Kid-Friendly Wraps

How is it that one could eat flour tortillas for over 40 years and never once think to make them with peanut butter and jelly? Here’s to the things kids can teach you. My young friends Piper (4), Alden (7), and Reilly (9) recently gave me a lesson in one of their favorite foods – a “wrap”. First they explained what a “wrap” is – basically a flour tortilla, with good stuff inside, tucked in the edges and rolled up to make it easy to eat. In my neck of the woods we would pack it full with a lot of rice, beans, and salsa and call it a burrito. But as a flour tortilla is nothing more than a bit of flour and water (and some baking powder, salt, and shortening or lard) one could easily use it as a bread substitute. Practically anything that could go in a sandwich could be wrapped up in a flour tortilla. The favorite wraps for these young friends of mine? Two actually. One obvious, the peanut butter and jelly wrap. The second not so obvious, but believe me, extremely good – cream cheese, thinly sliced ham, and carrots.

Do you have a favorite kid-friendly wrap? Please let us know in the comments.

Kid-Friendly Wraps Recipe

Method

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Wrap

1 Layout out one flour tortilla. Spread a layer of peanut butter over the center of the tortilla, leaving an inch clear around the edges. Spread a thin layer of jam or jelly over the peanut butter.

2 Fold the left and right edges of the tortilla over about an inch, towards the center of the tortilla, then starting with the edge of the tortilla closest to you, roll up the tortilla. Cut the wrap in half with a sharp knife, in the center.

Cream Cheese, Sliced Ham, Carrot Wrap

1 Spread a thin layer of cream cheese over the center of a flour tortilla, leaving an inch lear around the edges. Place a couple of pieces of thinly sliced ham over the cream cheese. Sprinkle on grated or thinly sliced carrots.

2 Fold the left and right edges of the tortilla over about an inch, towards the center of the tortilla, then starting with the edge of the tortilla closest to you, roll up the tortilla. Cut the wrap in half with a sharp knife, in the center.

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Links:
Veggie Wraps from Helen of Beyond Salmon
Spicy Shrimp Wraps from Delicious! Delicious!
Flour tortilla recipe from Homesick Texan

63 Comments

  1. Jane

    Kids love simple quesadillas – cover your tortilla with cheese (mozzarella is good, cheddar or Monterey Jack would work too), some sliced fresh or sundried tomatoes, and fresh basil. Fold it in half, and put it into a hot frying pan or griddle pan which has been just brushed with a little oil. After about 10-20 seconds, when it’s starting to crisp, flip it over and do the other side. The cheese melts, it’s quite pizza-like! You can add loads of other stuff like chilli, meat, etc.

  2. Ang

    Wraps can be made into a dessert too! We spread a very, very thin layer of butter then sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on. If you warm it in the microwave for about 5 seconds it makes the rolling easier and melts the butter which melts the sugar. Mmmmm… great for a quick and easy little treat. You could even add raisins!

  3. Jerry

    For another great combo, try dry salami and cream cheese. It’s great for kids, and they absolutely eat it up.

    For the grownups… Add a bit of thinly sliced pepperocini.
    If you’re lucky enough to get them Mazetta’s makes some delicious verieties, available in the canned foods sections (canned in glass jars)

  4. abbey

    For the kiddies I’ll often add yummy extra things to the PB&J wrap, such as chopped nuts, dried cranberries, sliced banana, or even mini chocolate chips on occasion.

    Here’s one for the grownups that is my absolute favorite!:
    Spread a layer of hummus on the tortilla, then top with some freshly torn basil leaves, a few toasted pine nuts, and a drizzle of asian chili sauce (I prefer Sriricha – not too hot and has lots of chili flavor). The chili sauce can be omitted if you don’t like spicy things, but it really adds a delicious complexity to the wrap. If you’re so inclined you can add some shredded chicken too.

  5. Mercedes

    Growing up hispanic, I always had my pb&j on tortillas, which wasn’t exactly the cool thing in school, but certainly was tasty.

    I’m partial to hummus, alfalfa sprouts, tomato, and olives in a wrap.

