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50+ Freezer friendly lunch box food ideas

2015 back to school tips and ideas series

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You all know me well now and you will know that I love to bake and give the kids home baked goodness in their lunch boxes.  I don’t usually have time to bake during the week so I spend an hour or so pottering in the kitchen every second weekend doing a big bake up and freezing it.  Typically making one or two batches of muffins, something savoury for the days that we have run out of bread, biscuits and more.  If frozen on the same day as baking it is just as fresh when defrosted.

Today I wanted to share my tips with you on freezer friendly lunch box food ideas.


Tips for Freezer Baking

How to plan freezer baking session

Gather together a few recipes that you would like to bake, remembering to create variety.  I typically bake:

  • 1 batches of muffins (makes 12 per batch)
  • 1 batch of biscuits (makes approximately 24)
  • 1 batch of something savoury
  • and/or 1 batch of something sweet – scones, banana bread or another batch of muffins
  1. Before you start make sure you have enough freezer containers
  2. Gather recipes
  3. Write your shopping list and get groceries
  4. Read through recipes, this will give you a good indication of what you can bake first.  I usually bake whatever recipe is required longest in the oven first, so then I can prepare the next recipe as it’s baking.  If baking two lots of muffins I will make one batch first, then cookies, clean muffin tin and reuse for 2nd batch.
  5. Make sure you have enough cooling racks so that all your baking can completely cool.
  6. Pack baking into freezer container the same day it was baked.
  7. Place in freezer.
  8. Place frozen baked goodies directly into lunchbox, do not defrost.


you don’t need anything fancy, I have made a makeshift tiered cooling rack by placing glasses in between the racks… totally stable of course!

How to store

On the day I make the baked item I place them directly into an airtight container.  I don’t normally use any freezable sheets or freezer bags as I find if using a good quality airtight container you don’t need it, eliminating the extra expense and waste.  Freezing on the same day as baking means that when defrosted they will be just as fresh as the day it was baked.

{The Organised Housewife} Organising the Fridge and freezer 23Best container

An airtight container is best to protect it from freezer burn.  Ideally you want it large enough to fit on the shelf of your freezer and to fit a full batch of muffins or biscuits.  I prefer rectangle or square containers over round, as round containers waste space.  I use:

  • Tupperware Freezer containers (which sadly they no longer sell).
  • Snapware 10.8 cup 2.5L Rectangular container with flip lid

{The Organised Housewife} Organising the Fridge and freezer 22

I purchased my snapware a few years ago from Howards Storage World, however they no longer sell them, I just did some research and see that you can purchase them at:

Other great containers

What containers do you use and can recommend?


I do not defrost any baking before I put it into the lunchbox.  I place it frozen in the lunch boxes that morning.  They are always defrosted by morning tea time.

{The Organised Housewife} Homemade Beef and Vegetable Sausage Rolls 14view above lunchbox idea here.

Tip:  When freezing scones I slice them open, add some margarine, jam and honey, then close back up and freeze.  This way I can grab a scone from the freezer and place directly into the lunchbox already with the jam on.

What to freeze?

Now we are only talking baking here today (not dinners, that’s a whole other blog post!).  I freeze just about everything I bake.  I don’t freeze the balls I make for kids lunch boxes as we tend to eat these quite quickly, therefore they don’t need to be frozen.  View ball recipes here.


Freezer Baking Recipes

Below are some of my favourite go to recipes for freezer baking, plus some reader favourite recipes too. 

please share in the comments below

What are your favourite freezer baking recipes?


Banana Weet-Bix Muffins

Pineapple and Coconut Muffins

Blueberry Muffins

Apple Muffins

Honey and Carrot Muffins

Banana and Date Muffins

Apple and Sultana Muffins

Chocolate Banana Muffins

Lemon Tango Muffins

Banana & Nutella Muffins

3 Ingredient Mini Muffins

Banana Yoghurt Muffins

view all my muffin recipes here


lunchbox in picture can be found here, many designs available.


