Made with sunbutter, flaxseed, hemp seeds, raisins, chocolate chips and a splash of maple syrup these healthy no-bake bites are packed with flavor, kid-approved and nut-free so they’re safe for school!

I’ve been out of school for a few years (more than I’d like to admit) and we don’t have any kiddos, but I still enjoy back-to-school season. I was one of those kids who liked school so I think part of it is nostalgia. Back-to-school clothes shopping was always so fun and I loved buying new school supplies. Backpacks, lunch boxes, crayons, pens and treats for school lunches! Gah, now I want to go shopping.

For most families, the school-year structure requires more meal planning and prepping — especially if you’re trying to make sure the meals are healthy. To help you out in this department, I’m teaming up with some of my favorite blogging ladies AND Udi’s Gluten Free to bring you a plethora of healthy meal ideas ranging from quick breakfast options to packable sandwiches, snacks and easy weeknight dinners. All the meals are gluten-free and some are Paleo. Woot-woot!!

And don’t worry, you don’t have to have kids or be going back to school to enjoy these recipes — they suitable for any and all ages! Ready to see the recipes? Let’s do it!

Healthy Gluten-Free Back-to-School Meal Ideas

Taylor’s Mexican Avocado Spread Sandwich with Sprouts

Mexican Avocado Spread Sandwiches with Sprouts

These sandwiches are made with Udi’s gluten-free bread and layered with a creamy Mexican avocado spread, spicy sprouts, fresh tomatoes and crunchy cucumber slices. They’re an easy, healthy meatless lunch option for work or school lunch boxes!

Lexi’s Grab-and-Go French Toast Cups

French Toast Cups

The perfect breakfast on-the-go. Easy to make french toast cups that are gluten, grain, and dairy-free! Make ahead at the beginning of the week and have a delicious breakfast all week long. All you need is a pour of syrup and you are out the door!

Gina’s Paleo Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Paleo Chocolate Zucchini Bread

This paleo chocolate zucchini bread is actually flourless which makes it super moist. It’s healthy yet decadent way to enjoy the end of summer zucchini surplus and a great back to school snack.

Davida’s Buffalo Chicken Salad

Buffalo Chicken Salad

A simple, easy and healthy lunch recipe made with organic shredded chicken, celery and a zesty paleo buffalo sauce. Perfect in a sandwich or on a celery log, this salad is loved by kids and adults alike!

Lee’s Easy Gluten-Free Margherita Pizza

gluten-free marghertia pizza

Got 20 minutes? Make this delicious and flavorful gluten free margherita pizza with just a few ingredients for a yummy weeknight dinner!

My contribution to the back-to-school recipe round-up involves a quick and easy recipe that’s perfect as a lunchbox treat or after-school snack — homemade sunbutter backpack kisses. I’ve shared similar snack recipes of this nature, but these are a little different because they’re allergen friendly (nut-free, dairy-free, soy-free + gluten-free) and made with homemade sunbutter.

Sunbutter backpack kisses

They aren’t overly sweet, but they do have raisins and chocolate chips so they’re still a treat that kids will L-O-V-E. Husbands love them as well — I tested them out on Isaac. 😉

Made with sunbutter, flaxseed, hemp seeds, raisins, chocolate chips and a splash of maple syrup these healthy bites are packed with flavor, kid-approved and nut-free so they're safe for school!

These kisses are mom’s BFF because they’re healthy, portable and easy to make. Each batch yields about 11 kisses — two for each weekday and one for mom to eat while she’s making them!

Homemade Sunbutter Backpack Kisses

Folks often call this sort of recipe a ball or bite, but calling them backpack kisses is a little more kid friendly and super cute, in my opinion. Plus, if you wrap them in aluminum foil you get the true “Kiss” look!

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Sunbutter Backpack Kisses


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 11 kisses 1x

Description

Made with sunbutter, flaxseed, hemp seeds, raisins, chocolate chips and a splash of maple syrup these healthy no-bake bites are packed with flavor, kid-approved and nut-free so they’re safe for school!


Scale

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (certified gluten-free)
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
  • 2 Tablespoon raisins
  • 2 Tablespoons dairy-free mini chocolate chips
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/2 cup sunbutter
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, mix together oats, hemp seeds, flaxseed, raisins, chocolate chips and sea salt. Add sunbutter and maple syrup and everything mix together. Using your hands, knead mixture thoroughly and roll into small balls. You should be able to make around 10-11. Wrap each ball in a square of aluminum foil, twisting the top to seal and create a “kiss.” You can also store them unwrapped in an airtight container. Store in the fridge for up to one-two weeks or in the freezer for up to a month.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 kiss
  • Calories: 112
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Fat: 7g
  • Carbohydrates: 7g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 3g

Made with sunbutter, flaxseed, hemp seeds, raisins, chocolate chips and a splash of maple syrup these healthy bites are packed with flavor, kid-approved and nut-free so they're safe for school!

As sponsors of this healthy back-to-school meal idea round-up Udi’s Gluten Free is offering one lucky prize winner an epic prize pack full of Udi’s products and a leather messenger bag (a $200 value)! Use the widget below to enter.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Back to School Blogger Outreach. The opinions and text are all mine.

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  1. I An apple and almond butter, rice cakes with hummus, veggies and hummus, greek yogurt, and the wasabi peas at Trader Joe’s are some of my favorite snacks 🙂

  2. I made these with my 5 year old last night and I was so thrilled when she gobbled them up as I rolled them out. She has already asked if I can make these for school. I see plenty of kisses in my future as we gear up for kindergarten!

    PS: My fav snack from my childhood is what we call Poha – flattened rice sauteed with onions, potatoes and peanuts

    • Yay! I’m so glad that your daughter liked them and requested more for school! Sending her best wishes for an amazing school year.

      I’ve never had Poha but it sounds awesome! Anything with potatoes and I’m in. 🙂

  3. Our favorite healthy back to school meal is tacos with lean turkey and lots of veggie toppings!
    Looking forward to trying these Sunbutter bites! ????

  4. Our family is enjoying grilling out chicken and salmon. I’m trying to keep the feeling of summer even though we’re back in school!

  5. my favorite back to school meal is for a filling breakfast – dish up leftover’s from dinner with an egg & some spinach!

  6. I love grain bowls with leftover veggies/protein from dinner for lunch the next day and energy balls are a must between classes!

  7. I love, love, love pickle rollups! I use turkey, laughing cow cheese in pepperjack, and big dill pickles and then slice into bite sized discs mmm! Alongside I have sliced bell peppers, raspberries, and a little dark chocolate. Yum. Makes me want to make it right now ???? thanks for all the great meal ideas!

  8. I realllllllly appreciate the nut-free, allergy friendly snack and lunch options! I’ve got an almost 3-year-old in preschool and he’s tree nut, peanut, soy, and egg free, so I’m excited to make these backpack kisses!!

    Our new favorite lunch option is homemade lunchables in Bento boxes.

  9. My favorite back to school meal was always having a fun type of PB&J in my lunch. The type of nut butter and jelly changed with what was available at the farmer’s market, and the bread varies too. Definitely made a classic sandwich more exciting for school.

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