My son loves peanut butter, other than milk it's really his only source of protein (for the past six months he has been very finicky about his food- it's hit or miss whether he'll eat meat, chicken or fish- some days he'll gobble it down, others he has lock jaw). However, if it has peanut butter as the main ingredient, I know he'll gobble it up.
PB & J Greek Yogurt- Yep, that's it. The only reason I'm blogging this is because it's such a simple way to add extra protein and calcium into their day. I love how Greek yogurt is so thick and creamy (and full of protein). One day, about five months ago, I had an idea that would either be unbelievably delicious or a complete disaster, Peanut Butter and Jelly Greek Yogurt. I mixed equal parts peanut butter and Greek yogurt (we did 3/4 c of each), then added two tablespoons of organic strawberry preserves. It is outstanding! I usually make a double batch and then put it in individual containers, so that we have something ready in the fridge for another day.
Gluten-free Peanut Butter Balls- from Happy Healthy Mama. The first time I made these I misread the recipe and added two tablespoons of maple syrup (instead of 2 teaspoons). To thicken the mixture, I added 1/4 cup of unsweetened organic shredded coconut. These were sensational. Wild One gobbled up four of these in one sitting (that's a lot for him, both of my kids barely eat). Between the quinoa and peanut butter, these are a protein powerhouse!
Homemade Lara Bars - again from the ever plentiful Happy Healthy Mama. We make a double batch of these, because they'll eat the entire batch in one sitting. I still can't believe how quick and easy it is to make these!
Banana Peanut Butter Crunchies- another delicious creation from Happy Healthy Mama. We love these, we add dark chocolate chips to these, because well- everything tastes better with dark chocolate. We make these at least once a month, they are so yummy (and guilt-free).
PB & J French Toast- Top French toast with PB & J, layer with another slice of French toast. The peanut butter becomes so gooey from the heat of the French toast.
Peanut Butter and Nanner Sushi- Mash half of a ripe banana in a bowl. Lay out a whole wheat wrap, spread peanut butter and mashed banana on the wrap. Roll up like a sushi-roll. Cut into six pieces. another variation - is using honey in place of the mashed banana
Peanut Butter Spread- from Healthnut Foodie. This is excellent in a sandwich, on top of a banana bread or served with apples.
Peanut Butter and Banana Shake- Combine the following ingredients in a blender, 1 1/2 cups of unsweetened almond milk, one cup of peanut butter, one ripe banana (we slice our ripe bananas and then freeze them in a zip bag for our smoothies), one handful of ice, and two tablespoons of chia seeds. Blend until creamy. Serve right away.
Peanut Butter Pong Balls- from The Diva Dish. I have absolutely zero guilt about feeding these cookies to my twins as part of a meal (not just as a snack). Just listen to the list of ingredients- walnuts, dates, almonds, pure maple syrup, peanut butter, old fashioned oats and unsweetened coconut flakes. These are so peanut buttery and delicious.