The 12 Best Desserts for Midday Lunch

The 12 Best Desserts for Midday Lunch

Sometimes even in the middle of the day, you just need a little something sweet to look forward to or to get you over the hump of the busy schedule ahead of you. What are some of the traits that one looks for in a midday lunch? For some, it has to be light, or at least something that you can control the portion sizes of, which is easy enough especially when you make it yourself. For others, it’s got to be portable, something that can easily go into the lunch box of a child or an adult, and that is easy and quick to eat on limited-time lunch breaks.

Whether you’re looking for a great dessert to tide you over for your midday lunch or if you’re hunting for ideas for something other than snack cakes and candy bars to send in your kid’s lunch box, the struggle can be very real trying to find something delicious yet convenient enough to whip up quickly or that’s easy to pack in a to-go lunch. So, if you’re looking for the perfect desserts for the middle of the day, then come along with us as we check out our top twelve favorite picks for the best desserts for midday lunch!


This one is a no-brainer because these moist, chocolatey delights can be made over the weekend and then cut to be enjoyed throughout the week for lunch or anytime! Make up a batch however you like them and they can easily be tossed into a lunch box or a purse for a light, yet satisfyingly sweet lunchtime dessert.

Yogurt-Ricotta Cheesecake

A lighter version of the classic favorite Italian Ricotta Cheesecake, this dessert recipe has reduced-fat cream cheese, reduced-fat ricotta, and vanilla yogurt among its ingredients. Once you’ve made it, most can’t tell there is much of a difference between this version and its richer cousin!

Apple-Cinnamon Mini Pies

These small, baked pies are simple and inexpensive to make and you can make up a large batch all at once for lunches and snacks throughout the entire week! With some chunky applesauce, refrigerated pie pastry, and cinnamon sugar, you can create some adorable, delicious hand-held pies in no time at all!

Cereal Treats

Many folks love Rice Crispy Treats, but the wonderful thing about this fun treat is that it can be customized to incorporate just about any cereal you like! Try Lucky Charms, Fruity Pebbles, or even Oreo O’s sometime for a unique and fun treat worthy of any kids (or grownups) lunch box, or just a little something sweet to nibble after lunchtime!

Frozen Banana Cereal Pops

This one is more of a weekend at home lunchtime dessert, but it’s still a fun one, nonetheless! Simply peel and cut bananas in half, place them on a popsicle stick, dip them in yogurt, then in your choice of cereal, and freeze for a quick, easy, and fun lunchtime treat!


Another no-brainer when it comes to light desserts perfect for lunchtime, homemade cookies of any variety will work because they are convenient and portable. Chocolate chip, sugar cookies, oatmeal raisin, you name it, a cookie makes a perfect little sweet treat for that midday slump. Whip up a batch or two of your favorite cookies, or different kinds of cookies, and you’ll be prepared for those daytime sweet tooth cravings right after lunch.

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

If you’re looking for a little salty to go with your sweet, then try making a big batch of chocolate-covered pretzels to keep on hand for daytime desserts! It’s easy to toss a handful into a snack bag to put into a lunch box or to grab a few to munch on while finishing up the afternoon chores after lunch. Go nuts and add sprinkles, caramel drizzles, or even dip them in white and milk chocolate! This is a versatile snack that can be made in just about any way you like.

Banana Chocolate Cake

This is a light and airy dessert that doesn’t even need any frosting to be moist and delicious (although you can certainly add some if you like). Full of banana and chocolate flavor, you can even throw in some nuts or dust the top with some powdered sugar to kick up the flavor and texture a notch. Without frosting, it is easy for children to eat at school with just their hands.

Makeover Fruit Pizza

For a healthy, yet yummy light dessert option that works great after lunch, try a Makeover Fruit Pizza! Create this beautiful, healthier masterpiece with a crust made of flour, confectioners sugar, and butter; toppings that include reduced-fat cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and some delicious fruit. Top it off with a pineapple glaze and you have a sweet treat that can definitely work as a midday dessert.

Cinnamon Rolls

Seriously, who doesn’t love cinnamon rolls? Although these aren’t necessarily recommended for a child’s lunch box, these classic pastry rolls make an absolutely divine afternoon dessert. So, whether you’re working from home and need a pick-me-up after lunch or if you’re just chilling at home, cinnamon rolls are another option that is fairly quick and easy to whip up.

Oreo Balls

Oreo Balls are the same concept as Peanut Butter Balls, but instead of peanut butter, they have a cream cheese and confectioners sugar center with bits of Oreo cookie all through it. Pop a few of these into a snack bag and you’ve got a quick to-go dessert for lunches!

Frozen Berry and Yogurt Swirls

Finally, this is another light option that can be enjoyed by just about anyone, and that makes a great midday dessert during weekends or time at home when you can enjoy it without having to worry about it melting. They’re great to make with the kids the old-fashioned way with paper cups and popsicle sticks as a fun activity together.

Lunch Time Needs Dessert, Too!

So, if you are anything like us and believe that there is always time for dessert, then we hope that our list of the twelve best desserts for midday lunch help to satisfy your afternoon sweet tooth and that you’re able to find many more tasty, convenient lunch dessert options!

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