Yesterday after school, the girls and I made Peanut Butter Pizzas. Here’s how we made them!
You can substitute peanut butter for almond butter or hazelnut spread. For the toppings, just think about what you like to eat with peanut butter. We tried apples, bananas, peaches and celery, plus chocolate chips and raisins. In addition, ask your kids for suggestions! I would never have thought to include peaches…that was my girls’ idea as we shopped for fruit. But then they also suggested mushrooms. Feel free to veto as you see fit.
First, do a little bit of prep work, depending on your kids’ age and skill level. Thinly slice the fruits. Attempt to thinly slice the celery but mess up. Spread everything out on a platter for your kiddos to grab.
Cut a sheet of puff pastry into four pieces and place them onto a Silpat or parchment paper on a baking sheet. I had originally thought of cutting them into circles with an upside down bowl, to make them like mini pizzas. But I think the puff pastry thawed out a little bit too much in this hot weather which made it hard to work with, hence the weird shapes of our pizzas! (You know, I could have just blamed the kids. Anyways.)
Combine the peanut butter and honey in a microwave safe bowl and heat for about 30 seconds, until it becomes slightly liquid-like.
Make sure the bowl isn’t too hot, and have your kiddos spread the peanut butter/honey mixture onto the puff pastry pieces. I love these little cheese knives…they are perfect for their hands. Note: They should have left about a 1/2 inch space from the edge, to give their pizzas a “crust”.
Then have them start piling on the toppings. We combined the raisins with the apples and celery, and the chocolate chips with the bananas and the peaches.
One sheet of puff pastry will make 8 little pizzas, so we made four on two baking trays. On the first tray, one did the apples and celery while the other did the bananas and peaches. Then on the second tray, they switched.
Next, I drizzled some warmed honey on top of the pizzas.
And the girls sprinkled sugar on top. First, I had them try using a spoon, but they just poured it all on one spot!
So instead, I spooned some into a bowl and had them sprinkle it with their fingers. It’s also possible to skip this step entirely…the honey was good enough to make the fruit shiny and to sweeten it a little bit.
Bake the pizzas in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes, until the puff pastry is golden brown. My favorite combo had to be the peach and chocolate. And I really liked the honey, which gave it sort of a caramel-like texture and taste.
Because we didn’t leave a 1/2 inch space around the edges of the puff pastry, some of the peanut butter and honey oozed over the sides. But that’s ok. I was happy to be able to cut some pizza slices like these.
So put on a fancy hat and give this recipe a try!
Peanut Butter Pizzas Ingredients
- One sheet of puff pastry, thawed
- Four fruits/veggies (we used one each of apple, peach and banana, and two stalks of celery)
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons honey, plus 4 more tablespoons warmed
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar (optional)
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F. Cut puff pastry into eight equal pieces, and place onto a Silpat or parchment paper on two baking sheets. Combine peanut butter with the first two tablespoons of honey into a microwave-safe bowl and warm for about 30 seconds. Stir to combine, and spread a thin layer onto each puff pastry piece, leaving a 1/2 inch border at the sides. Arrange fruit/veggie pieces in an even layer onto puff pastry pieces with raisins or chocolate chips. Warm the other four tablespoons of honey in a microwave-safe bowl for about 15 seconds, and drizzle on top of the peanut butter pizzas with a spoon. Then sprinkle granulated sugar on top (optional). Bake for about 20 minutes, or until puff pastry is golden brown. Serve warm.