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Thursday, March 7, 2013

peanut butter playdough

Peanut Butter Playdough

We like to play with our food. We encourage it. As Baby Led Weaning, also known as Rapley Weaning indicates, "Food under one (year old) is just for fun." My husband and I, he in his own words refusing to grow up and me because I believe it is healthy, encourage exploration and food play after one year of age, too.

Asher is now 17 months old. Obviously, nut allergies are not an issue! Sorry, those of you for whom they are a concern. I have no alternate suggestions to nut butter. He is still exploring textures and tastes, eating gradually more and nursing a little less, and some afternoons we just need something to squish around in our hands other than mud. Playdough still is way too tempting and I am concerned it would be tasted -- and rejected -- rather quickly, making non-food playing doughs a little tricky still. Enter peanut butter playdough. My mum, Asher's Noni, made it with me and my three younger brothers. I am continuing the family tradition by making it with my son.

1 jar (18 oz) peanut butter
1/3rd to 1/2 c honey 
1 to 1 1/2 c milk powder (soy, dairy, coconut, doesn't matter)
yields approximately 4 cups, or double the original volume of plain peanut butter

This recipe is very adaptable. Mix the nut butter and honey together first, and add milk powder until you reach a somewhat firm, moldable texture.



 Add more honey to taste if you require, or less. Play, eat. Store remaining dough in the refrigerator.


 Leave a few pieces of dried fruit, apple slices, and pretzels on the side to add to the playing and snacking fun.


Get creative with rolling tubes on the table, rolling balls between the palms, pressing indentations with the fingers or the whole hand. Make a peanut butter snowman.






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