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Sweet Lunch Box Recipes
Our breads and muffins are perfect for baking ahead of time and stocking the freezer with! Great for 'grab and go' school snacks.
Ah ha, a serve of fruit hidden in a yummy muffin! These are a healthy lunch box snack, either as full sized muffins or mini muffins for little mouths!
A total winner for our 'apple crumble' fans! The crunchy crumble on top is irresistible and the grated apple throughout keeps them lovely and moist.
With banana and yoghurt making these muffins super moist, and the sweetness of fresh or frozen strawberries, you simply cannot go wrong!
One bowl, 10 minutes, and you have a batch of muffins full of healthy ingredients. Just omit the nuts on top if they're going to school!
OK, so these look super decadent, but they're actually packed with bananas and greek yoghurt, and just to make them totally superlicious, I've added chunks of dark chocolate on top.
Whether it's in a lunch box, or as an after school snack, these healthy little muffins are a great filler-upper! It pays to always have some in the freezer to grab and go.
Ohhhh, sticky sweet muffins with the light and delicate flavour of orange and poppyseeds. Served on a plate in just half an hour - these beauties may not even make it to a lunch box!
Just five staple pantry ingredients - then you can go wild with whatever variations you can come up with based on whats in the cupboard and fruit bowl! Check out this recipe for loads of great suggestions.
What is it about apples and cinnamon combined? Well, this recipe is simple and easy, and appeals to all.....oh, and they're totally moist too, thanks to buttermilk and grated apple.
These are just like those yummy cafe muffins, full of sweet bursts of blueberries, but you can easily make them knowing that there's absolutely nothing better than homemade!
Transform those forlorn, over ripe bananas with this simple one bowl recipe and the kids will be super impressed. Great to keep in the freezer too for when time is super stretched...
I love white chocolate! I love raspberries! So these decadent little muffins are just the very thing I crave for a lunch box treat or afternoon snack!
Budget friendly and super delicious, and just upping the 'yum' factor by adding chocolate chips to our basic banana muffin recipe - enjoy!
Ohhhh, the house smells so good when this is baking in the oven!! A great way to use up those ripe bananas, and the little bursts of chocolate are totally divine!
A great way to smuggle some veggies in here and the sweetness of apple is a great disguise..... Freeze the whole loaf, or freeze slices ready to grab and go!
Now this really is delicious! The lemon glaze over this simple loaf made with greek yoghurt, ticks all the boxes for a tangy afternoon treat.
This moist, chocolatey, fudgy loaf is totally kid approved, not just by me, but by loads of reviews I've received - so simple, so darn yum!!!
One bowl, basic pantry ingredients and sweet summer strawberries! The little bursts of softness are a treat! Get that in my lunch box!!!!
Everyone's favourite - whether its toasted for breakfast, or sliced and buttered in a lunch box, this banana bread with its crunchy top gets me every time!
Sweet Scroll Recipes
Our scroll recipes make a delicious alternative to sweet muffins as a lunch box treat!
Are you drooling too? These scrolls are amazing and much easier than they look. Just mix, roll out, add fillings, roll up and slice, then bake - voila! Serve warm or cold, but be warned, they may not make it to lunch boxes!
A classic apple and cinnamon scroll that's so easy to make at home using just basic pantry ingredients - nothing too fancy here except the taste!
Bliss Ball Recipes
For a healthy treat, our raw bliss balls are the perfect option. Freezer-friendly, healthy, quick and easy... lunch box snacks don't get better than this!
These protein balls are the ultimate healthy go-to snack. Made in 5 minutes from just 5 raw ingredients they are packed full of energy boosting goodness! Keep a stash in the freezer for 'time challenged' days....
With the main ingredients being cashews, dates and rolled oats, then jazzed up with some cocoa and a hint of peppermint, these sweet little bliss balls are an easy pick-me-up for the after school slogan....."I'm starving!".......
Cashews and coconut with the added zing of lemon make these little babies a great energy bite in lunchboxes for ALL ages! They really are a yummy little treat to be enjoyed by all.
Believe it or not, these three ingredients rolled up into protein balls have the same taste as Nutella but are packed with raw goodness, making them totally addictive as well as totally guilt free! Hello???
High in protein, fibre, healthy fats and carbs, bliss balls make a quick and healthy snack for school lunchboxes, or for that post workout boost. Use cacao and cacao nibs to make them EXTRA healthy...
These are soooo good, even fussy eaters can't resist them. With apricot, rolled oats and coconut, they are packed with natural sweetness and energy. The chia seeds give them a healthy 'crunch' too!
Take the humble Weet-Bix and make the perfect lunch box snack - these Weet-Bix balls are nut free, freezer friendly and super yummy! Naturally sweetened with dates and honey, and totally budget friendly!
These Salted Caramel Balls have that delicious sweet and salty flavour, but with a healthy twist. Made with 4 simple ingredients and no added sugar, they are a nutritious lunch box snack or mid afternoon pick-me-up....
Is there no end to the variations for protein balls??? Oats, almonds, dates peanut butter and honey in these little babes, and just 10 minutes to prepare these guilt free bites!
