Here's a fun way to replace jam with real fruit and make a pretty cool looking snack- make Pb and fruit rolls. When we first made these my daughter thought that they looked like sushi sandwiches. We had a blast making them, seeing as anything that involves a rolling pin is an automatic bonus in our kitchen.
Depending on where you get your jam, you can sometimes run into artificial sweeteners and way too much sugar in your pb and j's. I've always thought it odd that jam can have high fructose corn syrup or even sugar; fruit by itself is pretty sweet. So instead of overdoing on the sugar-front we used actual fruit, chopped bananas and strawberries to be exact.
As always feel free to use a seed butter or another type of nut butter if peanut butter doesn't work for your kiddos. We switch off between sunflower, peanut and almond butter. Personally I love sunflower butter, it's great alternative for kids with nut allergies and becoming more widely available.
PB and fruit rolls
Prep time: 5 minutes
Makes: 8 rolls
2 slices whole wheat bread
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1/2 cup finely chopped strawberries
1/2 cup finely chopped bananas
Cut the crusts off of the bread. With a rolling pin roll the bread until it is roughly as thick as a slice pita bread.
Spread on peanut butter evenly . Distribute fruit between the slices, leaving 1/2 inch border on one side of the bread, then press fruit down with your palms. Roll tightly, starting with your fruit end and ending with the fruit-free border so that your peanut butter acts as a glue. It should look like a burrito.
Trim off the ends. Then cut into four rolls per bread slice. Serve immediately.