9 Make-Ahead Snacks for School Lunches

Cranberry-Pumpkin Seed Energy Bars © Ryan Liebe
By F&W Editors Posted September 28, 2014

A stick of string cheese and some apple slices are a fine school snack. But if your kid is discerning, you'll have to do better. These homemade snacks can all be made days ahead of time for easy, early-morning lunch-packing.

A stick of string cheese and some apple slices are a fine school snack. But if your kid is discerning, you'll have to do better. These homemade snacks can all be made days ahead of time for easy, early-morning lunch-packing.

1. Cranberry-Pumpkin Seed Energy Bars 
These honey-flavored cereal bars with puffed rice and toasted oats can be made with almost any mix of nuts and dried fruit.

2. Spicy Popcorn Balls 
A smart update for popcorn balls: chipotle-spiked caramel.

3. Milk Chocolate, Nut and Raisin Clusters 
These crispy, crunchy, nutty and chewy mounds with just the right amount of salt are incredibly complex and almost dangerously good.

4. Baked Naan Chips 
Similar in texture to pita chips, these oven-baked naan chips are easy to make and perfect for dipping into hummus.

5. Gluten-Free Strawberry and Chia Seed Newton Cookies 
These gluten-free cookies have a delicious filling of dried fruit, strawberry jam and chia seeds.

6. Pumpkin-Pie-Spice-Roasted Pumpkin Seeds 
Tossed with cinnamon, ginger, clove and nutmeg, these pumpkin seeds are the perfect fall snack.

7. Sticky Oat-and-Pine-Nut Bars 
These chewy, nutty, white-chocolate-dipped sweets are a little bit granola bar, a little bit trail mix.

8. Oat-and-Cheddar Crackers 
You can stamp any shape you want out of the cheesy dough.

9. Apricot-Walnut Oat Cookies 
These delicious, gluten-free oat cookies are full of dried apricots and chopped walnuts.

Related: 27 Healthy Snacks
12 Great Snack Bars
20 Make-Ahead Snacks

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