9 Homemade Snack Bars Perfect for Kids Lunch Box

9 Homemade Snack Bars Perfect for Kids Lunch BoxIt’s back to school time again which means that all of us who have kids are starting to scratch our heads yet again in search of something new and exciting to put into their lunch boxes.

I was wondering about the perfect lunch box contents but the more I thought about it, the more confused I became and I would end up turned around in my own thoughts… sandwiches, salads, fruits, veggies plus some special “pick me up” treat. Normally this treat would be a shop bought snack bar but lately I’ve started making my own energy bars… they aren’t perfected as yet so I can’t share them with you… I did however go on the hunt through my favourite food bloggers in search of that something special to put into the lunch box.

I have picked for you a lovely selection of homemade bars which would make a perfect addition to any bento lunch box.

Savoury Bars

Bacon Jam Crumble BarsBacon Jam Crumble Bars

These bars contain bacon spread which can be purchased from most supermarkets but if you are a vegetarian 10thkitchen has a few great ideas with regards to substituting the bacon content.

Oat Bars with Olives and Sun Dried TomatoesOat Bars with Olives and Sun Dried Tomatoes

Lovely vegetarian bar which can be adapted to suit omnivores too. I love sun dried tomatoes so this recipe sounds perfect to me. For the full recipe please click here.

Pizza Snack BarsPizza Snack Bars

I am sure this one will become many kids favourite. As long as you call something pizza they will eat it, am I right? These bars are whole grain, gluten and oil free. For a full recipe please visit Healthy Helper Blog.

Sweet Bars

Vanilla Almonds Granola BarsVanilla Almonds Granola Bars

Wonderful looking and packed with good ingredients and if you want to go one step further Bowsesssed has the recipe for homemade almond granola too 🙂

Chocolate Chip Walnut Granola BarsChocolate Chip Walnut Granola Bars

Lunch with no chocolate? Well not to worry, I picked some chocolate bars too. The full recipe can be found on Shweta in the Kitchen.

Kitchen Sink Snack BarsKitchen Sink Snack Bars

Don’t let the name put you off, these bars are truly amazing. They are packed with oats, nuts, seeds and berries and look like fun… oh, and they are gluten free! For the full ingredients list and the recipe itself please visit Kim’s blog.

No Bake Bars

Strawberry and Cream Snack BarsStrawberry and Cream Snack Bars

Vegan, allergy friendly, gluten free and with a paleo option, they are very kid friendly. All you need is one bowl and 10 minutes of your time. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Visit The Big Man’s World to see how they are done.

Coconut Almond Quinoa Granola BarsCoconut Almond Quinoa Granola Bars

Lots of wonderful ingredients disguised as a sweet bar, especially with a chocolate drizzle on top who would think these are the healthy option? These might not take 10 minutes to make but they are well worth it. Full recipe can be found on The Spiffy Cookie blog.

M&M Protein BarM&M Protein Bar

You have to admit they do look super kid friendly. What kid could resist a bar like this? But in addition to the M&M’s which stand out in these bars they are packed full of goodies like oats, nuts, seeds, coconut… For a full recipe please visit Mommyhoods Diary.

These are all looking like wonderful bars, wouldn’t you agree?

And they are so much better for them than many shop bought “slabs” of chocolate bars which usually take up a place in our kids’ lunch box.

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Honey & Mustard Chicken Couscous Salad

Yesterday I was indirectly challenged by Marks boss. Sounds a little weird, doesn’t it? Well he was summoned to work almost three hours earlier than expected, for yet another life and death meeting, which meant I had just 30 minutes in which to cook and pack some sort of dinner for him to take to work.

Now originally I wasn’t planning any sort of quick dinner but as it turned out I was left with no choice… I had to improvise. After a rummage through the fridge and pantry I came up with an idea, Honey & Mustard Chicken Couscous Salad. It ended up being extremely tasty so I have decided to share it with you.

Honey & Mustard Chicken Couscous SaladIngredients:

For the couscous salad:

  • 2 cups couscous
  • 1 small tin of pineapple
  • 1 small tin of garden peas
  • 1 small tin of sweetcorn
  • 150g cherry tomatoes
  • Handful of cashews nuts
  • Small bunch of fresh coriander

For the chicken:

  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 1 Knorr chicken stock cube
  • 1 Knorr 3 peppercorns flavour pot
  • 3tbsp of sesame oil
  • Pineapple juice
  • 2tsp honey
  • 2tsp Dijon mustard

You might feel the need to comment when you notice my total lack of spices. Well as I used a pre-spiced version of couscous there was no need for anything extra. If you only have plain couscous you might want to add a good pinch of salt, some fresh cracked pepper and maybe some sweet paprika.

Method:

In a small bowl mix 2tbsp of sesame oil, chicken stock cube and flavour pot until you achieve a smooth texture.

Wash and cube the chicken breasts.

Add the chicken into your earlier prepared flavour mixture and make sure each piece is fully coated properly.

Set it aside for 5 minutes or more to marinate and make a start on your couscous.

Prepare your couscous as per the packaging instructions. My one took only 10 minutes to “develop”.

Heat up a heavy bottomed pan, as you know I like to use cast iron, add the remaining 1tbsp of sesame oil and once hot pop your chicken in. Fry it for about 10 minutes, stirring or tossing from time to time to make sure all pieces are evenly cook.

Open and drain the peas and sweetcorn.

Open but do not drain the pineapple, save the juice as we will need it.

Chop the pineapple into smaller chunks if required or use them as they come if you have already bought them in chunks, roughly chop the nuts so they aren’t too big, quarter your cherry tomatoes and finely chop the coriander ready to go into your couscous.

Now for the sauce; in a small bowl mix the pineapple juice, honey and mustard; stir until all ingredients are combined.

Once your chicken is cooked (it should not take more than about 10 minutes) add the sauce and let it simmer for a couple of minutes.

Use a fork to fluff your couscous, add all the earlier chopped ingredients plus the peas and sweetcorn and once you ready add chicken, sauce included.

Mix it well and serve immediately… or like in my case put some into a lunch box ready to be munched later.

Honey and Mustard Chicken Couscous SaladMy Honey & Mustard Chicken Couscous SaladDo you like couscous?

What’s your favourite way of serving it?

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