Make-Ahead Lunchbox Snacks
For a week's worth of budget-friendly lunchbox stuffers, whip up a batch of these homemade favorites from All You.
Garlic Pita Chips
Pita chips are a healthy alternative to potato chips, and making your own ensures they're free of additives and preservatives. Simply infuse olive oil with the taste of roasted garlic and herbs, brush the pita slices with the oil, and bake.
Cost per serving: 32¢
Recipe: Garlic Pita Chips
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Peanut Butter Cookies with Butterscotch Bits
Where kids are concerned, nothing beats the taste of homemade treats. Jazz up classic peanut butter cookies with butterscotch morsels for a sweet and savory lunchtime dessert.
Cost per serving: 24¢
Apricot Streusel Bars
These are a delicious alternative to boxed cereals and granola bars. You can tuck them in a lunchbox or carry in the car for an on-the-go breakfast. Play around with different nuts and preserves for an endless variety of flavor combinations.
Cost per serving: 39¢
Recipe: Apricot Streusel Bars
Puff Pastry "Pretzels"
Transform frozen puff pastry into beautifully browned, Parmesan-flavored pretzels. Be sure to pack mustard or your child's favorite dipping sauce with this snack.
Cost per serving: 50¢
Recipe: Puff Pastry "Pretzels"
Applesauce is a lunchbox staple. And when you make your own, you can customize the flavor by varying the spices, types of apples, and amount of added sugar.
Cost per serving: 40¢
Recipe: Homemade Applesauce
Miniature Corn Muffins
Savory corn muffins are a delicious accompaniment to any lunch and a healthy alternative to high-calorie packaged muffins. Plus, the size makes them easy for little hands to manage.
Cost per serving: 12¢
Recipe: Miniature Corn Muffins
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