Welcome to the tastiest back-to-school season yet! I’ve gathered 30+ family-friendly back-to-school recipes. From baked oatmeal for breakfast to homemade cheese crackers for snack, and slow cooker chicken chili for dinner and rice krispie treats for dessert, this list has something for everyone in your family. Each recipe includes my recommendations for preparing ahead and freezing, too.
Back-to-School Recipes: Breakfast, Snacks, Dinner, & Desserts
And just like that, another summer draws to a close and back-to-school time is on the horizon. I’m here to take just a little bit off your plate with a complete list of 30+ back-to-school recipe ideas. I have everything from breakfast, snacks, dinner, and of course, dessert—all collected for you below. And I know each will score an “A+” with kids and adults alike.
As a parent, I understand time is precious and schedules can get hectic during the school year. Let’s make mealtimes easy! These back-to-school recipes are all quick, simple to prepare, and fabulously delicious. Plus, nearly all have make-ahead and freezing options.
Grab your young bakers/chefs and pick out a few recipes to make now and freeze for later. A batch of banana chocolate chip breakfast cookies, a loaf of banana bread, and a dozen healthy apple muffins will give you a good start on grab-and-go breakfast options for the start of the school year.
Don’t forget a batch (or two) of my popular chocolate chip cookies. Who wouldn’t love opening their lunchbox to find a little sweet treat? Or coming home to a warm plate of cookies for an afternoon snack and quick chat about the day?
You’ll also find several of my go-to dinner recipes, like creamy chicken noodle soup and easy baked chicken meatballs. And these freezer-friendly meals are so helpful to have ready for a home-cooked meal between all the after-school activities. If you’re looking for suggestions, these glass containers are my go-to for freezer prepped meals.
I hope you find plenty of back-to-school inspiration from my favorite recipes below. Although the end of summer can be bittersweet, the start of a new school year always brings a renewed sense of energy. With fall and holiday baking (oh, and cookbook #4!) just around the corner, I’ll take all the energy I can get. 😉
Kid-Friendly Baking: For more recipes to try with young bakers, here is my full roundup of kid-friendly baking recipes. These peanut butter and jelly cupcakes are a fun way to get the whole family in the back-to-school spirit!
30+ Back-to-School Recipes
There are so many favorites in the list above. What do you look for in back-to-school recipes?
Favorite Healthier Breakfast Ideas
I included a few above, and here are even more quick, easy, and healthy breakfast recipes.
- Egg Muffins (make ahead, great for the whole week)
- Applesauce Muffins
- Vanilla Almond Granola
- Breakfast Cookies
- Apple Baked Oatmeal Cups