    In the Middle East, a classic wrap: make a paste of za’atar and olive oil. Spread this on one side of a very thin pita. Roll up and heat on a sandwich press.

    This is traditionally given to kids before a test, as it’s supposed to help them concentrate. You can also add cheese or thickened yogurt, but I love the plain- I know what I’m having for lunch today!

  6. Kalyn

    I knew those kids were smart. I love peanut butter and also eat a lot of whole wheat tortillas, but never thought of combining them and rolling it up.

  7. April

    Wraps are great because I can make them to each kid’s taste without much hassle. We haven’t thought of PB&J, but we’ll try that soon.

    My son(8) likes his wrap with shredded chicken, pickles, and a bit of mayo. Or chicken and cheese with just a touch of mild salsa.
    My daughter(5) likes chicken and cheese, no salsa, warmed up in the microwave to melt the cheese (they can get chewy, but she likes them).
    My other daughter(10) makes tortilla pizzas in the microwave with pizza sauce, cheese, and whatever else we might have on hand, between 2 tortillas.

    It’s an easy way to let them be creative.

  8. Karen

    I can’t eat wheat anymore (celiac), but I used to love putting peanut butter on a tortilla, and then plopping a banana on there and rolling it up. Yum!

  9. Michele

    We love “kid wraps” too :0) Our favorites are peanut butter and honey, ham or turkey with cream cheese and ranch dressing or thinly sliced chicken with salad (the pre-mixed greens in a bag) and ranch. I personally love tuna salad with thin sliced red onion, thin sliced cucumber and plain yogurt.

  10. courtney

    A friend who was on South Beach for awhile got me started on peanut butter and apple or banana.

    I also like scrambled eggs with ham/sausage/bacon cheese and salsa. Or just eggs and salsa.

  11. Heidi

    If you put the cream cheese, then the carrots with the ham last then the carrots stick in the cream cheese and are less likely to fall out. Also, I love the salami and cream cheese one mentioned above. I personally make that one with a little relish too.

    Reilly, Alden and Piper’s Mom.

  12. cakegrrl

    • I love using crunchy peanut butter for texture!
    • I also like Nutella and chocolate chips with cinnamon.
    • Growing up, we also used a slice of bread flattened with a rolling pin to make PB & J “wraps”…rolled them up the same way.
    • Of course, it’s a little over the top, but tremendously yummy to deep fry any of the wrap creations. Just fold over the egdes, secure with a toothpick and drop into hot oil.

  13. Micheline

    This is too funny, as on the drive home this morning my husband and I were contemplating what to make our 2.5 year old son for “brunch” and the consensus was a wrap with cream cheese and salami or ham.

    Wraps are awesome. You can do so many things with them. Portable too.

    My husband runs ultra distances, and one of his favorite solid foods on a long run or during a long race are wraps. He’ll make the salami and cream cheese or roast beef and cream cheese. He can put them in his pack, load water bottles and other stuff on them and they don’t get squished and yucky like a sandwich.

    Come to think of it, that’s a good trait for a kid’s backpack too.

  14. Dan Wolfgang

    Our variation is called Whatevers. Use whatever food you’ve got laying around for yours: cheese, lunchmeat, pepperoni, spaghetti sauce, etc. Lay out a tortilla, add your filling, then another tortilla. Toast it up in a frying pan. And while it becomes less “whatever” and more planned, Scouts love them on campouts.

  15. Susan from Food "Blogga"

    Though I don’t make them for kids, my husband and I love wraps of all types that kids might enjoy too. Here are a few of them:

    peanut butter, banana, and honey (breakfast)
    brown sugar, cinnamon, and pecans (dessert)
    hummus, carrots, and celery (lunch or dinner)
    eggs, black beans, and salsa (any time really)

  16. Marie

    I used to make this dessert as a kid: Nutella and bananas wrapped in a tortilla. Great sweet treat, and very well contained. I was such a messy kid when eating (okay, I still manage to stain my clothes when eating spaghetti), my mom loved it for me!

