Lunch Box Ideas



The Ultimate Healthy Back To School Snacks with something for literally everyone and ALL healthy! Muffins, no bake bars, brownies and pancakes, all these recipes are wholesome and with flourless, gluten free, paleo, sugar free, dairy free and low carb options- Many are freezer friendly too! 

The Ultimate HEALTHY Snacks PERFECT for lunchboxes, back to school, food prep and freezer friendly- Muffins, bars, cakes and brownies made with NO nasties! {no bake, vegan, gluten free, paleo, sugar free recipe options}-

Kids these days.

Just kidding, there is a kid in all of us so let’s not start that schpeel.

The kids in us these days….are spoilt with choice.

When I was in primary and high school, good tasting ‘healthy’ snacks were VERY rare to come by. Healthy choices would have been limited to granola bars, fresh fruit and salad sandwiches. On the other hand, we were ‘blessed’ with some nutritionally void goodies- Dunk-a-roos, faux cheese snack packs, and those muffins which were well….predominantly chocolate chips. 

I still remember this one friend I had who loved my ‘healthy’ brown bag snacks. They would love trading the ‘golden options’ (rice crispy treats, packaged muffins and faux-nola bars, which were pretty much 99% sugar) with my wholesome ones. Every day for 2 school years straight (before they moved…sad face) we would trade. I remember then thinking what a sucker, trading off his good snacks for my sub-par ones.

…He’s probably competing in Rio right now.

I’m totally claiming any potential medals he gets.


These days, there are a plethora of snacks- From brownies, muffins, loaves, freezer friendly pancakes, protein bars, granola bars….the list is endless. A bonus? Many of these can be relatively healthy too.However, what if you could make your own snacks which are easy, delicious and give the store bought versions a run for their money? 

Today, I’ll be sharing a collection of the BEST back to school/lunch box/food prep/work snacks to keep you energized and to keep your taste buds dancing.

Seriously, there are options here for ALL…even those who enjoy thawed out protein pancakes.


For those with dietary restrictions, there are TONS of options here too- Paleo, vegan, gluten free, grain free, sugar free, refined sugar free, low carb, allergen friendly- YOU ARE COVERED!

Okay, let’s go. Pack a snack while you scroll down! 

3 Ingredient “Nutella” Fudge

Healthy 3 Ingredient 'Nutella' Fudge Cups- Smooth, creamy and melt-in-your mouth fudge which takes minutes and has NO dairy, refined sugar or butter but you'd never tell- A delicious snack or dessert! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}-

Banana Oat Greek Yogurt Muffins

Banana Oat Greek Yogurt Muffins

4 Ingredient Flourless Protein Brownies

Four ingredient Flourless Protein Packed Brownies recipe- No butter, oil or flour needed to make these rich, dense, subtly sweet brownies packed with protein- A quick and easy snack which DON'T taste healthy! {vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free, paleo option}

Chocolate Fudge Bites

chocolate fudge bites

No Bake Carrot Cake Protein Bars

Healthy No Bake Carrot Cake Protein Bars- A delicious recipe which tastes like dessert but is so healthy, including the healthy frosting- Ready in 5 minutes! {vegan, gluten-free, paleo option}-

Blueberry Oat Greek Yogurt Muffins

Blueberry Oat Greek Yogurt Muffin

No Bake Apple Pie Protein Bars

Healthy No Bake Apple Pie Protein Bars-ust 10 minutes and 1 bowl to whip these up- Soft, chewy and no refrigeration needed- They taste like dessert! {vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free + paleo option!}

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Oatmeal Cookies

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins

Pumpkin Gingerbread Protein Pancakes

Pumpkin Gingerbread Pancakes (GF, High Protein, Sugar Free) - #glutenfree #sugarfree

No Bake Sweet and Salty Trail Mix Bars

Sweet and Salty Trail Mix Bars

Sugar Free Caramelized Nuts

Sugar Free Caramelised Nuts (Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan, Sugar Free)

Greek Yogurt Banana Bread

Greek Yogurt Banana Bread

3 Ingredient Rice Crispy Cups

Healthy 3 Ingredient NO BAKE Rice Crispy Cups made in a muffin tin, ready in FIVE minutes! NO butter, sugar, marshmallows or nasties! {vegan, gluten free, dairy free recipe}-

Flourless Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

flourless chocolate zucchini muffins

No Bake Banana Bread Bites

No Bake Banana Bread Bites- Delicious, healthy bites which taste JUST like banana bread without the need for baking! Quick, easy and a delicious snack! {vegan, gluten free, dairy free, paleo}

Strawberry Banana Oat Bars

strawberry Banana Oat Bars

No Bake White Chocolate Raspberry Cookies

No Bake White Chocolate and Raspberry Protein Cookies- These require 1 bowl and 5 minutes to whip up and are #vegan #glutenfree and refined #sugarfree- High protein option too!

Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Banana Bread

Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Banana Bread

Flourless Fudge Brownies

Healthy Flourless Chocolate Fudge Brownies- Just THREE ingredients in the base and a healthy fudge frosting- Absolutely NO butter, oil, flour or sugar! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}-
The Ultimate HEALTHY Snacks PERFECT for lunchboxes, back to school, food prep and freezer friendly- Muffins, bars, cakes and brownies made with NO nasties! {no bake, vegan, gluten free, paleo, sugar free recipe options}-

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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. I havent made snacks in a longgg time..this is a great roundup to get me inspired. now where do i beginnnnn?

  2. I wish my Mom packed me these snacks when I was a kid! She used to go for the unhealthy little debbie cakes lol

  3. What a great collection of snacks! I remember seeing most of these, but it’s great having them in one place.

    I have to admit that I almost snorted coffee out of my nose when I saw the line about your childhood friend probably competing in Rio. Love it! I think back to the stuff that showed up in my lunchbox, and it scares me that I ever ate that stuff. I mean, I still eat sweets (lot of sweets!), but I just eat homemade versions now instead of the storebought stuff that’s been sitting on the shelf for 3.6 years.

    1. I’m serious! He probably is, had I been watching the Aussies at all. Randomly, my friend is in Matilda the Musical lol!

  4. Good roundup! I’m wracking my brain trying to remember what I snacked on as a kid and I’m coming up blank haha. Does that mean my mom never gave me snacks?!?! I do actually remember eating a lot of those lance cracker packs with the PB in between bright orange crackers.

    1. Okay, those crackers have a special place in my heart- I ate 4 of them when I first reached American soils…the airport!

  5. I want one of each right now! Yum! I often have protein balls in my freezer for a quick snack. I like Kind bars or oatmega bars. I really need to take time to make some of these things to freeze and have on hand. I’m sure it would be cheaper than buying all the bars!

  6. So this post is making me hungry! I wish more families made their own snacks at home. I’m a teacher and it’s seriously disturbing to see what some kids eat. Like hot Cheeto’s for breakfast, WHAT, nothing surprises me anymore…..

  7. Please can we have some recipes for Aussie food. I can’t make most of your recipes because we don’t have the right protein powder here.
    Pauline X

    1. Hi Pauline, I actually made many of these recipes in Australia 🙂 The protein powder is available here, just need to find a sports store/supplement store. Feel free to email if you’d need some store suggestions or online resources 🙂