100+ cookies from 1 mix – my favourite

Crunchy Chocolate Chip Cornflake Cookies

Double choc chip hazelnut cookies

Milo and Coconut Biscuits

Banana Choc Chip Cookies

Freezeable cookie dough, recipe here and oat & choc chip variety here

Raisin and Oat Biscuits

Apricot and Coconut Biscuits

view all my biscuit recipes here

Cakes & Slices

1, 1, 1, 1 Cake – perfect pantry ingredients recipe

Carrot Slice

Milo Slice

Chocolate Rough Slice

No Method Banana Bread

Banana and Maple Syrup Loaf

Healthy Apple Cake

2 ingredients fruit salad cake

Apple and custard tea cake


Cheese and Bacon Mini Quiches

Cheesymite Scrolls

2 ingredient scrolls – super easy (plus cheese and bacon, or vegemite)

Beef and Vegetable Sausage Rolls

Potato Pinwheels

Ham and Corn Muffins

Corn and Bacon Fritters

Herb and Cheese Scones

Cheese and Ham Muffins

Cheesey sausage tarts

Ham and Zucchini Pikelets

Cheesy Spikes

Bacon and Vegetable Slice

Cheese and Vegemite scrolls – quick and easy

{The Organised Housewife} Homemade Beef and Vegetable Sausage Rolls 8

Other sweet treats

Lemonade Scones

Chocolate scones


Muesli slice

Cereal slice

Anzac Bars

Chewy Muesli Bars – Gluten Free

Milo Scrolls

Chocolate Brownies – Dairy and Gluten Free

Honey LCM Bars – lactose free

3 cheese Zucchini Lasagna

Peanut Butter Rice Bubble Bars

Pumpkin Scones

Choosing the best lunchbox

Click here to view my guide on choosing the best lunchbox for your child.

The Organised Houewife Guide to choosing the best lunchbox

Below: Lunch bag is available from here and drink bottle here.


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  • Vonni

    Tupperware are selling Freezer Mates at the moment. I had a party last week and mine arrived last night. Your blog post was very well timed Katrina. I’ve not frozen my baking before so I plan to do a trial run before the kids go back to school.

    I purchased the family size set. If these ones work as well as they say, I will definitely get more.ReplyCancel

  • Waverney Brooks

    Great collection. I’ll be keeping this for future reference. And just to clarify, Tupperware FreezerMates are back in regular range.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thak you Waverney, I didn’t realise, the container I have wasn’t from the Freezer Mate range I don’t think, was just a special offer from the specials catalogue many moons ago :)ReplyCancel

  • Alison

    Thanks for the great ideas. The peanut butter rice bubble slice is not school friendly with the no nut policy.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yes your right Alison, all schools have very different restrictions. Actually my kids are going to a new school and I haven’ read the restrictions in their literature yet, must look into it!ReplyCancel

      • Kelly

        My school is allowed nuts, the only things we are not allowed are prepackaged foods or lollys, chips, soft drink, cordial, chocolate or high sugar foods.ReplyCancel

    • Theresa

      You could replaced the peanut butter with sunflower butter or other nut butter replacements. Just a thought…ReplyCancel

    • Belinda

      Not every school is nut free though, so for me this recipe was great as I like the kids to have a range of nuts in their diet.ReplyCancel

      • Theresa

        So true it was just an idea. I don’t have nut allergies but I do like to switch up different type of nut butters just for the flavor difference. :)ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne Bentley

    Thanks so much for all these recipes and ideas. Now I just have to make room in the freezer. I have never bought all these prepackaged instant snacks eg. muesli bars. So this is great it gives me a bigger choice of sweet, savoury snacks.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That’s what I am trying to do too Yvonne getting close to it nearly being empty-ish enough to fill up with some baking!ReplyCancel

  • This year with two at school I vow that I AM going to bake ahead – great list, thanks Kat! I think I need more containers though!ReplyCancel

  • Del

    Hi. Do the muffins stick together when frozen? How do you get just one out? I love freezing baking but I thought you had to wrap them individually in glad wrap or baking paper to stop them sticking . . . .ReplyCancel

    • Jade

      I was wondering the sameReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Del, No i’ve never had any stick together, They break apart fine.:)ReplyCancel

  • kylie montgomery

    Do you cook the vegemite scrolls on the day of use or cook then freeze? Wondering if freezing if they would go doughy on thawing? Hope you can shed some light so I dont have to test.

    Thanks for all the great tips. Looking forward to a easy breezy return to school.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Kylie you can cook them on the day or they freeze great too, A big hit with the kids.:)ReplyCancel

      • Lauren


        Thanks for sharing this great idea! I love the freezer boxes I will be buying 2 from World Kitchen at $16.60 each but they seem great! :)

        I don’t have any kids but I work full time so this will make lunches easier on me so I can spend more time at the gym! Possibly looking into a healthy version of cupcakes 😛 or maybe savory muffins or something similar :) any ideas are appreciatedReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    Hi, Thanks for all of the awesome recipes! Busy saving them all ready for back to school :)

    You mention you put them in the lunchbox frozen in the mornings and I am wondering if this would also work where lunchboxes are kept in fridges at school or if I should get them out the night before?

