For ten years, I thought I didn’t like peanut butter and jelly. It’s true. One day in sixth grade, I declared that it was the worst combination ever and didn’t eat it for TEN YEARS. I liked peanut butter. I liked jelly. But I did not like them touching. Up until two weeks ago, I had unknowingly deprived myself of the deliciousness that is the combination of PB&J. Sad but true.
This all changed when I was making a peanut butter and jelly on whole wheat for a little girl I babysit for. She told me she didn’t want the crust, so I cut the crusts off of her sandwich and promptly ate them. There was peanut butter on them. There was strawberry jelly on them. They were touching. I was amazed at the deliciousness of it all. It turns out that PB&J is not the worst combination ever. It’s one of the best! (This is probably not news to you…most people are normal!)
My cousin Erin recently suggested that since I have two cousins with one-year-olds (Hi Erin and Liam, Amber and Savannah!!), I should probably post some kids recipes. GREAT idea, since I’ve been cooking for kids for the past 4+ years. First on the list are these peanut butter and jelly quesadillas.
This recipe is a great alternative to the classic PB&J, and the fact that you can call it a quesadilla adds a novelty factor – kids think it’s the coolest thing! This is especially good for school lunch, because as it sits, the tortilla gets softer and infused with the peanut butter and jelly…yumm.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Quesadilla
Laura note: I used an Ezekiel sprouted wheat tortilla, and it wasn’t the best fit for this recipe, especially for kids – too hard to chew. I would recommend a regular whole wheat tortilla – try to find a relatively healthy one with protein and fiber! Of course, a plain flour tortilla would be fine if you have an extra-picky child.
1 large tortilla
jelly, jam, or fruit preserves; flavor of your choice
Spread tortilla with a layer of peanut butter.
Top peanut butter with a layer of jelly.
Roll tortilla up like a taquito.
Cut in half or thirds and serve. If taking for school lunch, wrap pieces in plastic wrap so they don’t unravel in transit.