We now have research showing that the early introduction of potentially allergenic foods, like peanuts, helps prevent future food allergy. While whole or chopped nuts are a choking hazard for babies and small children, smooth nut butter is okay to use.
The best way to include smooth nut butter in your baby’s diet is to spread thinly (a thick paste can be a choking hazard) on some toast, fruit or steamed veggie stick. Alternatively, you can mix into mashed savoury or fruit dishes, cereals or yoghurt. They’re also great to use in baking like in these delicious mini muffins.
The other great thing about these muffins is that they include iron-fortified oat cereal (the brand I choose (Aldi) had 12mg iron per 100g) and we know iron is a much-needed nutrient for growing babies.
What do you need
1 cup (or 60g) (like Ready Brek or own brand equivalent)
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 ripe mashed bananas
1/4 cup (or 65g) smooth peanut butter (the natural version with no added salt and sugar is best)
1/4 cup (or 60mls) milk
What you need to do
- Pre-heat your oven to 180C
- Spray a mini muffin tray with oil
- Mix the dry ingredients
- Mix the wet ingredients
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and combine (don’t over mix)
- Spoon into your mini muffin tray
- Bake for about 15-20 minutes
- Loosen the edges with a knife, gently take them out and finish cooling on a wire tray
- You can freeze for up to 3 months