Back to school is an exciting time for parents and sometimes not-so-exciting for children. Of course, after a summer of fun and games with friends, going back to school can feel so restrictive. So why not bring some joy to your child’s day with a creative lunch box?
This means you need to get inspired and change up your old PB&J tricks. Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered with a few ideas to get you started on new back-to-school recipes, from healthy lunch and snack ideas to delicious treats that will have your kids excited amidst a day of pop quizzes and maths equations.
This post looks at offering some ideas for easy treats to make for school; it’s always nice to have a starting point. We hope to inspire you with some creative baking ideas for school kids. So, let’s get started with these back-to-school recipes.
Healthy Lunch Items:
It’s as simple as unrolling some puff pastry and making a simple tomato pasta sauce (or using one from a jar). Add some wafer-thin ham and your kids’ favorite cheese, and then roll the pastry back up into a log. Chill it in the refrigerator for 10 minutes and then slice up your pinwheels and bake in the oven.
Spinach (or bacon) and cheese puffs
Cheese puffs are always a hit with the little ones; who can deny their deliciousness, after all? But how about adding some spinach to the recipe next time—you’ll be strengthening their immune system with this leafy green. Cut it fine enough, and they won’t even notice it’s there. If you know you can’t pull off spinach with your kids, add bacon. That will undoubtedly go down a treat.
Banana oat muffins
Add mashed bananas and oats to your regular bran or vanilla muffin mix. Not only is this a healthy and tasty option, but the oats will give the kids a long-lasting energy boost for their busy day at school.
Health Snack Goodies:
Trail mix cookies
If you’re pressed for time, these are a good, healthy option. The ingredients are up to you, but raisins, oats, coconut, sunflower seeds, and dried fig all make for a good combo. Whizz through your food processor, take out and knead in the sunflower seeds and some coconut, roll the mix into a log, and then slice and enjoy.
Peanut butter and almond balls
For a great high-protein snack, these peanut and almond balls are a winner. And a bonus, no baking is needed. Mix together almond flour, peanut butter, shredded coconut, and some maple syrup or honey and shape it into balls. Roll the balls in some shredded coconut to coat the outside, so they aren’t too sticky to handle, and you’re done. Simple.
Easy granola bars
These are very easy to adapt for a fussy child, and they last longer too. Use any combination of choc chips, dried fruit, coconut, nuts, and granola. Mix these together nicely with some butter and maple syrup or condensed milk, and bake until golden. If you like them crunchy, bake them longer.
Sneaky Yummy Treats:
Surprise your kiddo with a cake pop in their snack box. Crumble your favorite cake recipe and pour creamy frosting over it. Roll this mixture into balls, add the popsicle sticks, and place in the freezer for 20 minutes or so. Once this is done, melt some choc chips and dip the cake pops in to coat the outside. Cover with sprinkles, of course.
An easy favorite. Melt butter, sugar, vanilla, and baking soda, and once it’s light and ready, pour-over and fold in the popcorn until the mixture covers it all. Place into fun bags and add to the lunch tin.
Why wait till after school to dive into the cookie jar. If your kid is in for a long, busy day, pack them everyone’s favorite: choc chip cookies. They are guaranteed to come home smiling. Get creative and throw in a surprise for them. Chop up their favorite candy bar instead of using regular choc chips, use white choc chips for a change, or throw a few sprinkles in for fun. There are no rules! You can make them chewy, or crispy, or somewhere in between—whatever you feel like. Have fun.
Make going back to school fun by updating your regular go-to lunch box snacks. From healthy and tasty to naughty and nice, there is something new to try that will have the kids thanking you for sending them back to school again. And whatever you need to add to your baking items, we’ve got you covered, from sprinkles and cupcake liners to edible glitter and all sorts of supplies for your back to school recipes.
In addition to these ideas above, check out our back to school recipes on the blog:
- Homemade Pancakes Recipe
- Chocolate Covered Bananas
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Parfait Recipe
- Apple Shaped Mini Cakes Recipe
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