Sunbutter Oatmeal Cookies

Sunbutter Oatmeal Cookies | Bakerita.comIt’s been well-established on this blog that I am extremely fond of peanut butter.

I like to make it myself. I also like to stir it into oatmeal for breakfast with some chocolate and call it healthy.

It also ends up in a lot of awesome bar recipes.

Sunbutter Oatmeal Cookies | Bakerita.comHowever, I never put much thought into all those poor, innocent souls who are allergic to peanut butter. I can’t imagine such a tragedy, but did you know that approximately three million people in the U.S. are allergic to peanuts? (Yes, I did just look that up on Wikipedia.)

Now, those people, well, I couldn’t do it. Peanut butter is easily one of my most used kitchen ingredients, next to chocolate. Usually together.

But let’s be real: they don’t have much of a choice. Even I would choose peanut avoidance over anaphylactic shock. At least now though, other nut butters are on the rise.

I do love almond butter, but its texture is less than ideal for baking. Sunbutter, on the other hand, has the same texture as peanut butter!

Sunbutter Oatmeal Cookies | Bakerita.com

Sunbutter is a nut butter made out of sunflower seeds! It definitely has that earthy sunflower seed taste, and it tastes so good spread onto

English muffins, stirred into oatmeal, and oh yeah, baked into cookies.

The people over at Sunbutter don’t know me, this isn’t a sponsored post – it’s just a product I find awesome for people with peanut allergies, and considering all the peanut butter recipes I do around here, I wanted to suggest an alternative.

I know so many school are peanut-free now, because for some odd reason the amount of kids with peanut allergies is increasing over time (thanks again Wikipedia), so these cookies are perfect for lunch boxes!

Sunbutter Oatmeal Cookies | Bakerita.comYou could definitely sub it in for some of my peanut butter recipes, or for this recipe, if you don’t have allergies (woohoo!) and can’t get your hands on any Sunbutter, you can definitely sub peanut butter in here.

I love the color that comes from the chocolate covered sunflower seeds, which I found at Trader Joe’s, but chocolate chips would work great here!

The cookie is chewy on the inside, with the slightest crunch around the outside. The flavor of the Sunbutter (or peanut butter, whatever floats your boat) really shines through!

Hope you enjoy!

Sunbutter Oatmeal Cookies | Bakerita.com

Sunbutter Oatmeal Cookies
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup and 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • ½ cup Sunbutter (or creamy peanut butter)*
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ⅔ cup old-fashioned oats
  • ⅔ cup chocolate-covered sunflower seeds*
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, cream together butter, brown sugar, white sugar, and Sunbutter until smooth. Beat in the egg until well blended. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, oatmeal and chocolate-covered sunflower seeds; stir into the creamed mixture. Refrigerate for at least two hours or up to five days in a bowl covered in plastic wrap.
  3. Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the outsides are set and the middle is just beginning to set. Don't over-bake. Cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes, and then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling. They should be soft. Cool completely and store in an airtight container.
Sunbutter can be found at most grocery stores or ordered online here. Chocolate covered sunflower seeds were found at Trader Joe's. They can be replaced with chocolate chips!
Sunbutter can tend to have a weird reaction with some environments and can turn a slight greenish color if overbaked. Don't be alarmed! They'll still taste the same, it's just something happens if the Sunbutter oxidizes.

(And back to our regularly scheduled, peanut butter filled production…)

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  1. We use sunbutter as hubby and I have a peanut allergy. Amazing stuff – you can definitely tell it’s sunflowers but I LOVE sunflowers so it’s all good! These cookies look delicious!

  2. These look so amazingly yummy! I love the chocolate covered sunflower seeds too…so cute.

  3. I love this idea!!! I’ve never used sunbutter for baking, but it sounds divine. These cookies look like perfection! Pinned!

