I recently got back from a vacation with my family. Every year we rent a HUGE condo in Bethany Beach Delaware. This place is large enough to house 3 families and then some. We all contribute to the shared meals. Breakfast is usually a free for all with some one making a casserole once or twice that we all eat off of for the week. Dinners are anything from crock pot meals to grilled meats and veggies to steamed crabs on the screened in porch.
Lunches are something that are either eaten pool side or sea side. Something that can be packed in a cooler and easily eaten with out too much fuss. Something that we can much on while we soak up the rays and enjoy the water.
Most of the time peanut butter and jelly fits the bill. With 3 little ones in the house there is not much else that they will eat out of a lunch bag that is portable to the beach!
This vacation I decided I was going to jazz up our regular PB&J with a bit of Plain Jane granola. We had brought it along to stir into granola for breakfast so it wasn't like I was adding an additional item to my packing list!
I recommend using plain jane because it already has the peanut butter base flavor and the oats are small enough to be added to the outside of the sandwich. I am a HUGE fan of the Off Road granola. But a salad is more suited for Off Road. Be sure to read the post Off Road Instead of Croutons.
Once all edges of the sandwich are coated nicely in peanut butter, press the Plain Jane to the peanut butter. A little coaxing might be in order, depending on how much peanut butter was applied. In this case 'less is more'. The more peanut butter used, the harder it will be to get the granola to stick. It will just slide off. Too little and the granola won't stick.
I am confident you will quickly find the right ratio of peanut butter for this recipe!
Once you have the edges coated in the granola, wrap the sandwiches and store in a cooler bag. Trust me when I tell you that peanut butter likes to be cool in the hot summer sun.
I may have made these sandwiches for the kids but as you can see, I made one for myself as well. I am not going to let the kids have all the granola goodness of a Plain Jane encrusted peanut butter and jelly sandwich!