Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Toddler Tuesdays: Banana Sushi

For toddlers... and those of us who just like to eat like one.

So Landon has a thing for bananas. In fact, it's a bit of a BIG thing. In our house we call bananas "the yellow fruit" because if we utter the word banana and Landon is anywhere in ear shot he screams "NANA!!!!" and goes insane wild until he has some. Truth be told we even hide bananas. Yes. Hide. Because if he sees them he doesn't want anything else. Safe to say it's his favorite food.

So anyway, when I began looking for fun toddler-inspired snacks to liven up the routine I was fascinated with this idea of wrapping a banana with peanut butter in a tortilla or flattened wheat bread. Then I discovered Landon's peanut allergy and assumed this snack was out of bounds, but thanks to the joys of Sunbutter it's back on the menu. When I made this Landon was a little skeptical... 
"I mean, it looks like a banana... but there's... stuff... on it..."

After a couple bites he was sold. He ate about half a banana, maybe a little less, but for Landon that's a big deal with a new food. Usually he takes a few tries before he gobbles too much up. We also discovered that Landon has poor sushi etiquette since he requested a fork (or two... don't judge us) to eat this with.
(Still working on figuring this whole fork thing out)

This is a great and EASY lunch or heavy snack option. Plus it's just a bit more exciting than a traditional sandwich. Can't be beat!

Source: Pinterest (can't find a link to the original, mine takes me nowhere, just to the image)

1 slice of wheat bread
Peanut butter (or Sunbutter)
1/2 banana

1- With a rolling pin roll the bread paper thin. Cut off the crust.
2- Spread the bread with a layer of peanut butter.
3- Place the banana in the center and roll the bread around the banana.
4- Use a sharp knife (cerated works best) to cut the banana into thin slices.


  1. Love this! My boys are banana lovers too! This would def be a hit!! ((Ryan once cried hysterically bc hubs jokingly said "no Ryan my banana"

  2. This is a super cute idea! My son Liam is almost two and still addicted to bananas AND loves peanut butter so he'll be in heaven! Thanks for sharing this!

  3. Hi Stephanie,
    Thanks for the smile-inducing post (actually I was laughing out loud; our now-teenagers had serious banana fetishes, and the memory makes me laugh, since now they use the blender for banana-based smoothies). Of course I also love your post because I blog for SunButter and I'm always looking for clever creations -- and stories of how it's helping people. This is a winner story! Looking forward to more of your adventures.

    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed the post! I just started using SunButter, and so far so good!

  4. Great idea... I have a 9 month old, and I can't wait to try more interesting food. Purees are getting old!

  5. This is a fantastic idea - we've done it for Hayden since you wrote this post - major success. Thanks!