Does your child eat so much peanut butter you fear her mouth is going to seal shut? It is so easy to throw in the lunch box every single day. So long as there are no kids with peanut allergies in their class, let them keep having it every day. It should comfort you to know peanut butter is actually a very healthy food that can be a great part of your child’s diet.
Indeed, peanut butter is a vegetarian source of protein, a source of essential vitamins and minerals like Vitamin E, Niacin, Phosphorous and Magnesium. Peanut butter is cholesterol free and contains as much fiber as a ½ cup of broccoli. It is also a good source of natural folic acid, an essential nutrient in the prevention of heart disease.
Now that we know we can embrace peanut butter as part of our limited repertoire of dishes our kids will actually eat, here are some suggestions for how to get a little creative with this fast and easy food.
Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
- 2 large ripe bananas, peeled, sliced, frozen
- 2 cups milk 1/4 cup of creamy peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon of imitation banana extract
Place all ingredients in blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into tall glasses and serve immediately. 2 servings.
Easy Peanut Butter Banana Waffles
- 2 frozen waffles
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1 medium banana
Spread peanut butter on warmed waffles and top with sliced bananas Peanut Butter Pancakes 1 ¼ cups of flour 2 tablespoons sugar 2 ½ tablespoons of baking powder ½ teaspoon salt 1 ¼ cups of milk 1 egg ¼ cup peanut butter 3 tablespoons butter, melted Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Beat milk with egg and peanut butter until smooth. Add to dry ingredients and beat just until well moistened. Cook until golden brown on both sides.
Grilled Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich
- 6 to 8 tablespoons peanut butter
- 8 slices whole grain bread
- 2 large ripe bananas sliced lengthwise into a total of 16 pieces
- 2 tablespoons honey
- Butter flavored cooking spray
Spread about 1 tablespoon of peanut butter on each slice of bread. Place banana pieces on top of the peanut butter on 4 of the slices of bread and drizzle with honey. Press the remaining slices of bread on top to make 4 sandwiches. Place a large non-stick skillet over medium-high hat. Coat the bread with cooking spray just before browning each side. Grill the sandwiches two minutes per side or until brown. Cut diagonally and serve warm.
Check out the I Love Peanut Butter Cookbook , a must have for all peant butter lovers. Parents of truly die-hard PB fans should also check out www.peanutbutterlovers.com  and www.ilovepeanutbutter.com  for more great recipes.