June 19, 2008
I literally have hundreds of cookbooks I started collecting when I was a
little girl and continue to this day. I admit that after all these years, it's gotten a little out of
control, but I love the endless variety and different styles of books out there. There are also some genuinely odd and funny ones as well. The Elvis
Presley cookbook "Are you Hungry Tonight" is great. Just looking at the table
of contents makes your arteries feel like they are clogging, but the one recipe Elvis is best
know for is the "fried peanut butter and banana sandwich". I'm not
saying that it doesn't sound incredibly delicious, but it's not
exactly one of the first dishes I would want to turn my son on to given the "fried" approach. So, always in service of trying healthy approaches to not-so-healthy classics, I think I came up with a good one: Mini Elvis Paninis.
I recently had over a group of little ones ranging from 15 months to 4 years old and they devoured these sandwiches faster then I could make them. Since I still haven't given Kenya peanut butter (our Doctor recommended we wait until he’s over the age of 2 in case of allergies), I made his with almond butter (feel free to replace it with peanut, soy or cashew butter if that's what your little one prefers). Almond butter is an ideal first nut for babies to try since it has a low allergic potential and almonds are packed with calcium, vitamins B and E. By using the panini press, the heat melted the banana and almond butter together while pressing the sandwich together for smaller mouths to get bigger bites. And....same great taste, no frying. These mini sandwiches are delicious and will give your little one tons of energy for playing.
We used these to make this recipe: