30 top lunch box treats
My go-to lunch box treat is a slice of homemade banana bread, mainly because you can bet your life that by the end of the week there will be two or three manky bananas begging to be used up somehow. Sometimes I branch out and make these banana pancakes or banana biscuits instead but I get it, I really do, when the kids ask if I can please stop the banana-fest for a week or two. They could, of course,just eat the darn bananas in the first place but that’s another story …
Here are 30 of the best tried-and-tested snacky bites that I turn to instead. From slices to scones, from muesli bars to muffins; there’s something for even the fussiest eater. And the best bit? Lunch boxes always come back empty!
1. Nut-free muesli bar
Apricots, raisins, seeds but NO NUTS! This is one muesli bar recipe that you can pop in their lunch boxes without a worry.
- Click here to find this yummo Nut-free muesli bar recipe.
2. 2-ingredient muesli bar
Just two ingredients? Why yes! Amazing how much so very little can make.
- Find out what the magic ingredient is that turns plain old muesli into delicious 2-ingredient muesli bars here.
3. Oat and apricot bars
Combine oats (a slow release carb that will keep energy levels up) with dried apricots (full of iron) and you, my friend, have a lunch box winner.
- Get some brownie points with the kids by making these moist and Chewy oat and apricot bars.
4. Homemade LCM bars
So I may be pushing the cereal bar description just a teensy bit here but, hey, they’ve got rice puffs in them and there are plenty of cereal bars on supermarket shelves boasting the same!
- Make their day with these Homemade LCM bars.
5. Easy muesli bars
I had you at ‘easy’, didn’t I? This recipe’s the one to grab when you’re having a ‘there’s nothing to put in their lunch boxes’ moment.
- Whip up a batch of these Easy muesli bar beauties ready for their lunch boxes.
6. Fruit and honey lunch box bars
Juicy fruit and sweet honey give these more-ish treats a deliciously moist bite.
- Stop the tummy rumbles with these Fruit and honey lunch box bars.
7. Anzac slice
Oats, golden syrup and coconut … this is the oh-so-chewy slice version of our favourite bickies and oh-so-good for lunch boxes.
- Click here to find the recipe for this yum Anzac slice.
8. Weet-Bix slice
An oldie but a goodie and the perfect way to use up the Weet-Bix crumbs that gather at the bottom of the cereal packet. This version’s got a sweet icing as a topping, too.
- Find the recipe for this Weet-Bix slice here.
9. Nutella crumble slice
Oh my, Nutella in any form is ace but this? This crumble concoction is a whole new flavour sensation.
- Enter chocolate-y heaven with this recipe for Nutella crumble slice.
10. Marshmallow bubble slice
How easy is this? Melt some marshmallows, fold in some rice puffs et voila, your lunch box treat is sorted.
- Find the recipe for the Marshmallow bubble slice here.
11. Wholemeal pear slice
This one will have you polishing your halo. The goodness of wholemeal flour with juicy pear makes a delectable addition to any boring old lunch box.
- Up their fibre quotient with this moist Wholemeal pear slice.
12. Sugar and spice slice
Cinnamon and nutmeg are the stars of this easy slice. Perfect if your cupboard is almost (but not quite) bare.
- Give them something nice with this Sugar and spice slice recipe.
13. Choc-chip scones
There’s something comforting about a batch of scones. These are just like Granny used to make but even better thanks to the addition of some cheeky choc.
- Want the recipe for these Choc chip scones? Best you click here then.
14. Gluten-free scones
Little ones with an intolerance to gluten shouldn’t miss out on all the lunch box fun. These gluten-free scones will make sure they don’t.
- Find the recipe for Gluten-free scones here.
15. Easy pumpkin scones
Sneak some veggies in to their diet with these scrummy pumpkin scones. Perfect with a slice of cheese and perfect for the beginning of the week if you’ve got some leftover roast pumpkin from Sunday lunch.
- Here’s the recipe for these delicately-flavoured Pumpkin scones.
16. Cheese and zucchini scones
If your kids are bored with the same old sambos, try these savoury scones instead. A slice of cheese or some fresh ham make the perfect filling.
- Make a batch of these delicious scones with this recipe.
17. Mini scones
Little hands and little tummies will love these mini scones which are the perfect size to hold and munch.
- Bake and freeze a batch of these Mini scones so you always have a treat at hand.
18. Sultana scones
Light, fluffy and studded with juicy sultanas. Yum!
- Make these traditional Sultana scones for a lunch box treat they’ll love.
19. Strawberry and ricotta muffins
These pretty-as-a-picture fruity muffins taste as good as they look. Berry good, in fact.
- Find the recipe for these Strawberry and ricotta muffins here.
20. Blueberry muffins recipe
Keep some frozen blueberries on hand in the freezer and you’ll always have some ready to make these lunch box lovelies.
- Click here to find the recipe for these Blueberry muffins.
21. Apple and zucchini muffins
Adding grated zucchini to these little bites of yum mean the kidlets eat veggies without knowing it (yay!) andyou get a super moist muffin to boot (double yay!).
- Here’s the recipe for these Apple and zucchini muffins.
22. High-fibre mini choc-chip muffins
There’s something about a mini muffin that’s so darn cute, you just can’t help popping one or two (or indeed, three) in your mouth. These have the added bonus of being high fibre and having choc chips. What’s not to love?
23. Oat, date and honey muffins
These muffins boast a trifecta of goodness and yum. Oats keep blood sugar levels steady, dates are full of fibre … and honey? Well, honey just tastes divine.
- Add these heavenly Oat, date and honey muffins to their lunch box smorgasbord.
24. Carrot cake muffins
Another way to get more veggies into reluctant eaters, these muffins take all the best bits of your regular carrot cake and turn them into perfectly portioned lunch box bites. There’s even a cream cheese icing if you’re feeling a bit fancy.
- Here’s how to make Carrot cake muffins.
25. Savoury lunch muffins
Ham, mushrooms, capsicum and cheese? These are a veritable lunch in themselves, all wrapped up in muffin form.
- Try this Savoury lunch muffin recipe.
26. Feta and spinach muffins
These are a party staple at our place (they go down a treat with a G&T) but I always make a double batch as the kids like them, too. The saltiness of the feta is what gets them, I think. Plus, I add spinach to everything so these win on that front too.
- Make these Feta and spinach muffins.
27. Sneaky pumpkin muffins
Pumpkin adds a beautiful sweet flavour to these ostensibly savoury muffins and, might I be so bold as to suggest, that they go wonderfully with a slice of tasty cheese?
- Click here to find the recipe for these Sneaky pumpkin muffins.
28. Cheesy bacon and corn muffins
Cheese + bacon + corn = the perfect savoury muffin in my book. My kids agree.
- Here’s the recipe for Cheesy bacon and corn muffins.
29. Mini baked bean muffins
I don’t know a kid who doesn’t like baked beans so turning them into muffins is a genius idea. A fibre and protein hit? Excellent stuff.
- Make these Mini baked bean muffins with this recipe.
30. Pesto and parmesan muffins
My youngest adores pesto so these are always a great hit. They’re pretty nice for adults too.
- Find the recipe for Pesto and parmesan muffins here.