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13 Healthy Back to School Vegan Lunch box Ideas!

I want to make life a little easier around your house this September by sharing with you 13 healthy back to school vegan lunch box ideas! These vegan lunch box recipes are kid friendly-but adults can enjoy them too!

Back to school is such a stressful time. The kids are trying to adjust from the carefree days of summer back into a routine. The parents are trying to organize schedules, extracurricular activities, car pooling-the list goes on! The last thing you need to be stressing about is what’s for lunch-5 days a week!!!

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The following healthy vegan back to school lunch ideas are curated from some of the best vegan food bloggers on the web! I’m sure you will find something your kids-and yourselves will enjoy! These vegan recipes are healthy, easy to prepare, and most can be prepared in advance to make the morning rush much easier!

13 Healthy Back to School Lunch Box Ideas

Vegan Chick’n Salad Sandwiches

This is a recipe by Valerie at Vegan Travel Eats. You can do so much with this chicken salad! Have it with ritz-style crackers (the trader joes and late July ones are vegan!), have an open-faced sandwich with some melted cheese on top, or load it into cucumber cups for a brunch if that’s your jam!

Image shows vegan chicken salad sandwiches packed in a vegan lunch box with a side of ripple chips

Easy Mini Calzone Pizza Dippers

Cindy from Veggie Fun Kitchen created this one! These Easy Mini Calzone Pizza Dippers are kid-friendly and easy to make.  You can make them up to a couple of days before, keep in the fridge and pull out for an after school snack, or throw in a lunch box.

Easy mini calzones being dipped into a vegan marinara sauce

Homemade Gluten-Free Vegan Copycat Pizza Bagel Bites (Allergy-Free)

A healthier, homemade version for your favorite childhood snack! Gluten-Free Vegan Copycat Pizza Bagel Bites! A mini, allergy-free, recipe that’s perfect for the kids, quick & easy to make, and great as a nostalgic adult appetizer and finger food! Find this recipe on Rebecca’s blog, Strength & Sunshine!

Vegan pizza bites stacked on a white plate

Vegan Chickpea Squash Fritters

Super delicious and crunchy Chickpea Squash Fritters. These vegan & gluten free Chickpea Squash Fritters are so easy and take less than 30 minutes to make! Meeta over at Piping Hot Curry came up with this one!

chickpea squash fritters plated in a vegan lunch box

Healthy Vegan Waldorf Salad Recipe

Elena from Happy Kitchen.Rocks created this recipe for her blog, and I think its a great way to get more veggies in to the kiddos! No one would guess how healthy it is, as it tastes forbiddingly good!

healthy vegan Waldorf salad in a lettuce bowl being held with serving utensils.

Kabocha Squash and Cheese Vegan Pupusas

This is a really unique lunchbox item that is quick to put together and really delicious! There is something so comforting about pupusas- those little cornflour circles enclosing a delicious filling, warm and crispy. You can put pretty much anything in the filling of a pupusa, but this recipe is for kabocha squash and cheese vegan pupusas. Sweet, creamy, melty, and cheesy, it’s a combination you’ll dream about long after your pupusas are eaten.  Valerie over at Very Vegan Val came up with this one!

Kabocha Squash and cheese vegan pupusas shown on a blue plate

Sticky Sesame Cauliflower

This is a great make ahead addition to your kid’s vegan lunchbox! This recipe was created by Shannon from Yup, It’s Vegan! Battered, baked, and smothered in a sweet and spicy sesame sauce, this sticky sesame cauliflower is sure to be enjoyed by everyone!

vegan sticky sesame cauliflower shown plated with green onions on top and a side of fresh tomato

More Vegan Lunch Ideas:

  1. Teriyaki Tofu Vermicelli Bowl
  2. Crispy Tofu Chicken 3 Ways: Dry Garlic, Teriyaki, Asian Sesame
  3. French Canadian Vegan Tourtiere Meat Pie
  4. Easy Basic Vegan Bread Machine Recipe
  5. Grandma’s Hamburger Rotini Made Vegan
  6. Beefy Lentil Barley Soup
  7. Easy Black Bean Soup
  8. The BEST Creamy Mushroom Soup

No Bake Stuffed Mini Peppers

It’s every parent’s dream to be able to get their kids to eat more healthy raw veggies, this recipe by Ginny over at Vegan in the Freezer makes that goal easy!  Mini Sweet Peppers are filled with a flavorful chunky chickpea stuffing. You have to try this incredibly healthy raw finger food.

vegan no bake stuffed mini peppers shown stuffed with stuffing in a bowl beside the stuffed peppers

Vegan Pepperoni Pizza Lollipops

This is a perfect recipe for bringing pizza to your kiddo’s classroom on their birthday or as little snacks for your coworkers. This recipe was created by Robin over on Vegan Dollhouse.

Vegan pepperoni lollipops shown in heart shapes with a side of pizza dipping sauce

Vegan Sweet Potato Pizza Bites

I love this healthy recipe Hanne created for her blog, Sunnyside Hanne. A 20 minute healthy after school snack. I even like them cold from the fridge. Feel free to add meltable vegan cheese before the final bake. Although I am perfectly happy with the cheesiness of nutritional yeast.

vegan sweet potato bites stacked

Carrot Dogs in a Blanket

This has got to be 100% healthier than a traditional hot dog!! Terrence and Brittany came up with this one for their blog, Plant Power Couple. It’s pretty easy to make but does require 24 hours to marinate, so you’ll want to plan a day or two ahead.

a hand is dipping the vegan carrot dogs in a blanket into a side of mustard

Quinoa Salad with Grilled Veggies + Zesty Tahini Dressing

This vegan salad is bright and tasty plus filling and nutritious! If you’re preparing lunches, cook everything at the start of the week. Load up some lunch boxes with the salad, and keep a little dressing on the side until it’s time to eat. This recipe can be found over on The Plant Riot blog!

Quinoa salad with grilled veggies and tahini dressing shown served into two glass containers for lunch

One Pot VEGAN Hamburger Helper

This dairy free homemade Vegan hamburger helper is really easy to make and it comes together super fast! The vegan cheese sauce is a healthy alternative to a traditional homemade hamburger helper recipe.

Vegan Hamburger Helper shown in a clear glass bowl garnished with black pepper and dairy free cheese shreds

I really hope you guys have found these back to school vegan lunch box ideas helpful!

Please check out the above blogs mentioned for even more inspiration on your plant based lifestyle!

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Megan Kerry

Megan Kerry is a Vegan Lifestyle Educator and Licensed Practical Nurse. Her content focuses on vegan recipes and ethical living. She is a mom of four children, a long time vegan, and an even longer time foodie. She loves veganizing any and all dishes and sharing her recipes and lifestyle tips with all of you!

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