Back to school baking – 7 days of lunchbox baking to fill the freezer

Filling lunchboxes each day with healthy and homemade food can be a big job, but it is possible with a little planning and preparation. We’ve set a back to school baking challenge for you – 10 recipes from Simple Home Cook and Be a Fun Mum over 7 days. At the end of the week, you will have a freezer full of sweet and savoury homebakes that you can pop in the lunch box each morning. Simply buy the items on the shopping list below, click on the recipe and start baking… The school holidays are the perfect time to complete this challenge, although you can do it any time throughout the year when the freezer needs to be topped up with yummy snacks.

Back to school baking for 7 days

Back to school baking menu

Day 1 – Oat and Bran Cookies

You can find the recipe here: Oat and Bran Cookies

Lunch box food - Oat & Brand Cookies

Day 2 – Muesli Slice

This muesli slice is nut free so perfect for school: Nut Free Muesli Slice


Day 3 – Banana and Blueberry Muffins

Recipe here: Banana and Blueberry Muffins

Banana and Blueberry Muffins - these are great to freeze for the lunch box

Day 4  – Chocolate and Chickpea Brownies & Choc and Zucchini Muffins (refined sugar free)

Kids will never know there are chickpeas in this recipe: Chocolate and Chickpea Brownies


People keep coming back for this muffin recipe because it’s so good: Choc Zucchini Muffins


Day 5 – Quick and Easy Cinnamon Scrolls & Vegemite Scrolls

One of the most popular recipes on the blog and there’s a good reason why: Quick and Easy Cinnamon Scrolls

Easy Cinnamon Scrolls

Using similar ingredients, you can also make a savoury option: Vegemite and Cheese Pull-Apart

Vegemite and Cheese pull apart recipe

Day 6 – Lemon Cake Balls & Apricot Balls

These are perfect little treats for the lunchbox. They freeze well and you can put them straight in the lunch box: Lemon Cake Balls


A healthier option: Apricot Balls

Apricot & Oat Ball - lunchbox ideas - on beafunmum.com

Day 7 – Pizza Scrolls

Make your own delicious Pizza Scrolls

pizza scrolls recipe - thermomix

School Baking Shopping List

The ingredients needed for this baking are broken up into different categories: staple items that are probably already in the pantry and other items required. Please note, there are some approximate guides next to some items to give an indication of quantity. If no number is noted, under 2 cups is required. 

Staple Pantry Items

  • Plain Flour (2 kg)
  • Self Raising Flour (3 kg)
  • Wholemeal Self Raising Flour
  • Rolled oats (3 cups)
  • Cocoa powder
  • Icing sugar
  • Bicarbonate of soda
  • Caster Sugar
  • Honey
  • Vegemite
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Mixed Spice
  • Cinnamon
  • Desiccated Coconut (3 cups)
  • Brown Sugar
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Salt
  • Olive Oil

Other Pantry Items

  • Bran Cereal
  • Sultanas
  • Sunflower Seeds (optional)
  • Dried Apricots
  • Rice Bubbles
  • Chickpeas (1 can 400g)
  • Maple Syrup
  • Dark Chocolate (200 grams)
  • Choc Chips (optional)
  • Condensed Milk (1 tin 400g)
  • Skim Milk Powder
  • Dry Yeast (1 Sachet)
  • Milk Arrowroot Biscuits (1 pkt)


  • Butter (3 x 250 grams)
  • Grated Cheese (2 cups)
  • Sour Cream
  • Milk
  • Natural Greek yoghurt (4 cups)

Fresh Items/Fruit/Vegetables

  • Eggs (7)
  • Bananas (2)
  • Zucchini (1 large)
  • Lemon (1-2)
  • Bacon Bits (200g)
  • Frozen Blueberries

Other Useful Items

  • Patty cake liners (silicone or paper)
  • Baking paper (for baking and to line baking items in containers)
  • Freezer friendly plastic containers

back to school baking

You can print this list in a PDF version here.

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