It’s amazing how positively kids react when you do something as simple as changing the shape of one of their favorite foods. There’s obviously nothing that needs improving when it comes to a delicious peanut butter and jelly sandwich, BUT try mixing a bit of cream cheese into the jam, spreading it onto a flat piece of lavash, rolling it into a cylinder and then cutting it into wheels, and it becomes a totally new take on a lunchtime classic that’s even more fun to look at and eat!


PB&J Pinwheels

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Servings: 4
Author: Catherine McCord
Total Time 2 minutes


  • 1/4 Cup Regular or Whipped Cream Cheese
  • 2 Tbsp Jam, Jelly or Preserves
  • 1/3 Cup Peanut Butter, divided
  • Lavash, preferably whole wheat (can be found in the bread section at your grocery)


  • Place the cream cheese and jam in a bowl and combine until smooth.
  • Spread 1/2 of the peanut butter on a piece of lavash and top with 1/2 of the cream cheese/jam mixture.
  • Roll the lavash lengthwise into a roll and slice into bite-size wheels, about 1 inch each.
  • Continue to make the second pinwheel sandwich and slice.
  • Serve.


Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 230mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g
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About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


  1. I would try a little peanut butter on a spoon first and supervise closely to watch for choking! Or try mixing it with yogurt or just the jelly and serve like that to see how it goes down!

  2. I have a 14 month old son (born Aug 2011). Is he too young to try this? I haven’t tried serving him peanut butter yet (choking worry rather than allergy).

    Love your site!! Following you on Instagram (love the kid lunches you post) and made your ham and asaparagus quiche a couple nights ago with white asaparagus, it was a hit with my son, husband, me, and Grandma!

  3. do you know a website where we can buy those lunch boxes on the video? it’s super handy! Thank you and great recipe!

  4. The cream cheese adds even more creaminess and flavor, but you can leave it out if you’d like! I haven’t tried it, but I have heard that heavy coconut cream makes a good vegan cream cheese substitute!

  5. These are great and I tried to make a version of this for my kids (3 and 4), but their compliant was that the “sticky stuff” leaks out and gets all over their fingers. I tried to vary the amount of preserves, but no luck. Any suggestions for how to make them less leaky? Thanks!

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