One less thing you should stress about when the kiddos go back to school this year is their lunch box. Today I am sharing my top 25 back to school lunch and snack ideas, ranging from granola bars to muffins, sandwiches to cracker bites, fruits and dips, baked snacks and more. Whether you are sending the kids back to school in September or planning to homeschool this year (because let's face it, we have already being doing it for the last few months), there are tons of kid-friendly recipes for everyone, even the pickiest eaters.
Turkey pinwheels are bite-sized finger food perfection and will make back-to-school lunch planning for the kids a total breeze. They are fully customizable and you can wrap them up in a tortilla or in pita bread.
Whip up classic smooth and creamy hummus dip and serve it with veggies or crackers, or use it in a vegan hummus wrap. Hummus takes just 5 minutes to make in the blender by combining chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice and garlic. Or add in some avocado and make avocado hummus.
Blueberry yogurt muffins are buttery, moist, soft, and cakey and bursting with blueberries in every single bite. They are super quick and easy to make. Some other muffins to try are spiced carrot muffins or apple oatmeal muffins or banana chocolate chip muffins.
Layer fresh fruits, creamy yogurt and crunchy granola for a delicious and healthy breakfast or a simple dessert. Fruit and yogurt parfait is super quick and easy to make in less than 5 minutes.
The easiest thing to fill up those lunch-boxes with are chewy almond cranberry chocolate granola bars. They're healthy, vegan, and gluten-free. For a different flavour, try almond butter granola bars or pecan toffee bars.
Easy pepperoni pizza rolls are crispy on the bottom, tender and chewy inside, packed with pepperoni and cheese, and baked until bubbly.
One-ingredient homemade baked apple chips are healthy, light, crispy and crave-worthy. Plus, unlike most store-bought chips, these contain no added sugar.
Make your mornings a little easier by prepping this delicious and easy cinnamon apple granola aka apple pie granola ahead of time and I promise you’ll never buy store-bought again. Some of my other favourite granolas to make are coconut maple walnut granola and almond pecan granola.
The best quick and easy salted soft pretzels are buttery, salty, and so delicious. They are golden brown and chewy on the outside, yet warm and soft inside.
Four super fun, quick and easy RITZ cracker recipes with both sweet and savoury options including my favourite smoked salmon and cheese cracker bites.
No bake protein-packed breakfast energy bites are chewy, easy to make, delicious, and loaded with healthy nutrients. Perfect for breakfast or as a snack.
Banana toast with granola and honey is the perfect, protein-packed meal, and it is ready in literally 5 minutes.
Classic deviled eggs are a simple and easy to whip up, go-to appetizer for lunch or just a snack. Perfect for a party or picnic too.
Homemade applesauce is a quick and easy fall treat with just 3 ingredients and very little time and effort. Serve it as a healthy snack or dessert.
Soft garlic breadsticks are fluffy, airy, buttery, and delicious. They're an easy recipe that is perfect for beginners at baking bread.
Crunchy, cheesy, and paired with an awesome dipping sauce, these baked mozzarella sticks are just as amazing as what you would find in a restaurant.
The best egg salad sandwich is a quick and easy picnic classic loaded with perfect hard-boiled eggs, mayonnaise, a touch of dijon mustard and green onions.
When it comes to menu planning, baked turkey meatballs reign supreme. Say hello to your meal ready in under 20 minutes from prep to table. For a vegetarian option, try quinoa, cauliflower and chickpea vegetarian meatballs.
Easy homemade chicken nuggets with chicken breast are golden and crisp on the outside and juicy and tender inside. They're freezer-friendly so make extra. Serve it with a side of crispy air fryer french fries. Another kid-favourite recipe to try are baked crispy chicken strips.
Pair baked sweet potato wedges with warm spices with a homemade honey mustard dipping sauce or plain ketchup.
When you combine walnuts, raisins and dried fruit in a nutty banana bread, the result is a tender and moist loaf that is truly irresistible. Some other loaves to try are lemon loaf with lemon glaze and festive yogurt fruitcake.
Majoon banana and date smoothie is a delicious and healthy all-natural energy drink with bananas, dates and nuts. The perfect breakfast or snack. Or try a healthy apple pie fall smoothie, classic strawberry banana smoothie, or healthy mango yogurt smoothie.
Garlic cheddar biscuits are are packed with flavour and can be prepped for the oven in less than 15 minutes. You can also try plain homemade biscuits. Serve them with butter, extra cheddar cheese or cream cheese.
Simple and colourful fruit salad with a honey lemon vinaigrette. It's versatile with whatever fruit that you have on hand.
Baked zucchini with marinara and melted cheese is so quick and easy to make. It’s vegetarian, gluten free, and packed with flavour. It's basically pizza but on a zucchini.
Get your hands on pantry staple canned tuna and make a delicious, crunchy tuna melt grilled cheese sandwich in less than 10 minutes! It's so tasty and easy! For another grilled cheese option, try a roasted broccoli grilled cheese sandwich.
Homemade slow cooker applesauce is full of flavour, easy to make, and takes only a few minutes of your time. The kiddos love to eat this by the spoon.
Soft and fluffy, quick dinner bread rolls are loaded with green onions and topped with flaked sea salt and sesame seeds. Ready in just 1.5 hours. You can also make them without green onions for any picky eaters. These rolls are perfect for making little sandwiches or just with butter. You can also try easy skillet dinner rolls or homemade biscuits.
Let's finish off the list with a treat you can feel good about giving to your kids. It is time to say good-bye to the store-bought stuff and make skinny strawberries and cream popsicles at home using fresh fruit and Greek yogurt.
Tips for Preparing Back to School Lunch and Snacks
Here are some tips and tricks to help make things easier when preparing back to school lunch and snacks.
- Prep in advance. Depending on the recipe, try to prep as much as you can the night before to make the mornings go much more smoothly. Whether that is chopping up vegetables or mixing ingredients together, do as much as you can. You can store all your prepared ingredients in airtight containers in the refrigerator.
- Involve your kids in the kitchen. My son is only 17 months old, but I find that even at his age, when I involve him in the cooking process by getting him to "help" me in his learning tower (whether it's transferring chopped vegetables from a plate to a pot, or playing with tupperware), he eats his meal much more readily.
- Pack the lunch and snacks in a cute lunch box and containers. There are so many options that you can choose from with a whole variety of designs. I've linked my favourite bento-style lunch box, insulated lunch bag, kids cutlery, and toddler cutlery.
- Opt for foods that aren't super messy.
Did You Make Any of These Back to School Recipes?
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