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Tasty sweets to pack for lunch

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Desserts perfect for packing

Everyone needs a little something sweet to finish off a meal, and something fresh-baked from home is always better than a plastic-wrapped pastry from the store. These sweet and tasty treats are perfectly portable, so they're just right for packing in a lunch box.

1. Four-ingredient peanut butter cookies

Four-ingredient peanut butter cookies

You may be pressed for time, but that doesn't mean you can't throw together these easy peanut butter cookies. With just four ingredients, they're a snap.

2. Chocolate zucchini muffins

Chocolate zucchini muffins

These chocolaty treats are perfect for a packed dessert, and the kids won't even know they're stuffed with veggies. Make sure to include a Horizon organic single-serve milk box to wash it down with — they're the perfect pairing.

3. Cake batter chocolate chip cookies

Cake batter chocolate chip cookies

Plain old chocolate chip cookies are getting boring, mama. Add a little bit of a party to their lunch box by slipping in a couple of these cake batter chocolate chip cookies. The bright sprinkles and taste of cake make the whole lunch feel like a celebration.

4. Marshmallow dream bars

Marshmallow dream bars

These rice cereal treats are a copycat version of Starbucks star treats, but they'll do a lot less damage to your wallet. Make up a batch and delight your kiddo at lunchtime.

5. Crunchy no-bake peanut butter chocolate chip bars

Crunchy no-bake peanut butter chocolate chip bars

These delicious bars shine with the winning combo of chocolate and peanut butter, and the added crunch gives an unexpected twist. The fact that they're no-bake makes them a no-brainer for quick lunch treats.

6. All-natural vegan cookies

All-natural vegan cookies

Every cookie doesn't have to be unhealthy. This sweet treat is made with vegan, gluten-free ingredients, and throws in some veggies to help it even further up the healthy scale.

7. Watermelon blondie bars

 Watermelon blondie bars

Now that school's back in session, the kids are probably wishing for a little taste of summer. These watermelon blondie bars will hit the spot — they look and taste like a slice of the season.

8. Snickerdoodle muffins

Snickerdoodle muffins

All kids love cookies, and these muffins taste just like snickerdoodles. The crunchy cinnamon sugar topping will be a favorite with the kiddos.

9. Creamsicle cupcakes in a jar

Creamsicle cupcakes in a jar

Not many kids would turn down a cupcake for lunch, but that sweet treat isn't exactly portable. That all changes with this ingenious method of baking the cupcake in a jar. The fact that this dessert tastes just like a creamsicle? Icing on the cake.

This post was sponsored by Horizon.

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