PBJ on a stick is a fun and creative way to make lunch fun for kids. With fresh fruits, sweet marshmallows, and mini pb&j sandwiches on a stick, it's sure to be a hit with the kids!
The sandwich idea for kids
Sometimes feeding my kids lunch can be a chore. They love peanut butter jelly sandwiches and fruit but if I simply hand them a plate full, they'll pick and choose and maybe not eat it all.
With peanut butter jelly skewers they can pick and choose what they want to eat, creatively build their own lunch kabobs and then eat their masterpieces.
It doesn't take me any extra time, and they always surprise me by adding more of the healthy stuff than the sweets.
Try it for yourself and see what fun creations your child comes up with!
- Fresh mixed fruit
- Peanut butter
- Sandwich bread
- Large marshmallows
For the exact amounts needed, please see the recipe card below.
🍽 Equipment Needed
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Check out how to make PBJ on a stick with these simple step-by-step instructions:
Make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Slice off the crusts and then cut into 4 squares.
Wash, dry, and slice any large pieces of fruit. (Apples, bananas, strawberries).
Using a wooden skewer, stab through the fruits, marshmallows, and sandwich pieces as desired using the pointy end to go through them first.
After the kabob is assembled, enjoy!
🍴 Recipe Tips
Applying the peanut butter and jelly to the bread isn't the tricky part, but avoiding over applying it and then slicing it can get a little messy. When stabbing the sticks through the bread too much playing with it can cause the bread to rip. For that reason, I really recommend a stronger slice of bread.
For the fruits, berries can be left whole with the exception of strawberries, those can get huge so it's best to quarter them down smaller.
If feeding children under the age of 5 the grapes should be sliced in half lengthwise or in quarters for ages 1 and younger. This is because they're a choking hazard and is simply a safety precaution.
A simple no condiment meat and cheese sandwich could hold up on the skewer. Condiments may hold up if lightly applied, but unlike pb and j's where they stick to themselves, condiments on a meat sandwich usually repel the other slice which could create a big mess here.
Actually, yes. Depending on the age and strength of the child making the skewers, you can use some veggies on there. The strength needed to stab through them can be a little too much for a younger child though.
For vegetable suggestions, look at the typical veggie tray at a grocery store. The cherry tomatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, and celery could all be stabbed with a skewer. Harder veggies like a carrot may split and not hold up well. Use your judgment or try a few different types yourself to get an idea.
Other fun recipes that kids can make
- Unicorn Bark
- Spider Sandwiches
- Apple Nachos
- Apple Pie Bites
- Rainbow Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
- Golden Grahams Smores Mix
PBJ on a Stick
- 2 Peanut butter jelly sandwiches, cut into quarter ($0.92)
- 6 Marshmallows ($0.06)
Fresh fruit ideas:
- 1 large Sliced apples ($0.89)
- 1 large Sliced bananas ($0.25)
- 4 whole Quartered strawberries ($0.50)
- 6 whole Raspberries ($0.60)
- 6 whole Blueberries ($0.40)
- 6 whole Blackberries ($0.60)
- 1 small Orange, in wedges, peel removed ($0.89)
- 6 whole Grapes ($0.40)
- Make your peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and then slice off the crusts *optional, and cut them into 4 squares.
- Prepare your fruit by washing them and patting them dry with a paper towel. Slice any that need to be cut.
- Using the pointy end of the wooden stick, stab through the sandwich, marshmallows, and fruit to create a cool lunch on a stick. Enjoy!
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