What if you could feed your kids a “nut” butter that wasn’t made from nuts at all, or even seeds, but from peas? Yes, I said peas. That is exactly what the Sneaky Chef uses in their No Nut Butter. Yes, again, I did say peas. The Sneaky Chef sent me a complementary jar to review.
It’s actually amazing that this product looks so much like traditional nut butter. It contains primarily peas and oils. The product is nut-free (made in a nut-free facility), gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free creamy goodness served up in a BPA-free jar.
Is it healthier than the products it competes with? Let’s take a look at No Nut Butter compared to sunflower seed butter and peanut butter.
It’s not calorie-free – there are 190 calories in a 2 tablespoon-sized serving of No Nut Butter – that’s about the same as peanut butter and a tiny bit less than sunflower seed butters. The Sneaky Chef No Nut Butter has a tiny bit more sugar, slightly less fat, and about half the protein of either peanut butter or sunflower seed butter. It also has less dietary fiber than either of the two comparisons.
One thing I like about the product is that it is very creamy – you won’t have any problem spreading this on your bread. If you tend to like creamy alternatives to peanut butter, this one could be for you.
I know you’re probably wondering if it tastes like peas. The answer is no – my taste buds could not detect the presence of peas. Yes, that chef is indeed sneaky. That said, it doesn’t taste like nuts either. While sunflower seed butters have a nutty taste, the No Nut Butter has a milder, less distinctive taste. Nevertheless, it does pair quite well with jam:
While I would not declare it healthier than the alternatives, there are some very good reasons why you may choose it. If you can’t have nuts or seeds (but can have legumes) – this is the only product I’ve seen as an alternative. If you prefer a creamy butter with a mild taste, this could be the choice for you. Or, if you need to find a way to get your child to eat some veggies, this could be for you.
Have you tried the Sneaky Chef’s No Nut Butter? What do you think?