Waffle Sandwiches…and a Weelicious Giveaway!

I got a new baby niece last week (woo hoo!) and I will soon be sending my sister a copy of my friend Catherine McCord’s wonderful new cookbook for families, Weelicious. Fans of Catherine’s Weelicious.com blog know that she offers fresh, easy, healthy recipes for every stage of childhood – from baby’s first purées to pulled pork tacos (we just had those last night – yummm!).

** One lucky reader will win a copy of Weelicious – read on for the giveaway! **

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The pages of Weelicious are full of easy, family-friendly recipes along with photos of Catherine’s beautiful family exploring and enjoying it all. A unique and insightful feature of the book are the quotes from Weelicious.com readers who have tried the recipes. If you’ve ever cooked for kids you know that they can be tough critics – as you’re making a recipe it’s reassuring to hear that real kids actually liked the dish!

I must have tried out 7 or 8 recipes from the book last week, and I’ve barely scratched the surface of everything I want to make. A few of our new favorites include: Mac, Chicken and Cheese Bites (extra portions freeze great), Sweet Potato Muffins (so moist!), Graham Crackers (sweet, delicious and I know exactly what’s in them), Chicken Noodle Soup (much appreciated by my sniffly 4-year old) and, of course, the aforementioned Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork Tacos.

PBRB "Waffle" Sammies...recipe from the Weelicious Cookbook

PBRB “Waffle” Sammies was the Weelicious recipe that was most perfect to share on Panini Happy. I’d heard about people grilling panini-like sandwiches on waffle irons before (in fact, there’s a whole blog dedicated to “waffle-izing” food) but I’d never actually tried it myself. You just heat up a waffle iron, prepare your sandwich – for this one, Catherine combines peanut butter with a mashup of raspberries and bananas – and grill it off just like a waffle. The fillings are sealed inside and the outside turn golden and crispy. My kids think these are amazing! I’m going to have fun trying this technique with cheese and other fillings too. Read on for the recipe, but first…


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My 2-year old loved his waffle sandwich!


PBRB “Waffle” Sammies

Excerpted from Weelicious, reprinted with permission. (c) 2012 by Catherine McCord.

Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 12 minutes | Total time: 22 minutes

Yield: 4 sandwiches


  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
  • 8 slices whole wheat bread
  • 1/2 cup peanut, almond or sunflower butter


  1. Preheat the waffle iron.
  2. Place the banana and raspberries in a bowl and mash with a fork.
  3. Spread 2 tablespoons of the banana-raspberry mixture on 1 bread slice. Spread 2 tablespoons of nut butter on a second bread slice and press together to make a sandwich. Repeat to make the rest of the sandwiches.
  4. Bake each sammie in the waffle iron for 3 minutes, or until golden.
  5. Cool and serve.



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  1. bellini wrote:

    Recently I started making all kinds of grilled cheese sandwiches in my waffle maker. Good bead and good cheese are the key. I have followed Weelicious for a while. Congrats on the publication of her cookbook!

    Posted 9.25.12 Reply
  2. Erin wrote:

    My favorite childhood lunch was definitely a plain pb sandwich… hold the jelly please!

    Posted 9.25.12 Reply
  3. Doris wrote:

    Who doesn’t like a PB&J sandwich? Well, I know some do but not me!

    Posted 9.25.12 Reply
  4. Angela wrote:

    I loved salami and cheese sandwiches 🙂

    Posted 9.25.12 Reply
  5. Gillian wrote:

    One of my favs was open-faced grilled mozz and oregano. Let the cheese get just a little brown… yummm!

    Posted 9.25.12 Reply
    • Kathy wrote:

      Mmmm…I could go for that now!

      Posted 9.25.12 Reply
  6. Jeffrey wrote:

    Peanut butter and grape jelly!

    Posted 9.25.12 Reply
  7. Amanda Andresen wrote:

    My favorite kid lunch was a grilled cheese sandwich! Some things never change, lol:)

    Posted 9.25.12 Reply
    • Kathy wrote:

      Why mess with a good thing, right? 🙂

      Posted 9.25.12 Reply
  8. Libby wrote:

    Grilled Cheese Sanwiches and Vegetable Soup. Yum!

    Posted 9.25.12 Reply
  9. Chris wrote:

    My fav. childhood lunch was alphabet soup!

    Posted 9.25.12 Reply
  10. Tenielle S wrote:

    When our neighbors watched us, the would make mac and cheese and chocolate mouse pudding!

