If you or your child has a peanut or tree nut allergy, you may be like me. I’m always on the lookout for nut-alternative products. When our son was diagnosed with a peanut and tree nut allergy, we made our home Nut-Free, but we MISS nuts!
Here are a few of my favorite nut-free foods. Please note: these are just reviews, with no affiliate-strings attached.
3 Nut-Free Foods You Should Be Eating
1. No-Nut Butter (by The Sneaky Chef)
Why? We have tried several kinds of nut-alternative butters. Of soy, sunflower and golden pea, the golden pea is the closest to peanut butter, in taste and texture. No-Nut Butter is Peanut and Tree Nut-Free (also Soy, Dairy, and Gluten free).
Use it for: Anything you’d use peanut butter for! Sandwiches, toast and ants on a log…and can be used for baking (see recipes on The Sneaky Chef website). I will be testing this out in cookies very soon.
Where to buy: Other than online, I’ve never seen this type of butter in stores until this week when I saw it at Target (Yeah, Target!). You can order online from The Sneaky Chef, or use their store locator tool on The Sneaky Chef Facebook page to find who carries it.
2. Dry Roasted Chickpeas (by Chic Naturals)
Why? Want a crunchy, nut-like snack? Dry roasted chickpeas are a great option. Problem is, many found in stores are made on the same equipment used to roast nuts. The Hawaiian company, Chic Naturals, roasts only chickpeas so the facility is nut and gluten free.
Use it for: They have been chopped for salad toppings, eaten plain or seasoned (spritz with a little olive oil to get seasoning to stick), and can be used to make chickpea butter. I’ve made oven roasted chickpeas at home, and they are great if eaten right away, but since they aren’t dry roasted, they get soggy and aren’t very tasty anymore after about a day.
Where to buy: Online. Because you have to pay for shipping, we order several packages at once, and they’ve stayed fresh. We’ve only bought the plain ones, but they have flavored options as well.
3. YoYo’s Donuts and Coffee Bar (in Minnetonka, MN)
Why? If you know me, you know I LOVE donuts and these are DELICIOUS. The entire store is peanut/tree nut free (do use coconut, which isn’t really a nut…), and has won numerous awards for their donuts. This means my son can go look through the glass and pick ANY donut out of the case. It may not seem like a big deal, but IT IS. There are very few bakeries where you can get anything nut-free. We generally avoid baked goods. AND YoYo’s is more than just a donut selling bakery. They serve excellent coffee, make their own delicious and NUT-FREE small batch ice cream (ice cream shops are also hazardous to the Nut-free), and serve Chicago style hot dogs and chili dogs. The place isn’t huge, but is not usually too crowded to sit down. They do kids birthday parties with donut towers, and are family friendly. If you live close enough to go, I highly recommend it.
Where is it? Sadly, there is only ONE location. 5757 Sanibel Drive, Minnetonka, MN 55343
What are your favorite Nut-Free products or places?