Peanut Butter, Strawberry and Banana Quesadillas (gluten-free, whole grain options)

These PB&J banana quesadillas are a fun way to mix things up! Can be made gluten-free, vegan, whole grain and dairy-free.

In continuation of back to school week, I have some fun quesadillas for you. Instead of a boring old peanut butter and jelly sandwich, we have peanut butter, banana and strawberry quesadillas! Opening your lunchbox to that is surely more exciting than a PB&J, isn’t it?

Peanut Butter, Strawberry and Banana Quesadillas - can be made whole grain, gluten-free, and vegan

You can use whatever tortillas you like. Whole grain, gluten-free, regular white flour tortillas. They’re all good here. My absolutely favorite are my Vegan Tortillas, which don’t use any special ingredients at all. Just oil instead of lard.

I used homemade strawberry jam because I happened to have a lot leftover but again, you can use whatever your kid likes!

Depending on which ingredients you use, you could make these dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, refined sugar free, etc. If your kids go to a peanut free school, use almond butter. You really can’t go wrong with these!

Peanut Butter, Strawberry and Banana Quesadillas can be made gluten-free, whole grain, vegan, and dairy-free.

So on one tortilla, you have your nut butter of choice. On the other, you have jam. In the middle, you’ve got some slices of strawberries and banana. I cooked mine in a skillet just because I like them crispy but I suppose you can skip that step if you’re short on time.

This recipe is really more of a guide or idea than a recipe. The amount of fruit, peanut butter and jelly will vary depending on the size of your tortillas and your preferences. That’s why I’ve listed ranges (1-2 tablespoons peanut butter, for example).

Love strawberries and banana together? Check out this great strawberry peanut butter banana smoothie!

Here are some homemade jam and peanut butter ideas that would work well with these quesadillas!

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How to make homemade peanut butter

Peanut Butter, Strawberry and Banana Quesadillas

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Peanut Butter, Strawberry and Banana Quesadillas (gluten-free, whole grain options)
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  1. Over medium heat, preheat a skillet or pan that's large enough for your tortilla.
  2. Spread the peanut butter on one side of a tortilla.
  3. Spread jam on one side of another tortilla.
  4. Make enough banana and strawberry slices to cover the bottom of one tortilla.
  5. Place the other tortilla (jam or peanut butter side down) on top of the other tortilla.
  6. Cook in the pan until the bottom is crisp. This will depend on your tortillas, but it took about 2-3 minutes for me.
  7. Flip over and cook the other tortilla until crisp.
  8. Serve immediately. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator.

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23 comments on “Peanut Butter, Strawberry and Banana Quesadillas (gluten-free, whole grain options)” — Add one!

  • Angelica Mercieca Ciantar
    April 6, 2020 @ 2:56 pm

    These have become our go to snack! I sometimes use almond butter instead of peanut and omit the jam when the strawberries and bananas are very sweet. Love!!

    • Erin replies to Angelica Mercieca Ciantar
      April 7, 2020 @ 4:17 pm

      Yay! I’m glad to hear that. This is a really old post that nobody looks at so I was thrilled to get your comment. Thanks a bunch!

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts says
    September 3, 2013 @ 9:49 pm

    What a fun idea!! Quesadillas are always a fun thing to eat, and this is perfect!

  • Regina says
    August 28, 2013 @ 2:39 am

    This is such a fun idea! I would have loved that as a kid (had I liked PB back then ;)

    • Erin replies to Regina
      September 1, 2013 @ 3:14 pm

      Haha. Y’all just need some good peanut butter in Germany! ;)

  • Suzanne
    August 26, 2013 @ 2:47 am

    Great idea to have this in a quesadilla, I like making a tortilla wrap with a banana in it.

  • Ada ~ More Food, Please
    August 25, 2013 @ 9:53 am

    These look delicious and so unique! Will have to try something like this for breakfast.

