Five Fun Ways to Make PBJ


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Around here we never get tired of PBJ sandwiches. My kids and I eat them probably 4 times a week. They are just one of those things that I never grew out of, I’m a PBJ lover for life. They are always delicious and lunch just doesn’t get any easier. Since it’s back to school season I thought I’d share some fun PBJ ideas so you can change things up for your kids school lunch. I know I can always rely on Smucker’s Fruit Spreads to make the perfect back-to-school lunch. What a great surprise it will be for them when they open their lunch box to see these instead of just a plain sandwich! 

1. This is the classic PBJ but instead of leaving it as a regular sandwich simply use a sandwich or cookie cutter and cut them into shapes. Your kids will love this! I used these animal cutters and some heart cookie cutters (not included in the set). I also used this lunch container.

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2. Make it into sushi rolls. I used a wider loaf for these for better rolling. Cut crusts from bread slice, flatten the bread slightly with a rolling pin then spread the right side with peanut butter and the left side with jam then roll and cut into “sushi” pieces.

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3. Everything tastes better when it comes in kebab form right? These are a fun way to get your kids to eat some fruit with their sandwich too. For cleaner cutting I sliced the crust first then cut into cubs and spread a little peanut butter on half the cubes then a little jam on the other half then thread onto sticks with fruit in-between. Banana slices would also be good on these, but dunk them in a water lemon mixture first to prevent browning.

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4. Use mini waffles or pancakes instead of bread. What kid wouldn’t love these? They are fun twist on the classic that’s sure to put a smile on their faces.

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5. Make them into a fruit wrap. This is a good way to ensure they don’t skip out on the fruit you packed into their lunch when you add it right to their PBJ.

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  • Amanda | Small Batch Treats: I love all of these ideas. My little guy can be really picky. I’m going to give those mini waffle sandwiches a try soon, I think he would love them! August 19, 2015 at 5:24pm Reply

  • Laura Dembowski: That cat shaped pbj is too cute. Seriously, I’m obsessed. I love pbj and Smuckers – such a classic! August 19, 2015 at 6:54pm Reply

  • Sarah: These lunches are adorable and so creative! August 19, 2015 at 9:46pm Reply

  • Bella B: So clever! August 19, 2015 at 9:52pm Reply

  • Jess: I have a 16 month old and I swear she could eat pb&j everyday if I let her! Thanks for the new ideas! August 20, 2015 at 11:19am Reply

  • Jessica: I love this for… ME. I always hated pb&j as a child and an adult. But started loving it a few years ago. Once I start working again, I will most definitely try these awesome pb&j options… especially the waffles. TFS Be Blessed.
    ~Jessica July 17, 2016 at 1:27pm Reply

  • Ashley Zemina: Not only do I love you PB&J ideas-I LOVE the container you packed it in! Is it a Bento box?? August 6, 2016 at 11:38am Reply

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