Gluten Free, Peanut Free Trail Mix Cookies with SunButter

When my twitter friend Elizabeth from SunButter offered to send me some coupons for free jars of Sun Butter, I was really excited! I’ve never tried Sun Butter, but I was hoping that I could use it as a peanut free substitute when baking for my eldest daughter.
SunButter is made from sunflower seeds and looks a lot like a pale peanut butter. I had a few ideas of how to use it as a replacement for peanut butter in few of the recipes on this blog, but since I’d never tried it, I decided to eat a spoonful before I put it into a recipe. I know the name and ingredient list should have given me a clue, but no joke, Sun Butter tastes like freshly roasted sunflower seeds. It’s like summer camp in a jar. My kids tried it, and their verdict “it tastes like trail mix.” I agreed, and I set out to make a trail mix cookie. I was amazingly impressed that SunButter held its fresh flavor after baking. I was also impressed with the chewy texture it gave the cookies. The taste is great with chocolate, but it would be equally good with raisins and you could use raisins to replace some or all of the chocolate in these cookies. Try replacing the chocolate chips with 1/2 cup of raisins and adding 1/4 tsp cinnamon for a N’Oatmeal cookie.
I have some more SunButter, so look forward to more great recipes!
You can get a $1 off coupon by going HERE or learn more about peanut free, gluten free SunButter HERE. 
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Gluten Free, Peanut Free Trail Mix Cookies with SunButter

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup SunButter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2-2/3 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 cup gluten free Rice Krispies

Directions:

  1. Cream together Sun Butter, egg, sugars and vanilla with an electric mixer until they form a stiff dough.
  2. Stir in chocolate chips and Rice Krispies.

For Cookies:

  1. Form into balls about 2 tablespoons big, place on a parchment lined baking sheet and gently flatten.
  2. Bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes until edges start to brown.
  3. Remove from oven and let cool completely before removing from cookie sheet. (I find the cookies are mushy when warm, texture dramatically improves after cooling)

For Squares:

  1. Press into a parchment lined 9 inch square cake pan.
  2. Bake at 350F for about 15-18 minutes.
  3. Remove from oven.
  4. Score with knife while still hot.
  5. Let cool completely before serving.

 

Gluten Free, Peanut Free Trail Mix Cookies with SunButter
 
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A gluten free, nut free cookie that tastes like summer!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup SunButter
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • ½-2/3 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 cup gluten free Rice Krispies
Instructions
  1. Cream together Sun Butter, egg, sugars and vanilla with an electric mixer until they form a stiff dough.
  2. Stir in chocolate chips and Rice Krispies.
For Cookies:
  1. Form into balls about 2 tablespoons big, place on a parchment lined baking sheet and gently flatten.
  2. Bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes until edges start to brown.
  3. Remove from oven and let cool completely before removing from cookie sheet. (I find the cookies are mushy when warm, texture dramatically improves after cooling)
For Squares:
  1. Press into a parchment lined 9 inch square cake pan.
  2. Bake at 350F for about 15-18 minutes.
  3. Remove from oven.
  4. Score with knife while still hot.
  5. Let cool completely before serving.

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9 thoughts on “Gluten Free, Peanut Free Trail Mix Cookies with SunButter

  1. Love the idea of trail mix cookies! I agree that sunbutter has a strong sunflower taste (I must admit, I prefer peanut butter, though it’s a good alternative, especially for those who can’t eat peanuts). Great photo—makes me want cookies NOW, despite it being 8:30 a.m. :)

    • Hey Molly! I find that because of the strong sunflower seed taste, SunButter has to be properly paired. I think it’s best on a spoon topped with raisins and gently rolled in gluten free rice krispies, but you can’t really make a blog post about eating things out of jars with a spoon. Not even if you tried to write it as a recipe.
      Materials:
      Spoon, standard jar scooping size

  2. This recipe sounds delish. 2 thoughts, your page doesn’t seem to offer a print option, not on the browser I’m using. AND if i copy and paste it into Word it’s white words with black background, neither seem user friendly. Thanks for the recipe, can’t wait to try it!

    • Hey Melissa! Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for the feedback! Some of the recipes have a link to a printable pdf, but they haven’t gotten many clicks so I sortof abandoned the PDFs and I’m thinking of experimenting with other printable formats and plugins. Thanks for letting me know there’s a need!

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