Hard to believe that the new school year is just around the bend. While we’re enjoying the last few weeks of Summer it’s time to get the kids ready and start planning lunch box menus.

Pears make a wonderful addition to school lunches. They’re beloved by kids and pack a nutritional punch! They’re high in fiber and a good source of vitamin C and potassium.

There are endless ways to add pears to your kids’ lunches. The simplest is to just include a whole and carefully washed pear. Try different pear varieties to discover which ones your children prefer. Another way pears can make their way into the lunch room is sliced and paired with a nut butter for dipping (peanut and almond butters are our favorites!). Make sure to use our kitchen hack to keep the pear slices from browning.

We’ve also scoured the web for 10 lunch box-friendly pear recipes that will rock your kids’ taste buds as they head back into the classroom:

Pear cardamom muffins 

Easy-to-pack muffins that are bursting with pear and fragrant with cardamom. Soy and nut-free, can also be made gluten-free.

Source: Chelan Fresh 

Pear chips  

These oven-baked pear chips are easy to make and only clock 42 calories per serving. A healthy and kid-friendly snack!

Source: Healthy Mummy  

Cream cheese pear sandwich 

Only 4 ingredients are used in this simple and delicious sandwich that features slices of crunchy raw pears.

Source: The Plaid & Paisley Kitchen 

Pear fruit leather 

Treat the kids with this wholesome 3-ingredient fruit roll-up! Fruit leather is a fantastic way to sneak healthy fruit into lunch boxes.

Source: Blend Tec 

Pear kabobs with strawberry dipping sauce 

Kids love to dip! The pear, strawberry, pineapple and banana skewers are fun and easy to make, as is the strawberry and yogurt sauce.

Source: USDA 

Chocolate Pear Tarts

Chocolate pear tarts 

Nothing says “mommy loves you” quite like these heart-shaped chocolate tarts. Surprise your kids on the first day of school with this special treat.

Source: Chelan Fresh  

Turkey Swiss and pear wrap 

A dollop of honey mustard and crisp pear brighten up this classic turkey and Swiss cheese combo. A guaranteed lunch box hit.

Source: Food.com  

Easy pear sauce 

Whip up a batch of pear sauce and split it into kid-friendly portions. For extra convenience, freeze half and save for future lunches.

Source: Two Pear & Their Pod 

Pear-granola parfait 

Layers of baked Bartlett pear, yogurt and granola are a feast for the eyes and taste buds. Make them with the kids for extra fun!

Source: Rachael Ray Everyday  

Pear-cinnamon streusel squares 

Make back-to-school special with these decadent pear-filled squares drizzled with icing. Pack extra to share with lunch room buddies.

Source: Better Homes & Gardens

Print Friendly, PDF & Email