  17. eljae

    My 2.5 year old loves hummus, fresh baby spinach leaves, and cheddar or colby cheese on his whole wheat wraps. For myself, I make the same as his, but with dill havarti and tomatoes. I also like cream cheese, turkey, baby spinach leaves and tomatoes. My hubby likes his with refried beans, a bit of salsa and shredded cheddar cheese warmed in the toaster oven until just warm.

  18. Jyvyn

    Kid-friendlies I’ve done:
    Chocolate chips and peanut butter
    Honey and peanut butter

    I fried up two eggs with some onion, mushrooms, potato, and bell pepper, tossed it in a tortilla with some ketchup. The possibilities are endless. It doesn’t have to be Mexican to use a tortilla.

  19. Kathy

    My eight year old’s current favorite wrap is this: cream cheese spread on the tortilla, then thinly sliced cucumber, radish, and cheddar cheese with shredded lettuce and some salt and pepper before rolling. Nice amount of crunch and flavor. He also likes an egg salad and lettuce wrap as well.

  20. Patricia

    My five-year-old likes her wrap with a thin spread of pesto or pizza sauce, pepperoni, and lots of grated mozzarella. (Actually, I like these too!)

  21. Stephanie

    After a hiking trip where we planned the food badly and ended up eating peanut butter and jelly on tortillas for every meal for three days, I don’t think I could ever look at one of those again. The second one looks great though!

  22. robin

    You actually can make tortillas too. Its not terribly difficult, however it is a bit more time consuming than paying .79c for 10 at Aldi’s. In a pinch if you run out all you need is flour, baking powder, lard/crisco and salt and a heavy bottom frying pan.

    I put in my ground turkey with chili seasonings, cilantro, refried beans and cheese and rice if I have it. And homemade salsa (tomatoes, garlic, salt and lime juice).

  23. Virginia

    Where have y’all been? That Peanut Butter/Jelly tortilla has been a part of the snack and school lunches in our family since I was a child. I’m 59. I was raised in South Texas and everyone knew about the versatility of tortillas way before they became the “darlings of the North”. In fact, Corn tortillas are really good heated in the microwave with a hot dog,of your choice inside. A quick non- greasy corn dog.

    TORTILLAS RULE AS THE BEST “BREAD” EVER.

  24. Alyssa W

    My seven year old son likes turkey, shredded cheddar cheese and fresh spinach in his wrap. (Actually, he could probably care less about the spinach, but I add it for added vitamins and fiber). I use whole wheat wraps and add a touch of mayo to hold it together. He literally eats it up. I will have to try the PB&J. I am sure he will love that.

  25. Heather

    My favorite tortilla trick is mini-cinnamon rolls. Take a large flour tortilla, spread with butter, brown sugar & cinnamon. Heat in the microwave briefly – tightly Roll up and slice like a cinnamon roll. Great when you’re craving a cinnamon roll, but don’t want the 1,000 calories that come with it! I’ve also done a whole 8×8 baking pan of these & drizzled with cream cheese icing for a crowd. They got gobbled up!

  26. Donna

    The local health food store makes some great wraps. Turkey with avocado is great. My favorite is hummus, tabouli, red onions and sprouts. So good and so filling. In Thailand, my family uses a bit of a thicker wrap than your normal tortilla (but tortillas are just fine) for a dessert by simply spreading sweetened condensed milk on and rolling them up. Super sweet but super yummy.

  27. Chriss

    Organic peanut butter with lots of grated carrots on a wheat tortilla. Sounds strange, but try it. It is really quite delicious! It was my 5-year-old’s favorite.

  28. tifani

    My mom liked to make me either a peanut butter and honey wrap or cream cheese and ham wrap for lunch when I was a kid.

    My newest yummy “adult” creation is ham with melted pepperjack cheese, fresh spinach and salsa wrapped up in a tortilla.

    All this talk is making me hungry.

  29. Dana

    For a snack, we love making cinnamon tortillas. We take a flour tortilla and spread margarine very lightly over it. We then microwave it for 10 seconds, sprinkle with a cinnamon/sugar mixture and roll it up. Yum!!

  30. Holly

    My 3 year old daughter loves anything on a tortilla! Our favourite is tinned salmon or tuna mixed with mayonnaise, finely diced celery, finely sliced spring onions and a bit of S&P. For kids parties, slice them into rounds like pinwheels and have different fillings… they look fun but are a healthier option!

