If you miss having peanut butter eggs at Easter because of various food allergies, then you are in for a treat! These Chocolate Sunbutter Eggs are a family favorite in our house, and they are gluten free, peanut free, vegan, and soy free.
One of my favorite parts about Easter as a kid was always the Reese’s peanut butter eggs. While I can still have peanuts, my kids can’t, so we came up with an allergy friendly recipe for our family: Chocolate SunButter Eggs.
We’ve been making these for several years now, and everyone loves them (even my husband who doesn’t have food allergies), and they are fairly easy to make.
Making your own homemade Easter candy is a win-win because you know exactly what’s in it and it’s usually more cost effective to make your own allergy friendly candy vs. buying it (allergy friendly candy can get expensive).
Allergy info – our chocolate SunButter Eggs are:
- Dairy free
- Peanut free
- Tree nut free
- Can be made sugar free
How to make peanut-free “peanut butter” eggs
Here are the steps for making these knockoff peanut butter eggs. This is just an overview of the steps, the full recipe card is at the end of the post.
- With a hand mixer, cream together the SunButter, dairy free butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla until smooth and a thick dough forms (you should be able to roll the dough into balls).
- Take about 1 Tablespoon of SunButter dough and form into an egg shape. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or waxed paper.
- Melt the chocolate: in a small microwaveable bowl, heat the chocolate chips (and palm oil shortening or coconut oil if using) in 30 second intervals, stirring after each 30-second segment, until the chocolate is melted (about 1-1/2 to 2 minutes).
- Dip the eggs in the melted chocolate and return to the waxed paper-lined cookie sheet. Add your favorite sprinkles or a white chocolate drizzle.
- Allow the chocolate to set up at room temperature, or put them in the fridge to set up the chocolate even faster (if you put them in the fridge, you might get bloom on your chocolate).
The amount of powdered sugar needed for this recipe depends a little bit on how thick or thin your SunButter butter is. If your SunButter is a new jar and is a bit runny, you might need a little more powdered sugar.
If it’s thick, reduce the powdered sugar if needed. You may have to experiment a little with the amount, start with a little less powdered sugar and then add more as needed to reach the right consistency.
SunButter: If you can have other nuts (like cashews or almonds), you can definitely try making these out of nut butters you can have. But we wanted to make these safe for people with tree nut and peanut allergies, so we went with SunButter for our recipe.
Powdered sugar: I used regular powdered sugar in this recipe, but if you want to make your own homemade powdered sugar by grinding up granulated sweetener (like coconut sugar, raw cane sugar, or Truvia) into powder.
Since homemade powdered sugar doesn’t have starch added (like regular powdered sugar), you might need to use different amounts of it than regular powdered sugar.
Palm oil/coconut oil: The palm oil shortening or coconut oil is optional just to help thin out the chocolate for dipping. It will take longer to set up with the oil in the chocolate, however, and you can skip this if you want a thicker layer of chocolate on your SunButter eggs.
Chocolate variation for our SunButter eggs
You can play around with this recipe a bit by replacing some of the powdered sugar in the filling with cocoa powder to make Double Chocolate Sunbutter Eggs.
I’ve made them this way before, and if the SunButter “dough” seems a bit dry with the cocoa powder, just mix in a little bit of coconut oil or dairy free butter.
Another way to do this is by using chocolate SunButter instead of regular SunButter!
How to make these our SunButter eggs sugar free
You can easily make our copycat Reese’s eggs sugar free with a few swaps:
- Use the no sugar added SunButter (this still has some naturally occurring carbohydrates, but no added sugars like their regular kind).
- Use a powdered sugar substitute (such as confectioners Swerve or powdered ZenSweet) in the SunButter mixture.
- Use sugar free dairy free chocolate such as Bake Believe semi-sweet, Bonito chocolate drops, Lakanto chocolate chips, or Pascha unsweetened dark chocolate chips (I’m not sure about cross contamination on some of these brands however).
Check out our other great spring and Easter posts!
- Gluten Free and Dairy Free Lemon Recipes
- Allergy Friendly Easter Recipes
- Gluten Free Chocolate Cookie Dough Eggs
- Allergy Friendly Easter Basket Ideas
This post was originally published in 2012, revised with new photos a few years later, in re-written again in 2022 with a few changes made to the recipe and the post. Enjoy!
Chocolate Sunbutter Easter Eggs (Gluten Free and Vegan)
- ½ cup creamy SunButter or other nut/seed butter of choice
- 2 Tablespoons dairy free soy free butter
- ½ cup + 2 Tablespoons powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ½ cup allergy friendly chocolate chips we use Enjoy Life brand
- 1 teaspoon palm oil shortening or coconut oil* optional
- In a medium mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to blend together the sunflower seed butter, the dairy free butter, the powdered sugar, and the vanilla. Blend together until a stiff dough forms.
- The amount of powdered sugar needed for this depends on how thick or thin your SunButter butter is. If it's runny, you might need a little more powdered sugar. If it's thick, reduce the powdered sugar if needed. You may have to experiment a little with the amount, starting with less and adding more as needed.
- Pinch off about 1 Tablespoon dough and roll into an egg shape. Set aside on a wax-paper or parchment lined cookie sheet.
- In a small microwaveable bowl, heat the chocolate chips and palm oil or coconut oil in 30 second intervals, stirring after each 30-second segment, until the chocolate is melted (about 1-1/2 to 2 minutes).
- The palm oil shortening or coconut oil is optional just to help thin out the chocolate for dipping. It will take longer to set up with the oil in the chocolate, however, and you can skip this if you want a thicker layer of chocolate on your SunButter eggs.
