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What do you bake for your child's school lunch box? (recipes please!)

Posted by on Jan. 8, 2012 at 8:56 AM
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I am looking for ideas on baked goods for my daughters school lunches.  What do you enjoy to bake ?  recipes? 

I figure we save $$ and my daughters get to eat better than the packaged stuff.


by on Jan. 8, 2012 at 8:56 AM
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by on Jan. 8, 2012 at 10:53 AM

 She likes it spread with peanut butter and made into a little sandwich.

Banana Bread
3 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
2 cups mashed banana (about 5-6)
1 teaspoon vanilla or rum flavoring
Optional-1 cup chopped nuts (I usually use pecans, but macadamia nuts are really good
Optional-1 teaspoon cinnamon
Optional- 1/2-1 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour two loaf pans. In medium mixing bowl, mix together flour, salt, and baking soda. Add nuts. Set aside. In large microwave bowl, melt butter. Add sugar and beat, using electric mixer, till well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each. Add bananas and vanilla or rum flavoring, and mix well. Fold in flour mixture and nuts, if using; blend just until flour is moist. Divide batter evenly between the two pans. Bake 45 minutes or until center of loaf is firm and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
I have changed this recipe over the years until I got it just the way I wanted it. Quick and easy and the results are delicious. I have often served it sliced thin and made into tea sandwiches with cream cheese as the filling (sometimes mixed with mashed bananas, or crushed pineapple is also good) This is a good accompaniment for a fruit salad. I also make this in the mini-pans.

by on Jan. 8, 2012 at 10:55 AM


Hawaiian Banana Nut Bread
3 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup chopped macadamia nuts or pecans
3 eggs, beaten
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups mashed bananas
1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple, drained
2 teaspoons vanilla
Preheat oven to 350. Combine first 5 ingredients. Stir in pecans. In another bowl, combine remaining ingredients; add to flour mixture, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Spoon batter into 2 greased and floured loaf pans. Bake at 350 for 1 hour and 10 minutes. Remove from pans and let cool on wire racks.

Carrot-pineapple nut bread: substitute 2 cups grated carrots for 2 cups bananas.
Zucchini-pineapple nut bread: substitute 2 cups shredded zucchini for 2 cups bananas.

by on Jan. 8, 2012 at 10:56 AM


Oatmeal Raisin Orange Spice Cookies

3/4 cup raisins
3 tablespoons orange juice
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup quick oats (oatmeal)
8 oz. white chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 egg
1 cup flour
2 teaspoon grated orange peel
1 teapoon baking soda
Combine raisins and orange juice and let stand. Beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg and orange peel. Combine flour and baking soda; stir into butter mixture. Add raisins and oatmeal. Mix Well. Drop dough by rounded teaspoon onto a greased cookie sheet. Flatten slightly. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. Cool completely.
In a small bowl, microwave chocolate baking chips and oil for 1-2 minutes. Dip one third of cookie into melted chocolate and chill on waxed paper. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

by on Jan. 8, 2012 at 10:58 AM


Coconut Pecan Bars
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup flour
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup coconut
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Blend butter, flour, and brown sugar with a fork or pastry blender. Spread thinly in 9x12" baking dish. Bake 20 minutes. Combine topping ingredients. Spread over crust. Bake 30 minutes. Cool & cut into squares.

by on Jan. 8, 2012 at 12:16 PM

I bake all types of cookies and brownies for my kids' lunches.  They also like sandwiches made with homemade bread rather than store bought loaf bread.

by on Jan. 8, 2012 at 6:05 PM
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 These freeze well

Carrot, Zucchini & Apple Muffins
2 cups flour
2 cups carrots, grated
1 cup zucchini, grated
1 apple, cored and finely chopped
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup raisins
3/4 cup coconut
1/2 cup almonds, coarsely chopped
1 tsp vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons grated orange peel
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
Preheat oven to 375. Grease muffin tins. Mix all ingredients except eggs and oil in large bowl. In separate bowl, beat eggs and oil together. Stir into flour mixture. Spoon 1/4 cup batter into each muffin cup. Bake at 375 for about 25 minutes
Yield= 24 muffins

by on Mar. 16, 2012 at 7:18 AM

Thank you! !        you rock

by on Mar. 27, 2012 at 10:38 AM

 Need more awesome Ideas for baking for school lunches . . TY!

by on Mar. 27, 2012 at 9:13 PM

nothing at the moment because my kids are not old enough, but ds will be going this fall

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