  31. MissyZ

    A couple more sweet favourites:

    - Chocolate Spread (Nutella) and Vanilla Ice Cream
    - Fresh sliced Strawberries and Whipped Cream

    Both rather messy but fun!

  32. Helen

    We discovered wraps somewhat by accident when our children were young. I was looking for things that they could make for themselves for breakfast. At four years old, my son could pour his own cereal and milk but he could not spread anything on bread without it tearing. I thought that perhaps the tortillas in the cupboard would work and, sure enough, they did! My two sons love them with PB&J, peanut butter and honey, and nutella. They do work very well in lunchboxes as they don’t get squashed and they don’t get soggy like bread does.

    Another version of a wrap that is a hit with my boys uses ham instead of a tortilla. Simply spread a thin layer of mustard on the ham. Cut a couple of slices, long thin strips, of sweet red pepper and cheddar cheese. Lay them on the ham along with a long thin slice of dill pickle. Roll and eat! It sounds a bit odd but it tastes great.

  33. Keli

    For my kids, we do a great number of these:
    eggarito – eggs and cheese
    chickarito – leftover chicken and cheese
    cheesarito – cheese (and I add salsa and jalepenos)
    [anything]arito – whatever is left over with cheese

    And the kids beg for brown sugar burritos – butter and brown sugar heated in the micro until the sugar and butter melt together, and then rolled up. Mmmmm!!!

  34. Lisa

    When I was little, I used to always eat tortilla wraps with cream cheese and black olives. I suppose I was sort of an unusual child, though.

  35. Dannette

    I like to put garden vegetable cream cheese, then layer with leaf lettuce and cold cuts and cheese, and maybe tomatoes or roasted peppers and roll up. The cream cheese helps hold the edges together. Yum!

  36. Katie

    As an after-school snack I would spread cream cheese on a tortilla and sprinkle with chopped jalapeno peppers. Add some shredded cheese or any other chopped veggies that are on hand (red peppers are nice). I would roll it up and then toast it in the toaster oven to make it crispy, and sometimes I would dip it in sour cream or salsa. Often I would slice it into about 2 inch long sections to share with my sister.

  37. Cyndi

    All these great ideas now have me hungry! I’ll add peanut butter and sliced apples for a great lunch. I often have cream cheese and jam, toasted on a quesadilla, for dessert. Breakfast – cream cheese with cinnamon & a little sugar, or just use flavored cream cheese.

  38. Nick

    Turkey (or chicken in a pinch)
    sliced ripe avocado
    crisp bacon
    baby spinach or romaine or field greens
    ranch dressing and/or mayo
    tortilla

    …enough said!

  39. jbd

    Vegan “Thanksgiving Wrap”:

    Whole wheat tortilla
    Soy cream cheese
    Couple o’ Cranberry & Stuffing Tofurky Deli Slices
    Handful of dried sweetened cranberries
    Hanful of baby spinach

    Roll up and eat!

  40. Heidi

    The PB&J wrap is fantastic with a banana added!

    Another tortilla/wrap fave of my kids: Fruit Burritos

    4 6-inch tortillas
    4 tbs peanut butter
    1 banana, sliced
    4 strawberries, sliced
    1 peach, peeled & sliced (remove pit)
    1/4 cup blueberries
    4 tbs vanilla yogurt

    Spread about 1 tbs peanut butter over each tortilla.
    Place fruit slices down center of each burrito.
    Drizzle 1 tbs vanilla yogurt over fruit.
    Roll up tortilla, burrito-style (fold up one side, tuck under fruit, fold up bottom, then roll other side over).

  41. Katie

    Question for all you “Wrappers”:

    I’ve made tortilla wraps (turkey, cream cheese, cucumber, lettuce) for hubby and I for lunch, and I find they get soggy if I make them in the am, ahead of time. Do you have any suggestions? I found them totally unpalatable.

