5 Better Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches to Pack for School Lunch

August 5, 2014

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are a lunchtime staple.  Kids love the combination of soft white bread, crunchy peanut butter and sweet jelly.  To avoid getting into a school lunch rut, try reinventing this classic sandwich.  Your kids will be thrilled by the new flavor combinations you come up with. 

Peanut Butter and Banana Split Sandwich
Recipe from Dash and a Pinch

A peanut butter and banana split sandwich is closer to dessert than the main course.  White bread is spread with peanut butter, honey and pineapple jam before being loaded with strawberries, bananas and chocolate chips.  The sandwich hits the grill for just a couple minutes until the chocolate melts and the bread develops a golden brown crust.

Rainbow Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich
Recipe from I Love Peanut Butter

This rainbow peanut butter sandwich bumps up the nutrition by adding some vegetables.  Fresh raspberries are used instead of jam and act as counterpoint to the more savory spinach and sweet carrot.

Copycat Uncrustables Sandwiches
Recipe from Unsophisticook

Homemade Uncrustables sandwiches are cheap easy and a convenient meal for kids.  When putting together your PB&J sandwich, a thin layer of peanut butter should be on each side of the bread before spreading on the jelly.  The peanut butter acts as sealant so that when the sandwiches defrost, they don't get soggy.

Grilled Waffle PB&J
Recipe from Edible Perspective

The waffle iron is not just for making waffles.  It's also useful to grill sandwiches.  The peanut butter and jelly warm up and almost melt into the bread.  Feel free to use other nut butters, mix up the flavors or add fruit!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sushi
Recipe from A Bicycle Built for Two

Peanut butter and jelly sushi is a great way to teach your kids to use chopsticks.  When teaching your child this new skill, it's easier when they are using a food they are familiar with.  Plus, it's more fun to eat.

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