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

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

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”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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