    Posted 9.25.12 Reply
  11. Erin wrote:

    A plain peanut butter sandwich almost every day!

    Posted 9.25.12 Reply
  12. Kate wrote:

    My favorite childhood lunch was pb & fluff!

    Posted 9.25.12 Reply
  13. These sound sinfully delicious! Looks great!

    Posted 9.25.12 Reply
  14. Susie wrote:

    My favorite was an grilled pizza sandwich with gooey cheese, pepperoni and pasta sauce. Yum!

    Posted 9.25.12 Reply
  15. Safire wrote:

    Ha, I have no recollection… Probably Spaghettios or something since I only got those as a special treat.

    Posted 9.25.12 Reply
  16. Gary wrote:

    My favorite was a toasted sandwich with green coconut-cilantro chutney and Vegetables with dollop of ketch up!

    Posted 9.25.12 Reply
  17. Skye wrote:

    My favorite childhood lunch was either grilled cheese and tomato soup or chicken burritos!

    Posted 9.25.12 Reply
  18. Angela wrote:

    Classic PB&J! I wasn’t very adventurous then!

    Posted 9.25.12 Reply
  19. MaryB wrote:

    Macaroni and milk!

    Posted 9.25.12 Reply
  20. Kiley wrote:

    love(d) bagel sandwiches with cheese, mustard and salami under broiler

    Posted 9.25.12 Reply
  21. Mark Gramaglia wrote:

    grilled PBJ wafffles

    Posted 9.25.12 Reply
  22. Deb wrote:

    My favorite childhood lunch was something my sis and I called PB&J On The Rocks – your classic PB&J with potato chips crushed in the sandwich 🙂

    Posted 9.25.12 Reply
  23. Jacqui wrote:

    As a child I loved peanut butter sandwiches!! No jelly or jam though… for some reason I hated the stuff! Now I love it 🙂

    Posted 9.25.12 Reply
  24. Elin wrote:

    My favorite childhood lunch was a simple sandwich made on “rainbow bread” that my mom found at the little local grocery store. No other kid had it at my school, so at least at lunch, I was the coolest kid on the block.

    Posted 9.25.12 Reply
  25. Amanda Thompson wrote:

    I loved Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Tomato Soup!

    Posted 9.25.12 Reply
  26. sara wrote:

    grilled cheese with tomato soup!

    Posted 9.25.12 Reply
  27. Elizabeth F, wrote:

    My favorite as a kid was cold chicken tenders, or a hot grilled cheese, or plain Peanut butter, never liked jelly until my late 2o’s. Would love to win a copy of this awesome book.

    Posted 9.25.12 Reply
  28. gail wrote:

    spam musubi

    Posted 9.25.12 Reply
  29. cute how fun! I want to make these! Great giveaway!

    Posted 9.25.12 Reply
  30. db wrote:

    With a new grandson to arrive in two short months and an adorable granddaughter of 3 I would be a much loved grandma if I created these delicious meals for them. I hope I win!

    Posted 9.25.12 Reply
  31. Jessica T wrote:

    These look brilliant!

    Posted 9.25.12 Reply
  32. Lesliebee wrote:

    Ummm, Fried bologna! Sounds awful now but loved it then. I think my step daughter would love this book!

    Posted 9.25.12 Reply
  33. Valerie wrote:

    Peanut butter and banana

    Posted 9.25.12 Reply
  34. Catherine wrote:


    Posted 9.25.12 Reply
  35. sara wrote:

    My fav childhood lunch was pb&j on Brownberry Oven bread!

    Posted 9.25.12 Reply
  36. Cindy B. wrote:

    My favorite childhood lunch was pizza.

    Posted 9.25.12 Reply
  37. Marie W wrote:

    your new way to enter a giveaway is not working for me! I would love to get a copy of Weelicious!!!

    Posted 9.25.12 Reply
  38. Duane Middlebrook wrote:

    As a child I always liked a tuna sandwich plus Cambell’s tomato soup.

    Posted 9.25.12 Reply
  39. Jenny Bird wrote:

    My fav. lunch was a spagetti sandwich. Wierd but yummy…put the leftover pasta with meat sauce on bread..all done!

    Posted 9.26.12 Reply
  40. MaryBeth wrote:

    My mom would make me peanut butter and cheese sandwiches for lunch. Smooth peanut butter, Kraft American cheese slice and white bread, presses as flat as possible. I lived on those sandwiches as a kid.