Our huge collection of baked and no-bake slices are some of our most popular recipes! Kid-approved, easy to make sure to be a hit in little lunch boxes.
One bowl, no fuss! This is such a classic easy slice to have on hand. Great to have as a back up in the freezer too, for when extra's come to play after school!
OK, so here's a three-in-one! Grab and go for breakfast on the run, pop a piece into a lunch box, or warm it up for a classic 'comfort' dessert (with a scoop of ice cream too, of course!)
These traditional slices are still most popular for a very good reason. They're quick, easy and delicious - it's that simple! Try it, you'll agree...
Move over chocolate slice!!! Here's a sweet & lemony alternative and you don't even need to turn on the oven! Love it - and I bet you have everything needed sitting in the pantry.
You can be serving this up in half an hour, with dates that add that sticky sweetness to a very simple slice. Another good one to have on hand in the freezer!
This is a favourite with fussy kids. Its the rolled oats and sweet dried apricots that give the 'chew' factor, and of course, if you add some white chocolate chips, they go down even better!
Yes, yes, yes, this slice is equally as delicious as my simple no-bake Lemon & Coconut Slice, but the lime just adds a more subtle 'twang' for a change - mix it up, I say!
This was often a favourite in my lunch box (thanks, Mum!) Made with the most basic pantry ingredients, so totally budget friendly, and the chocolate coconut rough topping is just slightly addictive!
Classic...Favourite....Still one of our most popular recipes, simply crush the biscuits, melt & mix, pour chocolate over the top......done!!
Another one bowl wonder using our classic chewy ANZAC slice recipe and adding chocolate chips, because everything tastes better with chocolate, doesn't it?
Have you got a packet of Weet-Bix in the cupboard? - I know we have! This slice is simply yum, and with chocolate and freckles on top, you'll find it's a kid magnet!
Here's a change from the popular no-bake lemon slice. This baked lemon slice has the same yummy lemon frosting on top, a tangy base as well - but it's different - it's baked!
This healthy little slice packs a punch of goodness in it. Sweetened just by dates and honey (well, and a drizzle of chocolate on top...) there's plenty of energy going on with this after school snack!
No fuss, super easy, budget friendly = tastes awesome! The wonders of simple rolled oats, they make so many darn good easy and yummo slices!
Sweet, salty, creamy, chocolatey - this slice is a taste sensation that just has to be experienced! It has nuts in it, and needs to be frozen, so keep it on hand for an after school special healthy treat!
For something a little more decadent, try this marshmallow Wagon Wheel slice. A layer of chocolate over squishy sweet marshmallows and a baked base. I can guarantee the taste is sooo much better than store bought!
Here's a super sweet (thanks to the dates) slice that can just as easily be popped in a lunchbox as it can be served up with a scoop of ice cream for a good old fashioned dessert!
Another of our most popular slice recipes...do you know anyone that can resist that gooey, creamy caramel layer topped with chocolate?? Try it, it's worth the effort, then sit back and enjoy an all time favourite slice.
Apricots and coconut just go together, don't they? And this simple no-bake slice can be frozen and whipped out ready to go anytime for lunch boxes or an after school snack. We want 'easy', right??
There's a few different variations on my ANZAC slice recipe, but this one requires only pantry staples and is super budget friendly. Oh, and its a time saver from the classic ANZAC biscuits. Just press into a tin and bake!
You know I love simple recipes, and ones that you don't have to go out and buy lots of different things for. So here's another old fashioned favourite with sweet jam and crispy coconut - so easy, so awesome!
Some recipes never die because they're just so good! The creamy, tangy passionfruit topping and sweet and simple base just does it for those that aren't total chocoholics (like me!) Oh lordy!
A simple no-bake chocolate slice made with crushed biscuits and a block of peppermint chocolate! With a swirly white chocolate topping, it looks rather sensational too!
This was always a Saturday morning bakery treat from when I was young, however nothing beats HOMEMADE! I just adore the sweetness of honey and buttery almonds......A great one for BIG peoples lunchboxes!
I'm not sure if, technically, this can be called a slice, however a little piece popped in a lunch box with plenty of healthy snacks makes this a perfect sweet treat! You only need a little square...or two...
More Sweet Lunch Box Snacks
Rum balls, minus the rum of course! The kids will love making these - just crush, mix and roll! Great to have in the freezer (if they make it there), and always a party favourite too!
Milo, Weet-Bix, condensed milk and coconut - oh, and some pretty sprinkles - think 100's & 1000's, chocolate hail, coconut, whatever - let the kids decide! Freeze for up to 2 months - sure.....they won't last that long!
These Milo balls are the perfect treat to include in kids lunch boxes, especially if they have helped make them. Super simple and super yum!
Yes, lemonade! The 'fizz' make these scones so light and soft. No fancy ingredients, just jam and cream on warm scones straight after school for a total hit! Ha ha, I suggest you enjoy one yourself before the rush begins...
The same basic recipe as my lemonade scones, but jazz it up a bit by adding some sultanas or dates. Warm buttered sultana scones make a great 'filler-upper' for hungry kids after school.
