50 Back-to-School Lunchbox Ideas

Skip the same ol' sandwiches and upgrade to these outside-the-lunch-box surprises. Your kids' faces will light up when they see that you've taken lunch to the next level.

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Pizza Roll-Ups

"Really easy and tasty. I added mushrooms and onions to mine."

-Dienia B.

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Kiddos Favorite Trail Mix

"We had a blast making this. My kids polished off the whole batch and asked to make more."

-Becky, Katie & Eddie's Mom

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Tortilla Stars

"This is a fantastic idea. They are everyone's favorite snack at my house."

-Sandi (From CA)

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Ants on a Log

"I made up a batch of these for school lunchboxes. They are very good! We like these better than the ones with the peanut butter."

-Queenofcamping

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BLT Pinwheels

"I made these for my grand kids and they loved them — as did their parents."

-Beansy

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Banana & Oatmeal Sponge Cookies

"My kid love these cookies. They're a great, healthy snack on-the-go."

-jfrank1

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Apples & Peanut Butter

"This is a delicious and healthy way to start the day."

-Sharon123

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No-Bake Granola Bars

"This gets a 'seriously yum' rating from me! They were easy to make and are pretty healthy too!"

-Chef #494084

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Lunchbox Pizza Quesadillas

"The whole family loved these. I used pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese. I will try freezing them for quick snacks for the kids."

-bmcnichol

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Two-Toned Sandwiches

"What a fun idea! I just used one cookie-cutter shape — a teddy bear — for my daughter's lunch yesterday. It worked great and she loved it!"

-~Leslie~

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Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins

"My kids loved these. Mention was made of giving them 'a gazillion stars.' They were very tasty."

-Amanda Beth

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Yogurt Fruit Bars

"I made these to freeze and pack in the kids' lunches — they're so good! It was easy to sub in the ingredients I had on hand for a yummy treat."

-*Pamela*

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Ham & Cream Cheese Roll-Ups

"These roll-ups taste great. They're super easy to make and just delicious."

-SharonChen

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Copycat Pizza Lunchable

"I've been making the cheese-and-cracker Lunchables at home, but I never thought to make the pizza ones. My kindergartener loved it."

-~Donna~

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Frozen Fruit Cups

"My kids loved these, and I love the fact that they don't have a lot of extra sugar. I put some in a large container for dinner and some into one-cup plastic freezer jars to use in lunchboxes."

-Bilette

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School of Fish

Your kids will go gaga for these little swimmers. It's amazing what you can do with four simple ingredients!

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Cheesy Pretzel Dippers

"I like opening up my lunchbox and finding these! I tell my friends they are magic cheese wands. They are awesome with honey Dijon mustard."

-Mini Chef Ty

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Secret Sandwich

"These are so easy, yummy and a fun alternative to another boring sandwich. I used Hawaiian sweet rolls with turkey and Havarti, and they were delicious!"

-Mossymama

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Goldfish Checkerboard Sandwiches

"This was so fun! My son was a little freaked out by the white and wheat bread until I explained it was like a checkerboard. Then I made this when we had two extra kids over and it was a hit."

-CandyTX

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Cinnamon Apple Chips

"Fun and easy to make. Not very sweet at all, which I liked. Made a great snack alternative to potato chips."

-Mama's Kitchen (Hope)

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Pizza Scrolls

"I love these. They are perfect for my kids' lunchboxes, as they don't love traditional sandwiches. I will be using this recipe forever!"

-Liza at Food.com

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Peanut Butter & Jelly Sushi Rolls

"I made these for my 7-year-old's lunch. She was so excited! I put the whole rolls in the fridge overnight and sliced in the morning. They were much easier to slice cold."

-Megan's Mommy

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Sweet & Salty Cereal Bars

"These are so good and so much cheaper than buying them in the grocery store! Definitely a keeper!"

