Peanuts, or any nuts really, are great sources of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, when eaten in moderation. They’re also a good source of protein and are full of other vitamins and antioxidants. If you don’t have any intolerances to them, there’s plenty of good reasons to include these in your little grub’s diet.
As mentioned in this blog, we opted to introduce allergens sooner rather than later. But at the same time, I wanted to wait to introduce grains (I’ll explain why in a future post). So peanut butter on toast wasn’t an option for us for a little while!
As I wanted to avoid toast, here are a few alternative methods to introducing peanut butter. These are great for those not quite ready for really chewy food – my little grub wasn’t ready for anything lumpy or chewy until about 7 months old, but I didn’t have to wait to start him on some peanut butter. Grub loved these combos and they work really well as a snack or dessert. I use a natural (doesn’t have to be organic) smooth peanut butter.
– Mash 2 tbsp ripe banana, 1 tbsp avocado and 1-2 tsp of peanut butter together
– Mash 2 tbsp ripe banana, 1-2 tsp of peanut butter and 2 tbsp greek yoghurt together (we still have this for dessert most nights!)
– Mix 2 tsp peanut butter in to 2-3 tbsp of greek yoghurt with a sprinkle of cinnamon (trust me, this one is a hit!)
– Spread some peanut butter on peeled cucumber slices (suitable from when you’re wanting to introduce finger foods)
– and of course, spread over a hot piece of toast and watch it go all gooey and delicious! (Also a great finger food option).
Have you tried any of these? How did you introduce peanut butter? We would love to know! Leave us a comment below.