What better time to start cleaning up your families diet and add some ‘made from scratch’ items into the lunchbox? Even if you can only manage one from scratch item a week – every little bit helps! I have some great back to school snack ideas here to inspire you.
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Back to School Snacks
With three kids in care, ranging from daycare to preschool to first grade, I understand the importance of having great snacks on hand for hungry little bellies (I mean seriously, do they ever stop eating???).
So I have put together this super handy round-up of back to school snack ideas to get your creative juices flowing while packing those little lunchboxes every day.
Before we start, if you are looking for a great lunch box for your littles, this is the one I use. You can switch up the inside layer, and the kids just love guessing what color they are going to get that day 🙂 It’s affordable too!
Back to School Snack Ideas
Loaded Fruit and Nut Mix with Dark Chocolate Studs
Don't feel like you need to stick to the exact ingredients and measurements. Make this your own and have fun with it. Get the kids to make it themselves, set out all of the ingredients and let them create their own special trail mix. Customizable for allergies and nut-free schools.
Freezer Friendly Apple Vanilla and Blueberry Mini Muffins
These blueberry mini muffins are freezer friendly and kid-approved. A great little grab and go snack in the summer months.
Blueberry Breakfast Bites
These little Blueberry Breakfast Bites from A Virtual Vegan will make a great start to the day for your little ones! They are vegan, naturally sweetened, and full of all the good stuff! Easily transportable to boot!
Grab and Go Coconut and Blueberry Oatmeal Bars
Healthy, filling and delicious, these Coconut and Blueberry Oatmeal Bars tick all the boxes for a great grab-n-go breakfast, a lunch box snack or an afternoon pick me up. They are a whiz to put together and make your kitchen smell amazing too.
Blueberry Crumble Bites
These little bites of flavour provide all the energy you need in an afternoon pick-me-up snack, with only the good stuff added!
Apple and Blueberry Quinoa Breakfast Pot
Or if you like to prep in advance, make up some Apple Quinoa Breakfast Pots in cute little mason jars and be ready for the week ahead! The kids can grab them from the fridge on a busy morning and enjoy them at school or before school care.
Brown Butter Apple Spice Muffins
Yummy muffins to satisfy that sweet craving when it hits mid afternoon...and we all know it will.
Apple Carrot and Ginger Mini Muffins
These little Apple, Carrot and Ginger Mini Muffins have been a huge hit with my kids. I have even sent them in for preschool snack for the class a couple of times, and they always get gobbled up. Freezer friendly too which is always a bonus!
Easy No Bake Cashew and Coconut Date Balls
Cashew and Coconut Date Balls are a great grab-n-go snack to have in the fridge. Combine raw cashews with sticky dates, throw in some brown rice puffs for a bit of crunch, some coconut for texture, and you have a satisfying little snack that comes together in a jiffy. Make it fun and get the kids together to help whip them up.
Oatmeal Sweet Potato Banana and Date Muffins
Studded with sticky dates and rolled oats, these Oatmeal Sweet Potato Banana and Date Muffins are the perfect addition to lunchboxes or an after school snack. Both filling and nutritious they tick all the boxes.
Keto Mini Apple Cinnamon Grain Free Muffins
These Mini Apple Cinnamon Grain-Free Muffins are the perfect addition to school or work lunchboxes. Gluten-free and sugar-free muffins also make a perfect little afternoon snack with a cup of tea or coffee. They are also keto-friendly and freeze well to make meal prep during a busy week easy and delicious.
Healthy Toddler Banana Oat Muffins – 3 Ways!
Quick, healthy and customizable...what more could you want?
Healthy Homemade Nut Free Granola Bars :: Nut Free School Zone Safe and Naturally Refined Sugar Free!
Nut school free approved and naturally sweetened!
Healthier Baked Banana Breakfast Doughnuts
If you like baked banana and baked doughnuts, then this is definitely the recipe for you. Light and fluffy, egg, dairy and gluten-free, these homemade breakfast doughnuts are ready to take your breakfast game to a whole new level.
Clove and Cranberry Apple Sauce in the Instant Pot
This makes a fun and flavourful addition to little lunches. Pair with some yogurt and you are good to go.
3 Ingredient Slow Cooker Applesauce
A cinch to prepare and always a favorite addition to lunchboxes. Pop in a reusable squeezy pouch or into a little container to brighten up your little one's lunch without all the added refined sugar from the store-bought versions.
Baked Zucchini, Feta and Quinoa Bites
These delicious little Baked Zucchini Feta and Quinoa Bites are packed full of great ingredients and flavors. Perfect as a main when paired with a salad, or as a fun addition to big and little lunch boxes.
The Easiest Zucchini and Sweet Corn Fritters Recipe
This Zucchini and Sweet Corn Fritters Recipe is a super quick snack to put together, using only 5 ingredients. Have them as is, with some tomato ketchup, or dress them up with some creme fraiche, chives and salmon.
Bombay Veggie Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Feta and Broccoli Fritters
For something a bit different from the normal sandwich, why don’t you try some of my Broccoli and Feta. This is another one where I make a big batch and freeze – this is a great way to meal prep and definitely takes some of the hassle out of deciding what to send with them.
5 Ingredient Cheddar and Riced Broccoli Fritters
5 Ingredient Cheddar and Riced Broccoli Fritters make a great little afternoon snack for hungry bellies. They pack a whole lot of broccoli into each fritter, making it an easy way to sneak some extra greens into your diet. These are low carb, vegetarian and easily made gluten-free. A great way to use up leftover broccoli rice or broccoli from dinner the night before.
Spiced Cauliflower Parmesan Fritters
Packed full of veg and spice, these little fritters are the perfect snack to have on hand throughout the week. Serve with hummus, labne, ketchup, or a nice big salad for something more substantial.
Ricotta and Cauliflower Tater Tots
Put that leftover cauliflower rice to good use with these incredibly moreish Ricotta and Cauliflower Tater Tots. Just a handful of ingredients and a little bit of time will give you a snack that is perfect as a side on your dinner table or tucked away into a little ones lunch box with a side of organic ketchup.
Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Bars
These Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Bars are filled with tons of broccoli and quinoa. Lots of protein and fiber rich.
Homemade Gluten-Free Pizza Lunchables (Vegan, Allergy-Free, Grain-Free)
Lunchables without the scary ingredients! Homemade Gluten-Free Pizza Lunchables that are vegan, allergy-free, & grain-free too! This healthy, kid-loved, and mom-approved make-ahead lunch recipe will make the school year a bit more fun!
Paleo Sausage Cheese Balls
A perfect grab and go snack for school, these Paleo sausage cheese balls are a handy bite to eat warm or cold! We love how easy they are to make, and how portable they are.
Recipe ReDux #17 Garlic Kale Hummus
There are so many ways to use hummus, it’s not just a dip! This Garlic Kale Hummus is the perfect healthy flavor enhancer for any dish! Gluten-free, vegan, and packed with nutrition and flavor, the perfect addition to sandwiches.
Healthy Butternut Squash Dip
Or try this Butternut Squash Dip with a side of chopped veggies – I am thinking some carrot and celery sticks would be perfect.
Do you have any favorite back to school snacks you like to include in your kid’s lunchbox? I would love to hear about them! Be sure to check out the second installment of my back to school snacks round ups for even more inspiration 🙂 Have a great week.
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