-Lisamt321

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Ultimate Lunchbox Muffins

"These are so tasty and also have a lovely texture — very moist and soft on the inside, with a great crunchy crust. Who knew that healthy muffins could be this easy and tasty?!"

-Lalaloula

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Cheesy Taco Pockets

"These are very family-friendly, and the cheese ties the ingredients together well. They are awesome with sour cream and salsa!"

-NcMysteryShopper

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Thermos Noodle Soup

"I'm giving this recipe five stars for sheer simplicity. It also happens to taste really great. Soup with no stove? Yes, please."

-LifeIsGood

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Lunchbox Muffins

"These are great! My 4-year-old is super picky, so her lunch-box gets a little boring — these are perfect. Next time I'm going to make a double batch!"

-Liza at Food.com

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Lunchbox Fun-Due

"Wonderful! This is such a great idea. My daughter isn't a big sandwich fan, so this really was right up her alley."

-CHRISSYG

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Hummus Pizza

For a fun twist on a lunch-room favorite, try packing the veggies separately so your kiddo can build his or her own pizza at lunch.

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Snack Stackers (Lunchbox Surprise)

"Great idea! My first-grader loved it. He's always begging for the ones already made up at the store, which I refuse to buy."

-JESMom

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Taco Roll-Ups

"My daughter and her friend ate these and loved them. There are some more in the freezer that I am sure will be great!"

-quick meal

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Angry Birds Bento Box

"My son loves rice balls (onigiri), so I decided to make him an Angry Birds lunch box! My hubby was more impressed and snatched it for his office lunch instead!"

-blackswanst

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Ham & Cheese Muffins

"Easy to make and delicious! Great for a quick snack, but would also be great for breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch or tea — or elevenses, anyone? Yum!"

-Desperada

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California Rollwich

"I made this for my grandson. He loves avocados, so that made it easy to sneak in other veggies."

-Galley Wench

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Parmesan Puff Pastry Twists

"These were so easy and so delicious. I only had a small package of puff pastry and it worked just fine."

-Dreamer in Ontario

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Frogs

"These taste good and look adorable. They are great for a kids."

-momaphet

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Frosted Pretzels

"This was a fun project. My kids and I had a good time putting them together."

-Ilysse

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Club Wraps

"What a wonderful lunch idea. These are just delicious."

chris_tam

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Ants on a Raft

"This is a yummy snack. I love that they're made with things that I always have around the house."

-breezermom

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Yummy to the Tummy Clocks

"This is a very cute idea for snack time."

-Brenda

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Cream Cheese & Cucumber Sailboats

"This is such a fun recipe for kids and adults alike. I love the cute look and the fresh taste."

-Lalaloula

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Lady Grapefruit

"What a great idea. This motivated me to look for more recipes where I can decorate food for my kids."

-littlemafia

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Orange Julius Roll-Ups

"This is like a healthier way to make candy. It is a great recipe, I was very pleased."

-free-free

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Zoo Cupcakes

Pick your kid's favorite animal to re-create as a tasty cupcake, or go hog-wild and make the whole zoo.

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Frozen Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches

"I pack three kids' lunches every day and it's something I dread, but this makes it so much better. Also great to keep on hand for a super-quick dinner or snack when you're running out the door."

-LonghornMama

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Lunchbox Taco Chicken Soup

"Great recipe! My son always asks for me to make it to take in his school lunch."

-mlhuston

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Zucchini & Corn Muffins

"Very moist and yummy muffins with a nice crunchy crust — YUM! I liked how easy these were to prepare and how quickly they came together."

-Lalaloula

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Nemo Clownfish Snacks

"Easy and cute - who doesn't love Nemo?"

-Linky

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Muffin Weenies

"These were really easy to make, and they taste even better the next day. These are great quickie after-school snacks and are also very portable."

-Meowmix318

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PB&J Apple Roll-Ups

"I made these for lunch and they were absolutely wonderful. I wouldn't change a thing."

-Skooch

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