Food Allergy Awareness Week 2012 flew right past me. I shared some stories via social media, but I never got a post up. Oops. Well, by way of a belated contribution, I’m offering up this recipe. Ours is a household with a food allergic kiddo–it’s the primary reason that we decided to homeschool, in fact.
Growing up, we didn’t each much peanut butter. I don’t recall ever really eating it until I was in high school. Peanuts were around regularly, but not in great quantities.
In my twenties and thirties, however, I consumed them regularly. A cheap and protein-rich food item, peanuts and their butter were a breakfast staple.
But then I had a child with a peanut allergy. It’s been eye-opening, let me tell you. I had no idea that peanuts, unlike most food allergies, carry the greatest risk of anaphylaxis and death of all the food allergies. Yes, some reactions can be mild. Yet in some people, a mild reaction one time may be followed by severe anaphylaxis the next.
And THAT is why we all need to be cautious about serving peanuts around any child who has had even the slightest reaction to a peanut in her past.
Mind you, I’m not mourning the loss of my morning peanuts over here. I’ve discovered the wonders of Sunbutter, which is a butter made of sunflower seeds in a peanut-free facility. It’s also gluten free. Gluten isn’t a big issue around here, but I do gravitate to gluten-free baking mixes and breads because they tend to be nut-free. (Always check the package, every time you purchase a product.)
If I could, I’d love to see every school and community-centered kitchen in America (not to mention every food bank) stock and promote Sunbutter as a safe alternative to peanut butter.
Sunflower seed butter is somewhat of an acquired taste–smokier and richer than peanut butter, so I’m sharing one of my favorite breakfast recipes as a way that you can introduce your family to this food.
• Cinnamon raisin bread (We like Udi’s)
• Sunbutter-brand sunflower butter (Check your market and ask for it, if you can. If not, here it is in bulk on Amazon.com.)
• Honey (Go with locally produced if you can find it–and support your local beekeepers!)
• Thinly sliced, crisp apple
Lightly toast the bread. Apply a thin layer of Sunbutter. Top with a thin apple slice. Add another thin layer of Sunbutter and a drizzle of honey. Top with second slice of bread. Serve.
• Check out this post by another Texas blogger about how she discovered her child is peanut-allergic