Monday, January 18, 2010

Allergy Free Monkey Munch

Around here, we do not eat peanut products. My youngest daughter has various food allergies, including peanuts. But that doesn't stop me from making any recipe that calls for peanut butter.

I simply use Sun Butter, made from sunflower seeds. I originally tried Soy Butter, but that has a very strong taste that isn't condusive to sweet things. Then I found Sun Butter and not only is it delicious on crackers but wonderful in any food that calls for peanut butter.

Some may say that it confuses my daughter and lets her think that she can have peanut products. But I beg to differ. She only eats this when I make it, she knows that she cannot have any other snacks that are from someone else. Not only due to the peanuts but her egg, dairy and treenut allergies.

You can find this recipe all over the internet, I found my base recipe here. I think there is even one listed on the Chex cereal website. I simply did a search for the recipe, found one that looked like it could be altered and through a little trial and error, found one that works for us and tastes delicious.

Here is my recipe:

7 cups Chex cereal
1 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup Sun Butter
1/4 cup butter (Fleischman's unsalted sticks)
2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Measure the cereal in a large bowl. Melt the chocolate chips, Sun Butter and butter in microwave for about 1 minute. Stir. Then heat again another minute. Stir together until smooth then add the vanilla and pour over cereal and mix until all is coated. Measure the powdered sugar into a baggy and then dump the cereal in. Close the bag and shake around until all the cereal is coated with the sugar.

Then eat. I can honestly say that this is one treat that I eat as much as the kids do. Enjoy!

This post is linked to Tasty Tuesday.

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