Moms are always asking me for healthy snack options for their toddlers. The “same old, same old” gets boring for moms and tots! So, if you’re looking for something fun to throw in your preschooler’s lunch box (aka bento box), or you’d like to get your little one cooking in the kitchen with you, here is a fun way to get started…sushi for toddlers (TOSHI???? Hmm, maybe not).
Throw on matching aprons, pull up the step stool, and get rolling! These are just a few (meatless) sushi recipes from our kitchen. We also love Frushi (fruit sushi) and Vegetarian sushi (especially mango and cucumber rolls)! Get creative with your little one’s favorite healthy foods. With enough chopping and dicing you can roll just about anything into toddler sushi!
Let’s Get Rolling with these 3 Easy Recipes:
1. Almond Butter Banana Rolls with Rice Crisps
This recipe only requires three simple ingredients! Organic Bananas, Organic Almond Butter, and Rice Crisps. Pull out a piece of parchment paper. Peel your banana. Cover your banana with the almond butter in a thick layer using a knife. Sprinkle generously with rice crisps and pat down. Simply lift the parchment paper to roll the banana to the other side. Continue to pat with rice crisps until completely covered. Using a sharp knife, cut into 1/2 inch rounds. Delicious!
2. Nutella Banana Sushi Rolls
This is more of a special treat or dessert sushi recipe:) Of course, this is Ayla’s favorite. Again, only three ingredients needed! Grab some whole wheat tortillas, like those made by Mission, a jar of Nutella, and some Organic Bananas. Spread a THICK layer of Nutella on your tortilla almost to the very edge of the tortilla. Don’t skimp or things won’t hold together-giving you a messy pancake instead of sushi rolls. Place one peeled banana at the edge of your tortilla and roll. Slice with a sharp knife into 1/2 inch thick pieces.
3. Cinnamon Apple and Peanut Butter Sushi Rolls
These rolls are one of my favorite. They take a little extra work but not much. You will need a Fuji or Gala apple, Organic Peanut Butter or Almond Butter, Ground Cinnamon, Honey, and either homemade or store-bought cinnamon raisin bread. Peel your apple. Quarter it and then cut into julienned strips. Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon. Next, cut the edges off of a piece of your cinnamon raisin bread. Grab your rolling-pin and roll the bread just a few times to flatten it, making it a little more sticky. Spread a decently thick layer of peanut butter to cover the bread almost to the edges. Now, drizzle the peanut butter layer with a thin layer of honey. Place approximately six thin strips of apple in the center of the bread and roll up the sides. Pinch the edges together to secure. Cut with a sharp knife into 1/2-3/4 inch thick pieces. Yummy!!!
Hope your little one enjoys these tasty treats as much as we do! Next up…California rolls:) Let your toddler get involved. You may be surprised by how helpful they can be. Plus, cooking together is spending quality time together. That’s always extra yummy.