I love, love, love peanut butter and jelly. It’s my go-to sandwich when I’m craving that perfect sweet and salty combination (I’ve also been known to take a little spoonful out of each jar, put them together on a giant spoon and just eat it that way…#embarrassing). So when I saw this list of fun and creative PB & J recipes, I decided I had to try at least one of them. The second recipe on the list was for peanut butter and jelly “sushi” rolls—seriously, one of the cutest ideas I’ve ever seen. It’s simple, fast, and adorable, and best of all, you can really adjust it any way you want to fit your tastes. Instead of circular flour tortillas, I opted for Damascus whole wheat roll ups: the rectangular shape makes the sushi pieces easier to cut and more uniform, plus they’re whole wheat, so…win-win. The original version used berries for garnish, but after seeing the PB & J banana panini right above it on that list, I wanted to use a banana in mine instead. Conveniently enough, rolling the banana right into the wrap made the sushi pieces hold together really well when I cut them. I also put just a little bit of cream cheese on top of each piece (I realize that sounds like a strange addition, but my mom used to make me these cream cheese and jelly sandwiches for lunch in grade school and ever since then I’ve always thought cream cheese belonged with jelly. Trust me, it’s good) and sprinkled some brown sugar on top. Feel free to change the amount of PB & J, type of fruit, additional condiments, etc.
PB & J “Sushi”
Adapted from Brit & Co
-1 whole wheat roll-ups
-1 to 2 tablespoons peanut butter
-1 to 2 tablespoons jelly or preserves
-1 tablespoon cream cheese (optional)
-Brown sugar for sprinkling (optional)
Spread a layer of peanut butter and a layer of jelly on the wrap. Peel the banana and cut the tips off to make the ends flat. Place the banana at the short edge of the wrap and roll up. Cut the roll into uniform pieces (about 1 inch). If desired, add cream cheese and/or brown sugar.
Which of these PB & J’s would you try? (“All of them” is a completely acceptable answer)