Packing school lunches every day is the only thing I don't enjoy about the kids going back to school! I am not very creative when it comes to lunch ideas and last year my kids ate a lot of peanut butter sandwiches. Neither of my boys, however, like jelly. That's fine with me — I don't really like it either and I'd just as soon they avoid the added sugar. Long time readers (XOXO) know I gave up sugar a few years ago (my kids still indulge sometimes).
One thing I did manage was to switch up the sandwich add-ins so their lunches weren't quite so boring. Occasionally I use almond or hazelnut butter, even sunflower seed butter, but I'm a bit
cheap frugal and so we like peanut butter best. It's also a staple in a couple of our easy, healthy after school snacks.
Have you tried any of these recipe variations on an old classic?
1. Slice up and add in dried dates, or other dried fruit. Dried pears, apples, raisins or currants also work.
2. Sprinkle with coconut flakes. (Personally, I detest coconut, but my kids love it.) Coconut combines well with dates, too.
3. Add sliced up bananas, apples or pears. Try any fruit you like!
4. Spread raw honey on one of the bread slices. Yes, honey adds sugar, but raw honey has other benefits. You could also use maple syrup, but mix it into the nut butter or it becomes too runny.
5. Sprinkle granola on top of nut butter (granola will add sugar in case you are trying to avoid that). This also goes well with added fresh fruit slices!
6. Sprinkle extra nuts on the peanut butter. Dyan from And Next Comes L told me her kids like hemp seeds! Also try chia seeds
7. Add apple, pumpkin or pear butter. I make batches of fruit butter every fall in my crock pot (yes, with a bit of sugar). Include granola or fresh fruit to make it extra yummy.
8. Add sliced pickle. (It sounds totally gross to me, but my kids like pickles with everything.)
9. Sprinkle in some dark chocolate chips. (Again, this obviously adds sugar. I don't do this because my youngest is a chocoholic and if I did it once he would demand it every time. Perhaps your children are more measured in their approach to chocolate.)
10. Mix in some cream cheese. When I asked my fellow kid bloggers to help round out my list (apparently I was neglectful and have only tried 9 variations) both Mom Endeavors and No Twiddle Twaddle suggested cream cheese. I bet my son will love it, he is a huge cream cheese fan.
What's your favorite nut butter sandwich add in? But more importantly, how do you like your nut butter: crunchy or smooth?