When you're looking for a sweet lunch box snacks treat, our cakes recipes are just what you need! From our super simple butter cake and chocolate cake to our easy apple crumble cake... there's a lunch box treat for everyone!
Apple + crumble = spot on! Apple and that crunchy oatey crumble with a tea cake base makes a perfect cake to share for lunch, afternoon tea, or even warm it up for dessert!
Oh yum, yum. This classic moist butter cake can be popped in the oven when dinners cooking, then stored (un-iced) in the freezer, ready on hand to slather with delicious butter cream frosting when needed. Love it!
If you've got lots of apples in your fruit bowl, here's another delicious apple cake recipe. Apples and almonds are a heavenly mix, but you can omit them if you want it nut-free. Stores well in the freezer too for us time-poor mums!
Why make things more difficult than they need to be? This classic chocolate cake has stood the test of time, seriously, who doesn't like a simple iced chocolate cake?
When the fruit bowl is overflowing with bananas, this banana and poppyseed cake is moist, ridiculously easy to make and even easier to eat!
Delicious, and much simpler than it looks! This cake can be put together so easily with frozen berries and a can of pie apple. You can substitute other frozen or fresh berries for the raspberries used here too!
Made from my favourite vanilla cup cake recipe, with a sprinkle of chocolate chips through the mixture, and topped with vanilla buttercream. Pop in to lunch boxes, or decorate and serve at a party!
This easy vanilla cup cake recipe is foolproof, believe me! Totally budget friendly, they can be frozen, ready to thaw and decorate anyway you like!
Take the basic cupcake recipe up a level and make these dainty lemon cupcakes with creamy raspberry frosting. Just make sure to use some pretty muffin cases to make them even more special!
This one might be more for the 'big kids' lunchboxes, with dark chocolate and almonds, but no matter who they're for, they pack a good energy boost for morning tea....or to get through that mid-afternoon slump....
These little snacks are way cheaper than store bought Muesli Bars, and you know exactly whats in them! Apricots and sultanas are my 'go-to' but use whatever is on hand. Nut free = no hassle at school too!
If nuts are no problem in your house, these really are the best! This recipe is so versatile you can mix it up with whatever you like. Make a batch and put some away in the freezer for that last minute snatch and go!
You can whip these up in half an hour, and tell me, how many littlies can resist the combination of rice bubbles and chocolate chips, lets be real....
Seriously, home made muesli bars are just such an easy healthy option for a energy boosting snack. Some like em crunchy, and some like em chewy - here's to the 'soft & chewy' munchers out there..
Fill up the cookie tin with our favourite biscuit and cookie recipes! From old fashioned classics to new recipes... your kids will be kept super happy!!!
Fill up the cookie jar with these all-time favourites! Basic ingredients that are probably already on hand, and half an hour or so to mix and bake, and voila - enjoy!
If you're making these with the kids, just make sure some of the mixture goes in the oven, won't you?....Great for that after school snack, or a party!
This is a budget friendly cookie recipe that you can mix up the ingredients you use, even smuggling some veges in there....with a smile, of course...
And these delightful little treats will certainly bring a BIG smile to the face of your little one who's had a tough day in the classroom.....sometimes we all need something a little special...
Oh lordy, the perfect combination of crunchy, chewy, caramelly and chocolatey (I'm making up words here as real words fail me...) Get. into. my. lunch box!!
Why do things in halves? Double up on chewy chocolate chip cookies for the ULTIMATE cookie. Mix up a double batch and freeze one uncooked dough for another time - time saver, hey??
Time friendly, budget friendly, freezer friendly, and most important - KID friendly! No wonder this recipe is rated 5 star and has been shared more than 15,000 times!!
Wholemeal flour, no refined sugars, some zucchini snuck in too, sounds healthy, right? But hey, where would we be without a few choc chips scattered through - or go guilt free and omit them (but you're stronger than me!)
These little cookies are basically a cross between an ANZAC biscuit and a chocolate chip cookie - a perfect blend! Using just basic ingredients (and those choc chips again!!), these are a great snack for lunch boxes or after school.
Take a basic oat cookie recipe and jazz it up by adding chopped dried apricots, macadamia nuts, and top with a drizzle of white chocolate - just to make them even more sensational. Try it, I think you'll be super impressed!
Decadent......big chunks of chocolate throughout, and the tiny sprinkle of sea salt to really enhance the flavour. Only 30 minutes to be ready to eat and enjoy amazing gooey chocolate whilst they're still warm.....LOVE it!!
There's a very good reason why these white chocolate & cranberry cookies are rated 5 Star - they're totally awesome!!! Another mix that can be frozen as uncooked dough, or frozen as baked cookies, but seriously, I don't think any will make it to the freezer!
Thank you, Donna Hay!!! Only one pot, four ingredients plus half a packet of soft jersey caramels...less than 30 minutes from start to finish - oh, heaven!
Savoury Lunch Box Recipes
Our collection of savoury lunch box snacks recipes includes delicious quiches, slices, fritters, nuggets, sausage rolls and more!
Browse our simple quiche recipes that are freezer-friendly and so simple to make!
Make a double batch as these freeze perfectly and make a great instant snack when needed. The perfect size to pop into lunchboxes, or for a kids party too, of course!