Save time on busy school mornings with these Homemade Peanut Butter and Jelly Uncrustables. Make them in batches and keep them in the freezer all school year!
I don’t do batch cooking and freezer meal prep nearly as often as I would like to, but when I actually get around to it, I always make a batch of Homemade Peanut Butter and Jelly Uncrustables. They just make mornings so much easier around here! I recently figured out that I make over 900 PB&J sandwiches a year. Buying that many Uncrustables really isn’t feasible, so I figured out how to make my own.
It’s not like making a sandwich in the morning is hard. I mean, it’s bread, peanut butter and jelly. But for some reason, when we’re rushing through the morning getting ready for school, the last thing I want to do is pull a bunch of stuff out of the cupboard and slap together a quick sandwich. Homemade Uncrustables are easy to do in batches, thaw perfectly in lunch boxes, and save so much time in the mornings!
Homemade Peanut Butter and Jelly Uncrustables
- peanut butter
- strawberry jelly
- 1 loaf of bread
- 1 sandwich cutter (one that seals is best)
- sandwich bags (the kind that seal, not the fold-over kind)
- Spread jelly in a circle on one slice of bread
- Spread creamy peanut butter in a circle on another slice of bread
- Put the sandwich together and then use a sandwich cutter to slice out the center of the bread and press the edges.
- Immediately place in a sealed baggie
- Repeat until all the bread is used up (I like to do two loaves of bread at a time while watching TV)
- Lay the sandwiches out flat on a tray and freeze before stacking them up or tossing them all in a big gallon-sized bag in the freezer. That will keep them from getting smashed.
- Grab and go!
And before you worry about how much bread I’m wasting by cutting out the middle of the sandwiches, let me say this: peanut butter and jelly sandwich crusts make a SUPER yummy french toast bake. I purposely don’t spread the peanut butter or jelly all the way to the edges of a sandwich. That would just be wasteful. But I’ve found that in every batch there are a few that didn’t come away completely clean and the flavors of peanut butter or strawberry jelly sneak in.
For that reason, I don’t make croutons or something else savory with the bread crusts. I do, however, make this Overnight French Toast Bake with the leftovers. It’s not as pretty when you make it with random chunks of bread instead of nice big Texas toast slices, but it tastes just as good! And when you get a random little hint of strawberry jelly in a bite, it’s like a bonus! 🙂
This post originally appeared on Princess Pinky Girl