7. Sunflower seed
This isn’t your average nut alternative to crowd the plant-based milk shelves at your local grocery store. Where the sunflower seed really shines is from an allergen standpoint — because it’s not a nut. Sunflower seed products are safe to bring to school and can be used in a variety of ways. Just as importantly, it tastes great in all sorts of foods from ice cream to salty snacks.
Ben & Jerry’s Non-Dairy Ice Cream — Mint Chocolate Cookie
Sara: Ben & Jerry’s now makes a non-dairy ice cream where the base is from sunflower milk! I am not a big mint chocolate chip fan but this was surprisingly delicious. My initial reaction was that it isn’t as creamy as dairy ice cream. But, after trying it a few more times I don’t really notice the difference and if I preferred the flavor of a sunflower based ice cream — I would buy it instead! I also really liked that there wasn’t any discernible flavor difference in the ice cream itself from the sunflower milk. It didn’t taste like eating sunflower seeds.
Ben & Jerry’s Non-Dairy Ice Cream — Milk Cookie
Eric: These guys are notoriously generous with their fillings. So much so that if there was a slight difference in the creamy vanilla base, I wouldn’t have noticed. Maybe, just maybe, there was a slight hint at that nutty sunflower taste (I acknowledge that it’s a seed), but it wasn’t a dealbreaker by any means. I would definitely enjoy it again, but maybe this time not in one sitting!
Fix & Fogg Oaty Nut Butter
Eric: This was a fan favorite in the family. It’s a spreadable nut butter that brought the crunch. In one bite, you experience several flavors at once and it doesn’t just come off as “peanut butter.”
Seven Sundays Real Cinnamon Grain Free Cereal
Sara: This cereal grabbed my attention with just 6 ingredients and then I noticed the second ingredient is sunflower protein. My first impression is that this cereal is really hard. You can leave it in milk for 5 or 10 minutes and it barely softens. That’s a little off-putting but honestly I still really liked this cereal. It had a good flavor and I do prefer crunchy over soft. I could also be biased because who doesn’t love the nostalgia of a bowl of cereal.