8 Easy and Healthy Lunchbox Bars for Hungry Kids

Emily Manning

Emily Manning

September 23, 2020

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Are you looking for something different to add to lunchboxes, or for after school snacks? Pack a punch with plenty of goodness and deliciousness with these easy and healthy lunchbox bars – they’re perfect for hungry kids!

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The best thing about lunchbox bars like these ones is that they make a sizeable batch that will see you through the week, or can be frozen for another day.

Pantry ingredients like oats, seeds, honey, maple syrup and dried fruit can combine to make really delicious treats. Many of these bars are refined sugar-free, so there will be no big sugar spike during the day, and the oats will keep tummies full for longer.

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Easy and Healthy Lunchbox Bars

Easy No-Bake Granola Bars

healthy granola bars

Image: Cookie & Kate

These no-bake granola bars from Cookie & Kate are delicious and easy to make with basic pantry ingredients.

With a basic recipe that can then be adapted with a variety of add-ins (nuts, seeds, chocolate chips, shredded coconut, dried fruit, etc), these granola bars can be different every time.

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Homemade Flapjacks

Flapjacks Cooks Academy - Mykidstime

These homemade flapjacks are a deliciously simple treat that can be made in minutes.

There are lots of things you can add into this recipe such as hazelnuts or chocolate chips, or branch out and try replacing the vanilla with one teaspoon of almond essence for a twist!

Gluten-Free Date Bars

Gluten free date bars

Image: In Jennie’s Kitchen

These gluten-free date bars from In Jennie’s Kitchen are also vegan and nut-free, so they’re perfect for lunch boxes.

The date filling is soft and sweet, with no added refined sugar – yum!

Apple Pie Oat Bars

Apple pie oat lunchbox bars

Image: My Kids Lick the Bowl

Apple, oats and cinnamon are such a classic flavour combination, and with this recipe My Kids Lick the Bowl transforms them into delicious – and sugar free! – apple pie oat bars.

With no added sugar, these are a guilt-free snack or lunchbox bar that freezes well.

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No-Bake Date Snack Bars


Image: Bless This Mess Please

These healthy snack bars from Bless This Mess Please are vegan, raw, gluten-free, dairy free, egg free, Paleo and Whole30 compliant – but don’t let all the health labels put you off, they taste great too!

Note, these bars contain nuts so may not be suitable for some schools.

Carrot Cake Bars

carrot cake bar

Image: A Kitchen Addiction

Warm spices and a light honey cream cheese drizzle pair with oats, whole wheat flour, and flax seed to deliver great flavour and a hearty bar that will help keep hunger at bay.

While this carrot cake bar recipe from A Kitchen Addiction does call for nuts, these could be omitted if your child’s school has a nut policy.

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Blueberry and Coconut Oat Bars

We love this recipe from Baby Led Feeding for blueberry and coconut oat bars. Aileen has also created variations with apple and cinnamon or plum and rhubarb, which have both been winners, and would all make delicious lunchbox bars.

Fruit and Nut Cocoa Discs

fruit and nut cocoa discs

These fruit and nut cocoa discs are a healthy, nutritious, dairy-free snack that kids will also enjoy helping to make. Cut them into bars, squares, discs or other shapes easily.

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Have your say! What kind of lunchbox bars do your kids (or you!) enjoy bringing? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!

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Published On: September 23rd, 2020 / Categories: Food and Recipes, School / Last Updated: April 25th, 2022 / Tags: , , , , , /

About the Author: Emily Manning

Emily Manning
Emily is the coffee-loving Editor of MyKidsTime. Mum of one daughter and two naughty Tibetan Terriers, she is particularly partial to Curly Wurlys and unable to resist pretty stationery and new cookbooks. As an avid foodie and domestic goddess-wannabe, she is most likely to be found in the kitchen.

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