These empanada sandwiches are a fun take on classic Uncrustables. They are quick to come together, freezer-friendly, and don’t require any special tools to make!

Peanut butter and empanada sandwiches served with raspberries

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Uncrustables are prepackaged sandwiches sold without the crust in the freezer section of most supermarkets and make for a convenient, quick lunch. They are so easy to make yourself at home and these little empanadas are a fun variation of them! They freeze well and you can fill them with allergy-friendly options, making them perfect to send for school lunches!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

Here is what you’ll need to make these peanut butter and banana empanada sandwiches:

Ingredients to make peanut butter and banana empanada sandwiches. See recipe card for detailed ingredient quantities.
  • Banana: The main source of sweetness for these sandwiches.
  • Peanut Butter: For added healthy fats. You may replace it with a nut-free alternative.
  • Bread Slices: I used whole wheat bread, but you may use any other type of sandwich bread.

PROCESS

  1. Cut circles out of slices of bread using a cup.
  2. Spread a thin layer of peanut butter in the center of the bread circle, leaving off a little space around the ends.
  3. Add 3-4 thin slices of banana on one end of the bread.
  4. Fold over the bread and press down the sides to seal.
  5. Use a fork to seal closed the edges on both sides.
Steps to make peanut butter and banana empanada sandwiches. Specifics provided in recipe card.

STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS

These empanada sandwiches are best eaten fresh but can be stored in the fridge, although they may get soggy depending on the fillings that you use. To freeze, individually wrap each empanada and store them in a freezer-safe Ziploc bag for up to 3 months.

Peanut butter and banana empanada sandwiches served with banana and raspberries

SUBSTITUTIONS

  • Peanut butter: You may replace the peanut butter with another nut butter or a seed-based butter such as sunflower butter. A seed-based butter would be best to use if sending these for a school lunch.
  • Banana: The banana may be replaced with another fruit like strawberries, a fruit jam, or with cream cheese.
Peanut butter and empanada sandwiches. Served with a side of raspberries.

RECIPE NOTES

  • You may use this same method to make DIY full-sized Uncrustables. Simply use two circles from two slices of bread for one sandwich and seal the entire circumference of the circle with a fork. If you prefer to use an actual mold, these sandwich molds are great to make different shapes!
  • If the sandwich is hard to close when you are pinching to seal it with your fingers, dab a little water on the edges to add a little stickiness.

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Peanut butter and empanada sandwiches. Served with a side of raspberries.

Peanut Butter and Banana Empanada Sandwiches

These empanada sandwiches are a fun take on classic Uncrustables. They are quick to come together, freezer-friendly, and don’t require any special tools to make!
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Breakfast, lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade uncrustables
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 servings

Ingredients 

  • 2 slices of bread
  • 2 tbsp smooth peanut butter
  • ½ banana, thinly sliced

Instructions

  • Cut circles out of slices of bread using a cup.
  • Spread a thin layer of peanut butter in the center of the bread circle, leaving off a little space around the ends.
  • Add 3-4 thin slices of banana on one end of the bread.
  • Fold over the bread and press down the sides to seal.
  • Use a fork to seal down the edges on both sides.

Notes

  • You may use this same method to make DIY full-sized Uncrustables. Simply use two circles from two slices of bread for one sandwich and seal the entire circumference of the circle with a fork. If you prefer to use an actual mold, these sandwich molds are great to make different shapes!
  • If the sandwich is hard to close when you are pinching to seal it with your fingers, dab a little water on the edges to add a little stickiness.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Peanut Butter and Banana Empanada Sandwiches
Amount per Serving
Calories
391.87
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
18.24
g
28
%
Saturated Fat
 
3.88
g
24
%
Trans Fat
 
0.02
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
5.47
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
8.13
g
Sodium
 
438.11
mg
19
%
Potassium
 
520.82
mg
15
%
Carbohydrates
 
47.44
g
16
%
Fiber
 
5.8
g
24
%
Sugar
 
13.57
g
15
%
Protein
 
14.48
g
29
%
Vitamin A
 
38.88
IU
1
%
Vitamin C
 
5.24
mg
6
%
Calcium
 
93.99
mg
9
%
Iron
 
2.72
mg
15
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    So simple, yet so tasty. You can make these so quickly, always have the ingredients on hand, but it still feels like a special handheld food for littles.

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