August 21, 2019
Though we hate to admit it, summer is nearly over and Back to School season is on the horizon. That means it’s time to buy all those new school uniforms, iron the school shirts and, of course, pack up those school lunches. But how do you fill a lunchbox with tasty treats that both you and your kids will love? Don’t panic! We’ve put together a list of yummy lunchbox bakes that will make Back to School just that bit sweeter.
First up, let’s look at some delicious and nutritious savoury bakes that will start your kids lunches off in the right way.
Sausage rolls are an excellent source of protein and other nutrients, which will not only help your kids concentrate in class, but also be able to tuck into something tasty during their lunch break. But if you’re a fan of Meat Free Mondays, or you’re simply looking to reduce your meat intake, why not try a vegetarian version?
These Carrot, Apple and Sage Vegetarian Sausage Rolls from Sneaky Veg are perfect for lunch boxes, and thanks to the ‘hidden veg’ included in the puff pastry, your kids will be eating healthily without even realising it! It’s really easy to whip up a quick batch and they’ll keep in the fridge for 2-3 days, but they’re also suitable for freezing. Why not make them in advance ready for parties or as a healthy after school snack too?
Frittata originated in Italy as a dish similar to an omelette or crustless quiche, packed full of protein-rich eggs and any other ingredients you fancy, from cheese and vegetables to meat or potatoes. Traditionally served as a slice from a large frittata made in a frying pan, we think they also work really well as individual muffins when baked in a muffin tray in the oven. As long as they’re stored properly after cooking, they make an excellent addition to your kid’s lunchbox.
These Green Frittata Muffins by Tesco are packed full of courgette, spinach, peas and cheese - giving a wonderful combination of nutrient-rich vegetables and tasty ingredients too. Or for those really fussy eaters, why not try the classic combination of cheese, ham and cherry tomato? Whatever flavour you choose, just pop two of these little muffins in a lunchbox, along with some fruit for a delicious lunch.
We love anything that saves us time and effort, so when we heard that you can make lunchbox snacks in the slow cooker, we were sold! Our favourites are these Cheese & Bacon Scrolls from Kidspot, which are made with a homemade dough that’s packed full of cheese and bacon. Once you’ve chopped them into individual portions, just put them in the slow cooker for a couple of hours and they’ll be done in time to pack the lunchboxes! While they’re not the healthiest of the lunchbox bakes on this list, they still make a yummy occasional treat.
Quinoa is often called the ‘super grain’ as it’s really high in fibre and protein. But instead of just eating it on its own, why not try blending quinoa with pumpkin, zucchini, carrot, sweetcorn, flour and eggs and then baking in the oven to produce these delicious Veggie Quinoa Bites by The Veggie Mama?
They work really well served in flatbread, or can add some much needed protein to salads too. Alternatively, your kids might enjoy them on their own just as a light snack after a sandwich. Whatever you choose to do with them, one thing’s for sure - the kids will ask for them again and again!
If your child is getting bored of the same sandwich everyday, why not mix it up and replace it with a muffin? No, not a chocolate one, but one that’s completely savoury! And when they’re delicious and nutritious, who minds? Your kids certainly won’t!
We love this quick and simple Savoury Muffins recipe by Taming Twins, which are flavoured with cheese and sweetcorn. You could easily add your own ingredients in place of the cheese or sweetcorn, depending on your child’s tastes and preferences. The savoury muffins are so easy to make and are an excellent lunchbox filler or picnic treat that work for kids and grown ups alike.
Now it wouldn’t be a Bakedin blog post if we didn’t talk about something sweet, but remember that sweet doesn’t have to mean unhealthy. The sweet lunchbox bakes below have been chosen for their vitamin rich ingredients and delicious taste.
Our Baking Club box for June - Cherry Crumble Muffins - is a great way to round up any school lunch. Cherries are a particularly good source of fibre, vitamin C and potassium and they’re delicious too, so what’s not to love? The light sponge is packed with cherries, and we’ve added vanilla, mixed spice and cinnamon for a delicious flavour. On top, there’s a crunchy crumble and flaked almonds too, but feel free to leave the nuts out if your child goes to a school where nuts are banned.
We’ve made it even easier for you to bake them thanks to our Cherry Crumble Muffins baking kit. Inside, we’ve weighed out all the dry ingredients for you so all you need to do is follow the step-by-step recipe card and you’ll be done in no time! So pick up the baking kit now, or if you want a new recipe sent to your door each month, why not join our Baking Club?
While oats are good for you, traditional flapjacks are far from healthy, as they’re often made with heavy amounts of butter, sugar and syrup alongside the oats. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Sneaky Veg has come up with an excellent recipe for healthy flapjacks that are free from refined sugar making them perfect for kids. They make great picnic or lunchbox fillers, or a healthy dessert for small people.
The recipe contains dried fruit, apple and honey in place of the sugar, and you can even use dairy free spread, sunflower oil or coconut oil instead of the butter. It’s these adjustments that make them healthier than your average flapjack, but equally delicious!
If you’re a fan of disguising vegetables in your kids’ food, try our May Baking Club kit for 2018 - the delicious Carrot Cake Cookies! They won’t believe they’re actually getting one of their 5 a day with these, thanks to the carrots and raisins included in the mix. Just like a traditional carrot cake, they’re topped off with a delicious cream cheese frosting for the perfect sweet treat.
Sadly we don’t have any of the Carrot Cake Cookies baking kits left now (they were just too popular!) but all Baking Club members get access to digital copies of our past recipes that you can bake from scratch at home. So what are you waiting for? Sign up today!
For more 'hidden veg' recipes, have a read of our Vegetable Cakes and Bakes blog post now. Just click the button below!
We all know that kids love chocolate, so if you want to treat them to something chocolatey in their lunchbox or as an after-school snack, we’ve got just the thing in these Chocolate Hazelnut Biscuits! The recipe calls for reduced-fat spread instead of butter, and as it’s from the Healthy Food Guide, they can’t be that bad for you, can they?
What makes them even better is that they’re so easy to make! Just beat the spread, sugar and vanilla together with egg, flour and cocoa powder before chilling in the fridge. Roll the dough into balls and cover with chopped hazelnuts, and then bake until golden. It's also fine to leave the hazelnuts out if you prefer. What could be simpler?
We hope this list of lunchbox bakes has inspired you when putting together school lunches this year. What are your favourite things to put in your children’s lunchboxes? Let us know in the comments below!
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