School Lunch/Snack: PBJ&B “Sushi”

It’s easy to get into a lunchtime rut, especially when it comes to packing kids lunches and snacks for school. I have to admit, I’m not very good with the cutesy lunches. It’s not that I don’t think they are adorable, I’m just not very well versed in making things look precious or adorable (not yet anyway). That being said, my three year old is at the age where he really appreciates that sort of thing, so I’m starting to up my arsenal of fun lunches and snack ideas.

These roll-ups are anything but ordinary and I love that they’re healthy balance of whole grain, fruit and protein. What kid doesn’t love PB&J, right? And turning them into “sushi” is a fun twist on an old classic. The best thing is they are easily made with pantry staples and can be thrown together in minutes (even before you’ve had your coffee) in the AM. If your child doesn’t eat peanut-butter, you can easily swap in your favorite nut or seed butter.



PBJ&B “Sushi”

Makes 6-8 roll-ups



4 slices whole wheat bread

2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter

1 tablespoon jelly or jam

1 large banana, cut in half



Cut the crusts off of the bread. Slater with peanut butter and jelly.


Overlap two slices and use your rolling pin to flatten them out and fuse the pieces together.

Tip: Press very hard when you are rolling them together so the bread sticks together well.

Spread each piece with peanut butter and jelly.

Place half a banana onto the top portion of each piece of bread.

Roll-up each banana very tightly.

Tip: If the bread starts to pull away from the banana, use some extra PB&J as glue.

Roll into 1/-2-inch pieces using a serrated knife.


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Christina Stanley-Salerno is a recipe developer, food stylist, photographer and blogger at She has an intense passion for the family meal and as a work-at-home mother of two growing boys, knows first-hand the challenges of trying to get a meal on the table—FAST! Before going freelance, she was on-staff at Every Day with Rachael Ray where she had the pleasure of working alongside some of the best in the food business. She is now a full-time work at home mom, writing recipes for everyone from Kiwi Magazine to Creating simple, quick and healthy meals is her specialty and her trick to keeping the family meal a reality, even on busy weeknights. Follow her on Twitter @TakeBackTables

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Elena, my son doesn’t like PB&J either. hes strange! LOL

Elena Thomas

Thanks for the recipe!! I love pb&j but my 4yr old dosent!! I can’t get him to eat it or try it. Not even nutella lolll