Packed Lunch Idea: Spinach, Dried Cranberry, and Chickpea Quesadilla with Guacamole and Black Bean Brownies

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Packing lunches. It's one of life's unrelenting chores. Perhaps that's why it's so easy to get stuck in a rut. 

This packed lunch idea is both kid-friendly and delicious for us adults too. Vegetarian and with gluten-free options, this lunch is a filling plan-based (meat-free) meal. 

In this lunch box we have:

  • Spinach, dried Cranberry, and chickpea quesadilla 
  • Pineapple 

  • Celery (remove strings for kids under 5 years)

  • Guacamole (either store bought or homemade)

  • Homemade black bean brownies (vegan & gluten free)

Enjoy these recipes combined into one lunch or mix and match with your current favourites.


Spinach, Dried Cranberry, and Chickpea Quesadilla with Guacamole


  • 2 whole wheat tortillas (for a gluten-free option, choose corn tortillas)
  • 2 tsp mustard
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup spinach
  • ½ can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • Cheese (your favourite kind), sliced or grated (or use a cheese substitute for a vegan option)


  1. In a small bowl, mash the chickpeas.
  2. Layer ingredients in between the tortillas.
  3. Warm a pan over medium heat. Cook quesadilla in the pan for 2 minutes, flipping once.
  4. Enjoy!


Homemade Guacamole


  • 1 large avocado
  • ¼ cup diced onion
  • ¼ cup diced tomatoes
  • ½ a lime – juiced
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. Cut avocado in half. Scoop into a small bowl. Mash.
  2. Add remaining ingredients. Combine well.
  3. Enjoy!


Black Bean Brownies


  • 1 can black beans
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips (optional)
  • ¼ cup coconut oil


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. Grease a 9 inch x 9 inch baking pan.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Blend to combine. 
  4. Pour into the pan. Bake for 16- 18 minutes.
  5. Enjoy!

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Recipe and Photo credit: Samantha Orr. 

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