  42. brittany

    For low cal/low fat pinwheels of high protein deliciousness, try this: Fill a wheat or Flour tortilla with turkey, spring mix type salad greens, thinly sliced LIGHT muenster cheese and LIGHT french Onion dip (hey, it’s only like 40 calories for 2 tablespoons and you only need one!)

    They are so good, I am addicted

    (my mom mixes some of the dip with light cream cheese and omits the muenster and it is *almost* as good)

  43. Helen

    My favorite wrap recipe, spread a wrap with mayo, add half a mashed avocado, sprinkle with pine nuts, rocket and shaved parmesan. Amazing!

  44. Helen

    To katie – I would leave out the cucumber, thats probably what is making it soggy. Rather than covering the base of the wrap with cream cheese and turkey and rolling it, try putting the filling thickly down a line in the middle (cream cheese on the bottom, turkey on the top and veg in the middle), then fold the wrap round it so you mainly get wrap in contact with wrap, which will keep it drier. Another tip (which sounds a bit odd) is to use slightly stale wraps.

  45. april

    I make this with cream chesse then ham or turkey next grated cheddar cheese next black and green olives that have been sliced and a little red onion. Then I roll them up and let sit overnight. Then I slice them into pinwheels. Thanks for all the ideas.

  46. Tracey

    For all of you who enjoy the butter and cinnamon add a couple dollups of apple pie filling roll ‘em up, brush with butter and sprinkle cinnamon and sugar, then bake for 10 minutes at 325. Eat them alone or top with some ice cream. Yummm! Other pie fillings are just as good to they are even reat to send in lunches. Just let them cool and wrap tightly in saran wrap.

  47. Kacey

    My son and I do a veggie wrap based on veggie pizza. Carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, & lettuce is what we usually use, but you could use any vegetable that you like. Cut them up in small pieces. We also add shredded cheddar cheese. If we have it, we will use a little cream cheese, but always use ranch dressing. We roll it up burrito style. My son once commented that it was so good it tastes like “junk food”.
    Another we like I have made for parties and it’s always a big hit. Using assorted flavor wraps, fill with turkey, ham, lettuce, tomato, cheddar cheese slices, cream cheese, ranch, and mayo. Roll up and cut into pinwheel sandwiches.

  48. sylva

    Oh, growing up I made pb&j wraps all the time, and also pb&honey (or substitute almond butter for the pb).

    One I do nowadays is to cook any sort of meat – chicken, beef, turkey, salmon – and do a sort of burrito.
    - avocado, salsa, lettuce
    or make it more like a sandwich – avocado, lettuce, mayo, mustard, roasted garlic…

    The possibilities are endless! and if you make enough meat for several lunches, you’ve got all the fixins for a fast lunch! YUM.

  49. Hillary

    Right now, I’m eating a wrap with peanut butter, 2 slices of ham, and diced carrots. :) Yum! I love the flavor of the peanut butter, with the ham and the crunch of carrots. Mmm…

  50. Jill

    I’ve made salami, lettuce, cheese, and thrown a little vinagarette/italian dressing on it for a quick lunch…it’s amazing. Sometimes I throw it in the toaster oven before adding lettuce and then include some onion.

    Great ideas, thanks! ~Elise

  51. Maria

    Make it like a quesadilla! mash up the banana, and spread peanut butter on one tortilla. Then put the banana in thin layer over the peanut butter. Finish it with another shell on top. Cook on a griddle until light brown, flip over, and do the same to other side. SOOO delicious, especially with some yogurt for dipping!

  52. Carolyn

    I can’t believe no one has recommended the CLASSIC PG&J wrap — add rice krispies cereal!

    They serve this all the time at my university — yes, university — and there’s always a line for them. Delicious!

  53. Erica

    So I went to my friend’s graduation party. And her French cousins brought these peanut butter and jelly wraps. But there was a twist: they put Fruit Roll Ups/Fruit By The Foot in them. I thought it was very odd to have the fruit snacks in them. But I ate at least 10 of them; so delicious!

  54. jenevieve

    Well, we aren’t kids, but my husband and I love warming up a tortilla and wrapping it around peanut butter and honey. Or making tuna salad quesadillas. Like you said, we pretty much use them like bread.

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