheese sticks either!  Kids don’t really want to pack salads even if I could come up with a salad dressing without red wine vinegar (more on this in a post to come).

Here is one packable lunch that we are currently doing.  Hopefully, more possibilities will develop as we explore.DSCF8060

Notes: The Sunbutter Bar recipe was originally inspired from the Sunbutter website, but many changes have been made to accommodate our dietary needs.  Links to the ingredients that we use are included, but please contact companies to confirm for yourself that they will meet your food allergy needs.

Sunbutter Bars


2 cups old-fashioned oats (gluten-free if needed)
1/2 cup Sunbutter
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup rice syrup
1 cup puffed rice

  1. Process oats in a food processor.
  2. In a bowl, stir together all ingredients except puffed rice.
  3. Add puffed rice and stir as gently as possible until evenly distributed.
  4. Line an 8″ x 8″ baking dish with parchment paper.
  5. Transfer the mix to the baking dish, spread evenly, and press into shape.
  6. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before cutting into bars.  We cut the used parchment paper into wrappers for the bars to prevent them from sticking together and to make lunch packing simpler.
  7. Refrigerate or freeze.


2 thoughts on “Sunbutter Bars

    • Sunbutter is product that is similar in concept to peanut butter and almond butter – only it is made from sunflower seeds. The first time we tried it many years ago, we really didn’t like it. Due to our current needs (including NO nuts for 1 family member), we gave it another try. We really love it now! The change in our opinion is due to the change in attitude we had when we evaluated it. The first time, we were looking for a peanut butter replacement (look-alike, taste-alike, smell-alike). This time we approached it with the attitude that we were looking for something to eat that tastes good. It does taste very good, it just doesn’t taste like peanut butter.

      Sunbutter is available in many grocery stores in the peanut butter section, on Amazon, and on the link provided in the post above. I hope this helps. I think other companies also make sunflower butter, but I have not called them to see if they are made in peanut/cashew-free facilities.

      Note that if you want to use peanut butter or almond butter in the recipe, either would probably work. We have not tried it though.


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