Recipe: Crunchy PB&G

This delicious twist on a classic PB&J makes healthy workweek lunches a breeze.

July 16, 2014
Healthy Peanut Butter Wrap
Quentin Bacon

"What's for dinner?" gets all the press, but the culinary question that stresses me out more is "What's for lunch?" I'm not a salad girl, and though I aim to cook a workweek's worth of healthy meals on Sunday nights, that doesn't always happen, which means I sometimes find myself starving at my desk at noon, debating whether I should grab takeout (which I try not to do) or resort to downing a smoothie or scarfing an energy bar, instead. 

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If you feel my pain, then you'll love this super-simple lunch idea from Laurie David's new cookbook The Family Cooks. Most jellies lack fiber and have too much added sugar, so why not skip the grape spread in a traditional PB&J and use whole grapes instead? Genius! Wraps make the perfect on-the-go meal because they're quick, portable, and you can put almost anything in them. Roll up this fruit and nut combo next time you're at a loss for lunch (or breakfast!). 

Crunchy PB&G (Peanut Butter and Grape) Wrap from The Family Cooks 
(makes 1 serving)
Per serving: 480 calories, 16 g protein, 25 g fat (5 g saturated), 60 g carbs, 8 g fiber

Prep time: 15 minutes

You'll need: 
2 or 3 tablespoons peanut butter (or nut butter of your choice) 
1 large whole wheat tortilla or other sandwich wrap 
8 grapes, red or green, finely chopped 
A squeeze of orange or lemon juice 
1 small banana

How to make it: 

1. Spread the peanut butter onto the bottom half of the tortilla in the shape of a large rectangle. Press the grapes evenly into the peanut butter. 

2. Squeeze a little citrus juice over the banana . Nestle the banana into the peanut butter at the bottom of the tortilla (you might need to take a bite of the banana so it fits). 

3. Tightly roll up the wrap, folding in the left and right sides like a burrito. 

4. Wrap the roll in wax paper or foil. Slip it into your lunch box or knapsack. 

TIP: Rubbing a peeled banana (or an apple, pear, or avocado) with something acidic like lemon juice will keep it from turning brown. 

Play with it:
• Replace the grapes with blueberries, raspberries, or sliced strawberries.
• Heat the filled wrap in an oil-coated skillet over medium heat until it is browned and crisp for a crunchy warm peanut-buttery treat. 

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