  • Eat Good 4 Life says
    August 25, 2013 @ 5:07 am

    What a great idea and combination. I have to keep this one in mind for the near future :-)

  • Becca from Cookie Jar Treats says
    August 25, 2013 @ 2:29 am

    I LOVE PB&J!!! And this looks like such a fun twist on the classic! And the idea of toasting is brilliant! I like the taste of melty peanut butter :P

  • Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic says
    August 24, 2013 @ 8:57 pm

    How cute! I always have these ingredients in my fridge so I might make one for myself as a snack later :)

  • Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction says
    August 23, 2013 @ 3:09 pm

    These are so fun! I would love to have one for breakfast!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says
    August 22, 2013 @ 10:00 pm

    These are so, so fun! Love this idea for an afternoon snack or even a fun breakfast! :)

  • Jennie @themessybakerblog says
    August 22, 2013 @ 5:49 pm

    This is way better than your average pb&j sammie. I love it. I’m not going back to school, but this will be a lovely rotation for work.

  • Susan says
    August 22, 2013 @ 5:32 pm

    It’s funny how our tastes in tortillas are so individual. I just checked out the recipe you like, because I do make my own. I live in El Paso, where there is plenty of Mexican influence, and the ready-made that I found that I liked are the Sonora style (I wait in line for them at the tortilleria where we can get them while they are still hot). So that’s what I make, except I use whole wheat flour (4 cups) with 1 cup of mesquite flour (which I also make myself from the pods on our mesquite trees). I also have settled on using ⅔ cup of ‘shortening’ (at this point it’s Smart Balance). The basic recipe I started with called for ½ cup or more, but in my experiments the dough did not hold together well and did not have any chance of staying soft when cooked, with so little fat in it. My basic recipe I found on Whatever style you like they are always better homemade!

    I like the idea of these quesadillas for breakfast, and any kid who gets one in their lunch is a lucky kid.

    • Erin replies to Susan
      August 23, 2013 @ 8:05 pm

      I don’t think I’ve ever used mesquite flour but it sounds interesting! I usually made my tortillas whole wheat but I honestly didn’t enjoy them nearly as much as with all-purpose so I switched back over. I guess it had to do with the fact that I don’t actually like the whole grain taste (I always cover up the taste in my recipes!) ;) I tried so many recipes before finding this one but after a few years of making this one, I guess I could try a new one! I’ll go look for the one you mention on Allrecipes.

      • Susan replies to Erin
        August 23, 2013 @ 9:58 pm

        Erin, the nice thing about mesquite flour is that it does add its own flavor, thus making the whole wheat flavor less prominent. If you get any mesquite flour, you can sub up to 25% of the amount of flour called for in the recipe. The recipe I use calls for 4 cups whole wheat flour and 1 cup all purpose, so I just use the mesquite instead of the all purpose flour. Mesquite flour is expensive, but when you get back to Texas, if you are anywhere near El Paso, I’d be delighted to share my mesquite flour with you. Our trees are prolific bearers and I am getting ready to start the flour making process again. Here’s the link to the tortilla recipe (sorry I didn’t think to add it before)

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet
    August 22, 2013 @ 4:32 pm

    How fun are these!!! Love the idea of homemade strawberry jam!

  • Meagan @ A Zesty Bite says
    August 22, 2013 @ 3:30 pm

    Such a fun idea for breakfast.

  • Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie says
    August 22, 2013 @ 3:24 pm

    Hello after work snack for me! Or breakfast?

  • Liz @ The Lemon Bowl says
    August 22, 2013 @ 2:54 pm

    I adore this recipe!! I’ve been on a peanut butter and jelly kick big time this pregnancy!!

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says
    August 22, 2013 @ 1:58 pm

    These are definitely some of my fav flavours all in one! Yum!

  • Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies says
    August 22, 2013 @ 1:55 pm

    I love eaitng things like this and I bet any kid would gobble this up in their lunchbox!


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