The Peanut Butter Lunch Box

Continuing on with the series of no-cook lunch boxes, I bring you The Peanut Butter Lunch Box! This one is so simple, yet I may have enjoyed this one the most out of all the lunch boxes I’ve prepared so far. I don’t know if it was the sweet-salty combo, or maybe it was just […] The post The Peanut Butter Lunch Box appeared first on Budget Bytes.

The Peanut Butter Lunch Box

Continuing on with the series of no-cook lunch boxes, I bring you The Peanut Butter Lunch Box! This one is so simple, yet I may have enjoyed this one the most out of all the lunch boxes I’ve prepared so far. I don’t know if it was the sweet-salty combo, or maybe it was just nostalgia (for about two years straight in elementary school I ate peanut butter apple sandwiches for lunch), but every day I looked forward to this lunch box! So, if you’re a fan of peanut butter sandwiches, but want to change things up, give this peanut butter lunch box a try!

What’s in the Peanut Butter Lunch Box

Peanut butter is the focus of this lunch box, with both sweet and savory side items that are all delicious dipped into the creamy peanut butter. For my peanut butter lunch box I added pretzels, apple slices, celery, and dates. If you can’t eat peanut butter, this lunch box would be just as good with any other nut butter you prefer (almond, cashew, sunflower, etc.).

About Those Dates…

If you’ve never eaten dates with peanut butter before, prepare for your mind to be blown! Medjool dates are rich, sweet, sticky, and taste a little bit like caramel, so it tastes like you’re eating caramel with peanut butter! It’s the perfectly rich and sweet natural dessert.

You’ll find Medjool dates in the produce department of most major grocery stores (scroll down to the photos below the recipe card to see what type of container they come in). They usually have a small pit inside, but they are easily pulled open with your fingers, and then you can simply remove the pit before smearing that creamy peanut butter all over the date.

How to Keep the Apple Slices Fresh

As most people know, apples begin to brown after they are sliced in response to exposure to oxygen. This brown color is a simple chemical reaction and does not indicate that the apple has gone “bad.” To help slow the browning, keep the apple slices bunched closely together to reduce the exposure to oxygen on the cut surfaces (see photos). You can also sprinkle a little lemon juice over your apple slices to further slow the browning, if you prefer. Even without lemon juice, my apple slices only browned a very small amount over four days in the refrigerator.

What Containers Do You Use?

For this lunch box I used a set of divided glass containers that I purchased on Amazon (linked below in the bottom of the recipe card). The dividers don’t go all the way up to the lid, so they don’t keep liquid items separate, but for solids or super thick stuff like peanut butter, it works just fine. 

A single peanut butter lunch box with peanut butter on a Medjool date and a pretzel dipping into the peanut butter

 
Three glass containers of the peanut butter lunch box lined up in a row

The Peanut Butter Lunch Box

This peanut butter lunch box is an easy no-cook lunch idea for school, work, picnics, or road trips! No reheating needed!
Total Cost $4.57 recipe / $1.14 serving
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 572.68kcal
Author Beth - Budget Bytes

Equipment

  • Divided Glass Meal Prep Containers

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup peanut butter* $1.49
  • 60 mini pretzels $0.26
  • 2 apples $0.78
  • 8 Medjool dates $1.33
  • 4 ribs celery $0.70
  • 1 tsp lemon juice (optional) $0.01

Instructions

  • Wash and slice the celery into sticks. Slice each apple in half, remove the core, then cut into slices. Sprinkle the lemon juice over the apple slices to slow browning, if desired.
  • Add 3 tablespoons of peanut butter to each container. Add about 15 pretzels to each container, along with ½ an apple, some celery sticks, and two dates. Enjoy immediately or refrigerate up to five days.

Notes

I used natural style peanut butter, but you can use whichever type you prefer, or another type of nut butter.

Nutrition

Serving: 1lunch box | Calories: 572.68kcal | Carbohydrates: 80.15g | Protein: 14.53g | Fat: 25.65g | Sodium: 517.13mg | Fiber: 9.93g

Try These Other No-Cook Lunch Boxes:

  • The Tuna Salad Lunch Box
  • The Cheese Board Lunch Box
  • The Hummus Lunch Box
  • The Pizza Roll Up Lunch Box

The Peanut Butter Lunch Box – Extra Notes

Cored and sliced apples

I used Granny Smith Apples for this lunch box, but you can use any variety of apples you like. I included ½ an apple with each box. Slice the apples in half, then remove the core (I used a sharp measuring spoon, but you could use something like a melon baller as well). Slice each apple half into slices. Keeping the slices close together prevents oxygen exposure, which will slow the browning. You can also sprinkle a little lemon juice over the slices to further help slow the browning.

Medjool date container

Medjool dates are usually sold in a container like this, but sometimes I see them sold loose by the pound, which is really nice when you only need a few! I see them at just about every grocery store now, so they are widely available. You’ll find them in the produce department, usually not refrigerated.

Open Medjool date

To eat the dates, simply pull them open with your hands. They are soft and sticky, so they pull open very easily. You’ll find a small pit in the center (you can see the pit on the left side). Remove the pit.

Date half with peanut butter

Smear a little peanut butter on each half of the date and enjoy! This combo is super rich and sweet, so you’ll only need one or two! Enjoy!

