Easy LunchBox Treats

Now before we go any further I am not sure what your child’s school policy is on treats, every school is different and if your school doesn’t allow anything remotely sweet, make these lunch box treats as home-time treats because treats are what they are!!
Lucky for us, my girls were always allowed one “treat” and making them at home meant I knew exactly what they were eating instead of throwing something processed in – also I like the odd treat myself occasionally. As my girls got older they could help make all of these treats and loved picking flavours and making treats for their friends.

Here are a few of our favourites EASY LUNCHTIME TREATS

Banana Muffins

  Ingredients

  •   125g/4oz softened butter
  •   125g/4oz soft brown sugar
  •   2 eggs (beaten) 
  •   200g/7oz flour
  •   500g ripe bananas ( peeled and mashed)
  •   2tbsp of natural yoghurt
  •   1tsp baking powder
  •   Walnuts for topping ( optional especially if there is a nut allergy in school)

 The How to Bit 

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C or 350 degrees F ?Gas mark 6 and line a muffin tin with muffin cases.
2. Cream the butter and sugar in a large bowl or mixer until light and fluffy, gradually add the eggs to the mixture.
3. Sieve the flour and baking powder into the mixture and fold in.
4. Stir in the bananas and the yoghurt.
5. Place mixture into muffin cases and bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes until firm and golden.

This is a great recipe to use up bananas that are over ripe and these are great for freezing just pop them in the lunch box the night before to defrost.

Printable Recipe HERE


Cereal Bars

Ingredients

  • 11 oz Rice Crispies {or whatever cereal you want to use up I have used Cheerios, Malted wheats, Cocoa Pops}
  • 6 ounces Mini-Marshmallows
  • 2 tablespoons Salted Butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla

 You can also add dried fruit, nuts or if these are “treats” sprinkles and chocolate chips

 The How To Bit

1. In a saucepan melt the butter and add the marshmallows and vanilla mix until melted and then add the cereal and stir.
2. Put the mixture into a lined 13×9 inch pan – press down with greaseproof paper or lightly oiled hands and allow to cool.
To help cut – pop in the fridge when totally cool for an hour

Cut into small squares and store in an airtight container, these are definitely treats but the odd treat in moderation is fine.

Oat Flapjacks ( the English Kind)

Ingredients

350g Rolled oats/Jumbo Oats
200g Butter
150ml Honey (Maple Syrup/ Golden Syrup can be used )
400ml Apple juice ( the cloudy sort is great for this)

Flavours – Chocolate chips, dried cranberry and apple (I use a flavoured porridge to make these) Nuts, Peanut butter, Raisins

The How to bit 

1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees C/330 degrees F/ Gas mark 5
    and line a brownie tin with baking parchment.
2. Put the honey and apple juice in a large saucepan, warm over a low heat stirring , add the oats and bring to a gentle simmer. Cook until it becomes sticky.
3. Remove from the heat and add the Cranberry and Apple, or Chocolate chips , or Raisins
4. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and squash it flat with a spoon .
5. Place in the oven and bake for 40 minutes or until golden .
6. Leave to cool then cut into squares with a sharp knife.

Can be stored for 5 days in an airtight container.

Printable Recipe is HERE

And in Honour of National Chocolate Chip Cookie day Tomorrow – yep in the States that is a real day. I leave you with the ultimate treat

Big Chewy Triple Chocolate Cookies 

Ingredients

200g/7oz plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
125g /4oz butter 
90g/3oz light brown sugar
90g/3oz caster sugar
1 egg
125g/4oz Chocolate Spread
30g/1oz Cocoa Powder
150g Chocolate Chips 
 2-3 drops of vanilla essence

The How to Bit

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees/350 degrees F /Gas mark 4 
2. Cream the butter and both of the sugars together until creamy and light.
3. Beat in the egg and the chocolate spread and vanilla until fully mixed.
4. Sieve in the flour, baking powder and Cocoa powder and mix in. 
5. Stir in Chocolate chips 
6. Place 6 separate heaped dessert spoons of mix onto a cookie tray at a time – leave space so they can spread and they will. Will make approx 20 cookies
7. Bake for 14 minutes  when cooked,take the cookies out and allow to set for 2-3 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack.

 
If you want plain Smartie/M&M cookies leave out the Chocolate spread and the cocoa ,double the butter amount and add Smarties when you would add the Chocolate chips.

My daughter is actually the expert Cookie maker in the house, her cookies are amazing and I wouldn’t dare take credit.

 PRINTABLE RECIPE AVAILABLE HERE

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Hope you enjoy these treats and I hope your kids love them too.

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5 thoughts on “Easy LunchBox Treats

  1. Sheila says:

    Hi, Stopping over from Super Mommy Club to see your yummy lunchtime items. I couldn't resist popping over after seeing the picture. Lunch is always a tough one for us and I like your ideas.
    Best wishes,
    ~Sheila

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