Homemade and Healthy PB&J Uncrustables

This is the ingredient list for Smucker’s Uncrustables Peanut Butter and Grape Jelly Sandwiches:

Ingredients:

BREAD: ENRICHED UNBLEACHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, MALTED BARLEY FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMIN MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID), WATER, UNBLEACHED WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN OIL, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: SALT, WHEAT GLUTEN, DOUGH CONDITIONERS (DISTILLED MONOGLYCERIDES, SODIUM STEAROYL LACTYLATE, DATEM, ENZYMES [WITH AMYLASE, LIPASE, ASCORBIC ACID, CALCIUM PEROXIDE, AZODICARBONAMIDE, WHEAT STARCH]), YEAST. PEANUT BUTTER: PEANUTS, DEXTROSE, SUGAR, MONO AND DIGLYCERIDES (PALM AND/OR SOYBEAN OIL), CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: FULLY HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OILS (SOYBEAN AND/OR COTTONSEED AND/OR RAPESEED), SALT, MOLASSES. GRAPE JELLY: GRAPE JUICE, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, CORN SYRUP, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: PECTIN, CITRIC ACID, POTASSIUM SORBATE (PRESERVATIVE).

YUCK and NO THANK YOU! Trans Fat (Hydrogenated oils), corn syrups, sugars, white flour, and preservatives. Quick and easy for a busy family? Yes. Nutritious? No. What’s an alternative? Make a bunch yourself for those rushed mornings and feel good about sending these ‘Uncrustables” to school in your child’s lunchbox.20130808-201343.jpg

What you need:

  • Whole grain bread (I love our local Busy Bee’s Organic Stone Ground Whole Wheat Bread)

  • Peanut Butter – no trans fat, little to no added sugar

  • Jelly – fruit juice- sweetened, no added sugar

  • 3″-4″ round cookie cutter (or any fun shape!)

  • A slice of banana, peel still on but slightly pulled back

  • Wax paper

  • Freezer bag/container

Use your cookie cutter to cut out 2 circles from the bread slices. Rub around the outside of one of the circles with the banana holding the tip as a handle (I learned this “glue” trick from Bobby Deen on The Cooking Channel!). Place a dollop of peanut butter in the middle of that circle. On the other circle, place a scoop of jelly in the center of the bread. Turn the peanut butter slice onto the jelly slice. Pinch the edges together to form a tight seam. Place the sandwich onto wax paper and fold the wax paper over to completely cover the sandwich. Place into a freezer bag or container. Pull out as needed.

20130808-201403.jpg

20130808-201414.jpg

Advertisements
Next Post
Leave a comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: