Serve Up Smiles At School With Lunch Box Notes & Homemade Granola Bars

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Since my daughter has started “big girl school” (AKA Kindergarten) I’ve been trying to step up my lunchbox game with Walmart and by giving her delicious choices while providing a little reason to smile.

Admittedly, this summer I was sort of a slacker when it came to lunch. Many days we were on-the-go and I didn’t do a good enough job planning ahead to make sure she had something delicious and filling for her tummy. I wanted to make sure the school year was different.

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By the time lunch rolls around at school it’s already been a long morning for her. I want to make sure I can give her a reason to smile and hopefully help to fuel her through the rest of her day. I really believe that sometimes just one smile can turn someone’s day around and smiles are often infectious.

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There are two ways I’ve been working to do this.

  1. I’ve created personalized lunch box notes for the first 20 days of school to help her start the year off right. You can get these as a free printable when clicking here.
  2. I’ve created some fun foods for her that will be unique and make her happy, such as these Sweet & Salty Goldfish® crackers granola bars.  You can get the full recipe for these below.

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I’ve been able to find a lot of great options for my daughter’s lunch box at Walmart and have been stocking up on fresh fruit and Goldfish crackers. We bought a lot of her school supplies there too.

You can find the Goldfish crackers in the cracker aisle or on a pallet display like this one here.

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Sweet & Salty Goldfish crackers Granola Bars


  • 2 cups of steel cut oats
  • 1 cup of sliced almonds
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips, you can use dark chocolate or milk chocolate
  • 1 cup of raisins
  • ½ cup of honey
  • 1 Tbsp. of maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. of all-natural peanut butter
  • Handful of Goldfish crackers

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1. Toast oats and almonds in the oven for 15 -20 at 350 degrees. You can use these raw but I like the flavor I get from toasting them.

2. While those are baking, warm honey, maple syrup and peanut butter on the stove. Make sure it is well blended. You’ll have to break up the peanut butter by whisking.

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  • Note: You may find a lot of recipes that use brown rice syrup as a sticky ingredient for granola bars. After doing some research I discovered that brown rice syrup is hard to find and it actually can have more calories than both maple syrup and honey, depending on the brand.

3. Combine oats and almonds mixture, chocolate chips, raisins and sticky honey mixture. Mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon.

4. Pour the mixture into a baking dish. Make sure you have parchment paper or wax paper lining the dish. Otherwise your bar mixture will stick.

Homemade granola bars and lunchbox printables - The Everyday Mom Life5. Top with Goldfish crackers, pushing lightly so each cracker is embedded in the granola mixture.

6. Put in the refrigerator for one hour. Depending on the temperature of your oat mixture and your honey mixture when you pour it in, you might be able to leave them in there less time.

7. Remove your paper from the baking dish and cut carefully, ensuring that you don’t damage the Goldfish crackers.

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8.  Wrap the bars in parchment paper, wax paper or foil if you want to add them to a lunch box. Or you can put them in a container too.

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In addition to the granola bars, I wanted to send my daughter some love throughout the day with these cute lunch box notes I designed. There are 21 little love notes so you should have enough for at least a month of school and be able to help them smile when you can’t be there.

You can download the PDF here with crop lines to help you cut them. They are sized for standard letter paper so you can print them right at home.

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We hope you all have a happy school year!

Don’t forget to check out Walmart for stocking up on all your favorites like bulk carton Goldfish crackers, especially with the rollback pricing of $5.98.

Get more back to school inspiration with Goldfish® crackers here.

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  • Morgan August 31, 2017 07.25 pm

    What a fun idea! Definitely trying this soon!

  • Brandi @ Littles and Life August 31, 2017 07.25 pm

    I absolutely need to try this! My daughter LOVES Goldfish!

  • Brittany N August 31, 2017 08.51 pm

    Fun idea, I love goldfish, would be fun to make and tasty too!

  • Jeanine August 31, 2017 09.42 pm

    My kids love Goldfish crackers a lot so this would be a cool new snack for them to try. Especially as an after school snack even.

  • Christine Keys August 31, 2017 09.47 pm

    Oh, my word! The little goldfish bars are ADORABLE! My son would love them!

