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{BACK TO SCHOOL} Freezable lunch box treats

Wow, a {DAILY TASK} on facebook last week caused a wave of discussion…. this was the task:

{DAILY TASK} Start stocking your freezer with homemade freezable baking treats (muffins, cookies or scrolls) ready for school lunch boxes. My plan for baking this week:

Last week I got into school mode, waking up at 6.30am getting back into school routine in preparation for the kids returning to school on Monday.  I usually wake up, shower then make lunches,  instead I am baking for the freezer.  Then I have the rest of the day to do as I please .

Readers were then requesting recipes and wanting more ideas of recipes they can use.  So I asked everybody if they could share their freezer friendly recipes, and the response was amazing… 113 comments later and a great list to compile.   Thankyou to each person for contributing, I really enjoy a recipe that is recommended and I truly appreciate you sharing them with all our readers.  The recipes in the link below are all clickable links taking you to the original recipe or a printable version of the readers shared recipe. 

I pop the frozen baked treat in their lunch box and by morning tea time it is defrosted and is as fresh as the day it was frozen.

More details can be found on how I organise and what containers I use in the freezer

Freezer Friendly Lunch box baking treats

Muffins

Blueberry muffins

White chocolate and raspberry muffins

Apple muffins

Easy banana muffins

Apple & sultana muffins

Chocolate choc chip banana muffins

Apple & cinnamon muffins

Lemon tango muffins

3 ingredient mini muffins

Banana choc almond muffins

Cookies

2 tone choc chip biscuits

100+ cookies from 1 mix

Freezable cookie dough

Another freezable cookie dough

Choc Chip Anzac biscuits

Double choc and hazelnut cookies

Craisin and oat cookie

Cakes

Monkey Bread

1, 1, 1, 1 Cake

Bec’s no method banana bread

Other sweet treats

Pikelets

Coconut Jam Drops

Muesli slice

Muesli slice

Anzac Bars

Chewy muesli bars (gluten-free)

Little lemon cheesecakes

Lemonade scones

Milo Scrolls

Chocolate brownies (gluten and dairy free)

Lactose Intolerant

LCM Bars

Blueberry muffins – using lactose free milk and dairy free marg

Savoury

Cheese and herb mini muffins

Potato Pinwheels

3 cheese Zucchini Lasagna

Corn and Bacon Fritters

Cheese & bacon scrolls

Another Cheese & bacon scroll

Cheesymite Scrolls

Easy zucchini and rice slice

Cheesy Spikes

Cheesy Sausage Tarts

Herb and cheese scones

Other ideas:

  • This week I am back to school freezing, pikelets, & pizza muffins (savory muffins with tomato paste, ham, cheese, pineapple). We are from a gluten free household so sandwiches don’t work here, we are doing g/f pita breads, wraps, and muffins instead.
  • Impossible Quiche cooked in muffin trays
  •  muesli slice, lamingtons and cheesemite scrolls
  • 4 Ingredients, vegie smugglers, frost bite cookbook is great
  • pikelets (buttered and jammed, packs of 4), choc chip oat slice, savoury muffins, and my first attempt at homemade cheesymite scrolls
  • mini toad in a hole and freeze these for lunches as my kids are gluten-free i use frankfurters and cornflour:) 
  •  I do a cheats way. I get pack mix blueberry muffins, use mini muffin trays, cook them up & freeze 6 in a bag together
  • Scrolls are a hit here, pizza- tomato paste, cheese, ham and pineapple. Cheese & Vegemite, pesto, salami, semi dried tomatoes and cheese (these can be oily). I use a pizza base dough, the other ones are too ‘scone like’
  •  I cheat – I use the no name Coles vanilla cake mix and add soy milk and no egg product as my son has a milk and egg allergy, then I add fruit ( my kids love Banana and sultanas) then I make mini ones as they are a great size for little people … You can add whatever fruit you like- I added mango and passionfruit and they were yum… Cheats way but quick and easy
  • Squeezy yoghurt from the shop can be frozen. It melts in the lunch box, but it’s still cold at lunch time.
  • Tips on freezing cookie dough at A multifarous me 

Reader tips:

  • I make huge batches of biscuits and then freeze them, shaped ready to bake, but UNcooked. Freeze on baking trays and then transfer to tupperware or freezer bags. Bake individual batches as needed. 

