Everyone loves a warm waffle or batch of pancakes for breakfast, but both can be a great substitute in lunches too! Besides the always-popular breakfast for lunch, pancakes and waffles can make great sandwiches. A holiday waffle-wich or pancake sandwich can change up the flavor of a regular lunch, and provide a chance to make a fun and tasty seasonal design for the kids.
Mini waffles form the perfect base for a snowman and, with a cream cheese and jelly filling, act as three mini sandwiches. An inside out pancake sandwich lets you use cookie cutters to add a cheese design to the top, but just remind the eaters to put it back inside before lunch if they like the cheese in their sandwich! (My own kids often eat the cheese designs separately.)
For both ideas, always make sure to cook the waffles and pancakes according to package directions first!
Waffle-wich Snowman (vegetarian)
6 Van’s Mini Totally Natural Waffles
Favorite jams/jellies - I used raspberry and cantaloupe
2 pretzel sticks
Dried fruit, such as blueberries or raisins
Gingerbread Pancake Sandwich
- Cook the waffles according to package directions and let them cool.
- Spread cream cheese on one half of three waffles, spread jam on the other three to make mini sandwiches.
- Stack the three sandwiches on a plate or in a box to form the snowman’s body.
- Place two pretzel sticks into the sides of the middle sandwich to make arms.
- Cut dried fruit with kitchen scissors or a knife to make smaller pieces for three buttons and two eyes.
- Cut a small triangle from the carrot to form the nose.
- Using dots of cream cheese, attach the buttons, eyes and nose to the snowman and serve.
Cookie cutters are the easiest way to jazz up a plain sandwich and during the winter season, many stores will carry packages of them.
2 Van’s Buttermilk Pancakes
Various cheeses, such as cheddar, mozzarella, swiss, etc.
- Cook the pancakes according to package directions and let cool.
- Top one pancake with turkey and lettuce or other favorite sandwich toppings, and place the other pancake on top.
- Using a gingerbread man shaped cookie cutter, cut one shape from a slice of white cheese.
- Using a knife, trim a bit of orange cheese into straight thin lines, place at the wrists/ankles of the gingerbread man. If they extend past the form, use the tip of a knife to trim to fit.
- With a straw, cut two eyes and three buttons from the orange cheese, and with a small circle & knife, make a smile. Add to the gingerbread man.
- Carefully lift the completed gingerbread man to top the pancake sandwich. Remind your little eaters to put the gingerbread man inside if they want cheese in the sandwich.
Shannon Carino is the author of BentoLunch.net, a five year and counting blog, featuring the adventures of feeding her children. She lives in Colorado with her husband and their two kids, now ages 10 and 7.