  • Cassie August 31, 2017 11.14 pm

    These bars are so cute – I’ve never tried goldfish! My mum used to leave little handwritten notes for me in my lunch sometimes and I used to love it!

  • Cindy September 01, 2017 12.46 am

    Looks like kids would love this! Cute!!

  • Nancy Johnson Horn September 01, 2017 02.45 am

    My kids love sweet and salty snacks! I might have to try this. The notes are a great way to let your kids know you are thinking about them!

  • ChrissyAdventures September 01, 2017 02.52 am

    Homemade granola bars? You’re amazing. How’d you think of that?

  • Karen Morse September 01, 2017 03.26 am

    Healthy and filling! That’s a really nice lunch idea for the kids, especially since goldfish is a favorite among the kids. I’m sure they’ll enjoy this!

  • Chevelle September 01, 2017 03.31 am

    Super cute. I love the lunchbox notes. I still remember when my mom slipped a note in my lunch box. It always made my day.

  • AnnMarie John September 01, 2017 04.47 am

    Adding notes are really sweet and I’m sure the kids appreciate it as well and it puts a smile on their face! To add to that, a really lovely treat for lunch like this is perfect!

  • Kelly Hutchinson September 01, 2017 11.51 am

    I love the idea of using the Goldfish in the homemade granola bars. My kids would just love these!

  • Terri Steffes September 01, 2017 02.30 pm

    How super cute is this?? I would love to find these in my lunches! I don’t think I have ever seen these in a granola type bar before.

  • Jessica Terry September 01, 2017 03.00 pm

    These bars look like the perfect snack! What a great idea adding goldfish to the granola bars.

  • Shannon // You, Me & DC September 01, 2017 03.24 pm

    These look delicious! A little bit of salty and a little bit of sweet is perfect!!

  • Jessica Joachim September 01, 2017 05.17 pm

    These goldfish bars look so good! I bet my daughter would love them. I also used to love getting noted in my lunch box!

  • Crystal // Dreams, etc. September 01, 2017 08.06 pm

    These are so cute and they look delicious! I’d definitely try them out. 🙂

  • Jean September 01, 2017 08.38 pm

    These bars look so tasty and I love how you’ve added the little goldfish – so cute! Plus, I really like the idea of those notes to also brighten up your daughter’s day 🙂

  • stacey September 01, 2017 08.48 pm

    I recently found out how easy homemade granola is, awesome recipe.

  • Blythe Alpern September 01, 2017 11.29 pm

    Those granola bars are the cutest thing. What a sweet treat to add to your kids’ lunchbox. I bet they are the envy of all the other kids come lunch time.

  • Cindy Ingalls September 01, 2017 11.30 pm

    I love the idea of making a special treat for your daughter and pairing it was a sweet note. It gives her something to look forward to every day.

  • Cat September 02, 2017 02.03 am

    Getting a lunch box filled with delicious food and a love note from my mom was something I looked forward to every day until basically middle school! Lunch boxes rock!

  • Rachel September 02, 2017 02.47 pm

    What a fun — and yummy! — idea! LOVE it!

  • Heather September 02, 2017 06.47 pm

    My daughters love goldfish and would be so surprised to find these bars in their lunch boxes! What a great kid friendly recipe!

  • Charlotte September 03, 2017 09.11 am

    These are so cute! I love the idea of lunchbox notes are a great way to remind kids we care!

  • hanna – platforms and pacifiers September 03, 2017 11.17 am

    Homemade Granola bars are our FAVE!! My son would freak out if we made some with goldfish in them! This is an excellent idea!

  • Jane September 03, 2017 01.54 pm

    How yummy. Gold fish crackers are my absolute favorites!

  • Jenny September 05, 2017 12.13 pm

    These look great! I love the goldfish!

  • TColeman September 05, 2017 12.30 pm

    Lunchbox notes are so cute for kids when they are away from the house. Let’s them know that you are thinking about them.

  • margie September 14, 2017 09.07 pm

    great idea, I am always searching for new lunch box ideas as my kids like it when there is a new surprise. Thanks for sharing.

  • Tasheena @ September 15, 2017 12.58 pm

    This is such a creative idea. My family loves Goldfish crackers. I know they would love these granola bars. Super excited about trying this recipe. Thanks for sharing!


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