Making school lunches from scratch doesn’t have to be time-consuming — in fact, you can beat the rush by making a whole heap of snacks and treats in advance, freezing them and then popping them in your kids’ lunch boxes, ready to be devoured at recess. We love these 15 recipes because most can be tweaked for allergy requirements, and all of them (yes, all!) can be frozen. That gives you more time for coffee on weekday mornings, and that’s amazing.
1. Pumpkin scones. Add a small Tupperware container with butter and jam and your kid will think you’re the greatest mum who ever lived.
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2. Mini veggie pasties. Got leftover veggies clogging your crisper? These pasties are a brilliant way to use them up!
5. . Depending on your school’s nut policy, these make a delicious lunch. Pop them in a wrap with some hummus, or on their own.
6. . A great way to use up leftover cheese and veggies, these are wholesome and filling.
7. . Delicious and healthy, these muffins can be tweaked to add other veggies, too (we like grated pumpkin, sweet potato, carrot and cauliflower).
8. Corn frittatas. Easy to make and perfect for freezing, these are delicious hot or cold.
9. Apricot chia bliss balls. Super simple to make, these will be a hit with the whole family. We love that they freeze so well (and you don’t even need to thaw them — they’re great straight out of the freezer).
10. . A hit of fibre from the quinoa, and a hit of deliciousness from the chocolate: what’s not to love?
11. . If your kids’ school isn’t nut-free, these are a great option. They’re perfect for brekky-on-the-go, too.
12. . For those looking to cut down on their sugar intake, this is a delicious recipe for light, moist banana bread.
13. . Perfect for kids allergic to gluten, these sweet bars have a hit of fibre thanks to the sesame seeds.
14. ANZAC biscuits. A winner any time of the year, ANZAC bikkies are a lovely sweet treat to find in your school lunch.
15. Homemade gummy bears (with no added sugar!). These are a cinch to whip up and will go down a treat in any lunch box. They keep for around two weeks in an airtight container.