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 MixNuts and Bolts Trail Mix satisfies a sweet and salty craving while giving you an energy boost throughout the day.
Cranberry Oat BarsKids will love to snack on these oat bars filled with a sweet cranberry mixture.
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.
Peach-Strawberry Fruit Leather
This kid-friendly fruit snack recipe requires just 4 ingredients.
Mixed Berry Snack BarsThis berry filling is tart and fruity, and superbly balanced by the crisp, buttery shortbread crust.
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.
Garlic Pita ChipsPita 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¢
Peanut Butter-Butterscotch CookiesWhere 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 BarsThese 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¢
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¢
Homemade ApplesauceApplesauce 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¢
Miniature Corn MuffinsSavory 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¢