Make-Ahead Lunchbox Snacks
For a week's worth of budget-friendly lunchbox stuffers, whip up a batch of these homemade kid-friendly favorites. From homemade granola bars, to DIY fruit snacks and so much more, kids will be delighted when they open up their lunchbox at school to see their favorite snacks. With less sugar and processed ingredients than in store-bought varieties, you can feel comfortable knowing that these snacks are made with wholesome ingredients from your own kitchen.
Nuts and Bolts Trail Mix
Nuts and Bolts Trail Mix satisfies a sweet and salty craving while giving you an energy boost throughout the day.
Photo: Grant Cornett; Styling: Alistair Turnbull
Cranberry Oat Bars
Kids will love to snack on these oat bars filled with a sweet cranberry mixture.
Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Styling: Gerri Williams for James Reps
A chocolate-coated, powdered sugar-doused cereal treat is the perfect, portable dessert for shareable snacking. Classic Puppy Chow comes together in under 10 minutes using just a few simple ingredients. It's always a fan-favorite dessert, but if sharing isn't your style, curl up with your remote and a gigantic bowl and indulge all by yourself. Either way, we're not judging.
Photo: Emma Crist; Styling: Emma Crist
Peach-Strawberry Fruit Leather
This kid-friendly fruit snack recipe requires just 4 ingredients.
Photo: Oxmoor House
Mixed Berry Snack Bars
This berry filling is tart and fruity, and superbly balanced by the crisp, buttery shortbread crust.
Photo: Christina Holmes
No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars
These bars are a perfectly portable snack you can prep on Sunday and enjoy throughout the week. Wrap leftovers tightly in plastic wrap, and store in the fridge. The bars will continue to firm up as they chill.
Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Claire Spollen
Garlic Pita Chips
Peanut Butter Cookies with Butterscotch Bits
Crisscrossed fork marks and all, these peanut butter cookies are just like Mom made, with the addition of yummy butterscotch morsels for extra flavor and a sweet crunch.
Photo: John Montana; Styling: Lynn Miller
Apricot Streusel Bars
Puff Pastry "Pretzels"
Miniature Corn Muffins
Fruit and Nut Chewy Bars
Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Karen Shinto