Healthy Breakfast for Kids: Peanut Butter & Apple Quesadilla (Kids Cook Monday)
|October 1, 2012
|Posted by Stacy under Breakfast, Recipes
Quesadillas for breakfast?!? Needless to say, my kids were thrilled when they heard the news. But this isn’t your typical quesadilla, which is one reason that I like it so much. Instead of being made with cheese, it contains peanut butter and apples–a fun twist on a traditional Mexican food favorite.
This would make a great lunch or after-school snack, but I really love the idea of having it for breakfast. With protein, whole grains, and fruit, it’s a nutritious start to the day and provides lasting energy to get through the morning. And it’s a great way to shake up the routine! Introducing a typical lunch or dinner food at breakfast—or vice versa—can help open our kids’ minds to new things.
Finding good tortillas can be tricky—many contain lard, preservatives and other not-so-healthy-sounding ingredients. I usually opt for Alvarado Street Bakery’s Sprouted Wheat Tortillas, which are made with wheat berries and contain just five ingredients. I anyone has a good brand that they like, please let me know—I’m always looking to branch out.
This recipe was adapted from one found on Ambitious Kitchen. The original was made with strawberries and bananas. I used apples instead, since they’e in season. Kids can help spread on the peanut butter, arrange the fruit, or sprinkle on cinnamon.
Do bear in mind the recent nut butter recall, which involved peanut and almond butters from a number of different brands, including Trader Joe’s. Check this list to make sure your jar isn’t one of those suspected to contain a rare strain of Salmonella that’s been blamed for at least 29 illnesses in 18 states.
Peanut Butter & Apple Quesadilla
Yields: 1 quesadilla
Prep time: 4 minutes
Cook time: 5 to 10 minutes
Cooking spray or butter
1 to 2 tablespoons natural creamy peanut butter
1 whole grain tortilla
1/2 to 3/4 organic apple, thinly sliced
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon (if desired)
- Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and coat with cooking spray or melted butter.
- Spread 1 to 2 tablespoons of peanut butter half of the tortilla. Arrange apple slices on top of peanut butter, sprinkle with cinnamon, and fold tortilla in half.
- When the skillet is hot, add the quesadilla. Cook until the bottom is golden brown (about 2 minutes). Flip and repeat on other side.
- Cut quesadilla into thirds and serve with a side of fruit, such as sliced bananas, sliced pears or raspberries.