Do-It-Yourself School Lunch Recipes

With the school year around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about school lunches. This year, take pressure off yourself and have your kids help pack their own lunches. Teaching them to make their own lunches will save you time and allow them to pick foods they’re going to eat.

Here are options that kids can prepare almost entirely by themselves.


  • DIY lunchables


Kids love the store-bought lunchables. Making lunchables at home not only saves money, but your kids can choose exactly what they want to include. Here’s what you’ll need to make an at-home lunchable:

  • Crackers
  • Protein (turkey, ham, salami, chicken)
  • Cheese
  • Fruit
  • Dessert

To make this lunch even more fun, have the kids cut the protein and cheese into shapes.

  1.    Peanut butter and jelly sushi rolls

This is a twist on a classic lunchtime meal. Peanut butter and jelly sushi rolls are easy to make. All you need are bread, peanut butter, and jelly.

Spread the peanut butter and jelly on the same slice of bread. Then, roll the bread up, creating a spiral. Finally, cut the rolled bread into smaller, sushi-like pieces and you’re done!

  1.  No bake energy bites

The kids can make these by themselves and even learn how to measure while they’re doing it. They’re similar to a breakfast bar but can be eaten at any time during the day. The ingredients needed are:

  • 1 cup oatmeal, dry
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips, semisweet
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2/3 cup coconut flakes, toasted
  • 1/2 cup flax seeds, ground
  • 1/3 cup honey or agave nectar
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter

Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl, and let them sit in the refrigerator for 10 to 20 minutes. Finally, take it out and roll into balls or whichever shape you prefer.