Easy Lunchbox Treats

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Quick, delicious recipes to fuel your kids throughout the week.

It’s back-to-school time, which means it’s time for planning allergy-friendly lunchbox options for the kiddos. Lessen the stress with easy kid-friendly recipes like these tasty, healthy snacks. They use simple, nutrient-rich ingredients to pack in healthy fats and proteins. Ready in a snap, they’ll help keep your little ones full and well-fueled all day long.

Chocolate Energy Bites

PREP: 5 minutes
CHILL: 25 minutes

MAKES 12 BITES.

Loaded with protein and healthy fats, these nutritious and delicious bites make a perfect lunchtime treat. They’re gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free. Store these treats in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Note: This recipe contains nuts (almond flour).

Each bite contains 100 calories, 8g total fat, 5g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 9mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate, 3g fiber, 5g sugars, 3g protein, 3Est GL.

gf vegan chocolate energy bites

Chrystal Carver

Sunflower Seed Butter & Jelly Chia Pudding Cups

PREP: 5 minutes
CHILL: 2 hours

MAKES 3 SERVINGS.

These creamy kid-friendly cups are naturally sweetened and loaded with healthy ingredients like chia seeds, fruit and seed butter. To vary the flavor to your liking, use your favorite pureed fruit or no-sugar added fruit preserves. Store in the refrigerator up to 3 days.

Each 1-cup serving contains 290 calories, 17g total fat, 4g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 16mg cholesterol, 68mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate, 5g fiber, 16g sugars, 10g protein, 11Est GL.

sunflower seed butter chia pudding

Chrystal Carver

Chai Spiced Granola

PREP: 5 minutes
BAKE: 30 minutes

MAKES 3 CUPS.

This crunchy granola is simple to make, free from the top food allergens and bursting with the delicious flavor of chai (without the caffeine). Serve it plain, over yogurt or in a bowl with your milk of choice. Store cooled granola in an airtight container at room temperature.

Each ½ cup contains 343 calories, 13g total fat, 8g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 390mg sodium, 52g carbohydrate, 6g fiber, 12g sugars, 8g protein, 29Est GL.

gf chai spiced granola

Chrystal Carver

Cinnamon Maple Roasted Chickpeas

PREP: 5 minutes
BAKE: 55 minutes

MAKES 2 TO 3 CUPS.

These crunchy chickpeas are an excellent source of protein, healthy fats, fiber and good carbohydrates. Vegan and free from the top food allergens, they’re fun to munch at the lunch table and after school. Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Each 1-cup serving contains 267 calories, 6g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 10mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate, 11g fiber, 11g sugars, 12g protein, 17Est GL.

GF Cinnamon Maple Roasted Chickpeas

Chrystal Carver

Contributor Chrystal Carver is a gluten-free food blogger and author of Sweet & Simple Gluten-Free Baking: Irresistible Classics in 10 Ingredients or Less.