Working in the nutrition field, people often ask me whether this food or that food…
My original intention for this recipe was to make a healthier version of a peanut butter and honey sandwich. The sandwich idea definitely tasted great but unfortunately, the filling didn’t stick very well to the bread. When some of the peanut butter filling fell onto my toddler’s tray, he began to roll it between his hands and exclaimed “I’m making a peanut butter snake!”
Since I’m a big proponent of encouraging kids to play with their food, I rolled with this change to my intended recipe. Who needs delicious homemade sourdough bread anyway? We had a great rest of the lunch making shapes out of the peanut butter-chickpea mash.
And why should kids play with their food? Well, the answer is simple. The more a child is able to experience a food, the more likely they are to be willing to eat it. Playing with food is the ultimate experience. They get to feel, smell, listen to, and also maybe taste the food!
Healthy Edible Play-Dough
- 2 cups peanuts
- 1 can chickpeas drained and rinsed (or 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas)
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- In a high powered blender or food processor, place the ingredients in the order listed.
- Process according to your appliance's instructions for making nut butter.
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