My boys are only in their second week of school for the new year, and already they're looking at me like I make the most boring packed lunches in the history of packed lunches. So I'm on the hunt for some different snacks to make things less boring. Figs are in season right now, and I thought I'd start with them.

Here are five recipes that use figs that would make great additions to boring lunchboxes.

  1. Fresh Fig Cake with Buttermilk Glaze – Fresh figs are pureed and added to cake mix so there aren't any chunks of fig in it. It's flavored with cinnamon and looks like a delicious cake for fall.
  2. Cranberry Harvest Muffins – Fresh figs, fresh cranberries and chopped hazelnuts fill these muffins spiced with cinnamon and ginger.
  3. Fresh Fig Bars – Sweetened with honey, these bars have a whole grain crust made with oats and a filling of fresh figs and lemon.
  4. Fresh Fig Cookies – Soft, chewy and moist cookies made with figs and nuts.
  5. Homemade Fig Newtons – When I was a kid, the only time I ever ate a fig was in the famous cookie/cake. This recipe recreates the cookie but uses better ingredients including whole wheat.

Do you use fresh figs in a treat that would hold up in a lunchbox?

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

5 lunchbox treats made with fresh figs
Use the figs that are abundant right now to create these wholesome lunchbox snacks for kids who are getting back in the swing of school.