4 Freezer Friendly Lunchbox Snacks In 1 Hour
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The start of this year has been a hectic one, and we just got back from holidays. My freezer is completely bare, bar a packet of frozen peas and some pastry sheets. So, I wanted to fill the freezer with snacks that are perfect for school lunch boxes. I like to pack fresh food in the lunchbox where possible, but I absolutely rely on my freezer for some baked goodies and smoothies and almost every lunchbox has something defrosting in it throughout the day. But, to be honest, I don’t really feel like spending all weekend cooking. So I have chosen four recipes that can be done and dusted in under an hour. I know because I just did it, plus a day sleep resettle and quick tea party. Ideally you need the whole hour to yourself as you will be multitasking, but it will be worth it.
Start with the scrolls, then once they are in the oven sort the muffins, then you can toast the oats for the balls in the hot oven and blitz the rest in the food processor.
Here’s what I am cooking, I have listed some substitutions below so you can switch to other ideas that your kids prefer:
1. Pick ‘n’ Mix fruit oat smoothie: I love hearty drinks that help keep the kids cool and hydrated but also serve as a ice pack for the rest of the lunch. I’ve used the 140ml Sinchies for my smoothie. The lovely Sam at Sinchies is offering 20% off for OHC readers (valid until Feb 29 2016), just use the code OHC20 at the checkout. Psst, the ‘little kids lunchbox kit’ is my favourite.
2. Pizza scrolls: my son Harry has gone off the sandwich. And the wrap. And crackers. But, he just loooves pizza scrolls. They are easy to make and freeze really well. He likes simple fillings of tomato paste, grated carrot and cheese, but you can use whatever you want. Or try our pizza puffs.
3. Pear apple and oat balls: Bliss balls are ridiculously easy to make and they are the perfect pop-in-the-mouth-and-go snacks for kids who just want to hit the playground. This recipe is perfect for Harry because he doesn’t like sultanas or dates, two ingredients many bliss balls have. I have omitted the nuts from this recipe and added some extra coconut instead. Or, try my other favourite the Apricot coconut muesli balls.
4. Banana apple and cinnamon muffins: Muffins are my best friend. I love how I can make heaps of mini muffins in one go and I have a constant supply of quick frozen snacks for the kids. I like these muffins because they defrost really well, some muffins I find go a little dry and this can be a turn off for kids. Or try Blueberry apple and lemon muffins.
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I promise if you make these with me you won’t regret it. Having a freezer full of options will make your life easier in the morning.
Does your child have an allergy? Read all about the allergy friendly lunchbox.
5 of our favourite allergy friendly recipes:
- Dairy-free, egg-free, no bake carrot cake balls for kids
- Egg-free berry muffins
- Dairy-free ‘cheesy’ crackers
- Egg-free quiches
- Gluten-free cheesy tuna, spinach and mushroom rice patties
Here is a good list of alternative snacks that freeze well if you don’t like something on the above list.
- Choc chip muesli bars
- Blueberry apple and lemon muffins
- Coconut and date cookies
- Anzac biscuits
- Pick n mix veggie fritters
- Zucchini slice
- Mini puff pizzas
- Cheesy crackers
- Zucchini risotto balls
- Ham and thyme muffins
- Frozen sandwich
Sam Spunner from Sinchies:
Working as a family day care educator here on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, Australia, I noticed how much the children I cared for enjoyed pouches of yoghurt and purees. One child had some food intolerances so she couldn’t enjoy the pouches like her friends and often felt left out, crying at the table that she wanted one too. It broke my heart! I also thought it was such a waste to throw the pouches away after the contents had been eaten in 10 seconds flat. So, I put my thinking cap on and designed my first Sinchies pouch – the 80ml. My aim is to help families feed their children healthier preservative-free food, to save money on their shopping bills, reduce waste and provide convenience when out and about. Sinchies are now multiple award winning and are Australia’s largest reusable food pouch business (still a small home based business, supporting SAHM’s) with a growing range including sandwich, snack and wrap bags! I hope you find them handy and your children enjoy squeezing their fresh, delicious, healthy food!
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