Creamy sweet inside with a chocolate shell, these Holiday Buckeyes are a decadent treat to feel comfortable eating with or without food allergies!
Peanut allergies and holiday food
The holidays can be challenging for people with food allergies.
Peanut allergies are on the rise, and while there is much speculation as to why this is so, the truth is these kids are dealing with it * now *. That said, we need to be really sensitive to the food that is served at school class celebrations and family holidays.
Traditional horse chestnuts are made from peanut butter (they are also called peanut butterballs). Some recipes are made with diamond syrup, peanut butter, and high fructose corn syrup
This super yummy, real Food Holiday Buckeye recipe contains natural and allergen-safe ingredients – and they are so good! This is a treat that you really don’t need more than one of because they are so rich and delicious. This recipe is made with homemade sun butter, which is not only easy to make but also gives it a completely different taste than peanut butter. I am very concerned about exposing my kids to new flavors and textures and trying different things!
How to make allergy friendly holiday horse chestnuts
I prefer to make my own sunscreen, but if you just want to buy one, Maranatha branded sunscreen is the most natural. It’s just sunflower seeds and a little sea salt. No additional oils, stabilizers or sugars added. If you’re using something that contains more than just sunflower seeds and salt, you’ll have to play around with the amounts of salt and sugar in this recipe to get the right taste and texture. Just give it a try while you join – you’re looking for a stiff cookie dough consistency.
The choice of chocolate also takes into account our children with allergies. For those with real nut, gluten, and egg allergies, the reactions are severe. Even if a child with a severe allergy is in the same factory as another product that contains peanuts, it can result in anaphylactic shock. The Enjoy Life chocolates are located in allergen-friendly buildings. This is so comforting for families with loved ones with life-threatening food allergies.
If one of your children has a food allergy or you are bringing them to a party with someone with a food allergy, this recipe is perfect for you! If not then you can make these with peanut butter and regular chocolate and they are still so amazing.
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1 Cup Sunflower seeds, roasted2 tablespoon oil1 TL honey
1 Cup Sun butter1/4 Cup soft butter 1 Cup Organic pure powdered sugar1/8 TL sea-salt1 10 ounce pouch enjoy life chocolate chips or chunks1 tablespoon Coconut oil You can use avocado oil if you don’t want the coconut flavor or if you have a tree nut allergy1/4 Cup Holiday scatters Optional
Put the sunflower seeds, oil, and honey in a food processor and mix until mixture becomes smooth.
Put the sun butter, butter, powdered sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Mix until the ingredients are incorporated, then knead with your hands until a smooth dough forms.
Roll the sunbutter mixture into balls and place them on a baking sheet lined with silpat or parchment paper and freeze for 30 minutes.
Place the chocolate chips and oil in a microwaveable bowl. Heat the chocolate at 30-second intervals and stir in between until it melts. Stir until smooth.
Remove the horse chestnut balls from the freezer. Use a toothpick to pick up the frozen sun butter balls, dip them in the melted chocolate, and then place the chocolate-dipped balls back on the baking sheet.
Store in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or until the chocolate is firm.