Easy muffin recipes for kids: savoury and sweet lunchbox and snacktime essentials

We're always looking for tasty, healthy (ish) and easy ways to up our lunchbox and snack-time game, so we're well on board with these easy muffin recipes for kids...

Whether you have just the one kiddo or a whole tribe of them, keeping them in a steady supply of healthy (ish) snacks takes some doing. And if said kiddos are of school age, the ‘what shall I put in their lunchbox’ conundrum’ is a real parenting challenge. We hear you – and we’re here to fix that snack-gap. We’ve been baking up a storm in the quest to trial (and eat) these easy peasy savoury and sweet muffin recipes for kids.

Savour the savouries


Muffins packed with sneaky veg are snack winners in our book. Photography: My Fussy Eater

These delish cheese, spinach and red pepper muffins are perfect for sneaking some veggies into your picky little eater! We used this tasty recipe by My Fussy Eater: #apt

Muffin recipes for kids mac and cheese

Macaroni and cheese baked as a little pies. Photography: Stay At Home Mum

Mac ‘n’ cheese is always a dinner winner in our house, so turning it into muffin form is, in our book, pure genius! We like this easy and yummy recipe by Stay At Home Mum. Pop some sweetcorn or other veggies in to ramp up the ‘slightly healthier’ factor.


Veggie muffins make the perfect addition to a lunchbox. Photography: Healthy Little Foodies

If your little one is not a fan of cheese then here’s an option that they’ll love as much as you will. These vegetable savoury muffins by Healthy Little Foodies are easy and fun to make so why not whip up a veggie storm in the kitchen with the help of your mini-chefs?


Muffins for breakfast! Photography: Well Plated

Check out theser healthy breakfast egg muffins by Well Plated. They’re loaded with goodness for an alternative start to the day for the whole family. Leftovers keep nicely in the fridge for three days, and can be frozen too. Add and subtract from the ingredients according to your tot’s palate.

Sweet treats


Combining beets and blueberries? Who’d a thunk it? Photography: The Lean Green Bean

Blueberries and beetroot mixed together into one muffin? It shouldn’t work, but it totally does! These colourful little numbers by The Lean Green Bean will be a hit with the whole fambam. Honest.


Banana, yoghurt and choc chips all thrown into one muffin! Photography: Creme de la Crumb

Bananas, Greek yoghurt and chocolate chips in one tasty recipe by Creme de la Crumb are indeed as delish as they sound. So much YES!


Here’s an unusual combo: chocolate and zucchini! Photography: Sarah Remmer

An unusual but tasty combo, gluten-free chocolate chip and zucchini muffins are just the right balance of naughty and nice. Try this recipe by Sarah Remmer for lunchbox fillers that are (kinda) guilt-free.


Lunchbox snacks just got a whole lot yummier thanks to these quinoa and pear numbers. Photography: Parenting First Cry

Gooey yumminess is what you’ll get if you whip up a batch of these quinoa and pear muffins by Parenting First Cry. Hot tip: they are at their most delicious while they’re still warm: mmmmm.

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