Boy have we enjoyed this summer…
My boys are getting bigger, so I don’t have to entertain them all day like when they were little. We slept late and stayed up late. My husband was even able to take a month off from work and we all got to visit family and friends in Long Island for three weeks! We feel grateful for the time we spent together as well as rested and relaxed, but now it’s back to reality!
Back to school. I can just hear my kids whining when I say that. It stinks in one way, but it will also feel good to get back to a schedule. That schedule will include waking up early, homework, and after school activities. I will be back to packing lunches, prepping dinners and preparing after school snacks.
With the first day of school right around the corner Rachael Ray Magazine editors challenged me to come up with an after school snack using Super Pretzels. 🥨
So this got me thinking. What comes to mind when I think of back to school? Peanut butter and jelly.
So we started on our taste testing journey. Things got messy. That’s for sure. Especially when I started complicating the recipes. My mind was all over the place and honestly nothing tasted perfect. After a week of trial and error and lots of trips to the grocery store I figured it out.
Keep It Simple Stupid(K.I.S.S.) – I heard the K.I.S.S. Principle from my dad while he was probably giving me a pep talk regarding something. And it is great advise. So I went back to my first thought.
Peanut butter and jelly.
And it is perfect. And delicious. And nutritious! And so simple…
We all tasted it and agreed. It really is a perfect after school snack to fill the hungry bellies before they are off to their activities. My kids come home from school like they haven’t eaten all day. So a small bag of fruit gummies isn’t gonna do it for them. The snack has to have some substance to it. I like that the pretzel will fill them up and the peanut butter will give them protein. I used a natural peanut butter with no hydrogenated oil and a non-gmo natural concord grape spread with no high fructose corn syrup. So I would really feel comfortable feeding this snack to my boys. Of course any chance I get I serve them fruit. So a side of fruit and a big glass of milk was served to complete this perfect after school snack.
This back to school campaign with Rachael Ray and Super Pretzel has helped us get back into the back to school groove!
Hope you think of this Super Pretzel PB&J when you’re in a rush and looking for something to fill the kids bellies up until dinner.
Super Pretzel PB&J
- 4 big Super Pretzels
- peanut butter – no stir with no hydrogenated oil
- jelly – non-gmo natural concord grape spread
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place 2 pretzels with the top side up and 2 pretzels with the top side down. (Top side meaning the side you salt)
- Lightly moisten the top of the 2 pretzels that have the top side up.
- Sprinkle with salt.
- Bake for 4 minutes.
- Broil for 2 more minutes.
- When it’s done take a wide metal spatula and flatten each pretzel so it’s thin and crispy. (I like everything crispy. It also makes it easier for the kids to hold and eat.)
- Let it cool for 2-3 minutes so that the peanut butter and jelly don’t slide right off.
- Spread peanut butter on the 2 pretzels without the salt.
- Carefully spread the jelly on top of the peanut butter.
- Place the salted pretzels on top of the unsalted pretzels to make a sandwich.
- Slice in half and serve!
I served each half with a side of fruit and their choice of milk(plain, chocolate or strawberry).
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