    Posted 9.26.12 Reply
  41. heather wrote:

    Fun! It’s like an indoor pudgy-pie — no campfire required.

    Posted 9.26.12 Reply
  42. kim ham wrote:

    I loved fried spam and cheese with mustard on plain white bread.

    Posted 9.26.12 Reply
  43. Andrea wrote:

    Croque monsieur with hot milk was my favorite lunch.

    Posted 9.26.12 Reply
  44. Andrea wrote:

    I’m suscribed 🙂

    Posted 9.26.12 Reply
  45. Azure wrote:

    Pasta salad!

    Posted 9.26.12 Reply
  46. This is so clever! she’s so good at getting picky kids to eat healthy, I’m always so impressed.

    Posted 9.26.12 Reply
  47. Barbara P. wrote:

    My favorite childhood lunch was lasagna!

    Posted 9.26.12 Reply
  48. Shannon C wrote:

    Yum yum yum. Perfect idea 🙂

    Posted 9.26.12 Reply
  49. Shannon C wrote:

    Oh, and my favorite childhood lunch, was always tuna salad, but PBJ was a close second 🙂

    Posted 9.26.12 Reply
  50. Danielle wrote:

    PB&J of course!

    Posted 9.26.12 Reply
  51. Carmen wrote:

    Mine was always grilled cheese with soup

    Posted 9.26.12 Reply
  52. Amanda wrote:

    BRILLIANT. The waffle pressing idea will definitely make it to my blog in the future. 🙂

    Posted 9.26.12 Reply
  53. Rachel wrote:

    As a child, I loved grilled cheese and ham sammiches, and pickles. The pickles weren’t on the sammich, mind you!

    Posted 9.26.12 Reply
  54. What a fun idea and great cookbook!

    Posted 9.27.12 Reply
  55. Rachel Green wrote:

    that would have to be….grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup.

    Posted 9.27.12 Reply
  56. Kristen M. wrote:

    I loved deli “cold cut” sandwiches.

    Posted 9.27.12 Reply
  57. barbara n wrote:

    My favorite childhood lunch was a bologna sandwich with ketchup!

    Posted 9.27.12 Reply
  58. alexandra s wrote:

    grilled cheese yummio!

    Posted 9.27.12 Reply
  59. Amanda B. wrote:

    Strangely enough, my Nana used to make us BBQ chip and butter sandwiches on white bread and they were my favorite by a mile!

    Posted 9.27.12 Reply
  60. I have huge love for waffles. Seriously 🙂

    Posted 9.28.12 Reply
  61. richard bennett wrote:

    This waffle sandwich gave me the idea of waffles and chicken. So I combined the jerk chicken from your new book (which I tested for you) and placed the chicken between two pieces of whole wheat bread, after cutting off the crusts. It looked and tasted great. Since waffle iron doesn’t open like panini maker I couldn’t stack the chicken as high as I would have liked. Thanks for the idea.

    Posted 9.30.12 Reply
    • Kathy wrote:

      That sounds fantastic!

      Posted 9.30.12 Reply
  62. Jeanette wrote:

    I need a waffle iron to make these for my kids; I would love to see Catherine’s new book.

    Posted 10.1.12 Reply
  63. What a scrumptious sandwich! I love the idea here.

    Posted 10.1.12 Reply
  64. That looks like such a delicious sandwich. My favourite is peanut butter, honey and banana 🙂

    Posted 10.8.12 Reply
  65. Roxana wrote:

    This is a delicious sandwich, but on my food truck I’ve created a twist. I make my own green chile waffles and then I fill them with different fillings. Then I put them on the panini grill and melt the cheese or Nutella.
    Just to say thanks to Kathy, because you have a creative spirit as I believe I am. So yip, yip hooray for Kathy and thank goodness I found this site!
    Roxy’s Bistro on Wheels
    New Mexico

    Posted 11.7.12 Reply
  66. Emma wrote:

    In Australia schools and childcare centers are becoming “nut free” zones because of the rise of nut allergies. So these days “peanut butter” and event “Nutella” is on the restricted list and if the center is “nut free” you cant even use it to make a bird feeder!

    Posted 11.7.12 Reply
    • Kathy wrote:

      It’s that way here in the U.S. too. 🙂

      Posted 11.8.12 Reply