Caterpillar Lunchbox Packing Yum Fun

circular sandwich bites made with banana and peanut butter compiled in the shape of a caterpillar body with a watermelon head

This caterpillar lunchbox packing food fun is a great way to add colorful fruits and vegetables to the plate.  This easy recipe is also a great way to serve a story time snack.  This caterpillar inspired lunch is kid friendly and memorable. 

Cut the bread into hearts using the small cookie cutter (or, large fondant cutter) so that you have 8 small hearts. Mix the whipped cream cheese, ranch dressing and chopped carrots together to create the spread. Spread the ranch-flavored mixture onto four of the hearts. Use the mini fondant heart shaped cutter to cut out the center of the four remaining larger hearts. Place a thin slice of cucumber onto the top of each ranch-flavored, cream cheese covered heart & top it with the open-heart piece of bread. Place two heart sandwiches together at their points to create butterfly wings. Cut a thin slice of celery to act as the center of the butterfly. With the tip of the knife cut a slit at the bottom of the grape tomato so that the celery will insert easier into the tomato. Cut two slivers of celery to serve as antennae. Cut two slits on the top of the tomato & insert the antennae.

Caterpillar Lunchbox Packing Yum Fun

Sometimes making lunches and packing the lunchbox can get boring; true story.  Here’s a delicious food combo that can be turned into a caterpillar for lunchbox packing yum fun.  However, regardless of your age or desire to build a caterpillar, this medley of ingredients is scrumptious and so you should STILL READ ON.  The peanut butter, cream cheese and banana mix used is not only easy, it’s DELISH!  It’s equally perfect for a straightforward sandwich or mini bagel filler.

NOTE:  If you read the word peanut butter and have an allergy concern, trade it out with WOWButter.  It’s one of my favorite food ‘swaps and trades’ when searching for a peanut butter alternative.

Here’s the 

Caterpillar Sandwich Bites

circular sandwich bites made with banana and peanut butter compiled in the shape of a caterpillar body with a watermelon head

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 1 slice of bread, whole grain
  • 1 tablespoon whipped cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon peanut butter (WOW Butter is a perfect alternative for peanut allergy friends).
  • ½ teaspoon honey
  • Watermelon
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • 2 candy eyes

Instructions

Stir the whipped cream, peanut butter and honey together. Set aside.

Using a small round cookie cutter or fondant cutter, cut out six circles from one piece of bread. Set aside.

Slice your banana.

Assemble three body sections of your caterpillar;

Spread the cream cheese mixture onto all 6 bread rounds.

Place 1 banana slice on 3 of the rounds.

Add the remaining three rounds on top of the banana to create three mini sandwiches.

Cut 6 little legs from the stalk of celery and use the remaining pieces as a branch for your caterpillar to crawl on. Add the celery legs to the round (see the picture provided).

Assemble the body in a staggered fashion above your celery stick.

Using a small cookie scoop, scoop a head out of watermelon. Place the watermelon head in place. Add two eyes and a celery smile.

Notes

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More on Making this Recipe…

Add Clouds and Sunshine: Simply grab blueberries, blackberries and a yellow bell pepper.  Simply add a small grouping of blueberries and blackberries to create colorful clouds in the sky.  Cut a yellow bell pepper into thin slices and lay them to create an edible sunshine.

Story and a Snack:  Caterpillar bites are a great way to make and eat while reading a story book.  You can visit your local library, pull out books that include caterpillars and enjoy a crafted snack together.  It’s all about maximizing time and memories!  

One of our family favorites is The Very Hungry Caterpillar written and illustrated by Eric Carle.

More Fun Lunch Bites: Check out my butterfly bites!  Butterfly Bites not only brighten up the lunchbox & fills it with delicious bites; they also make the perfect serve of creativity.  These are totally fun and easily created with heart shaped fondant cutters.  Follow the link below for all of the ingredients and instructions.

A plate with two veggie filled mini sandwiches in the shape of a butter fly with flower shaped cut watermelon and cantaloupe fruit pieces

Butterfly Bites Recipe Link

 

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