Plant-based and nut-free school snack ideas plus some tips

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It’s Summer here in Australia, so we are packing light, cooling foods for morning tea school snacks. The only restrictions we have on what kind of foods to include is that they need to be ‘Nut Free‘ and ideally healthy and low waste.

What I do to save time, is do some prep the night before and have all of our lunch/snack boxes out at the same time. My husband and I have a Lunchbots Cinco lunchbox, my daughter has a Planet Box Rover lunchbox and a reusable sandwich bag for snack time, whereas my son uses a Lunchbots Quad or Duo plus a reusable sandwich bag for snack time. I lay all the lunch/snack boxes in a row and fill them at the same time. We all eat pretty much the same thing, so this saves a bit of time. Any leftover are eaten after school, usually for afternoon tea.

plant based snack box 3
Grapes, carrot, celery, cherry tomatoes plus chickpea and white bean dip.
plant based snack box 4
Grapes, celery, carrot, cherry tomatoes and a Rye bread sandwich with Sunflower seed (Sunbutter) spread.
Plant based snack box 1
Home-made vegan mini banana muffin, some prunes, blueberries and grapes.
plant based snack box 5
Home-made vegan mini banana muffin and date, chia, oat, cranberry and coconut bliss ball, grapes, blueberries and strawberries.
plant-based snack box 2
Prunes, kiwi fruit, grapes, cranberries and sultanas and a oat/fruit style bar.


  • Both of my children love home-made dips especially when eating raw veggies. Their favourite is hummus…usually mixed in with white beans. Sometimes I will add sweet potato or beetroot to change the flavour. Otherwise nut butters are great, if you don’t have a nut-free policy.
  • In the cooler months, I add a flask with warming foods such as soup or stews.
  • I always include a cloth napkin (serviette) and a spork (spoon-fork)
  • To keep the lunchbox cool in the warmer months I add a small re-usable ice brick.
  • Be wary that many of these type of stainless steel lunchboxes are not leak proof and do not hold hot foods well. That’s why we also use a small sized food flask.
  • Overall when packing snacks and lunchboxes I do aim for a bit of variety and lots of colour. It of course does depend on availability of food (in season) and what I need to use up in the fridge/pantry.
  • My children always have a say as to what they would like in their snack boxes/lunchboxes…but it is from a choice of what we have in the house. On occasion they may ask to try something new…for example (one I have already mentioned) my daughter wanted to try olives and radish.

Edited May 3rd 2018- you can see more food pics over on my new Plant Based with Kids Instagram account where I share our families food journey.

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