    Thanks again!

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Natalie, i would probably take them out the night before if they keep lunchboxes in the fridge at school just so they are ready for them to eat at morning tea.ReplyCancel

  • Cara

    Just wondering if there is anything you’ve found that goes soggy when defrosted?ReplyCancel

  • KatrinaD

    Lots of yummy ideas.

    I have a close friend who can’t eat gluten (wheat etc flour). Some flour free suggestions for freezing –
    mini meatballs or rissoles based on a bread & flour free recipe,
    mini fish cakes,
    pieces of fresh pineapple (guilt free iceblocks),
    gluten free mini muffins,
    flour free bubble and squeak,
    little rice puddingsReplyCancel

  • FleurC

    Hey there Katrina, I am so so sooooo happy I stumbled across your site. My 5yo starts prep tomorrow and he is a terrible eater, I am talking an hour to eat a sandwich or a banana and thats with A LOT of encouragement!!!!! There are so many things that you have listed here that I think he will just love. Not to mention the fact that I had no idea you could freeze baked things without them going all yuck!!
    Thanks again for sharing :)
    Cheers FleurReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Fleur, Ooh that is wonderful! So glad you have found us and enjoying the blog. I hope your son has had a great first day of school and enjoying your baking.:)ReplyCancel

  • I have meal left after making nut milk and use them to make what I call ‘power balls’. I process them with coconut oil, cocoa powder, dates and nuts, then hand roll them into balls. Very filling and absolutely delicious, you can make ahead with varieties such as jam in the middle of the ball, or with dried fruits. Apart from Tupperware and Sistema I find Lock N Lock storage boxes great as freezer storage boxes too.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Audrey they sound absolutely amazing!! And super healthy too.:)ReplyCancel

  • Hi, I just wanted to tell you how much I love your freezer ideas and your site (my cousin shared this link on her Facebook page and got hooked from there!) :-) I have only just found it as have just ‘discovered’ freezer cooking. I work full time, run my own private practice / website outside of work hours and will also be doing post grad study all through this year and identified that the first thing to fall off my list when am tired and stressed is… cooking dinner / making lunches and man its expensive buying 3 meals a day at my work cafeteria!
    If you have any other parts of your site that you think could help me — would love to hear about it!
    Also – love the layout of your site — so easy to navigate :-)
    Thanks again – See more at:

  • Hi, I just wanted to tell you how much I love your freezer ideas and your site (my cousin shared this link on her Facebook page and got hooked from there!) :-) I have only just found it as have just ‘discovered’ freezer cooking. I work full time, run my own private practice / website outside of work hours and will also be doing post grad study all through this year and identified that the first thing to fall off my list when am tired and stressed is… cooking dinner / making lunches and man its expensive buying 3 meals a day at my work cafeteria!
    If you have any other parts of your site that you think could help me — would love to hear about it!
    Also – love the layout of your site — so easy to navigate :-)
    Thanks againReplyCancel

  • Peggy

    Looks brilliantReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      .:) The kids really enjoy them.ReplyCancel

  • Kaz

    Great ideas. I’m going to try it!
    Do you know how long you can keep muffins etc. in the freezer? (before they get frosty etc) thanks!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I would say easily 3 months, depending that you have a good airtight containerReplyCancel

  • Suzanne

    Wonderful list- thanks for sharing, Kat! We’ll be done with school in two weeks, so I’ve been looking for recipes to freeze for summer break lunches. My girls are old enough to at least pull something out of the freezer and heat up for themselves without much supervision. I miss my babies, but there are definite advantages to having slightly older kids, too!ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    Hi Katrina what a wonderful list of baked goods for lunchboxes that can be frozen. You have motivated me to start a big bake up today! Thank you! Also loved your school holiday job list & ideas to keep the kids busy when they are bored. Love your blog xxReplyCancel

  • fran

    From the bottom of my heart, thank you for this! i have been feeling a bit overwhelmed about having a new bub arrive while 1 starts school and 1 starts kindergarten and trying to keep the office work for our business ticking over all at the same time! I’m realising planning ahead and cooking/baking in large batches is really the only way forward :-)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yes planning will be key for you Fran and I have found recently that with my kids starting school early these days, I am making their dinners the night before, and it saves so much time in the mornings.ReplyCancel

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