Sandwiches are the go-to snacks for kids. They are easy to prepare and they can be modified to fit into any part of the day- be it only as an evening snack or even replace breakfast or lunch meals. If healthy snacks are what you’re searching for, here are a few snacks that you can make at home. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with a classic, simple bread-butter or bread jam sandwich, but if you’re looking for other options or simple ways to change those up, these ideas will help. All of these can be served to little and big kids. Just experiment with the quantities and make the sandwiches to suit your kiddo’s taste buds. They’ll love them! You can also check out a few unique sandwich recipes here.
Top 5 Sandwich Recipes For Kids
Whip up some tasty treats for your hungry babies. Check out these amazing top 5 sandwich recipes for kids.
1. Classic Peanut Butter Sandwich (without jelly)
When it comes to sandwiches, the real game-changer is adding a twist to the add-ins so that kids’ snack time is never boring. We introduced our children very early to peanut butter as it’s always been a staple in my pantry. Since peanut allergy is one of the most common allergens found in children, it’s best to try it out as early as possible (like 3 yrs of age).
Also, since there are numerous brands to pick from, I would suggest going for something that offers only pure simple no-fuss peanut butter (without any mixes or flavour twists).
So here’s one of the most loved Peanut butter sandwich recipes (sans jelly)
- 8 slices multigrain or whole wheat bread
- 1/4 cup of butter, softened
- 1/2 cup of peanut butter
- 1 banana, thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- 1/4 cup of granola (use your kid’s favourite)
- Spread butter on four slices of bread. Spread peanut butter on the other four slices of bread. Top the peanut butter with thinly sliced bananas and honey.
- Sprinkle granola over honey and top with remaining slices of bread (butter side up). Granola not only adds crunchiness to the sandwich but adds to the energy cravings of growing kids.
- Heat a griddle to medium-hot. Grill sandwiches till they turn golden brown, flip and cook the other side until golden brown. Serve warm.
Hope you enjoy this super simple recipe! Buy creamy delicious peanut butter from the Red Dot Shop here.
Tips: Go Mommy recommends involving kids in the preparation. It’s a great family bonding time and of course, a wonderful skill to instil in kids.
2. Bombay Sandwich (Kids Special)
If you’ve ever tried a Bombay sandwich, you would know how filling it is. And that’s why I use this recipe when we are adding sandwiches as a replacement to kids’ core meals like breakfast or lunch. I like to keep it as a mix of veggies and a bit of mild spicy flavour. I used to mostly apply homemade mint chutney in this sandwich but recently I have switched it up with spiced peanut butter. Spicy peanut butter is more like traditional peanut chutney.
- 2 potatoes, boiled and thinly sliced
- 3 large sandwich bread slices
- 50 gms of cheese spread
- 20 gms of spicy peanut butter
- 4-5 pieces of sliced onion
- 4-5 pieces of sliced tomato
- 4-5 pieces of sliced capsicum
- 4-5 pieces of sliced cucumber
- 30 gms of shredded cheese
- chaat masala to taste
- Apply cheese spread on a bread slice. Spread peanut butter on top of it.
- Add slices of aloo and sprinkle chaat masala as per your taste.
- Later top it with thinly cut tomato and onion slices and cover with the second slice of bread.
- Spread cheese spread generously on top of the second slice.
- Add cucumber, capsicum, onion and potato slices and sprinkle chaat masala. Sprinkle it with shredded cheese.
- Spread cheese spread and Peanut Butter With Byadgi Chilli on the third bread slice and cover the sandwich.
- Grill and serve hot
But peanut butter spiced with Byadgi chilli from the Red Dot Shop here.
3. Thai Breakfast Sandwich
This open-faced sandwich is not only a hit with my kids but often comes in my meal plan as well. The recipe is quite simple yet again, but added sweet & sour seasoning takes it to a whole new level of flavour.
- 2 slice of whole wheat or sandwich bread
- Peanut butter
- A quarter lime
- Honey mustard spread
- Crushed peanuts (optional)
- Toast your favourite bread. Later spread on the peanut butter, sprinkle the cilantro, sprinkle crushed peanuts.
- Splash a drop or two of lime and dribble some honey mustard spread over the toast.
My kids enjoy some creative time making this open-faced sandwich with a Thai flair. Well, it’s not literally “Thai”, but the mix of the sweet and tangy flavour of honey mustard adds a bit of Thai touch, enough for kids’ taste buds to relish new flavours. At first, I wasn’t sure about the recipe, but I enjoyed the taste of honey and lime, not to mention peanut butter and peanuts!
4. Cheese ‘n’ Jelly Love Sandwich
This sandwich recipe is for kids with a sweet tooth! I’ve noticed that this recipe tastes best with strawberry preserve. The salty notes of cream cheese compliments strawberry preserve very well.
- 2 slice of whole-wheat bread
- Cream cheese
- Any fruit jam or preserve
- Heart-shaped cookie cutter
- Generously spread cream cheese on one bread slice
- Layer it with your preferred preserve or jam. This recipe tastes best with strawberry jam.
- Using a cookie cutter, make a heart shape on the other bread slice. Keep the heart shape aside and place the slice with the cutout on cheese and strawberry spread laden slice.
- Ta-da! Your Cheese ‘n’ Jelly Love sandwich is ready!
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5. Fruity Nut Butter Sandwich
Yet another healthy upgrade to kids’ lunchboxes, read on for this sandwich recipe with a fruity punch. The best part is that you can replace any fruit and make it as per your child’s taste buds.
- 2 slices of multigrain bread
- 2 tablespoons of nut butter, such as cashew butter
- Fruits as per choice
- Raisins (optional)
- Flax seeds or sunflower seeds
- Spread the nut butter on one slice of bread and add 1/4 cup sliced fresh fruit. The fruity flavour mimics a jelly-cream sandwich while giving you a great way to include fresh fruit in your child’s lunch. Your kid probably won’t even notice that sugary jelly has been replaced by whole food. You can replace berries with sliced bananas or even avocados.
- Sprinkle 1 1/2 tablespoons of raisins. Be sure to cut the raisins into small to medium bits for easy eating
- Sprinkle sunflower seeds/ flax seeds onto the nut butter sandwich. The crunchy seeds bring great texture and extra nutrients to a soft sandwich.
- Cover it up with the other slice. Cut it diagonally and serve it to your little one.
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Tips: Go Mommy recommends the use of seasonal fruits to add maximum benefits to your child’s meal. Berries also work great for this recipe.
Sandwich-Making Tips For Moms
- Do not mix too many flavours while preparing the sandwich.
- Always include at least 1 filling of your child’s choice.
- Try different kinds of bread instead of sticking to simple white bread.
- Use seasonal fruits, granola mixes, seeds to add a healthy spin to the sandwich
- You may choose to trim the bread crust, which is mostly dry and chewy.
- The trick to sandwich making is variety and creativity.
These fun and creative sandwich ideas for my kids are a simple but creative way to spend an early afternoon together. I would even say they are time savers, artistic, and tasty. Sometimes my kids even help me make sandwiches. It is a creative process and helps build a great family bond. And do not forget to make one serving for yourself!
Try out these sandwich ideas for kids, give your own creative spin and watch your kid look forward to mealtime. You won’t see your kids being fussy eaters anymore once you give these recipes a try.