  4. What a great idea you’ve got here! I feel bad for people that can’t eat peanut butter, too. I eat it almost every single day. I’m a total addict. I’ve never used sunbutter or those darling little chocolate covered sunflower seeds.

  5. I love SFSButter! I get the TJs variety and just adore it. Behind PB, it’s my go-to spread. Okay well that and Nutella :) Love the M&Ms and chunk texture in these with the oats! Pinning!

  6. Peanut butter > sunbutter. Fact.

  7. I’ve never had sunbutter before, believe it or not! Time to change that because these cookies look AMAZING…

  8. I can’t even imagine being allergic to peanut butter … but these cookies sound pretty awesome! I especially love those sunflower seeds – I’ve been looking at them for a while at Trader Joes since they are so pretty!

  9. Although I have no nut allergies to speak of, I prefer sunflower butter over peanut butter. And these cookies sound delicious!

  10. M and Ms should not be used as a replacement for the sunflower seeds for the nut allergic! Thy are made in the same factories as peanut M and Ms and carry nut warnings!!! Saying that, this recipe looks delicious as is and safe for my family. Thanks for posting this!

  11. Faith McGinnis says:

    I think this looks awesome. My daughter is allergic to peanuts and both of my girls are allergic to tree nuts. We use a lot of sunbutter in my house… but I need to add a note. If using this recipe because of peanut allergy Please do not use M&M’s. They are manufactured in a plant with peanuts and tree nuts. These are to be avoided by anyone with a peanut allergy :)
    Thanks for the recipe. I can’t wait to try these for my girls.

  12. Oh yum! Your cookies look so delicious :)

  13. Hello! Well, the SunButter folks know about you now! And we find you awesome. Thanks for the lovely recipe (noticed it over on Instagram too). I’m really eager to try it with those sweet choc-covered sunflower seeds. Thanks and love following you!

  14. I am with you that having a peanut allergy would be terrible. Luckily so many stores are now carrying alternatives to peanut butter (and really just for different things all around) that its not too bad. Also, those chocolate covered sunflower seeds are awesome!!

  15. Somehow I have never tried sunbutter. I guess I’m just too darn addicted to peanut butter. These cookies look wonderful and chewy!

  16. Those are so pretty! I wish I knew of candy-coated chocolate-covered sunflower seeds that didn’t have a nut warning on them! I love the colors in the Trader Joe’s Sunflower Seed Drops!

  17. Such beautiful and happy cookies! They make me happy just by looking at them… If I could eat them, I’d be in heaven… :-)

  18. Sunbutter cookies are GENIUS! I love how pretty these are, too!

  19. You made them! They’re even cuter than I imagined. I can’t wait to try this recipe. :)

  20. These look way too cute to eat! I love the sunbutter idea :)

  21. Hi Rachel! I made these today with homemade sunflower seed butter. My homemade “sunbutter” was probably a little oiler than store-bought, so the cookies were a little on the oily side. Note to others: be sure you follow directions and let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes prior to moving to a cooling rack (I got antsy and broke a few cookies). Nevertheless, they taste great! Great creativity! Thanks for the recipe.

  22. I just made these and they came out FABULOUS! I substituted coconut palm sugar for brown sugar,GF Super Flour for flour, Chocolate chips Dairy free semi-sweet and dark for the chocolate covered sunflower seeds and I used a different brand of sunflower seed butter! I love the slight salty taste mixed with the chocolate chips! I am not a huge fan of sunflower seed butter as a spread but it works beautifully in these cookies :)

  23. Jamie Charrette says:

    Why can’t I view your recipes anymore? When I look at your site it’s all a jumbled mess. I hope this will be fixed soon. I wanted to make these cookies, but it took forever to ind the candied sunflower seeds…now that I have them I can’t see the recipe :(

    • Hi Jamie, how odd! I can’t imagine why you can’t view my site anymore. What browser were you using, and what platform (phone, computer, etc.)? If you’d like, I can send you the recipe over email.


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