Back to School Lunch Idea: PB & J Fruit Kabobs {Recipe}

by Melanie Edwards on September 8, 2014

in Kids, preschoolers, Recipes

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Having a picky eater makes packing school lunches challenging. My 8-year-old daughter happens to be a picky eater and though she is making progress and trying new foods lately, for the most part, there are still many foods on her “No” list. For this reason, I find myself often repeating one of her approved lunch choices – sometimes it even gets repeated within the same week. Presenting the same food in different ways may just be a way to mix things up a bit, though. That’s why I was happy to get different school lunch ideas when I visited the Walmart headquarters this summer! Read on to find a cute new way to pack your child’s PB & J this school year!

School Lunch Idea: PB & J Fruit Kabobs

During my visit in June to Walmart’s HQ, we were shown a variety of school lunch ideas, but one of them stuck out since I knew my baby girl would love it. The folks from Smucker’s showed us how to put together peanut butter and jelly fruit kabobs for a fun twist on the classic PB & J. Let me share the details of their recipe below, with a few tweaks I made to accommodate my daughter’s tastes. Feel free to customize your child’s PB & J Fruit Kabob to make it their own!

School Lunch Idea: PB & J Fruit Kabobs

PB & J Fruit Kabobs (School Lunch Idea) {Recipe}

*Recipe courtesy of The J.M. Smucker Company


  • 3 slices of bread
  • Peanut butter – I used Jif Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
  • Jelly or jam
  • Fresh strawberries, halved (I used raspberries instead the first time I made this for my daughter.)
  • Seedless green grapes (I substituted with kiwi since my daughter is not a huge fan of grapes.)

School Lunch Idea: PB & J Fruit Kabobs, Ingredients & Materials Needed


  1. Cut out star-shaped pieces from the bread using a small star cookie cutter.
  2. Spread peanut butter on half of your stars and jelly on the other half. Press together to make small sandwiches (about 4-5 should be enough).
  3. Alternate your star-shaped sandwiches and fruit onto a skewer. (I cut off the pointy side of the skewer for extra safety.)

School Lunch Idea: PB & J Fruit Kabobs

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Do you have a fun school lunch idea to share? I can always use more ideas for my picky eater!

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