I love nuts. Like allllllll of them. Pistachios, cashews, almonds, walnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, and peanuts. Did I miss any?! But let's talk about the cheapest of them all: peanuts.
I could go on for days about how awesome this little nut is — full of plant-based protein, completely satisfying, good at stabilizing blood sugar throughout the day, uber sustainable and requiring very little water for growth, super affordable, genuinely liked by almost every kid on the planet, providing a slew of health benefits, etc… but I do understand that some schools don't allow peanuts because of allergies. So if that happens to be you, please feel free to sub in sunflower seed butter in today's recipe.
Speaking of school, can we just stop for a moment and say, "WHOAAAAAAAAAAAA. Where did summer go?!?" I have friends in Georgia who already snapped that first day pic - lunchbox, backpack, and all. We (thankfully) still have two weeks before Babycakes STARTS KINDERGARTEN. But it will be here before we know it. And we'll be ready. With easy lunchbox ideas like this one and this one and this one and the one below, easing into the routine will be much easier.
Maple Cinnamon PB Dip:
This dip is perfect for a hearty after-school snack that will keep your kids full 'til dinner, or in their lunchbox.
I started with unsweetened crunchy peanut butter. For a little nutrient boost and a taste of fall, I added cinnamon and ground flax. To sweeten it a bit, I added dark amber maple syrup (but this is totally optional). And to make the dip creamier, I used Silk's unsweetened Cashewmilk. I first declared my love for it here. I use it allllllllllll the time -- in my coffee, in smoothies like this one, in salad dressings like this one, and in yummy dips.
Today's lunchbox features:
- Sliced organic apples with Maple Cinnamon PB Dip ---- recipe below!
- 5 Slices of a wrap with turkey, spinach, cheddar and a bit of organic strawberry jam
- A cute reusable napkin from Mighty Nest
*If your child is older, you can add in another item -- like baby carrots or sugar snap peas or crunchy chickpeas.
Since school hasn't started yet, Babycakes devoured this as a picnic dinner on the patio. We're still squeezing in more "glamping", more reading, more flower-girling, and more popsicle eating before the first bell rings.
- What about you? Are your kiddos already back-to-school?
- What are your favorite items to pack in their lunches?
- Do your kids like peanut butter?
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Maple Cinnamon PB Dip
Maple Cinnamon PB Dip // via Nosh and Nourish
*or try mixing up the same quantity using peanut powder and water!
- Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.
- Stir until completely mixed.
- Serve with sliced apples.
Yields 6 Servings