If you’re a parent or caregiver, you know the pack-a-lunch struggle is real.
There are a number of factors to cross off the mental checklist: Does it contain fruits and/or vegetables? Is it portable? Is it a snap to make? Perhaps most importantly, will my kid eat it?
With these chocolaty, nutty banana pinwheels, you can let those concerns roll right away (pun intended).
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While Nutella and bananas are often combined into a filling for crepes, we wrap them up inside a flour tortilla for a no-cook lunch. A smear of almond butter adds a protein boost and another layer of flavor that kids will delight in—I mean, who doesn’t love a nut butter–Nutella pairing?
Making these roll-ups is as simple as spread, roll, and cut.
Once you have your banana “log,” all you have to do is cut it into 6 pieces. From there, your toddler can munch on them at home—or you can pack it in your older one’s lunch box. Their lunchtime pals will be sure to ooh and aah at the adorable bites.
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This recipe comes from America’s Test Kitchen Kids’ Complete Baby and Toddler Cookbook, which is filled with even more lunch box–friendly dishes plus recipes that children can enjoy from their baby years and beyond—such as homemade baby food, finger foods, family meals, and more.
This recipe may be for toddlers, but I might just pack it for my next office snack.
Almond Butter, Nutella, and Banana Roll-Ups
Makes 1 roll
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 1 (8-inch) flour tortilla
- 1 tablespoon Nutella
- 1 small ripe banana, peeled and ends trimmed
- Spread almond butter evenly over half of flour tortilla. Then spread Nutella over other half of tortilla. Place banana on top of almond butter, along edge closest to you.
- Fold bottom edge of tortilla up and over banana, then continue to roll tortilla tightly around banana into cylinder. Cut into 6 even pieces. Serve or pack in lunch box.
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