I don’t know if you’ve noticed by now, but I have a huge weakness for peanut sauce. Nothing makes me happier than a fresh spring roll dipped in creamy, salty, sweet gingery peanut sauce. I take them to dinner parties, assemble them on picnics, and have even been known to throw spring roll making parties just for an excuse to eat the sauce. I could eat the stuff straight, honestly, but usually try to pacify my calorie-conscious guilty conscience by eating it with fresh veggies. I have whipped up many different batches of peanut sauce, with the occasional nod to almond butter as a more allergy-friendly base.
But with my new top-allergen free diet for baby yum, it has been many a sad, sauce-less day since I last enjoyed a big saucer of peanut sauce. Today I decided that had to change. I looked into the fridge and pulled out a long-neglected jar of Sunbutter. The good news? This stuff is completely Peanut, Tree-Nut Free, and Gluten Free and produced in a dedicated facility. The bad news for those highly sensitive to soy is that their facility DOES produce soybeans. However, although I’m not eating soy these days just in case it would bother Baby Yum, she never reacted to soy as far as I could tell, and so I thought Sunbutter was worth a try. *Although Sunbutter is the brand-name variety, I actually used the less expensive Trader Joe’s version of this product.* If you do react to traces of soy, you can make your own Sunbutter recipe. I played around with some of the traditional ingredients used in peanut sauce and came up with this highly satisfying sunflower seed un-peanut sauce. It would be wonderful on spring rolls, but I enjoyed mine drizzled over sauteed yellow pepper strips and zucchini and wrapped in a gluten-free amaranth crepe. Who says eating gluten free and top eight allergen free has to be boring?
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Peanut-free Sauce Recipe with sunflower seeds
2 tbsp. sunbutter (or homemade sunflower seed butter)
1/4 cup hot water
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp. cider vinegar
1 tsp maple syrup
1/4 tsp powdered ginger or freshly grated ginger pulp
Whisk together ingredients in a small bowl. Pour into small sauccepan and heat on low until thickened and bubbling. Take off heat, whisk again, and serve.