Depending on whether you’re the kid or the parent, birthdays parties are either something to look forward too all year, or a dreaded day of reckoning that comes around far too often. Aside from all the usual cleaning and decorating that goes into pulling off a party, with kids birthdays, you also have to strike a balance between making food that the kids will eat, with the judgy looks you’ll get from other parents when you serve Cheetos and tater tots.
These bite-sized sandwiches hit the sweet spot between nutritious and fun. Rolled like sushi, and filled with a colorful assortment of fruit and peanut butter, they not only look beautiful they taste great as well. The best part is that you really don’t need a recipe to put these together and there’s a lot of flexibility in terms of what you fill them with. Just keep in mind that you need some kind of “glue” (in this case the peanut butter) to hold the roll together, but other things such as chocolate sesame butter or cream cheese would work just as well.
While I’m of the school of thought that there’s no need to give kids any more sugar, these can be serve these with some maple syrup as a dipping sauce to recreate the authentic sushi experience.
This works best if you use a sushi mat as they allow you to apply even pressure to the roll from end to end, helping you shape them into perfect cylinders without squeezing all the fruit out from the ends. If you don’t have a sushi matt, a firm rollable sheet such as a silicone baking mat will work in a pinch.
- 8 slices of bread
- peanut butter
- 2 bananas, sliced into quarters lengthwise
- other fruit such as mangos, kiwi and strawberries sliced into sticks
- Slice the crusts off the bread.
- Place a slice of bread on a sushi mat and spread an even layer of peanut butter from edge to edge. This is important as the peanut butter acts as a glue that holds the roll together.
- Place some fruit at the edge of the bread closest to you.
- Roll the sandwich up using the mat to apply even pressure to the roll. Roll the sandwich back and forth a few times inside the sushi mat to make sure the roll is round. Repeat with the rest of the bread.
- Trim the ends off the rolls and then cut each roll into 4 pieces using a sharp knife.
Yield: 32 pieces
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