In the Kitchen Lunch Snacks

PB&J Pockets Recipe

A while back, I came up with a yummy and very easy recipe for lunch or a snack for the kids.  It’s not exactly health food, so I probably wouldn’t serve these often. They are, however, a fast idea for a busy day or a fun treat for a play date.

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All you need is a tube (or two) of reduced-fat crescent rolls, some jelly, and some peanut butter. I like to use all-natural peanut butter. It does have a bit of sugar in it, but my kids just don’t like the “only peanuts” kind at all, so I compromise. You can use either smooth or crunchy peanut butter. Either will work well. I also use all-natural jelly. It does not contain corn syrup.

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The first thing you do is separate the crescent rolls into individual pieces. Then put a small “dollop” of jelly and a small dollop of peanut butter on each piece. The right side of the triangle will be longer than the left side because the sides of the crescent rolls aren’t all the same length.

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Next, you take the right side (the longer side) and fold it over to the left. Make sure the peanut butter and jelly is toward the middle of the triangle so you can seal that back edge together.

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Then, just bring the point of the triangle that faces toward you up to meet the edge that sits over the peanut butter and jelly.

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Pinch together all of the seams to try to keep the jelly from leaking out when they are baked. I almost always have at least one or two of them that leak a bit of jelly, but I do my best to pinch the edges together to minimize it. Even the ones that lose a bit of jelly are yummy!

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If I’m taking them somewhere (to a get-together or something), I take the ones that turned out the prettiest. Here are some that I sealed really well that look nice.

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Even the ones that come apart a bit still look pretty to me because they have a little bit of color.

I suppose you could also use other “stuffings” for these if you want to. It would be easy to use Nutella instead of peanut butter or to substitute other kinds of jelly, homemade jam, and so on. And if you wanted to get really industrious, you could make your own dough and roll it out thinly instead of using the crescent rolls.  Since I mostly make these when I’m short on time, though, I’ll just keep on using the ready-made ones.

Do you occasionally let your children indulge in a yummy treat? What’s your favorite quick and easy lunch or snack idea? 

About the author


Wendy is one of the owners of Hip Homeschool Moms, Only Passionate Curiosity, Homeschool Road Trips, Love These Recipes, and Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She married her high school sweetheart, Scott, 29 years ago, and they live in the South with their three children. Hannah, age 25, has autism and was the first homeschool graduate in the family. Noah, age 23, was the second homeschool graduate and the first to leave the nest. Mary Grace, age 17, is the remaining homeschool student. Wendy loves working out and teaching Training for Warriors classes at her local gym. She also enjoys learning along with her family, educational travel, reading, and writing, and she attempts to grow an herb garden every summer with limited success.

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