I love this dish for so many reasons. It’s relatively quick to prepare, simple ingredients, nooooodles and it’s nut free! I had a peanut allergy when I was younger and while I thankfully grew out of it, I still notice sensitivity here and there. This is a let down because I do love peanut flavor but I try to avoid it as I am never sure how my body will react.
A few years ago my boyfriend brought home a jar of sunflower seed butter after a friend recommended it to him. I wasn’t so sure so about it so it ended up sitting in the refrigerator for a few weeks, maybe a month before I really dug in and realized its incredible potential! After that first spoonful my jaw dropped. I was shocked, creamy, delicious and so nutty, but no nuts! Totally life changing.
And so Nutty Nut-Free Thai Noodles were born!
Know that if you are not allergic to peanuts or prefer another nut/seed butter you can absolutely use it in place of the sunflower seed butter as called for in the recipe. Being a health nut 😉 I just recommend using a natural butter as many name brand peanut butters use hydrogenated oils, palm oil and add so many unnecessary ingredients and preservatives.
I also love adding extra veggies to this dish like peppers, mushrooms, spinach etc.
Nut Free Thai Noodles
- 1 lb rice noodles
- 2 large carrots thinly peeled or julienned
- 1 cup edamame or sweet peas
- 1 15 oz can lite coconut milk
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup Soy Sauce Tamari or Liquid Aminos
- ½ cup sunflower seed butter
- 1 tsp grated ginger
- 2-3 cloves minced garlic
- 1 tbsp sriracha
- sesame seeds
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook rice noodles according to package instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water and return to pot
Meanwhile, make the sauce by combining coconut milk, maple syrup, soy sauce, sriracha, ginger and garlic together in pan over medium heat. Whisk frequently until sauce begins to thicken.
Prepare carrots, peas and any other of choice and add to noodles. Then pour the hot sauce over top the noodles and gently mix together. The noodles tend to absorb the sauce so it may look like they are swimming in the sauce at first.
Top with sesame seeds, lime, cilantro and any other fix-ins you desire!