- Virginia Johnson
School's out! Time for tasty treats made with nutty deliciousness. Here are four easy recipes to try while chilling this summer. If you are allergic to peanuts, ask your parents if it's okay to substitute toasted almond/almond butter or cashews/cashew butter in these snacks. Then check out the some books for the nuttier side of your summer reading.
- Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies: crunchy and tangy with a bit of sour cherry
- 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Granola Bars (Gluten-Free, Vegan): dates, oats (GF), and natural peanut butter make for something wonderful
- How to Make Homemade Peanut Butter: or cashew butter or almond butter. Be sure to ask for a grown-up's help when using the food processor or blender. Those blades are wicked sharp!
- Cold Sesame Soba (aka Peanut Butter Noodles): peanut butter is in the sauce for this delicious, quick main meal.
- And now for something completely summery: Nutty Banana Pops
- Last but not least--GORP/GORN: Good Old Raisins and Peanuts/Nuts: no need for a recipe link here. Just take a half cup or more of lightly salted nuts and put them in a zip-lock bag with the same amount of raisins. Zip it up, give it a couple of shakes, and you are ready for summer adventures.
Going Nuts in the Library
The Almond Orchard by Laura Jane Coats.
Over 100 years ago, the author's family planted a wonderful orchard filled with almond trees. As the years go on, technology changes the way the trees are cared for, but it is still a family enterprise. A warm book about nature and family continuing through the generations.
George Washington Carver: Peanut Wizard by Laura Driscoll.
"Annie Marcus is just nuts about peanut butter! When Annie finds out that George Washington Carver was responsible for the popularity of peanuts, she picks him for her scientist report. Annie learns all sorts of fascinating info-George Washington Carver was born into slavery, but his dedication and unquenchable thirst for knowledge drove him to become a professor at a time when most institutions of higher learning were closed to blacks."
Part of the Smart about Scientists series.
I Can't Eat Peanuts by Katie Marsico.
Unfortunately, not everybody can enjoy peanuts. A good book to read if you or friends are allergic.
Peanut Butter and Jelly: A Play Rhyme.
Take this book along with you on your next babysitting gig. Little kids will love moving their hands and feet (instructions included) as they "make" a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
Allergies, Away! Creative Eats and Mouthwatering Treats for Kids Allergic to Nuts, Dairy, and Eggs by Ginger and Frances Park.
If nuts and common allergens are off the menu, this book by professional chefs and moms (and sisters) can make growing up a sweeter experience. Most recipes are designed so kids can help out, too.
*This information comes from the EDinformatics article, Peanuts: Nutritional Information.