10 Fast, Fun Lunch Box Recipes

When packing up kids’ lunches, stick with food that’s easy-to-transport, wholesome, and full of fun flavors. Need ideas? Try these perfectly-portable Taste of Home recipes.

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Lunch Box Pizzas

Lunch Box Pizzas
These kid-friendly mini-pizzas come together in a flash—simply press refrigerated biscuit dough into muffin tins and top with sauce and cheese. Your kids can even help make them! They’re great at room temperature and just the right size for tiny fingers. 

Apple Cartwheels

Apple Cartwheels
If you find that a whole apple tends to make its way back home again uneaten, give these special apples a try. Cored apples are stuffed with a mixture of peanut butter, honey, chocolate chips, and raisins and then sliced, giving your kids a lot more incentive to eat their fruit. 

Lunch-Box “Handwiches”

Lunch-Box “Handwiches”
Homemade ham and cheese-filled pockets are easy when you start with frozen bread dough. Bake a batch or two and freeze extras for fun, filling lunches you can grab during busy days. 

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Waldorf Turkey Sandwiches

Waldorf Turkey Sandwiches
Chewy raisins, crunchy chopped apples, and toasted walnuts turn boring turkey salad into something to look forward to at lunchtime. You can tailor these sweet-tangy sandwiches to suit your family’s preferences (more raisins; no nuts). 

The Special PB and J

The Special PB and J
For a tasty twist on the usual PB and J, mix peanut butter with orange juice and dates for sweetness, and add apples and/or walnuts for a welcome crunch. 

Peanut Butter Mini Muffins

Peanut Butter Mini Muffins
Regular-sized muffins might be a little big for younger kids, but these chocolate chip-studded mini-muffins are just the right size to include in a packed lunch. 

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Oatmeal Animal Crackers

Oatmeal Animal Crackers
Kids love to gobble up cute, crunchy animal crackers. With the addition of oats, this homemade version of the classic treat provides a bonus hit of nutritious fiber. 

Homemade Chewy Granola Bars

Homemade Chewy Granola Bars
With this easy recipe, you can whip up wholesome granola bars at home instead of always relying on store-bought versions. These brown sugar-sweetened bars are loaded with sunflower kernels, raisins, wheat germ, chocolate chips, and sesame seeds. 

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Instead of store-bought cookies, pop a few of these easy, homemade cookies into your child’s lunch box. They’re packed with nutritious oats, but yummy chocolate chips make them simply irresistible.

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4 thoughts on “10 Fast, Fun Lunch Box Recipes

  1. Some Of the ideas I Have Found online Are Great And All, But No Where Did It Tal About Keeping Drink, Fruit, Or Cold Type Food Cold, While Keeping Meats Or Soups Warm All In The Same Lunchbox. While My Kids Are Ok With A Few Sandwiches A Week They’d Still Like A Warm Lunch And A Cold Drink Too.

  2. I can never get the directions for your recipes.  It comes up blank & when I advance to the next recipe, the directions flash momentarily & then goes to the next blank recipes.  This has been happening for quite a while…

  3. not sure why all these lunchbox recipes online have peanut butter in them, because my kid’s daycare, camp and elementary school are all “nut free” facilities. 

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