It's no secret – my kids LOVE peanut butter. Apples, graham crackers, pancakes, you name it…if it can go with peanut butter, you can bet we will eat it at my house. I bought some peanut butter to-go cups from the store for a trip once. Unfortunately they were not only holy-cow expensive, but the peanut butter in them was borderline YUCK. I started making my own to-go cups and they have been a LIFE SAVER at our house, so I thought I'd share this simple trick with you! Without further adieu I introduce to you…
DIY PEANUT BUTTER TO-GO CUPS:
All you need is…
- Peanut Butter (any kind will do – I price match whatever is on sale)
- Apples (I use whatever is on sale)
- Apple Slicer
- Rubber Bands or Fruit Fresh
- Condiment Cups & Lids (I got mine from Walmart, in the paper plates aisle)
All you do is…
Portion your peanut butter in your fancy schmancy condiment cups.
I love them because they are the perfect size, and disposable! I use them for storing crafts, leftovers, many #PageDinnerOnTheRun meals, traveling, you name it. I got them from Walmart in the paper plate aisle, but you can also get them from Amazon.
Portioning out the peanut butter isn't scientific for me, I just grab a good amount, and spread it in the cup. If you want to be more exact about portion size, you could always use one of these measured scoops. I use them for cookies, you can use them for healthy stuff if you want!
Once you've got the peanut butter situation covered (literally, slap the lids on those containers!)…
Slice your apples!
I fought it for YEARS, then finally caved and got my apple slicer. I now am obsessed and don't know how I lived without it for so long. It really makes it so much easier (and we eat a LOT of apples at our house so it's totally worth it). It cores them out, and slices them into perfect, even chunks every. single. time. Magic, I tell you!
I like to slice up several apples and keep them in baggies in the fridge, so my kids can grab their own apple and peanut butter for a snack.
How do you keep the apples from turning brown?
Another secret weapon of mine is Fruit Fresh. You can sprinkle it on ANYTHING and it will keep it from going brown, without altering the taste much. Talk about magic!
Lastly, you could sprinkle a bit of lemon juice on your apples if you don't mind the lemon taste. The acid from the fruit will keep the apples from turning brown.
DIY Peanut Butter To-Go Cups for the W-I-N!
They are perfect to throw in a lunchbox with carrots, apples, celery or graham crackers, etc. I keep a whole stash of them in the pantry, and always try to have at least 1-2 sliced apples in the fridge. I love that my kids can grab their own healthy snack when they get home from school, without needing my help or making a huge mess. They are also AMAZING for travel and running out the door!
Do you have a clever on-the-go snack idea? Please share in the comments below, I love new ideas!