Back to school recipes

School bags and stationary are every where you look. The back to school commercials are in full blast on TV and on the radio. Your kids can’t stop asking those what if questions ” What if I don’t like the new teacher?”, “what if she doesn’t like me?”, “what if none of my friends are in my class?”. No doubt about it. It is time to go back to school

I always have mixed feelings about school starting. I look forward to the return of order in the house but I miss the fun, projects and time spent with the kids without worrying about exams, home work or sleeping time.

One thing I never have mixed feelings about though is the need for creative and new ideas for breakfast, to pack in my daughter’s lunch box and to have ready for her when she comes home from school. I know I am not alone in that quest so I thought I would line up a few back to school recipes for all you mums and dads out there facing the start of school in the next few days. For those of you who don’t go to school or have kids that go to school, don’t look away just yet, there are plenty of wonderful recipes and ideas that you might enjoy, school or no school :)

Homemade Granola

Forget about serving store bought cereal for breakfast. You can make your own granola at home, using whatever nuts and flavorings you like. Prepare a jar full of this and you have a healthy breakfast ready in the blink of an eye. Just add milk or use it to top yogurt and you are ready to go

Maple apple muffins

These muffins are perfect for those mornings when you are running out of time. Having them around means a portable tasty breakfast or a treat for the lunch box is ready at hand. Grab one and head out the door, less stress in the morning is always a good thing if you ask me.

Gluten free, grain free nutty chocolate granola

If you  or your kids are on  a gluten free diet, that does not mean that you need to suffer with the choices for breakfast every day. This nutty, gluten free and grain free granola is sure to please grown ups and kids alike

Granola yogurt parfait recipe

Combine the goodness that is granola, yogurt and fruits in one breakfast or after school snack that you and your kids will love. The presentation will put a smile on  your little one’s faces and they won’t even complain about eating stuff that is actually good for them, a win-win situation.

Yeasted oregano cheese muffins

Not a fan of sweet muffins? no problem! these savory muffins are golden brown and slightly crunchy on the outside yet soft and chewy on the inside. Bake a dozen of these and freeze them and all you have to do is take them out and zap them in the microwave, breakfast is served!

Herb tomato and cheese crackers

Instead of packing the preservative and additive loaded store-bought crackers in your kids lunch box, how about baking these cheese crackers? you can play around with the herbs and flavors to fit your kids taste and even have them help in making them

Oats and dates ranger cookies

These cookies have just the right amount of sweetness, they are crisp on the outside, chewy on the inside. With oats and dates, these cookies actually have good nutritional value in addition to tasting great.They make for a wonderful snack to pack in the lunch box or some thing to have ready with a cup of milk for the kids when they come home from school . Better yet, how about baking some of these as a gift for your kids new teacher?

Seedy crackers

If your kids love crunch, don’t reach for a bag of chips. Make these seedy crackers instead. They are sure to satisfy your kids crunch crave and are actually good for them. Add some goat cheese or labneh, some fruits and you have a refreshing new lunch box idea or after school snack

Olive oil rosemary wheat thins (crackers)

Why buy wheat thins when you can make them at home? Don’t like rosemarry? try oregano, garlic powder or whatever flavor your kids enjoy.

Homemade labneh

Also known as yogurt cheese or lebanese cream cheese. Use Labneh  as a spread for sandwiches , a dip with some carrot and cucumber sticks or drizzle with some olive oil and serve with pita for breakfast along with some mint or olives. Labneh is somthing I am never without when school starts

Home made yogurt

Having home-made yogurt on hand gives you a world of possibilities. You can serve it for your kids to have  for breakfast or as a snack plain ,with some honey, fruits  or granola. You can make it , full fat or fat free according to your family’s needs

Homemade chocolate almond butter

This almond butter is amazing as a spread for sandwiches, as a dip with some apples or simply by the spoonful.  It is better, tastier, healthier and cheaper than anything you can buy at the store. You can make it with chocolate, plain, with cinnamon and honey, or better yet, let your kids come up with their own flavor for their almond butter

Chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie

Breakfast on the go, and the name really says it all. It has milk, bananas, peanut butter and a hint of dark chocolate. It will give your kids energy without loading them with sugar

