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Peanut Butter Sushi

[Photographs: Peanut Butter & Co]

You Will Need

  • Your favorite bread
  • Peanut butter
  • Sliced fruits and veggies
  • Jam (optional)
  • Mini marshmallows and crispy rice (also optional)
  • Honey (again, optional)

Peanut butter and raw fish—two things that sound like they should never go together. Maybe I'll challenge that notion someday, but for now, here are some fun ways to eat peanut butter inspired by the Japanese art of maki rolls, minus the actual fish.

Our sprightly intern at Peanut Butter and Co. Stephanie made these as a snack the other day. Inspired by the hundreds of different maki rolls sold at Japanese restaurants near our office, as well as our ten different varieties of peanut butter, she enjoyed deconstructing some of the flavors and textures.

Peanut butter maki rolls are really nothing new—people have been doing this with peanut butter and jelly for years, calling them "pinwheel" sandwiches, which refers to the swirl of peanut butter and jelly created when you roll up the sandwiches.

I love the idea of introducing kids and the otherwise sushi-averse to this fun food shape. Who knows, maybe someday someone will even figure out a way to combine fish and peanut butter in a maki roll in a delicious way—as soon as that happens I'll be first in line!

About the author: Lee Zalben was a PB&J-loving kid that grew up to be the founder and president of Peanut Butter & Co., which began as a Greenwich Village sandwich shop serving nothing but peanut butter sandwiches and expanded to include the now-famous line of all natural flavored peanut butter. Lee is a graduate of Vassar College and enjoys traveling the world in search of interesting foods made with peanuts, tree nuts, and seeds. When he's not working, eating, flying or writing, he enjoys scuba diving and training elephants.

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