These Peanut Butter Sesame Noodles are perfect for Baby Led Weaning (BLW) with babies 6 months or older as an easy allergen introduction recipe.
When my Big Boy E was still my little Baby E and I just started introducing solids, I was really impressed with his interest in trying new foods. In fact, we made it to over 100 foods at only 9 months old! But if you’re just getting started with baby led weaning and/or introducing solids to your little one, you probably have heard that you want to rule out the top allergens first. In fact, I wrote an entire post about the importance of early introduction of allergens. Interestingly, new research has suggested that introducing your baby to peanut products early (between 4-6 months) may help reduce the risk of peanut allergies, so if you’re struggling to figure out a tasty BLW way to serve peanut butter, these peanut butter sesame noodles are for you.
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Why This Recipe Works
These peanut butter sesame noodles are a great way to introduce common allergens safely to build tolerance. I also love this recipe because it’s:
- Family friendly
- Easy to prepare
- Uses pantry staples
- SUPER delicious for kids and parents
Egg Noodles – Egg noodles contain more eggs in their recipe which makes them different from traditional pasta. You can totally make your own egg noodles, but I personally like to use pre-packaged noodles to make cooking dinner with toddlers a bit easier. It also contains protein and fiber.
Peanut Butter – I love using peanut butter in these sesame peanut noodles because it’s a great way to slowly introduce a common allergen while also creating the most perfect creamy sauce!
Rice Wine Vinegar – Rice wine vinegar is made from fermented rice and adds a small acidic taste to any Asian-inspired recipe!
How to Make This Recipe
Step 1: To a large pot filled with boiling water, cook the noodles until just al dente. Before draining, scoop out about 1/2 cup of the cooking water and set it aside.
Step 2: Add the olive oil to the pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and ginger and saute until fragrant, about 1 1/2 minutes. Take off the heat and add the noodles in, along with the peanut butter, rice vinegar and sesame oil. Start to toss the pasta with the peanut butter while adding the starchy cooking liquid a tablespoon or so at a time. Transfer to a platter and top with white and black sesame seeds, if desired.
This recipe actually features a number of common allergens – wheat (noodles), egg (noodles), sesame (sauce), and peanut butter (sauce). For that reason, I wouldn’t make this the FIRST dish you serve to introduce all of these foods because if heaven forbid your little one had a reaction, you wouldn’t know WHICH of the allergens caused it!
In other words, I have trialed Baby E on peanuts and waited a few days. I did sesame and waited. Wheat then waited. Egg then waited etc. Once I was in the clear, I wanted to make sure he didn’t develop an allergy down the road, and these sesame peanut noodles became an awesome dish to do that with. This is a fantastic recipe, however, for maintaining allergen tolerance, which you should make a priority every week after you’ve introduced each of these on their own.
Gluten is typically found in the egg noodles, however, they do make packaged gluten-free egg noodles that would work for this recipe. I only suggest this if an allergy/intolerance to gluten has already been identified.
Yes! Make sure to store in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.
I would suggest sticking with peanut butter. It helps keep the traditional Asian flavoring and the texture makes for the perfect creamy sauce.
More Recipes You Might Like
Want more delicious noodle recipes like these peanut butter sesame noodles? Try these readers’ favourites:
- Vegan Brown Butter Butternut Squash Noodles
- Vegan Avocado Zucchini Noodles with Pesto
- Vegan Mushroom Pasta
- Creamy Pumpkin Zucchini Noodles with Spiced Pumpkin Seeds
Hey moms and dads, I would love to know what some of your go-to BLW recipes for allergen prevention are! How has baby led weaning gone for you so far? Let me know what your kids are loving and what isn’t working so well for you!
Peanut Butter Sesame Noodles
- To a large pot filled with boiling water, cook the noodles until just al dente. Before draining, scoop out about 1/2 cup of the cooking water and set it aside.
- Add the olive oil to the pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and ginger and saute until fragrant, about 1 1/2 minutes. Take off the heat and add the noodles in, along with the peanut butter, rice vinegar and sesame oil. Start to toss the pasta with the peanut butter while adding the starchy cooking liquid a tablespoon or so at a time. Transfer to a platter and top with white and black sesame seeds, if desired.
Abbey Sharp is a Registered Dietitian (RD), regulated by the Ontario College of Dietitians. She is a mom, YouTuber, Blogger, award winning cookbook author, media coach specializing in food and nutrition influencers, and a frequent contributor to national publications like Healthline and on national broadcast TV shows.