Beary Delightful

It’s Janubeary in Ryan’s kindergarten class and we are falling in love with bears everywhere.

bear polaroid

A lot of bear artwork and papers are coming home, including this keeper.


“I can’t bear to eat meat.” That’s Ryan at the table with meat, saying “yuck.”

The search goes on for nutrient-rich food for this six year old vegetarian.  He has come a long way with greens, but I can’t help wondering whether he is getting enough calcium, protein and iron from the smattering of veggies and grains he eats.

He reminded me last week of a peanut butter-like spread he used to like, and to my delight, still does.

Delight Names

As I learned at Canyon Ranch 20 years ago (I must be SOOOO old if I am old enough to reference spa visits from 20 years ago), Peanut Butter Delight is a great replacement for regular peanut butter (which Ryan generally doesn’t eat on account of the stickiness).  At 70 calories and 3 grams of fat per 2 TBSP serving, adding skim ricotta cheese boosts the protein, reduces the fat and calories.  I know it sounds weird (especially if you are wary of ricotta), but it tastes great on whole grain bread, crackers, with a banana or apple, or on a spoon.  I assume you could substitute any nut butter you like.

Peanut Butter Delight 


The Canyon Ranch Kitchen

Prep Time: 5 minutes



  • 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup natural-style smooth peanut butter, drained
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons honey or agave


Combine all ingredients in a food processor or immersion blender with a metal blade and process until satin smooth.

Place in covered container and refrigerate.

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  1. Bonnie says:

    I’ll vouch for this. Delicious and addictive.

  2. Meredith says:

    SOOOO good! Thanks J!

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