Peanut allergies are getting increasingly common, especially amongst little ones. But even if your or your child is allergic to nuts, or if there’s a strict no-nut rule for school lunchboxes, it doesn’t mean he or she can’t still enjoy a good sandwich spread like everyone else!

Here are some easy substitutes you can consider.

1. NotNuts Sugar Reduced Butter 

NotNuts Reduced Sugar Butter is made from nutritious pulse grains and is free of nuts, gluten, dairy and soy -- a great peanut butter substitute for anyone with allergies! Its main ingredient is mung beans, which are a good source of protein and dietary fibre, and high in essential minerals.

2. NotNuts Chocolate Spread

Yes, chocolate makes everything better. NotNuts Chocolate Spread has a delicious chocolaty, nutty flavor and a creamy smooth texture – but is made with mung beans instead of nuts, gluten and soy. We think it would be delicious on waffles, pancakes and apple slices too.

3. Sunflower Seed Butter

Try this amazing recipe for homemade extra creamy sunflower seed butter. All you need is roasted sunflower seeds, oil, a pinch of salt and sugar, and a mere ten minutes of your time! It’s so good, you won’t even miss peanut butter! 

4. Tahini

This Middle Eastern staple made of sesame seeds is great on toast and as a dip. It's perfect for those who don't like sugar in their nut butters, and if you prefer something sweeter you can always drizzle some honey or spread a little jam in your sandwich.

5. Hummus

Hearty, healthy hummus is chockfull of protein – giving you lots of energy to get through your day! This chickpea-based recipe is super easy to make. Just give the ingredients a whir in your food processor and season to taste.