10 really good lunchbox scrolls to make ahead



Savoury scrolls for lunch boxes

I don’t know about our kids, but mine started ‘hating’ sandwiches somewhere around Year 5. I mean, who hates a sandwich? That said, there are plenty of things that go better in the school lunch than a sambo. Lunchbox scrolls, for example.

There are plenty of ways to make a lunchbox scroll, and you’ll find all kinds in this list of ten. There are puff pastry lunchbox scrolls, 2-ingredient dough lunchbox scrolls, the more-complicated, but ultimately more satisfying, proper dough lunchbox scroll… you get the idea.

Just make a batch, pop a couple in the lunchboxes and freeze the rest for another breezy day. Better yet, get the kids to make these recipes. Some of them (like the ham and cheese and three-veg versions) are really easy, others will up their baking skills. Older kids are much more likely to eat what’s in their lunchbox if they make it themselves. Well, that’s the theory, anyway!!

These scroll ideas form part of a lunchbox series. You can find all the lists here.

10 lunchbox scrolls recipes

1. Cheesymite scrolls

Cheesymite scrolls - Vegemite and cheese scrolls for the lunchbox

Image: Maxabella

These cheesymite scrolls taste exactly like the bakery version. They won’t cost you half as much to make, though. Just as good is the fact that you can add as much or as little Vegemite as you like.

2. Pie maker pepperoni pizza scrolls

If you’ve got a pie maker (and, honestly, we are being left behind if we haven’t snapped one up yet!), pizza scrolls are quick to make ahead and freeze like a dream. You can experiment with toppings to suit your kid. For a non-pie maker version, click here.

•  Find loads of great pie maker lunchbox recipes here

3. Three-veg lunchbox scrolls

3-veggie lunchbox scrolls by Kidgredients

Image: Kylie Archer

If your tween or tween is still finicky about eating their veggies, Kidgredients’ three-veg scrolls are the go. You can add any veggies you like. Kylie suggests a corn, zucchini and carrot combo, which sounds like a winner for most kids.

4. Spinach, feta and pine nut scrolls

Savoury scrolls for lunch boxes

Image: Jalna

These yoghurt-based scrolls from Jalna are a bit sophisticated for older kid appreciation. Pine nuts contain pinolenic acid, which research has found is an appetite suppressant. Way to fill up a kid for an afternoon of learning!

5. Ham and cheese lunchbox scrolls

Ham and cheese scrolls

Image: Lauren Matheson

Ham and cheese seems to be a comb that most kids like. These scrolls freeze particularly well, so make a double batch. Adding or swapping out ingredients is easy with this recipe. See these versions:

•  These are good too: Quick ham and cheese scrolls (magic two-ingredient dough)  • 

6. Mediterranean pinwheels

Lunchbox scrolls ideas - pinwheels

Image: Taste of Home

These super-tasty scrolls are made using sheets of frozen puff pastry. Pack in the big flavours with ingredients like olives, sun-dried tomatoes and capsicums.

7. Cinnamon, apple and cream cheese scrolls

The richness of cream cheese and the tang of apples make these scrolls from SBS Food a memorable recess treat. The dough in this recipe makes a crisp scroll that’s irresistibly fluffy inside.

•  Another sweet one: Wholemeal apple scrolls that are quick to make

8. Vegan ricotta and kale filo scrolls

Lunchbox scrolls ideas - filo ricotta scrolls

Image: Rainbow Nourishments

Slightly more complicated, though no less achievable. The filling in this recipe is rolled inside the filo before the scrolling takes place.

9. Three cheese and spinach Thermomix scrolls

Three cheese scrolls by Fat Mum Slim

Image: Fat Mum Slim

I don’t have a Thermomix, but simple recipes like this one make me want one. That said, it’s pretty easy to figure out how to make it without the appliance.

10. Nutella scrolls

Nutella scrolls

Image: Sugar Salted

It’s nice to ‘surprise and delight’ in the lunchbox and these Nutella and pistachio scrolls will do the trick. The sugar hit should keep them jumping all afternoon :). 

Care to share a link to a favourite lunchbox scrolls recipe in the comments?


Written by Bron Maxabella

Bron is the founder of Mumlyfe and is so happy to welcome you here. Bron has been writing in the Australian parenting space as Maxabella for more than seven years and is mum to three mostly happy kids and wife to one mostly happy husband. Mostly happy is a win, right?

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  1. charmaine wan

    Scrolls look awesome. Will give some a go for my own lunches too now that I am working at home. Thanks for sharing.

    • Bron Maxabella

      They’re tops in the lunchboxes. Enjoy making them, too… the smells are divine!


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