Sky High Strawberry-Banana Peanut Butter and Jelly

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.