My almost three year old has Autism, which makes him an extremely picky eater. He essentially has four food groups – Bananas, PB&J, hot dogs and sausage. Haha. So, I've been trying to find some recipes for upcoming camping trips that he'll eat that aren't the same standard fare.
Considering he likes Bananas and loves PB&J, when I saw some Banana bread at the store recently, I decided to give doing a banana bread twist on PB&J a try – using a pie iron. He loved (I know this because he actually ate it) the end result. It's also super simple to make.
- Banana bread – you can make this or buy it if your local store offers it
- Peanut Butter
- Jelly or jam
- Non stick cooking spray
- A pie iron
It's PB&J – you slap some peanut butter and jelly on bread and pop it in the fire right? Sort of. Keep in mind that non yeast banana bread is extremely soft. Which means it's extremely easy to break it by spreading things on it.
Take one piece of banana bread and carefully slather it with your favorite kind of peanut butter. On the second piece, carefully slather on your favorite kind of jelly or jam.
Next you'll want to spray the pie iron with non stick cooking spray. I highly recommend that you don't try and butter the outside of the bread – because unless the butter is darn near melted, you're going to rip the bread while trying to do so. Also, the end result is extremely “rich tasting” in nature, so it doesn't need the added taste of the butter.
Place the completed sandwich inside the pie iron and place it in your campfire. How long you need to cook it will depend on the size and heat output of your fire, but you're typically looking at between 5-10 minutes, turning it frequently (I'd just started the fire when I made this one, so it was on the longer end of the time frame).
The great thing about cooking it with the pie iron is that the outside of the bread toasts (and hardens) up without you attempting to flip it, etc. like you would have to in a frying pan. Since the banana bread is very fragile until it's toasted, that has the potential to make a mess, LOL.
T (my three year old – and yes, we actually call him “T”) loved it.
As I mentioned, this is a rich dish, almost rich enough to be considered a dessert. But it's a definite keeper in our camping recipe arsenal.