- Dip the Sunbutter eggs in the melted chocolate and return to the waxed paper-lined cookie sheet. Add your favorite Easter sprinkles or add a white chocolate drizzle.
- Allow the chocolate to set up at room temperature, or put them in the fridge to set up the chocolate even faster.
- You can store these at room temperature in an airtight container for 3 days, if you store these in the fridge, they can last up to 5 days.
Sarah Jane Parker is the founder, recipe creator, and photographer behind The Fit Cookie. She’s a food allergy mom and healthy living blogger based in Wyoming. Sarah is also an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Certified Health Coach, Revolution Running certified running coach, and an ACE Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
26 thoughts on “Peanut Free Chocolate Sunbutter Eggs (Vegan)”
How long do these keep in the refrigerator?
These should last for about 3-5 days in the fridge. I tweaked the recipe a little bit and used palm oil in the chocolate instead of coconut oil, so the chocolate isn’t as melty and can be kept at room temperature in an airtight container if you prefer instead of the fridge (I’m going to update the notes on the recipe card).
Pay attention to the chocolate you use. Be sure it’s not processed in a “peanut” environment!
Yes! Good comment, it is always good to check chocolate for allergen statements for cross-contamination with peanuts and tree nuts
Pinned! And sending this over to my mom in Maryland. My stepdad would go NUTS (no pun intended) over this! 🙂
Thanks Lauren! I can’t wait to make these again for Easter 🙂
My son has had a peanut and treenut allergy since he was born, 12 years ago. I have never heard of sunbutter before, I can’t wait to try it. I think you could be my new best friend!!
I am so glad I can help! SunButter is pretty yummy. There are other companies that make sunflower seed butter, but some brands don’t taste as good and I know for certain that SunButter uses a dedicated nut-free facility so it is a safe bet, too.
What brand of coconut oil is not processed on shared equipment or in a facility that also processes peanuts, tree nuts?
Hi Falon! I can’t say for sure off the top of my head, but I strongly recommend reading labels for any coconut oil you might use. Since the FDA started considering coconut a tree nut a few years ago (though it is not a tree nut), some coconut oil labels might have an allergy alert on it for tree nuts. I have used Tropical Traditions, Spectrum Organics, and LouAna and none of these have allergy warnings if I recall (I don’t have the labels in front of me right now). If the label isn’t clear, you can always call the company and and ask specific questions. Most companies are more than happy to answer questions 🙂
In the mid-Atlantic region , it can be found at Target & Wegmans
Sarah Jane ~ Another timely winner from your kitchen! Of course I appreciate the recipe as a SunButter blogger, but as a fellow baker I’m really excited about the homemade powdered sugar! Thanks!
And, Ellen, let me know if you’d like SunButter coupons. ([email protected]) I can set you up and I’m eager to hear what you think of SunButter — and what you do with it! Always looking for new recipes.
Take care, ladies.
Thanks for stopping by! I bet these eggs would taste good with powdered maple sugar, too 😉
Wanted you to know I did a batch with powdered maple sugar (you know, to help out the Easter Bunny and all with basket fillers). That is an excellent combination. Hoping I’ll remember it for next spring. Keep the inspiration comin’!
Is coconut oil the only option?
Hi Jody! You can skip the coconut oil if you like. In this recipe, the coconut oil helps to thin the chocolate a bit for easier dipping while still remaining solid at room temperature after setting up. You could use palm fruit oil in place of the coconut oil if you like, or you can skip the oil altogether and have a thicker layer of chocolate on top.
My kids will love this! Thank you!! My name is Cindy and I blog over at Vegetarianmamma.com I wanted to invite you to link up your recipe and any others at our Gluten Free Fridays Recipe Link up party! It happens every Friday and we’d love to have you join us with some of your awesome recipes!
Also be sure to link up your blog on our Gluten Free Bloggers directory. You can reach the directory by clicking the “glutenfree bloggers” tab on our blog! Thanks, Cindy 🙂
Thanks for the invite, Cindy, I will check it out 🙂
Do you make your own sunflower seed butter? I have not been able to find a brand not processed with peanuts/tree nuts. If you have, what is it? If not, I have never made a nut butter. Is it easy?
Hi Ellen! I have made sunflower seed butter before, but it is hard to get it really smooth unless you have a high-powered blender or food processor. I use the SunButter (http://www.sunbutter.com/) brand sunflower seed butter because it is made in a dedicated peanut and tree-nut free facility. It does share equipment with soy beans, but that doesn’t pose a risk to our family. And it tastes very good!
If you can’t find the SunButter brand, or if it’s too pricey (it can be $7+ per jar), you can always make sunbutter at home. Take a good amount of roasted sunflower seeds and process them in a food processor continuously (scraping down as necessary) until the seeds puree and release their oils. It will take quite a bit of time to get the sunbutter smooth, at least 5 minutes of continuous processing. To help the sunflower seeds puree turn to butter in the early stage, you can always add a little coconut oil to help it liquify faster.
I hope that helps! If you have any other questions, ask away 🙂
You are my new favorite person! Thank you so much! I found several products by this company on Amazon. I haven’t purchased them yet, but will. I have noticed on some other blogs that the blog owner gets benefit if people purchase things through their site links. Do you have that? I want to give back to you if I can when I get this – this is going to be so amazing for my first grader – and for me!
Thank you Ellen! Right now I don’t have an affiliate account with Amazon, but I have a referral rewards account with Vitacost. They carry SunButter.
Worked perfectly! Cannot wait for it to get here! Thank you!!!
yuuuummm…chocolate and nut butter is a match made in heaven
Yummm — good thing I’m not there to eat them all 🙂
: ) It took a lot for me not to eat all of them!