Creamy sweet inside with a chocolate shell all perfectly safe for those with common food allergies!
Coming from experience, the holidays can be a bit of a challenge for those with food allergies.
After years of working through some of my own food allergies, I have come to learn that you really can enjoy some traditional holiday meals with allergy friendly spins, including occasional holiday treats like allergen friendly gingerbread cookies and gluten free thumbprint cookies!
Peanut allergies are significantly on the rise, and while there are many speculations as to why that is, the truth is these kids are dealing with it *now*. Which means we really do need to be sensitive to the food served at school classroom parties and family holiday gatherings.
Peanut, gluten/celiac disease, dairy, and egg allergies are some of the most common seen in many kids today. This treat was created to be safe for all! I grew up eating peanut butter buckeyes (some call them peanut butter balls) at Christmastime every year. Normally made with karo syrup, peanut butter containing soy oil, and high fructose corn syrup containing chocolate. Yikes!
These super delicious, real food holiday treats contain natural and allergen safe ingredients – and they are so good!
I prefer to use the Maranatha brand sunbutter as it is the most natural. It is just sunflower seeds and a little sea salt. No extra oils, stabilizers, or sugar added. If you’re using something that has more than just sunflower seeds and salt, you’ll have to play around with the salt, sugar, and flour amounts in this recipe for the right taste and consistency. It will still work. Just taste as you go along and you are looking for a stiff cookie dough consistency.
The chocolate choice is also keeping in mind our kids with allergies. For those with true nut, gluten, and eggs allergies, reactions are serious. Even being in the same factory line as a different product containing peanut can send a child with severe allergy into anaphylactic shock. The chocolates from the Enjoy Life brand are in dedicated allergen friendly buildings. That is so comforting to families with loved ones with life threatening food allergies.
Allergy-Friendly Holiday Buckeyes
- 1 cup natural sunbutter
- 1/4 cup softened butter or if you are dairy free use palm shortening
- 1 cup organic pure cane powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup white rice flour
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1 10oz bag enjoy life chocolate chips or chunks
- Combine everything but the chocolate in a medium mixing bowl using hand beaters.
- Roll the sunbutter mixture into balls and place them on a Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheet and freeze for one hour.
- Use a double boiler method to melt the chocolate. You could alternatively melt the chocolate in the microwave – they don’t really have nourishment to them to destroy in the microwave anyway, so I wouldn’t worry about it for just this once a year treat prep! Just melt for about a minute and stir, and then continue to microwave about 20 seconds and stir until completely melted.
- Use a toothpick to pick up the frozen sunbutter balls, dip in the melted chocolate, and then place the chocolate dipped sunbutter balls back on the Silpat lined baking sheet. Freeze the dipped buckeyes for an hour to set the chocolate.
Renee blogs at Raising Generation Nourished. She has 3 girls ages 6 and under. And she’s passionate about raising the next generation of kids with a better understanding where their food comes from and also how food affects their bodies.