pb & banana sandwiches

low carb/paleo kids: banana sandwiches
low carb/paleo kids: banana sandwiches

{Low carb/paleo kids is an on-going series of grain-free, low sugar/carbohydrate snacks.}

A few years ago I could definitely say that we had a sandwich every single day for lunch.  It was usually deli meat and cheese, tuna or egg salad, but occasionally it was PB & J.  Now we eat a variety of lunches that taste like those lunches of the past, just usually without the "carrier".  But what about peanut butter and jelly??  How do you pull that one off without the bread?

Our pb & banana sandwiches did the trick.  They are bite size little morsels that remind me of the fun of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with half of the sugar/carbs of a traditional bread sandwich.  (See numbers below.)

low carb/paleo kids: banana sandwiches
low carb/paleo kids: banana sandwiches

These banana sandwich snacks or lunch sides take only a few minutes to assemble.  And yes, they are documented in my family food log under the "easy to assemble" category because there is so baking, cooking, or prepping.  So easy.  

pb & banana sandwiches

Makes 8-10 banana sandwiches per banana

1-2 ripe but firm bananas

1/4 cup your favorite nut butter (we use peanut butter or almond butter)

small offset spatula

low carb/paleo kids: banana sandwiches
low carb/paleo kids: banana sandwiches

Slice bananas into 1/4-1/2 inch slices.

Using your offset spatula, spread about  1/2-3/4 of a tsp of nut butter onto one banana round.

low carb/paleo kids: banana sandwiches
low carb/paleo kids: banana sandwiches

Top the round with another banana round.

Fill a tray with your banana sandwiches or kids' plates with a few.

low carb/paleo kids: banana sandwiches
low carb/paleo kids: banana sandwiches

Presentation:

  • Stack these banana sandwiches on a small cake pedestal for a fun snack and serve with mini tongs for your kids to serve themselves.
  • Dust the banana sandwiches with shredded coconut before serving.

Variations of banana sandwiches:

  • Add cream cheese onto one round of banana to make cream cheese & pb & banana sandwich
  • Add a bit of fruit preserves to one round to make a pb & jelly banana sandwich
  • Switch out the nut butter with just cream cheese (softened) for cream cheese banana sandwiches
  • For dessert, let the kids help you layer nut butter, shredded coconut, dark chocolate shavings, then top with a banana round.

Banana sandwiches on-the-go:

  • Toss extra banana sandwiches that you don't eat into a freezer bag to freeze.  You can then pull them out, as needed, for a quick, chilled snack on-the-go.
  • Keep an extra batch of banana sandwiches frozen for a go-to, bite-size cool summer snack or pack them up to take to the pool.  They will begin to defrost and be ready to eat within an hour.
low carb/paleo kids: banana sandwiches
low carb/paleo kids: banana sandwiches

These really are a great grain-free, high energy (natural sugar carbs in the banana) and high protein (nut butter) snack for pre-sport/activities or post-sport/activities for your kids.   A few of these banana sandwiches will fill them up and give them energy (or replenish energy) much better than their sugary, grain counterpart:

Let's compare:

1/2 banana: 12 net carbs

1 piece of bread: roughly 35 net carbs!

(Yes, if you are an adult watching your carbs then bananas are up there, in terms of fruits.  But for children, they are a much better alternative to that PB and J on toast.  Remember, one slice of white bread raises your blood sugar more than a Snicker's bar!)

low carb/paleo kids: banana sandwiches
low carb/paleo kids: banana sandwiches