Peach cobbler drink

Kids will find it hard to resist a drink named after their favorite dessert but this is one treat you can serve them without feeling guilty. With oats, almonds, peaches, bananas , coconut milk and dates this drink is loaded with the nutrients your kids need after a long day at school

Easy homemade almond milk

If you have kids with lactose intolerance or if your family is vegan, you don’t have to give up milk altogether. Try this nutty almond milk that you can make at home easily and your kids can enjoy with granola or cool from the fridge when they come home from school

Ayran “savory yogurt drink”

A wonderfully refreshing drink to pack in the lunch box. Add some mint, salt or serve it plain for a refreshing drink that is low in fat, high in calcium and protein

and if you are still looking for more ideas, follow my back to school and kid approved boards on pinterest

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31 Comments

  1. Oh, Sawsan, you’ve posted my favorite chocolate granola again.. and so many other favorites of mine. Can I come live with you, lol :D I’d love to wake up to these!!

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  2. What a great collection of dishes. Love the look of the date biscuits and the yoghurt parfait and the peach cobbler. So delicioius. I hope your children had a great first week back at school. Our ‘back to school’ day is in February xx

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  3. I wish all of these had been in MY lunch box growing up (particularly, the crackers and labneh!)

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  4. What a fantastic round up my friend – going to school with you around would be forever fun and delicious :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  5. You have this all worked out beautifully and what a great collection of recipes, especially the maple muffins.

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  6. Your food photography is so great, I love it!

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  7. My little one is only 15 months right now, but some of these snacks look like amazing post-workout snacks. I think I’ll try making the granola and keeping a stash of it for after i come home from zumba class :)

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  8. I just realized I forgot to wish you Eid Mubarrak! I hope you had a beautiful feast with loving family and friends. What a great collection of recipes this one is–really fantastic. My eyes keep going back to those yeasted oregano cheese muffins. Yum. Thanks for this round-up, Sawsan.

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  9. So many great recipes! I don’t have kids but I think I’ll have to make some of these for me and my husband!

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  10. What an excellent post with a collection of some of your wonderful recipes! Even though my 3 month old baby is still far from going to school, these recipes are going to be on my list to try anyway! I am going to start with the labneh one!

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  11. Wonderful roundup!

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  12. My daughter isn’t in school yet, but I love the round up. It gives me tons of great ideas for her snacks at home :)

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  13. whoaa! All these wonderful recipes!! I’ll have to take a look at them!! P.S. You are such a great photographer! I just enjoy looking at all your pictures so much!!

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  14. What a great compilation of recipes, going back to school or not! I always love your photos as well.

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  15. You have many yummy healthy treats to choose from for those back to school munchies. My kids are absolutely starving when they come home from school and so busy with homework and activities. It is a great idea to have some ready to eat healthy things prepared for their home arrival or otherwise they are eating everything in site! Take care, BAM

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  16. Wonderful blog Sawsan, such a fabulous collection of goodies xxx Dor

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  17. I love how thoughtful and organized you are about school snacks Sawsan! And I couldn’t agree with you more…I’m looking forward to the order of routine, but already miss our little guys around the house. ;)

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  18. All the recipes look delicious, Perfect for breakfast or a “merienda” ;)

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  19. Simply beautiful collection ! Your blog is a work of art!

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  20. These all look so delicious, Sawsan. Almost makes me wish I was heading back to school. Almost. :)
    Sorry to be so late in commenting, The email notification for this post was in my SPAM folder, along with notifications from 3 other blogs. I’ve no idea why but I’l be checking that folder daily until it returns to normal.

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  21. Nami | Just One Cookbook

     /  September 5, 2012

    You seriously have a great round up for back-to-school, Sawsan! I had to stop at Herb tomato and cheese crackers photo for a little bit because that is my favorite of all (but everything looks so good and cannot choose one, so the crackers are just exceptionally good one). I don’t have nearly close recipes for back to school, and your children are so lucky Sawsan!! ;)

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  22. I don’t have kids and I’m not going back to school. But I do think these recipes are great ideas for us all. They all look so good, which to choose first:)

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