When Life Gets Sticky: Smart Solutions for Sticky Situations

Ready to Dive In, but Missing a Key Ingredient? No Worries – Here Are Your Alternatives!

Your eagerly awaited package of clean treats has arrived, and you're bursting with excitement to dive into the culinary adventure (and maybe even roll with it – pun intended). However, after a thorough inspection of your cupboards, you find yourself facing a bit of a culinary conundrum. The required ingredients for your treat mix are playing hide and seek, leaving you in a sticky situation. But fear not! Our trusty list of alternatives is here to swoop in and save the day.

Before you journey deeper into this trove of alternatives, it's important to note that while we haven't personally tested every substitute listed, we're brimming with confidence that these alternatives will rise to the occasion. While some nuances might tickle your taste buds differently or have your texture radar buzzing, the essence of your clean treats will remain delightfully intact. We're all about transparency, so we're sharing that you might encounter a subtle variation in taste and mouthfeel when embracing these alternative ingredients, but overall, the resemblance will be striking.

So, whether you're the adventurous type ready to embark on taste bud expeditions or the meticulous connoisseur seeking the perfect culinary harmony, rest assured that our alternative options have your back. Let the culinary escapades continue.




Rice Malt Syrup

Rice malt syrup aka brown rice syrup is a low fructose sugar alternative derived from brown rice, boasting a mild sweetness often likened to butterscotch. If you don’t have a jar of this in your pantry, you can always use:

  • Agave Syrup
  • Honey
  • Maple Syrup
  • Date Paste


Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a difficult component to replace due to its ability to solidify when refrigerated. In saying that, we recommend using cacao butter if you don’t have coconut oil on hand.


Peanut Butter

In the unlikely and extremely traumatic instance of a peanut butter shortage, you can totally replace this pantry staple with:

  • Cashew Butter
  • Tahini
  • Almond Butter
  • Coconut Butter
  • Sunflower Butter


Almond Butter

The healthiest of all the nut butters, almond butter is a spread we simply can’t get enough of. If you don’t have it on hand, you can use:

  • Cashew Butter
  • Peanut Butter
  • Tahini
  • Coconut Butter
  • Sunflower Butter


Almond Milk

As is the case with nut butters, almond is one of the healthiest options among plant-based milks which is why so many of our clean treat mixes call for it. If you find yourself running low on supply, simply replace it with:

  • Coconut Milk
  • Oat Milk
  • Soy Milk
  • Rice Milk
  • Dairy Milk




Tahini is a paste made from toasted ground hulled sesame, commonly used in salad dressings and hummus. It offers a very potent flavour, with a texture similar to many nut butters. If your jar of tahini has pulled a Houdini, you can use:

  • Smooth Peanut Butter
  • Cashew Butter
  • Coconut Butter
  • Almond Butter
  • Sunflower Butter


Coconut Butter

A common mistake people often make is assuming coconut oil and coconut butter are the same. Unlike the oil, coconut butter contains the meat of the coconut which allows it to retain its nutrients and fiber. It has a very potent coconut taste and creates a creamy texture. It can be found in most health food stores and larger supermarket chains. If you cant get your hands on it, you can also opt for:

  • Solidified coconut oil 
  • Refrigerating coconut milk or cream overnight and using the hardened top layer