If history has taught us anything it’s that 7am is not the optimum time of the day for coming up with creative snack ideas.
Go forth armed with these recipes and there will be no lunch or snack time situation that you can’t handle.
Warning: we can’t promise you won’t want to dive into them too.
BAKED APPLE CRISPS
Choosing the right packet of crisps is one of life’s occasional challenges, after all each and every flavour is special in its own way. Rising up as a champion of the snacks and rivaling the potato is the humble apple. Perfect for autumn when they’re everywhere, these apple crisp
beauties couldn’t be simpler to make.
MANGO FRUIT ROLL-UPS
If your kids have an enduring passion for all things fruity and chewy, these mango fruit roll-ups
could be your saviour. These babies have only one ingredient: mango. Oh and you only need an oven. You can thank us later.
GRANOLA BROWNIE BARS
Seven ingredients and no baking? Yes, please. Naturally sweet from the dates and honey, these snack bars
have all the chocolaty goodness of your average brownie, but with no flour, refined sugar or butter.
STRAWBERRY YOGHURT BARK
Yes, you’ve probably had chocolate bark before but have you tried it with yoghurt
? With just two ingredients, yoghurt has never looked so good to little ones in the grips of hunger. All bark, all bite.
FRUIT AND DATE NUT BREAD KEBABS
, in the afternoon. Really. Channel your inner Nigella and whip up a fruit and nut loaf on the weekend. Cut it up into sizeable chunks and slice up whatever fruit you have lying around. Come Monday afternoon, you’ll be met with easy spearing and serving. Genius.
SALAD IN A JAR
The trick to getting kids to eat more salad? Letting them build their own. A fun, colourful presentation (and some chicken) never hurt anyone, either. The mason jar salad
is here to solve all of your snack time problems.
FROZEN YOGHURT COVERED BLUEBERRIES
Pop these blueberries bites
in the freezer for an hour and then let yourself get overrun with yoghurt goodness. That is all.
WHITE BEAN HUMMUS
A little bit nutty, a little bit smooth, just add batons of cucumber, carrot and red pepper for a quick and easy snack idea. When it comes to this white bean hummus
, double dipping is advised here.
PRESSED ITALIAN SANDWICHES
This is really just your normal sandwich that has been squashed down and refrigerated for 6 hours – hello extra few precious minutes in bed. This genius concoction
involves cheese and Italian cold meats (whichever children will eat). Just make sure you grab one for yourself as you rush out of the door.
BEAN AND RICE WRAP BENTO
Bento boxes aren’t just about sushi you know. Pack a wholesome wrap with beans, rice and spinach
, and nestle in lunchboxes alongside carrot sticks and fruit. Lunch is so much more than just a meal, especially when you’re a kid at school.
come to the rescue in many eating situations, especially when you’ve got leftover vegetables. Whip together eggs, ham, spinach, corn, cheese and, voila, you’ve got yourself a packed lunch or afternoon snack right there. You don’t even have to cut these up. Phew.
5 INGREDIENTS PASTA SALAD
Move over cheese sarnies, this is as easy to make and more envy-inducing. All you need is five ingredients (yes, you read that right) to take the humble pasta salad
up a notch.
TERIYAKI CHICKEN MEATBALLS
CHEESE AND VEGEMITE (OR MARMITE) ROLLS
NUTELLA SWIRLED BANANA BREAD
If there was ever was ever a contest to decide once and for all the best baked good of all time, banana bread
might just come out on top: fluffy, comforting, sweet (but not too sweet), it’s like a giant hug in food form. Nutella has been swirled into the mix here for extra bonus points.
HAM AND CHEESE OWL SARNIES
Don’t dismiss this as someone who has too much time on their hands. These ham and cheese owls
even have us reassessing our office lunch.
THE BENTO BOX
Who knew you could transform an egg into a rabbit lounging around on a bed of lettuce under the night sky (otherwise known as black rice)? This Bento box
is a fast track to making your kid the coolest on the school canteen block.
MAPLE-SWEETENED BANANA MUFFINS
This banana muffin
knows how to brush off a crummy day and make it feel like a distant memory. They’re fluffy, whole grain and made with a basic mix of mashed bananas, oats, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla and cinnamon (plus a few binding ingredients) in one bowl. Yes, one bowl.