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Food Substitutes for Peanut or Nut Allergy

Here are some possible alternatives to peanuts, tree nuts, or nut-based foods. If you or your child has severe peanut allergies, ask your doctor even before trying one of these substitutes. Many people with food allergies are allergic to more than one food.

  • Sunflower seed butter or soy nut butter can be substituted for peanut butter, if you don’t have a soy or sunflower seed allergy. Make sure they are truly nut-free. Some manufacturers make "nut-free" butters on machines that may be contaminated with nuts. Read the ingredients label to check.
  • Hummus is another substitute for peanut and other nut butters. It's made of chickpeas and is a good source of protein. However, some people with peanut allergies may be allergic to chickpeas as well.
  • Sunflower seeds or soy nuts (dried soybeans) may be good alternatives if you're looking for a crunchy snack. Before you give these to an allergic child, ask your doctor.  

What about other nuts? Ask your doctor. Anyone with one nut allergy has a high risk of other nut allergies. You may need to avoid all nuts to be safe.

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