SunButter Honey Balls


A couple weeks ago, SunButter sent me their new product, SunButter Natural No-Stir Creamy.  Okay, that was the full disclosure part of this post.  I received these goods for free!  But I am no stranger to SunButter, I’ve been using it for almost 10 years, ever since my son Lennon was diagnosed with multiple food allergies in January 2002. We LOVE SunButter in my house.

I was going to bake a batch of SunButter cookies with the sample they sent me, but when I went to do so, I discovered that somebody had already eaten most of the jar!  I guess that kind of says it all for my review.  It got eaten before I could even get to it. That’s how good the new SunButter Natural No-Stir Creamy is.

It’s smooth, and creamy, and has no separation, which is the one thing that always bothered me about SunButter. Well, no more!  I suspect this will also help extend the shelf life of SunButter, reducing the chances of rancidity, though I’m no scientist.  At any rate, it keeps the flavor profile at delicious.

In lieu of the cookies I was going to bake, I decided to dig out one of my old favorites, from my first cookbook, The Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook.  The following recipe is an adaptation of my recipe for “Pumpkin Seed Butter Honey Balls” (phew that’s a mouthful!). I hope you enjoy it as much as my kids and husband do. (note: my husband steals these if I don’t hide them well)

SunButter Honey Balls

This is an easy no-bake snack. I have fond memories of making peanut butter honey balls with my mother after school. So here’s my allergy-free version of that childhood treat. To make them vegan, use agave nectar in place of honey.

Makes 16

  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons Creamy SunButter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup “Better Than Milk” rice powder, original
  • 1/2 cup crushed gf Oat O’s cereal, unsweetened
  • 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

  1. Cream SunButter and honey, then add “Better Than Milk” powder, and crushed Oat O’s cereal in a large bowl. Scoop out into Tablespoon-sized balls (I use a 1-Tablespoon cookie scoop).  Use hands to mold into smooth balls.  Roll balls in coconut. Chill 2 hours.

Recipe reprinted with permission from The Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook Copyright © 2005, 2009 by Cybele Pascal, Vital Health, and Square One Publishers

Here are more SunButter recipes you may enjoy:

Gluten Free Dairy Free Sunbutter Truffles from Simply Gluten-Free

Purple Cabbage and Sunbutter Soup from Gluten Free Goddess

Sunbutter Ice Cream from Elana’s Pantry

23 Responses

  1. These sound really good! I’ve never had PB and honey balls…I especially like that there’s honey and coconut flakes. Thank you…this is definitely something that I would love to try out.

  2. Hi Kate:

    These are rich in Vitamin E too! A pretty guilt-free treat. Hope you enjoy! Thanks for stopping by.


  3. Shelly says:

    Yum! Definitely going to be making these tomorrow! Will have to sub the cereal as were are highly allergic to oats, but otherwise perfect! Thank you for sharing your recipe!! P.S. Your cookbook is on my wishlist for my birthday, and I am pretty sure I am getting it! ;)) Yay!!

  4. Thanks for the link love! What a simple and lovely recipe.

  5. Hi Cybele,
    Well, high praise indeed on the new no-stir! Although I must admit my fav SunButter “recipe” is by the spoonful. As a SunButter blogger, I appreciate yet another wonderful recipe with great adaptations from you. As a mom always looking for variety, I’m looking forward to baking these up for the gaggle of kids always around our house! Thanks.

  6. RavieNomNoms says:

    Those are too cute and I bet they taste fantastic!

  7. Colette says:

    Creamy sunbutter — what an awesome breakthrough. I have to try it!

  8. Mary Lenahan says:

    Hi Cybele! These look amazing! Think I will have to make them for the ladies in my book club…they always love your recipes! The Oat O’s that I have seen are manufactured in a plant with peanuts and tree nuts (which we can’t have)…would Enjoy Life Crispy Rice Cereal work as a good substitute? As always, thank you for all you do! 🙂

  9. Cybele says:

    Hi Shelly:

    Any kind of crunchy cereal will work. And I hope you get your wish!



  10. Cybele says:

    Carol, my pleasure, your truffles look amazing.

  11. Cybele says:

    Elizabeth, make a big batch. Mine didn’t last longer than an hour once my boys came home from school yesterday.

  12. Cybele says:

    Hi Mary:

    Nice to see your name there! Hope you and Alex are well. Yes, try them with the EL crispy rice or flax.



  13. Cybele says:

    Colette, please let me know how you like it. Though it’s sort of a foregone conclusion… it’s supper yummy!

  14. Cybele says:


    Yes, I think they are cute too! Hope you enjoy them.


  15. Mary Lenahan says:

    Thank you so much Cybele! Can’t wait to try them! Alex says “hi!”…we are looking forward to seeing you in Chicago next month for the Gluten Free Expo! 🙂

    All my best,

  16. Toby says:

    I used to make these with PB.(When I could eat copious amounts of peanut butter with no ill effects. The SunButter I’ve never used. Thanks for sharing!

  17. briarrose says:

    What a great, easy recipe. I love the spread.

  18. Cybele says:

    Hi Toby:

    I think I prefer sunbutter to peanut butter. I hope you like it too! DId you like crunchy or smooth pb?



  19. Cybele says:

    Hi Briarrose:

    Yes, easy as pie (easier, actually!).

  20. Love this recipe. Can’t wait to make these!

  21. Cybele says:

    Hope you enjoy them, Elise!



  22. Leticia says:

    Hello Cybele,

    I have been a fan of your cookbook since my daughter was diagnosed with multiple food allergies in 2008. I have made these SunButter honey balls from sunflower seed butter that I make myself. My daughter, husband and extended family members love them. I do too. I am finding it more difficult to find sunflower seeds that are “safe”. I have always avoided buying the SunButter brand since the sunflower seeds are roasted on shared equipment that also roasts soybeans. Have you (or any of your followers) ever had any concerns of or problems with cross contamination? I would love to try the store-bought stuff!! Thank you for all that you do for the allergy community.

  23. Cheryl says:

    Hello Cybele,

    I use to have a mixture of peanut butter and honey that my grandma would spread on my toast. I still do that to this day, but never consider making it into a ball form. That recipe sounds really tasty. I was actually wondering if you have ever used Almond Butter?

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