So I figured that my postpartum blogging return should be headlined with a lifesaver recipe. Once again I am featuring my small and fickle son, Elliot, and his choosy appetite. One of the few non-candy item he would almost always accept in those last weeks of pregnancy and the first overwhelming weeks with our newborn, Soraya, was peanut butter. From there it was an easy slide into the delightful additions of extra fat, butter and plenty of sweetness from either honey or maple syrup. The maple syrup offers a slightly smoky, caramelized depth to the sweetness and the honey provides loud sweetness and a lovely viscosity to the mixture. So pick your favorite, though around here we generally use raw honey since it doesn’t cause me to cringe at the cost…
Superhero Sludge came by it’s dramatic name merely to persuade a toddlers brain that it had comic-proportion deliciousness and muscle-enhancement. I love that my curly-headed son can grab a bite anytime, especially right before bed when he suddenly remembers how hungry he is. We spread it on pancakes, on toast, and on bananas but mostly Elliot loves it plain, by the bright plastic spoonful. Many weekend mornings, while us weary parents tried to catch up from endless sleep deprivation, my small children would sit wide-eyed in front of early cartoons and our tiny man would trot over to the fridge to grab his sludge. This bought us an extra hour or two before insistent hunger set in and I could also be relieved that he was getting a balance of macro-nutrients versus usual snack foods of naked carbs.
Use highest-quality local butter, organic peanut butter, and raw honey, and you do seriously end up with kiddie-super-food! And, if you are hoping to go dairy-free, coconut oil is an easy swap for the butter. If your children prefer almond or cashew butter, that would also be a lovely option. My husband will also grab spoonfuls whenever there is a jar handy, it pretty much tastes like peanut butter cup filling, so for him it’s a protein-packed indulgence. The best part of this, though, is that it takes 2 minutes to stir together and then you have spoon-snacks for a week or two!
1/2 cup of salted butter, softened
1/2 cup of salted, creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
1. Put butter, peanut butter, and honey into a bowl and mix with a fork or whisk until smooth and creamy. Scrape into a pint jar and store in the refrigerator.