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Kid-Friendly Lunch Ideas – Jif® Peanut Butter & Banana Sushi

girl playing in sand duneWe spend a lot of time on the go and as it starts to get warmer here in southern California we spend more time near the water. Our girls are all very adventurous, they’ll try anything and they like helping out in the kitchen. One of their favorite things that we enjoy doing is spending time at the beach and enjoying sushi.

Inspired by one of those fun family days we decided to recreate with one of our favorite treats with another one of our favorite snacks, peanut butter and jelly. My favorite is a peanut butter, jelly and sliced bananas I like my bread toasted so my sandwich is warm. When our kids are home on the weekends I like to make lunch fun so we made peanut butter and banana sushi. JIF Peanut Butter Jelly Banana Sushi Rolls (2)

Jif® Peanut Butter & Banana Sushi

  • Jif® Peanut Butter
  • Smuckers® Strawberry or Red Raspberry Fruit Spread
  • white bread
  • 2 bananas
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut

The first step to this recipe is making a peanut butter and coconut covered banana. JIF Peanut Butter Jelly Banana Sushi Rolls (3)Getting kids involved in the kitchen is a great way for them to try new things. It’s also just a great way to spend time together so this recipe is easy enough for small hands.

Just check out this video of us making this kid friendly lunch idea – 

JIF Peanut Butter Jelly Banana Sushi Rolls (4)Cover the banana with peanut butter then roll in the shredded coconut. Then freeze the bananas for 20 minutes. While the bananas are hanging out and getting cold you can roll out the bread and start to prep your sushi rolls.
JIF Peanut Butter Jelly Banana Sushi Rolls (6)Roll the bread nice and flat and then cut off the top and bottom edges. Then you’ll want to add the Jif® Peanut Butter and Smuckers® Fruit Spreads. We also made one with raisins which was fun and adds some texture. JIF Peanut Butter Jelly Banana Sushi Rolls (7)Then you’ll want to cut the now cold banana in half and roll it up. While your little ones will enjoy spreading the peanut butter and fruit spread this part is better left to an adult with more agile fingers. JIF Peanut Butter Jelly Banana Sushi Rolls (9)My kids thought this was just fun to help make and it’s an easy idea that can get everyone involved. To serve just slice and enjoy! JIF Peanut Butter Jelly Banana Sushi Rolls (10)We added some smashed sweet peas on the side for our lunch and some sugar snap peas from the garden. JIF Peanut Butter Jelly Banana Sushi Rolls (1)

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What are your favorite kid-friendly lunch ideas? 


I am compensated ambassador with The J. M. Smucker Company. All opinions are my own. 


  1. Betsy Barnes on May 27, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    Such a creative and fun idea! When my son was little, he loved using cookie cutters on the bread, hearts were his favorite foe PB&J. 🙂

  2. Dandi D on May 20, 2016 at 3:45 am

    These look delicious! I like to make pancake sandwiches and fresh fruit for my son.

  3. Christina G. on May 19, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    You can’t go wrong with peanut butter and jelly for kids. Thanks for sharing!

  4. shelly peterson on May 18, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    What a fun snack idea. The kids would love these.

  5. Sarah L on May 11, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    That’s a fun lunch (or dinner salad). I’d have to omit the coconut since I don’t like it.

  6. GlassesShop on May 2, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    What a delicious lunch

  7. Richard Hicks on April 23, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    Had to read it twice. LOL. Yep kids would love this and good way to introduce them to sushi

  8. Autumn Reo on April 21, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    We do this with lunchmeat and cheese, but I love this idea! Any way I can make it tasty, fun and healthy makes it a win win for our family! How cute!

  9. Melisa on April 20, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    These are so cute! My kids eat anything, so we don’t do “kid friendly” meals to have a favorite. I would have to call this something else actually, because if I said sushi and my 5 year old didn’t get a Dynamite roll, he would be mad. lol

  10. Janet W. on April 20, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    What a delicious lunch idea! I will keep this in mind for summertime when we’re home and needing new ideas!

  11. Liz Mays on April 20, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    The kids would definitely love this since they can eat with chopsticks. What a tasty idea!

  12. Jennifer on April 20, 2016 at 10:05 am

    I can always go for a PB&J in any form — including sushi! It’s my favorite go to sandwich.

  13. Ryan Escat on April 20, 2016 at 3:01 am

    Yay!! Looks like very tasty. I wouldn’t mind having these in my everyday breakfast. I love bread and sandwiches so much

  14. gingermommyrants on April 19, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    This is such a great idea. I will be sure to try it for lunch tomorrow. I am always looking for new lunch ideas.

  15. Tammi Roy on April 19, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    This looks like a fun lunch idea. My kids will love it. I will have to make some this weekend.

  16. Kathy on April 19, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    These are some fun ideas. I need to do some of these with my girls. I think they would have fun making them this way.

  17. Nancy @ whispered inspirations on April 19, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    What a cute idea! My kids aren’t crazy for actual sushi but I’m sure they’ll love the peanut butter and jam sushi! Making these for my girls when they get home from school!

  18. Elena on April 19, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    That’s a very clever and original way to get kids to eat more healthfully. It’s great that you’ve incorporated the main four food groups as well.

  19. Kelly on April 19, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    How brilliant is this! I love the twist you put on the classic PB&J – getting creative for kids cooking can be such a challenge sometimes but you really hit it on the nail with this one.


  20. Vera Sweeney on April 19, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    What fun ideas!! Peanut butter has always been a favorite of my kids, they would love the sushi idea!

  21. Mickey Coutts on April 19, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    What a fun idea! My kids eat PB&Js with Smuckers Strawberry about 8 days a week, so we’ll have to try these too. I know they’ll get a kick out of them. 🙂

  22. Aimee Smith on April 19, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    My kids love lunches like this! I love those Smuckers fruit spreads because I hate putting my knife down in the sticky jars!

  23. Jeanette on April 19, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    That is SOOO cute! This summer we will be going to California this would be a great beach meal.

  24. Melissa Lawler on April 19, 2016 at 10:29 am

    This is such a cute idea! Getting your kids involved with making it assures they will eat it!

  25. Julie Wood on April 19, 2016 at 8:20 am

    The all new natural Smuckers looks great and we love peanut butter sandwiches and want to try out the new All Natural Red Raspberry jelly. Looks like the sandwiches are fun to make.

  26. Ashley Shippy on April 19, 2016 at 7:35 am

    So yummy! I think my little one would love these!