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Larry Crowe, Associated Press
If a peanuts allergy has taken PB&J off the menu, try serving this So Not! A PB&J. Soy nut butter will go down easier by using crunchy pretzels as a tasty diversion.

Whether or not your child has food allergies, you're likely to encounter a no-peanut butter rule at some point. But getting a kid who is hooked on PB&J to take soy nut or sunflower seed butter seriously isn't always easy.

So sometimes you have to get a little wacky, as in this not-peanut-butter-pretzel-dried-cherry-and-marshmallow sandwich dreamed up by my peanut butter-addicted 3-year-old.

This recipe makes enough spread for two sandwiches. Refrigerate the excess for later use.


Start to finish: 10 minutes

1/2 cup soy nut or sunflower seed butter

1/2 cup dried cherries

2 tablespoons honey

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 slices bread

2 tablespoons marshmallow spread

4 to 5 short, thin pretzel rods, broken into small pieces

In a food processor, combine the soy nut or sunflower seed butter, dried cherries, honey and salt. Pulse until well mixed.

Spread half the mixture over 1 slice of bread. Top the spread with the marshmallow, then sprinkle the pretzel bits over it. Top with the second slice of bread. Refrigerate remaining spread. Makes 1 sandwich, plus spread for 1 more.