Questions:

  • Does cooked puff pastry savoury scrolls freeze well?  – Yes they do, they aren’t as crispy as they are fresh, but they are still freezeable. Melinda also recommends, with the cooked pastry,  just spray with a little bit of water and reheat in oven!

Do you have a recipe you would like to share?

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  • Can I just say thanks so much for sharing this! I’m always on the lookout for new freezer friendly recipes!ReplyCancel

  • My children don’t go back until Feb 3 best l start baking these recipes are fab thanks ReplyCancel

  • Thank you so much for this. With four kids at school and a hubby working I’m going to the best wife/mum around now ;) Awesome ideas. And will save do much by not buying pre made stuff. Cheers again. ReplyCancel

  • It was certainly a very helpful conversation. I have been baking mode since. Thank you for the link to my blog (A Multifarious Me). Hopefully someone will find that freezing tip helpful :-)ReplyCancel

  • What a fantastic list – I’m loving all the freezer recipes! Thanks, Kat, for all that typing and linking. A huge job!ReplyCancel

  • I was looking for one of these recipes last night and told hubby I couldn’t remember if I saw it on this fb page or stay at home Mum’s page. Long story short he told me I really should spend more time looking at this page so I could be organized enough to remember where I saw it!!! Cheeky bugger :)ReplyCancel

  • Just double checking all these recipes can be made in advance and piled up in the freezer and then pulled out of the freezer each day and thaw in the fridge or lunch box?ReplyCancel

  • Thanks! Suzie, we have a week to go too! Will try to use it wisely with these ideas!ReplyCancel

  • Thank you so much this is going to be a life saver AWESOME!ReplyCancel

  • Shakeah

    Jut wondering if it might also be a idea to have at the bottom of the page how long you can store say Muffins, biscuits etc in the freezerl
    Thanks again! Alot of Mums like me are very greatful for this page :)ReplyCancel

    • Most are up to 3mths… but they never last that long! :-)

      Also Shakeah, it’s about how you wrap the item. A lot are best individually wrapped and then bagged. Personally, because mine only last a week or two in the freezer, I use zip lock bags and the small clip-lock containers (depending on the item). Make sure the baking is completely cool before freezing.

      I hope this helps :-)ReplyCancel

  • Wow, that is a huge blog post! Mammoth effort Katrina, well done :) It’s terrific!ReplyCancel

  • Thank you for these. I will be making the mini muffins, and the cheese and bacon scrolls today. :)ReplyCancel

  • thank you, thank you for this list! My plan was to find some recipes this week and now all I have to do is cook!ReplyCancel

  • thank you! have been waiting for this one, going to get baking now with the help of my Thermomix!! The Owl & The ElephantReplyCancel

  • THANK YOU SOSOSOSO much!!!! This has majorly helped me get my lil boys 1st yr @school more Organised & yummy ;DReplyCancel

  • Jos @sew, cook, laugh & live

    I was wondering where all the traffic on my blog was coming from! Thanks for sharing some of my fave recipes!ReplyCancel

  • I don’t have kids at school anymore but i do have a hubby that needs healthy goodies for work instead of buying crap! ThanksReplyCancel

  • Samy_savva

    I am a mum with a preschooler (school supplies all foods) but this list of food is WONDERFUL. My daughter and I get great enjoyment out of cooking/baking together and this will just continue it. My printer at work tomorrow is going to get a work out :-)ReplyCancel

  • Thank you so much for putting all these together in one. I was trying to follow it all on FB but this makes it SO much easier. Thanks againReplyCancel

