Another favourite, our homemade raspberry jam hand mixed with our handmade peanut butter.
The peanuts we use come from Argentina and are dry roasted to make the perfect texture of peanut butter. Peanut butter madness sets in and we create flavours as peanut butter is a benefit to health and has its uses to flavour and texture in cooking. People love to mix Peanut Butter with a huge variety of flavours.
LOVE IS, Peanut Butter and Jam together! At least, that is what the slogan on the jar would have you believe. I have always enjoyed peanut butter with honey, so I was sure this combination would work well. What I had not expected was how pretty the jar looked with the jam and peanut butter marbled around each other rather than simply mixed up. I could actually slide my spoon inside the jar and hook a blob of jam on its own.
We had this for morning tea - we had planned to meet up with friends who have young children, so I thought this would be perfect. I had decided on pikelets as my contribution, but had no wheat flour, so I used almond flour instead. I don't think anyone could tell the difference; they were more interested in the topping. The five-year-old twins adore peanut butter and would cheerfully have polished off the lot if we had not removed the plate. There were two younger children and several adults there as well, and I wanted everyone to try them.
Mr Two loved them. He licked all the topping off and then gave me back the pikelet! That was funny, but it also showed that he approved as he then wanted another one. Miss Three ate hers in two bites and asked for two more (not just one!) so I think she was a fan too. Of course, they could not explain why they liked them but the body language meant they hardly needed to. As for the adults, we all enjoyed them although one person thought the combination of pikelet and peanut butter was a little dry and suggested I use butter as well next time. However he ate several so I don't think the texture put him off too much.
Because the only ingredients are peanut butter and raspberry jam, there is no aftertaste, and there are no added preservatives - just honest foods which are ideal for small children. There is a high fat content, but there is a limit to what you can eat anyway, and with the amount of energy all four of them expend that will do them no harm. Nuts are a great source of protein too, and the children are growing fast so they need that. This mixture is much better for them than jam on its own.
We left the jar with them since the children were enjoying it so much, but my friend phoned me later that evening to tell me the twins had made a cake (with assistance from their father) and had spread it with the last of the contents of the jar instead of using icing. They had been very proud of themselves, and of course she was pleased too because it was a much healthier option. And although it was a slightly messier result, the twins assured her they did not need to wash their hands as they had licked them clean!
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