Peanut Butter & Grits

(Being a southerner myself, I know that this just sounds wrong. However, my 1-year-old son has an iron deficiency, and grits and peanut butter are both good sources of iron, so I decided to see what would happen if I combined them. Amazingly, it turned out really good. It tastes like a less-sweet version of no-bake peanut butter oatmeal cookies, and he loves it. So, you know, win-win.)

  • 1/8 cup grits
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • Optional: 1 ounce whole milk (just makes it a bit less thick)


  1. Put grits and water into a microwave-safe bowl. Follow cooking instructions on grits package. (For me, the best results are 10 minutes on 40% power.)
  2. Add peanut butter, sugar, and optional milk. Stir until well-combined.

(Iron content is approximately 1.95 mg using Quaker grits and JIF peanut butter. We also give him some watered-down apple or grape juice to go with it as my research indicates that vitamin C helps his body to absorb the iron.)

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