Lunchbox muffins

Use cooking time together to learn numbers and fractions, and learing words like mixing,  pouring, beating.
Use cooking time together to learn numbers and fractions, and learing words like mixing, pouring, beating. Photo: Getty Images

Looking for lunchbox ideas? Here is our collection of tasty muffins that can be prepared ahead, frozen and ready to pop into the lunchbox each day. There is a flavour here that is sure to suit every kid.

Top tip with muffins is not to over stir the mixture, just enough mixing to get all the dry ingredients wet.

Healthy apple and berry muffins
A healthy, natural muffin recipe with no added sugar, dairy or fats.

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Baby carrot cakes
A picnic isn't a picnic unless it comes with its own sturdy, portable fruit cake or rich nutty carrot cake. Better still is a muffin tray of little carrot cakes, iced and returned to the tray for easy transporting.

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Breakfast Muffins: Fruit and Oats
The smell of warm cinnamon, apple and banana spills through the kitchen as they bake. Splitting a golden brown muffin in two straight from the oven reveals a fluffy moist crumb, while hints of apricot and earl grey reach your nose as the steam rises. A lick of butter, a glass of orange juice and your breakfast is complete.

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Milo Muffins
There aren’t many children who would refuse a milo muffin for morning or afternoon tea – or even in their lunchbox. This is an extremely simple recipe using readily available pantry ingredients – great for a last minute treat or lunchbox stash.

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Banana and passionfruit muffins
A yummy healthy muffin for you and your little ones.

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Gluten free berry muffins
I was already a big fan of rice flour in pancakes and decided to try it as the main ingredient in a gluten free muffin with great results. They are also a big hit with my children.

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Cinnamon Doughnut Muffins
These muffins capture the flavour of cinnamon doughnuts but don’t require you to pull out the deep-fryer. The recipe uses an unusual method of dredging the muffin batter in cinnamon sugar that really works. You’ve got to try this one, I’m positive you’ll be impressed.

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Apricot muffins
Apricot muffins make a great morning-tea snack for your child’s lunchbox. And it’s a versatile recipe: if your child isn’t fond of apricots then simply substitute another type of fruit. Easy!

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Berry nice muffins
Get the kids to help you with these delicious berry muffins.

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Apple rhubarb and custard muffins
My inspiration for today's recipe - the loveliness of rhubarb and custard, with a bit of apple for good measure - use pear if you like too. If you're not a fan of rhubarb or it's not available to you - quickly stew some berries with some water and sugar.

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Peach, oat and coconut muffins
This is a great recipe you can make from pantry ingredients! The peaches add the sweetness and the coconut and oat make it filling - but all in all it's lovely and light.

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Gingerbread muffins
There’s something about the spices in gingerbread that just says ‘winter’.

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Do you have a favourite muffin recipe?

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