As someone who is 40+ the whole peanut thing is a little weird. Growing up I never met (or even heard of) someone who had a peanut allergy. All of a sudden, you can’t find peanuts on airplanes. Whether it is because of our antiseptic culture or some unknown reason it doesn’t really matter, because nothing is more fearful these days than introducing your kid to peanut butter.

Hoping The Kid will be a better eater and a little healthier we have been introducing him to as many different foods as we can. So a day after he turned six months I presented him with my very own Banana Peanut Butter Mash. If you wanted to buy this you can’t these days. Whether it is the hysteria over peanut butter (or maybe it is the liability concerns) you can’t find peanuts in children’s food products, except maybe in a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup (or are they for big kids?). That said, here is my DIY recipe for the brave of heart:

Banana Peanut Butter Mash

  • One half a ripe banana
  • One tablespoon smooth peanut butter

Combine peanut butter and banana and mash together with fork on plate. Serve to tough and hearty infants.

This is a pretty flavorful mixture. Your kid with definitely taste the peanuts. My kid just loved it. He attacked it like I hadn’t fed him for a week.

I told my wife a little after the fact. She was less pleased than I was with my–let’s call it–inventiveness. We were due to see the grandparents that day and a trip to the emergency room might have made that a little complicated.

Hey, we only live five minutes from a major hospital. Let’s experiment. The Kid will thank me later or so I hope. Peanut butter lovers are a distinguished group. It looks like he might be the newest member.



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