18 Unique Items to Include in Your Child's Lunchbox

Matt R.

Yes, you can pack peanut butter and jelly in your child's lunchbox everyday.

Toss in some apple slices and maybe some string cheese and your son or daughter will probably be pretty happy.

But why not mix it up? Why not try to be a bit more unique and have some fun with this school-based chore?

With that in mind, we present a handful of lunch recipes that will turn your child's cafeteria experience into a gourmet meal...

1. Energy Balls Recipe

Energy Balls are perfect for keeping the hunger pangs away. You and your kids will love them!

2. Apple Oatmeal Squares Recipe

Apple Oatmeal Squares are the perfect lunchbox or afternoon snack. Apples, oatmeal, and maple glaze--divine!

3. Homemade Chocolate Coconut Granola Bars Recipe

Homemade Chocolate Coconut Granola Bars are so much better than store bought. Totally easy and no bake!

4. Banana Bread Bear Paws Recipe

Banana Bread Bear Paws bring the joy of banana bread into a cookie form. A great dessert or afternoon treat.

5. Sweet and Spicy Snack Mix Recipe

Sweet and Spicy Snack Mix will be the snack bowl your guests keep returning to. Addictive!

6. Aussie Bites Recipe

Aussie Bites are a combination between an oatmeal cookie, granola bar, and muffin. How could you go wrong?

7. No Bake Peanut Butter Cookie Cups Recipe

No Bake Peanut Butter Cookie Cups are a great dessert for your kids' lunchbox. Or an afternoon treat for you!

8. No Bake Granola Bars Recipe

No Bake Granola Bars are easy and homemade. No need for store bought again!

9. Salted Nutella Crunch Bars Recipe

Salted Nutella Crunch Bars are a great portable snack. Perfect for lunchboxes or lounging by the pool.

10. Gluten Free Oatmeal Raisinet Cookies Recipe

Gluten Free Oatmeal Raisinet Cookies are perfect for when you can't decide between a chocolate chip cookie or oatmeal raisin.

11. Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bars Recipe

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bars are a sweet treat for your workday lunchbox. Better make a double batch so you can share.

12. Plantain Chips Recipe

Plantain Chips are a crunchy snack you won't be able to get enough of. Totally addictive!

13. Apple Cinnamon Energy Bars Recipe

Apple Cinnamon Energy Bars are great for a lunchbox treat or after school snack. Full of all sorts of good and healthy stuff!

14. Homemade Lay’s Potato Chips Recipe

Homemade Lay's Potato Chips are so great, you'll never buy store bought again. Crispy and salty.

15. Easy Egg Salad with Jalapeños Recipe

Easy Egg Salad with Jalapeños will be the perfect sandwich to make with your leftover Easter eggs. And it comes with a little kick!

16. Banana Oatmeal Cake with Berries Recipe

Banana Oatmeal Cake with Berries can be served warm at your morning table. Cake for breakfast!

17. Pepperoni Pizza Rolls Recipe

Pepperoni Pizza Rolls are the perfect snack and quick meal to have on hand. Delicious and so easy!

18. Berry Pop Tarts Recipe

Berry Pop Tarts are a homemade version of everyone's favorite toaster pastry. And a million times better!

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