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10 Snack Recipes for Kids Lunch Boxes

Apple and Blueberry Yogurt Bars

Apple and Blueberry Yogurt Bars

Here we are in the last week of January, and if you have little ones at home it’s back to school time. For some it won’t have come a moment too soon, for others getting back into the regular school and work schedule is quite the struggle after a blissful summer holiday.

At the top of the list of “things to do”, is finding inspiration for what to put in the lunchbox. With a focus on healthy eating and nude food policies in schools, gone are the days of buying a few boxes of roll-ups and muesli bars to throw in the lunchbox. Add to that the pressure to keep lunch exciting and new, as you’ll be nagged for canteen money every week if you don’t.

So when possible, home-made really is best. You know exactly what’s in it, and you can control the portion size. But we know how hard it can be to find the inspiration and time to cook, so to make it a little easier, here’s a roundup of 10 ideas we think are ideal for lunch box snacks (and not just for the kids too!)

Top Snack Recipes

1. Apple and Blueberry Yoghurt Bars

Now is a great time to bake with blueberries as they’re in season. This recipe is a great one for the whole family, as it uses low fat yoghurt instead of butter. Bake one loaf and cut into 12 bars to last the week.

2. Macaroni and Cheese Muffins

How cute are these macaroni and cheese muffins? This genius idea is from our friends over at The Dairy Kitchen.  You’ll want to try and stop yourself being naughty and eating the mac n’ cheese before the muffins are even finished! They’re a great one for the lunchbox as they’re low GI, contain hidden vegetables but also can be made ahead in batches and frozen.

3. Easy Muesli Bars (Nut Free)

Muesli bars aren’t usually something kids like to trade their chocolate muffin for, but these easy muesli bars (which are nut-free too) are so good, your kids will have to gobble them up before any of their friends get to it first! The bars will keep for 7 days in an airtight container in the fridge too.

4. Vegan tropical fruit chia pudding

If you want to get some superfoody goodness into to your kids tums without them wondering what the weird nuts, seeds and powders are then you’ll love this vegan tropical fruit chia pudding. Make the chia pudding part the night before, put it in a jar,  and top it with your children’s favourite fruit in the morning. You’ll have happy, chia-full kids at recess!


Macaroni and Cheese Muffins. Easy Muesli Bars. Vegan Tropical Fruit Chia Pudding

Macaroni and Cheese Muffins. Easy Muesli Bars. Vegan Tropical Fruit Chia Pudding

5. Savoury scone pinwheels

The savoury scone pinwheels are great for school lunch boxes and after-school snacks as well. Filled with cheese, bacon and tomato paste they’re like a little pizza scroll you can eat on the run. Theses can easily be made up in large batches, wrapped individually in plastic and they’ll freeze well for up to a month.

6. Zucchini and Bacon Slice

The zucchini and bacon slice is what we like to call a veggie smuggler – the ultimate way of getting your kids to eat their veggies without them even knowing it. This is another great one to freeze in portions, and let it defrost in the lunchbox.

7. Wholemeal Vegetable and Pumpkin Seed Muffins

So your kids have time to go out and play at lunch, the wholemeal vegetable and pumpkin seed muffins are a really great lunch option – quick and easy to eat. Pumpkin seeds (or pepitas) are a nutritional powerhouse including magnesium, protein and zinc that are great for growing bodies and will have them mentally and physically alert for hours.


Savoury Pinwheel Scrolls. Zucchini & Bacon Slice. Wholemeal Vegetable & Pumpkin Seed Muffins.

Savoury Pinwheel Scrolls. Zucchini & Bacon Slice. Wholemeal Vegetable & Pumpkin Seed Muffins.

If you want to give your kids a little treat in the afternoon, then these options are packed with fruit and veg, and are low in added sugar making them a better choice than store bought snacks.

8. Carrot and Muesli Muffins 

The goodness of eggs, carrots and oats in this recipe provide a great source of fibre and iron. One of the best ways to get kids to eat their veggies is to make them fun, so get their help in the kitchen when making these muffins. Teaching basic cooking skills early will mean you’ll have real help in the kitchen in no time!

9. Raspberry and Banana Bread

Banana bread will never lose its appeal to us and kids certainly seem to love it too. This recipe turns out lovely and moist and the raspberries are the perfect addition. Enjoy it cold or toast it and serve with a little butter. Yum yum.

10. Fruity Fibre Snacks

These snacks are both delicious AND gluten free – which is great for children with allergies who often feel left out when it comes to school lunch boxes. Eating fibre from the nuts and seeds will help keep your kids digestive systems working properly, and it will also keep them fuller for longer.


Carrot and Muesli Muffins. Banana & Raspberry Bread. Fruity Fibre Snacks

Carrot and Muesli Muffins. Banana & Raspberry Bread. Fruity Fibre Snacks

We hope these snack recipes have inspired you to bake up a big batch of snacks for the lunch box!  Tell us what you’re go-to lunchbox snack ideas are by leaving us a comment below.


Happy cooking!



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