I just got a sample of Sunbutter Creamy Sunflower Seed Spread in the mail, and I of course had to try it right away. SunButter Cream is of course peanut free (made from sunflower seeds), so there's no worry about peanut allergy reactions and it's gluten free too.
Although I've tasted various peanut and almond butters, I've never tried sunflower butter. In order to fully appreciate the flavor, I ate it with a spoon, straight from the little 1.5 ounce pack it came in (to be honest, I do that with regular nut butters as well).
In terms of taste, it's hard to begin to describe this stuff. Before I try to do just that, let me just say it's delicious. It has some of the earthiness of almond butter, but the flavor is slightly different. It definitely tastes like sunflower seeds with some sugars added - in the best way possible. It's creamy and thick, as well as somewhat grainy, which gives it a little texture (although it's still smooth), and I bet it would taste wonderful in PB&J as well.
The ingredients are pretty spectacular, too - sunflower seed, sugar, mono-diglycerides to prevent separation, salt, and natural mixed tocopherals to preserve freshness.
Like peanut butter, Sunbutter Creamy Sunflower Seed Spread isn't necessarily low in calories, but it does have lots of redeeming qualities. A 2-tablespoon serving provides 200 calories, 25% of the daily value for total fat and 11% of the DV for saturated fat, 4 grams of fiber, 3 grams of sugar and 7 grams of protein. There is also 27% of the DV for vitamin E, 70% for copper, 12% for niacin, and 25% for magnesium. Those vitamin and mineral stats are better than those for regular peanut butter, and the protein and fiber counts aren't bad either.
Since I got a sample for free, I had to look up the price online. On the Sunbutter website, a 16 ounce jar costs $4.99 and the price drops with increasing quantity. They also have them available in small snack packs like the one I got (automatic portion control and portability). This is fantastic for even those of us without nut allergies. But, as always with these nut spreads, use sparingly.