Peanut Butter and Jelly Dippers: A “Sandwich” Alternative

Do you have kids who ONLY WANT PB&J?

Peanut Butter and Jelly Dippers a fun school lunch idea via

Sometimes changing up a classic is all it takes to keep lunch interesting. And with something as basic as the peanut butter and jelly sandwich, it gives you the opportunity to let the “sides” take center stage!

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Isn’t it funny when kids want the same peanut butter and jelly sandwich over and over again? Funny enough, I often see it as an opportunity to introduce new treats and things with this popular lunch.

In this lunch, I surprised them with “dippers.” Kids just love to dip! They were a huge hit! Everyone was happy, PLUS they all ate double the amount of veggies they’d normally choose at lunch time! They came back for seconds (not pictured).

They were having so much fun showing off their sandwich fingers that they sat at the table longer, and nibbled on their carrots and broccoli while watching each other.

Another fun way to encourage kids to eat their fruits and vegetables is with dip, and what better than a healthy dip that works well with both!

A yummy dip paired with fresh fruits and veggies and a fun twist on an old favorite, this lunch is full of lots of smaller, easy-to-eat foods and is perfect for short lunch periods.

MOM Tip: This fruit dip tastes great with apples, so be sure to treat them after cutting so they don’t turn brown by lunchtime with tips from MOMables!

Dip tastes amazing with strawberry yogurt instead of plain, but omit the honey, and stick to dipping fruit. Maybe celery, if you’re adventurous like me! *wink*

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PBJ Dippers - Dip
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This dip is perfect for fruit, sandwiches, or even veggies!
Serves: 1-2
  • ½ cup plain or Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon nut or seed butter
  • 1 teaspoon honey (omit if using sweetened yogurt)
  1. In a bowl, combine all ingredients and blend well.
  2. Serve with an assortment of dippable fruits and vegetables, such as apples, strawberries, carrots, broccoli, and celery.



    • says

      yes. essentially you take the classic pb and jelly sandwich (in your favorite bread) and use it to dip. it works best when the bread is a bit denser of course like this multigrain bread.

    • says

      I can’t stand getting goop on my hands, so I tend to be light on the sandwich spreads, so you can’t see the peanut butter and jelly oozing out the sides here! Plus I cut the bread first, so that cutting it won’t push the fillings out either. More work for me, but no ooky hands or smeared lunchboxes! (An easier way would be to cut just the top slice, put the spreads on the bottom, then put the cut slice on top and cut the bottom. Less oozing. But I’m only clever like that after-the-fact!

  1. Mona Bulthuis says

    By the way I have never messaged you but want you to know I get all your emails and your so inspiring, I appreciate all your ideas. I hope you know that you are giving us healthy alternatives for good lunches!

  2. Mona Bulthuis says

    Have you used vanilla yogurt with the nut or seed butter? My boys only like that flavor and don’t care for plain, with honey, etc. Can you make the yogurt mixture the night before?

  3. Laura says

    What is the bread that you show in the picture? Is it just bread or are they little sandwiches? Do they have jelly in them? I’m trying to figure out where the ‘J’ comes in. Thanks!

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