Try as I might peanut butter is still a pretty strong element of our lunch rotation. I vary it a little by using different jams and fruit spread and also by using different vehicles for the PBJ. When I saw these peanut butter and jelly rolls I couldn’t wait to try them! My rolls came out more kitty shaped then ball shaped so I went with it and the girls were really excited when they saw how they turned out.
That’s a stylized Instagram picture I shared yesterday when I was making these …I’m new to Instagram ( squidmomma) by the way so if you are on there let me know so I can follow you.
The kid’s lunch, I was able to use a piece of carrot to hold the bow on, but I only attempted that when I could get my box to close when I tried to use a food pick.
She’s not as Hello kitty-ish as the first one so we’re saying this is Hello Kitty’s cousin, Miranda. (Don’t ask me why I called her Miranda…she looks like a Miranda to me?) I used a bit of carrot to hold the tomatoes into a bow shape here again but I didn’t stick the bow into the bread this time.
I kept the sides simple for these because the rolls are a pretty good size. I used the recipe at the link for oven temperature and cooking times but I used my own bread recipe:
1 1/4 cup warm water
1 TB yeast
1/4 cup organic agave
1/8 cup coconut oil
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/8 almond milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups unbleached bread (high gluten) flour
Mix warm water, yeast and 1 TB of the agave. Pour in 1 1/2 cups of flour and mix again. Let rise 20 minutes.
Add the remaining ingredients, the unbleached flour will have to be added 1/2 a cup at a time until the mixture is smooth not sticky.
Cover with a kitchen towel and let this rest in a warmish place for 1 hours then knead for 10 minutes.
Divide the dough into 2 to 3 inch balls. Roll each ball out flat with a rolling pin. Fill with your choice of nut butter and jam. Bring sides up and pinch closed. I pinched the top and bottom closed first to get the kitty shape. You can use a little water to seal these better.
I baked these with the sealed part facing up, just in case, in an over preheated at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes. The recipe I was inspired by uses a glaze but I choose to leave mine unglazed.
By the way the Goblin King and I each tried one of these for our lunch yesterday and they came out pretty yummy.