Three peanut butter lunch boxes in glass containers

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Gooey S’mores Cookies

A gooey s’mores cookie is a scrumptious mash up of small bits of s’mores pieces in a cookie that you are going to love!  The melty chocolate, sticky marshmallow and graham cracker flavor combination you love, transformed into a delectable easy to eat cookie. S’mores are a family favorite all year long! If you love…

Gooey S’mores Cookies

A gooey s’mores cookie is a scrumptious mash up of small bits of s’mores pieces in a cookie that you are going to love!  The melty chocolate, sticky marshmallow and graham cracker flavor combination you love, transformed into a delectable easy to eat cookie.

S’mores are a family favorite all year long! If you love all things ooey and gooey, try my Ooey Gooey Lemon Coconut Butter bars,  And for a bar version try To Die For Ooey Gooey S’mores Bars.

S'mores cookies on a wire rack cooling.

Gooey S’mores Cookies

Summer doesn’t have to end when you have these cookies around. Bring the best of campfires indoors with this simple, yet not as messy twist on a classic.  Graham cracker dough provides the base stirring in semi-sweet chocolate chips and mini marshmallows to S’more perfection.

Cookies are like a warm hug and these are no exception. When you make these you’ll feel like your right back in the woods or backyard surrounded by family and friends. The smell wafting through your house will bring back memories and make everyone happy. Quick and easy without the smoke or fire!

S’more Ingredients:

These ingredients are pantry staples, whip them up right now! S’more cookies are always a hit.

  • Sugar: White sugar helps cookies brown
  • Brown Sugar: Try dark brown sugar for a richer flavor
  • Butter: Butter is always best
  • Egg: Look for Large eggs
  • Flour: Using unbleached white flour give a tender crumb
  • Vanilla: Imitation vanilla will work here as well
  • Graham Crackers: Crush the crackers with a food processor to a fine crumb
  • Baking Powder: Helps make the cookies rise
  • Salt: Table salt helps balance the sweet
  • Chocolate Chips: For fun try extra large chips
  • Mini Marshmallows: Can cut up large marshmallows if needed.

Let’s Get Baking!

These s’mores cookies are so simple to make and a family favorite!

  1. Cream: Beat the sugars and butter until super fluffy before adding in the vanilla and an egg.
  2. Crush: Either use a food processor or a gallon ziplock bag to crush the crackers very finely.
  3. Mix: In a separate bowl mix the crumbs with the flour, baking powder, and salt
  4. Blend: Add the sugar mixture to the flour mixture till thoroughly mixed.
  5. Fold: Gently stir in the chocolate and marshmallows.
  6. Bake: Drop by heaping Tablespoons on a lined cookie sheet and bake 10-12 min at 350 till golden brown.

The process of making s'mores cookies.

Make it Grand with these S’mores Cookies:

Create the best s’mores cookie just the way you like it. All so delicious!

  1. Marshmallows: If you want to try a fun twist on these already amazing little vittles, try using cereal marshmallows. Now you don’t have to go buy a bag of Lucky Charms and pick out all the marshmallows, they actually just sell cereal marshmallows!! How fun is that?! Look for them in the baking isle with the regular marshmallows or you can buy them on Amazon. They won’t be as gooey but still oh so good!
  2. Chocolate: You can get creative here. You can use mini chocolate chips for lots of goodness all over.  Use milk chocolate chips to recreate that classic s’mores taste. Try dark chocolate chips for an intense flavor to help balance the sweetness of the marshmallow.  Don’t like chocolate? Peanut butter or butterscotch chips will do just as nicely.

Gooey S'mores cookies stacked on top of each other resting on a cooling rack.

How to Freeze S’mores Cookies Ahead or After:

  • Freezing Cookies:  You can freeze these in an  for 2-3 months. Simply thaw on the counter for a few hours before eating.
  • Freezing Dough: Make a double batch of dough if you desire to make them again for fresh from the freezer cookies. Drop large Tablespoon scoops onto a baking sheet and freeze for about an hour. Transfer the dough into a freezer gallon bag or airtight container. When ready to bake simply place the frozen dough on a cookie sheet and bake for 12-15 min at 350.

Gooey s'mores cookie being held up by a hand.

More Irresistible Cookies to Try:

  • Cowboy Cookies
  • White Chocolate Oreo Cookies
  • Easy 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies
  • Rocky Road Chocolate Cookies
  • Orange Creamsicle Cookies
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Gooey S'mores Cookies

A gooey scrumptious mash up of s'mores in a cookie, you are going to love this!  The melty chocolate, sticky marshmallow and graham cracker flavor combination you love, transformed into a delectable easy to eat cookie.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cookie recipes, s'mores cookies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 24 Cookies
Calories 143kcal
Author Alyssa Rivers

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/3 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips I used large chocolate chips
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows or jet puff marshmallows

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and spray lightly with cooking spray.
  • In a medium sized mixing bowl, cream together butter, brown sugar, and sugar until it is light and fluffy 2-3 minutes. Add in the egg and vanilla and mix until incorporated.
  • In a food processor, or using a gallon sized bag and rolling pin, crush up your graham crackers until they are fine crumbs. In a separate bowl, add the graham cracker crumbs, flour, baking powder, and salt and whisk together. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix on low until it is combined.
  • Fold in the chocolate chips and marshmallow bits. Scoop a heaping tablespoon of dough onto the cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

Notes

Updated on August 28, 2020
Originally Posted on June 29, 2014

Nutrition

Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 111mg | Potassium: 35mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 145IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg
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