Stuck in a lunch rut? Making your child’s lunch interesting doesn’t have to be a challenge. These tried-and-tested lunch box recipes are my family’s favourites, and definitely worth a try!
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As a mum of 5, I’ll admit it can be a difficult task and time-consuming trying to find the perfect lunch box recipes, it’s like looking for a needle in a haystack at times. Us parents shouldn’t need to struggle looking for something delicious and nutritious that you know they will eat every day.
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Delicious Lunch Box Recipes to Try
Sugar-Free Lunchbox Slice
How about a delicious sugar-free lunchbox slice? This recipe from Sugar Free Kids is one of the more simple lunch box recipes that can be used with pretty much any fruit filling. It makes 18 slices and comes egg, sugar and wheat free.
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The Perfect Banana Muffin
You can never go wrong with banana pancakes, banana bread or banana muffins. This recipe from Family Budgeting is so simple and the muffins just take minutes to prep. You could use silicone moulds to save on the disposable paper and hold back on some of the sugar within the recipes. You could also add some chocolate chips for a sweet treat at the weekend.
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Raspberry Chia Seed Jam
This Raspberry Chia Seed Jam recipe from Baby Led Feeding is an unbelievably delicious jam packed full of natural goodness. Not a preservative to be seen and it’s refined sugar-free too. It’s perfect for crackers, homemade brown bread, or even mixed with some natural yogurt, my kids love it.
Bite-Sized Mexican Pinwheels
Our family are huge into wraps and I love nothing more than mixing up the fillings when it comes to lunch box recipes. Some days we could have peanut butter, tuna, raspberry jam (above) or just plain old ham.
Not only are these Mexican Pinwheels from Super Healthy Kids great for the lunch box but they would make gorgeous little appetizers if you were hosting a party. The pinwheels are not too spicy and take minutes to make.
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Healthy Pot Noodle
Not exactly what you might think of when you hear “lunch box recipes”. This recipe for Healthy Pot Noodles from One Yummy Mummy is beauty in a bowl and can be stored and served in a flask alongside your normal lunch. It’s the perfect alternative to store-bought Pot Noodles and full of goodness too.
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Raspberry Buckwheat Pancakes
A delicious and nutritious lunch box recipe, well, that’s if it makes it to the lunch box! We make these Raspberry Buckwheat Pancakes from Baby Led Weaning regularly. Swap the raspberries for different berries if you end up making them often, otherwise the kids may get bored. This recipe is egg and dairy free.
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Apple Slice Cookies
Apples can get boring, in fact, any food can get boring if you eat it too much. These Apple Slice Cookies from Mummy Cooks make a nice change from just an apple in the lunchbox. They are also perfect for breakfast, as a snack or even a super healthy dessert. Toppings can be chopped and changed to suit your children’s taste buds.
Lunch Box Finger Food
Let’s not forget the standard lunch box idea from Modern Honey of Lunch Box Finger Food using any tiny bites from kiwi slices to carrot sticks to boiled eggs. Hummus, salsa and peanut butter are perfect sauces to add for a dip. Very few kids will turn their noses up at cheese and crackers, grapes or orange slices. Keep it basic if you are struggling.
Easy Brown Bread Rolls
One of the lunch box recipes the kids will love because they can get involved with the kneading, mixing and brushing with egg. These Brown Bread Rolls from One Yummy Mummy are so easy to bake and the recipe makes six so depending on your family size you may get a few lunches out of them too. Otherwise double the recipe and save yourself the tears when they are all gone.
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Could you image your child’s face opening up their lunch box to find a pop tart? Using the above raspberry jam recipe this would also make the perfect Friday treat. These Pop Tarts from Kidspot are really one of the easiest lunch box recipes I make, they take a total of 15 minutes to prep and bake. Maybe at the weekend you could add some nutella for an ultimate treat.
Basic sambos (or hambos as I like to call them) are perfect for your child’s lunch box, however kids can get bored of the same old sandwiches. So why not change how you present them? I love these Sandwich Kebabs from Eat Drink Love.
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Have your say! What are your favourite lunch box recipes? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!