The School year is winding down, but it’s not done yet! Here are some breakfast ideas that I use weekly in my home that might give you a little extra inspiration. Maybe you’re a stressed out college student, a super busy mom, or you just need to change up the repertoire in the morning. These are (somewhat) healthy recipes and ideas that my children absolutely love and I think yours will too!
Peanut Butter Toast
Start with a good piece of bread (my favorite will always be sourdough!) Spread on a good nut butter. Almond butter is my personal favorite, but peanut butter or even cashew butter are delicious too.
Top with anything you’d like. Here are some ideas:
dried blueberries, cherries, cranberries, golden raisins
cashews, slivered almonds, crushed walnuts
toasted or sweetened coconut, ground flax seed, pumpkin seeds, or sunflower seeds
This is fast and easy, delicious, and also filling!
We love these on Whole Wheat English muffins, but any toast will do. Mash up a good bit of avocado, add some sea salt and any veg of your choosing. Some of my children pile theirs high with red onions, kale, bell pepper, tomatoes, sprouts, etc. Other kids like theirs with just avocado (a certain five year old to be exact) The great thing about this breakfast is that it’s easy to use any leftover veggies you have in your fridge that you need to use up! For extra protein you can add an egg or slice of bacon on top!
This is my favorite and most used recipe! It fills up my children beautifully and keeps them full a long time. Wanna know the secret? Rolled oats! I like this recipe more than oatmeal just because I have certain children who never want to look at a bowl of oatmeal again and this uses little to no sugar.
What I use in mine:
Lots of rolled oats (about 4-5cups)
Rice Crispies (4 cups). You could also use puffed barley, or any other grain.
Any kind of flake (there’s a joke somewhere there!) Corn flakes, bran flakes, etc. (approx 4 cups)
Whatever kind of dried fruit you’d like: I have blueberries and cranberries pictured here. (1 cup)
Dried unsweetened coconut (1 cup)
Any sort of nut you’d like: almonds, cashews, walnuts, etc (1-2 cups)
I put everything into one of those 2 gallon ziploc bags and shake away until everything is combined. *this is very easy to make gluten free!
You can make this recipe as simple or complex as you want. But with the oats, nuts, coconut and dried fruit, this goes a whole lot farther than any other cereal, has much less sugar, and tastes delicious! My kids prefer it over cereal and on those nutty mornings when you have to be somewhere at 7:30am, THIS is your salvation!
Sheet Pan Pancakes
I usually take my favorite pancake recipe, whip it up. Spray/butter a pan (18×13) and pour in the batter and top with any fruit you’d like. Here I grabbed hand-fulls of a frozen fruit mix from the freezer: bananas, blueberries and pomegranate seeds. Bake it for 15 minutes at 425, then cut into squares and serve with maple syrup. It’s so much faster than flipping pancakes for a solid hour!
Here’s my pancake recipe in case you want it:
4 1/2 cups flour
2 T. baking powder
2 t. baking soda
1 t. salt
3 T. sugar
Stick (1/2 cup) butter melted
Once that is mixed, start pouring milk (about 3 cups) til you get the right consistency. You may need more or less depending on how thick you like the batter. If using my recipe, you will need to use two pans! I concocted this recipe to fit my large family’s needs, so this may make way more than you’d like, but did you know you can freeze extra pancakes? Game changer!
A shout out to make aheads
If you do have a free morning in there somewhere, Make ahead breakfasts are always a smart option. Breakfast burritos are our family’s favorite!
Ideas for breakfast burritos:
Sausage or bacon
Lots of scrambled eggs
Leftover potatoes (roasted or homemade fries?)
Fill that sucker to your hearts content and serve with some yummy salsa. I make a huge batch so that I can usually get two breakfasts out of it.
(as soon as you pull waffles out of the waffle iron, dip them in melted butter and then into a mix of sugar and cinnamon for “Churro Waffles”. They are incredibly delicious!)
Other ideas that you can freeze and pull out to microwave quickly include:
Banana or Zucchini bread
Scones or biscuits
mini quiches in muffin pans
The possibilities are endless!
May your mornings be filled with blessings and in the words of my favorite chef, Jacques Pepin (and in the best french accent possible!)…
Mama J, the Hygge Homemaker