Sky High Strawberry-Banana Peanut Butter and Jelly

Kid Friendly Recipes, Lunch, Sandwiches | 7 comments

Have you heard about the new blog Kristen from Dine&Dish has started called Culinary Snapshot? It’s a fantastic new resource for food photographers and aspiring food photographers. The whole blog is dedicated to food photography tips and tutorials from reader submissions. You’ll see behind-the-scenes on how food bloggers get some of their shots, plus great tips for photo editing from those who participate. If you’d like to learn more about food photography, or are just curious about the process, I highly recommend checking Culinary Snapshot out.

Besides the behind-the-scenes and tips, Kristen has started a monthly challenge called “Through my Lens” – an Experiment in Interpretation. This month’s challenge was:

The next assignment for Through My Lens will be Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches. Easy to make, but I think it will be a challenge to photograph! Imagine that you have been hired by a magazine to photograph a simple PB&J for them. How will you interpret that assignment?

Peanut butter and jelly is such a kid food to me, though I’m sure some of the submissions will prove me wrong. I photographed and styled my sandwich from what I’d imagine a kid’s magazine would publish. I decided to cut the bread into circles for a little cute factor, since PBJ is a pretty basic sandwich. Here is my submission and “recipe.”

Sky High Strawberry-Banana “Peanut” Butter and Jelly

  • 3 slices multi-grain bread (I really like Milton’s)
  • Sunflower Seed or Almond Butter*
  • 1/4 of a banana, mashed
  • 2 Tbs strawberry preserves

Mix the mashed banana and strawberry preserves together. Using a cookie cutter or a glass, cut out three circles from the bread. On the first piece, spread the nut butter of your choice and the strawberry-banana mixture on top of that. Top with the next slice of bread and spread the nut butter and strawberry-banana mixture on top of that piece. Top with the final piece of bread.

*Logan is severely allergic to peanuts. Feel free to use peanut butter if you can and like it.

Katie Goodman

About the Author:

Katie’s lifelong interest in cooking good food has shown her that part of the goodness in life is enjoying delicious food with friends and family. She is: Mom. Writer. Photographer. Recipe Developer. Website Founder. Lover of all things good in life. A mix of great recipes, family memories, and yummy photography is what Katie serves up each week at GoodLife Eats™. Katie and her family reside in Colorado.

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  • 1
    Maria - September 16, 2009 @ 6:48 pm

    My kind of sandwich! I love almond butter and I always add fruit for natural sweetness! Great photos!


  • 2
    Monica - September 16, 2009 @ 7:39 pm

    What a neat project! I love your food photography…I think you set this one up perfectly!


  • 3
    picky cook - September 16, 2009 @ 7:50 pm

    great pic Katie! magazine worthy


  • 4
    oneordinaryday - September 16, 2009 @ 9:25 pm

    Thanks for the tip on the new site. I'm headed to check it out.


  • 5
    Jennifer - September 16, 2009 @ 10:28 pm

    Wonderful photo!! This is without a doubt one of my favorite sandwiches! I love Culinary Snapshot. great contribution!


  • 6
    MeetaK - September 17, 2009 @ 9:56 am

    ummm! just bought a tiny jar of peanut butter i think this is going to be nice!


  • 7
    Kristen - September 17, 2009 @ 1:22 pm

    I love this, Katie! Great minds think alike as I actually did a stacked sandwich too :) Thanks for your support and participation. I really appreciate it!(BTW – just found out last night I'm going to BlogHer Food! Can't wait to meet you!)


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