When Mai began eating solid food, I had a lot of anxiety about food allergies. I made sure to introduce new foods slowly & would watch her carefully for any signs of an allergic reaction. No fear was more prominent than the introduction of peanut butter into her diet.
I can still remember the first time feeding it to her. I spread a thin layer on a chunk of toast & watched her with bated breath as she nibbled on that first bite. After a few minutes had passed, I was relieved to see that she didn’t have a reaction, but to my disappointment, my daughter did not like the peanut butter.
It has been almost a year since she had her first taste & she still does not have any interest in it. This bothers me. I am not quite sure why. She has always been picky. For some reason I thought that peanut butter was going to be a magical food that she would solve all my mealtime woes. I had images of her happily eating a Pb & J with a big messy smile on her face, but this never happened. My determination to get her to eat peanut butter continues. Mai loves bananas. I always loved the combination of bananas with peanut butter & thought maybe my daughter would too. Let’s find out…
Frozen Banana Bites
These are very easy to make, so I only make them one banana at a time.
Preheat oven to 375.
Slice banana into 1 inch chunks. Mix one heaping spoonful of peanut butter with a tbsp of honey & thin with water until it forms a creamy sauce.
On a separate plate add graham cracker crumbs. You can purchase them or make your own crumbs. I mash mine with a potato masher.
Dip the banana chunk into the peanut butter mixture & then coat in graham cracker crumbs.
Place on an ungreased baking sheet & bake for 5-10 minutes till outside is lightly toasted. Watch carefully not to burn the graham crackers. Let cool & then place in the freezer.
These are wonderful. They taste like crunchy ice cream balls.
Did my anti-peanut butter baby agree?
SHE LIKES IT!
Here are a couple more fruit inspired, quick & delicious treats…
Blue Cheese Stuffed Apricots with Bacon I had these as a side to my main course at a restaurant. I loved them so much I had to try them at home. I used turkey bacon instead of regular to lower the fat. Preheat oven to 400. Cook the bacon halfway. Make sure that it is still soft.
Bacon packages vary in slices. Butterfly enough dried apricots to go the number of bacon slices being used.
Stuff generously with crumbled blue cheese & then wrap with bacon. Bake for 10 minutes or until bacon is crispy. Cook times will vary depending on oven.
Caramel & Peanut Apple Slices
Wash & cut the apple into wedges. Heat caramel & dip wedges into the warm caramel. Roll in crushed peanuts. It tastes like a bite sized candied apple.
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