Peanut butter sandwiches have been a staple in kids’ lunchboxes for ever. Most kids love peanut butter and it is less likely to spoil if not refrigerated. It packs a lot of protein in a lunch as well and can be healthy for your child.
There are other things to add to peanut butter besides jelly that can make a lunch your child wouldn’t trade for the world. Either that or they become very popular with the lunch crew.
Some people put the craziest stuff on peanut butter, but it tastes surprisingly good. Some of the following items may not be as healthy as others. Give the sugary but really good ones to them as rewards for good grades or for doing something spectacular.
- Peanut butter
- bread or flour tortillas
- dried cranberries
- marshmallows or marshmallow fluff
- chocolate chipsDirections:
Peanut Butter and Jelly
- Everyone knows how to make these. Just spread some peanut butter on bread and add jelly.
- Put a little twist on it by using a big cookie cutter in the shape of an animal and cutting it out of the middle. Your child gets a crustless sandwich and a cute bunny or clown. During the holidays cut out pumpkins, turkeys, and Santa.
- You can also make this a little different by using a flour tortilla and rolling it up.
Peanut Butter and Banana
- This has been a favorite for years. Just spread the peanut butter on the bread and top with slices of banana.
- Banana has a tendency to turn brown or black so be sure to soak your slices in a little lemon juice to prevent browning.
- You can also put this in a tortilla and wrap it.
Peanut Butter and Raisins
- Sprinkle some raisins over the peanut butter after spread and cover with another piece of bread.
Peanut Butter and Strawberries
Slice strawberries thin and place on a paper towels to get as much liquid out as possible.
Place drained strawberries on top of peanut butter and either top with another slice of bread or go topless.
These tend to get a little soggy after awhile but if you drain them pretty good the sandwich should hold up until lunchtime.
Peanut Butter and Honey
spread about a teaspoon to a tablespoon (depends on how sweet you want it to be) over peanut butter and top with another piece of bread.
Peanut Butter and Apples
Peel apples and slice thin.
Soak apple slices in lemon juice to prevent them from getting brown.
Lay on paper towels to soak up as much liquid as possible.
Layer over peanut butter and add another piece of bread on top.
Peanut Butter and Bacon (Don’t knock it until you try it)
Fry up 2 slices of bacon and when it cools crumble it over peanut butter and top with another piece of bread.
Peanut butter and Marshmallow
place mini marshmallows over peanut butter and top with another piece of bread.
You can spread marshmallow fluff over top instead of using mini marshmallows.
Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip
sprinkle mini chocolate chips over peanut butter and top with bread.
Rocky Road Peanut Butter
Make the Peanut Butter and Marshmallow sandwich and sprinkle with mini chocolate chips.
Most of these sandwiches lend themselves to be cut with a cookie cutter or rolled in a flour tortilla except the fresh fruit ones. You kids will call you the Peanut Butter Chef with these treats in their school lunch box.