  • brella

    This is quite a simple and economical recipe. My kiddies love to help me make these. I have not packed them for lunch yet

    http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/26669/mini+mm+biscuits ReplyCancel

  • Big thank you from my family. You’ve inspired me in many ways, love following your page!ReplyCancel

  • Trish

    A great list to inspire me and keep the kids happy too.ReplyCancel

  • Jo

    Awsome! Thanks for organising this list, I had been searching for ideas when a friend told me about your site. Great recipes and you have saved me time looking. ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer

    Great ideas. Thanks! Shared with friends. :)ReplyCancel

  • Candicelewi

    These healthy snack recipes are great, but as a working mum myself, I know there are others out there who are looking for healthy lunch box bars off the shelf as we have limited time for making our own. Supa Secrets snack bars are specially created for kids’ growing bodies, developing taste buds and active lifestyles. They use the best ingredients possible to ensure the kids get nutritional benefits – and my son loves the ballistic berry flavour! I found them in the health food section at Coles or you can get them online at http://www.supasecrets.com.au.ReplyCancel

  • Jeltan

    I’m considering asking some of the Mums around if they would like to co-op – we could each cook bulk batches of one item and portion wrap. We only have to cook one thing (working and studying mum of 2 primary aged boys) but have a range of lunchbox foods in the freezer!ReplyCancel

    • That’s a great idea Jeltan.

      I am currently cooking my “friendly foods” for my Mum, my son, my husband and me. I find doing a big batch for the whole family is great… although I ran out of room in the freezer!!ReplyCancel

  • [...] I made some cookies. I used a recipe from The Organised Housewife’s back to school luchbox series. I followed it, I swear I did. The plan was to cook half the mix now and put the other half [...]ReplyCancel

  • [...] My oven has also been broken the past 2 weeks, which has been a struggle as I LOVE to bake.  The holidays will be a great opportunity to bake some muffins, cookies and restock the freezer of lunchbox treats. [...]ReplyCancel

  • Liz

    love this page! well done, finally a list where everythink is suitable to freeze & for lunchboxes! life made easy for me Im very appreciative :) and loving your cheats ways are awesome thanks heaps ReplyCancel

  • Michele

    Such a great list! Can’t wait to try some of these! You’ve done a fab job Kat :)ReplyCancel

  • All of my recipes are freezer friendly over at Friendly Foods for Fletcher!

    They’re also gluten free and dairy free… back to school for me tomorrow (I’m a teacher) so the weekend was full of baking – which I loved! The only reason I stopped was because the freezer was full!

    Katie
    http://www.friendlyfoodsforfletcher.blogspot.comReplyCancel

  • Tegan

    Do your frozen treats unfreeze in time if they are in cooler bags? I would love to incorporate this with my children but my preppy has a cooler lunch bag and my kinders have theirs put in a fridge…ReplyCancel

    • Marie

      I take mine out f the freezer when i put their lunch boxes together the night before so they defrost in the fridge overnight :)ReplyCancel

  • Mel

    I’m thinking about doing some freezing for my girl starting kindy this year. They have a rubbish free rule (no packets, cling wrap etc) so would like to freeze without individually wrapping. Any suggestions of the best way to do this? Was thinking of placing baking paper between each layer in a tupperware container. Would this keep them fresh enough do you think?ReplyCancel

    • Marie

      i freeze on a tray and then once frozen pop everything in a snap lock bag :)ReplyCancel

  • Kali

    This has been fantastic! I have so far made the cookies and the bacon & vege slice and the kids seem to love them! With my baby starting school this year, I was sick of buying the chips to shove in all 3 kids lunchboxes! Wanting something easy, quick and relatively healthy for them! We are short on time with 2 of us at uni this year so these are great ideas! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Bonnie Giles

    This is great, thanks for the ideas and sharing the recipes! Always appreciate things that make life that little easier! Also great to be able to give the kids home cooked things (just starting to do that more consistently!)ReplyCancel

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