Breakfast is the most important meal of the day blah blah blah. I’m all about making an awesome breakfast, but I am also usually in a serious time crunch. I have practically perfected the art of cooking virtually nothing in the morning, thanks to my plan-ahead meals. This means a few extra minutes of snuggle time and a full belly. Here are some shortcuts to help make some fantastic breakfasts without the long commitment.
I totally duped my kid into eating these by making them for myself and waiting for her to gain interest. These are super fast to make on the fly. Since I am obsessed with saving time, I actually make these the night before right in the blender and shove it in the fridge. In the morning, all I have to do is put the blender on top of the base press blend. It literally takes 30 seconds if you do it this way. Smoothies are packed with protein and can be easily customized for even the most reluctant breakfast eater. Here’s our favorite recipe:
- 1 cup of cashew milk (almond and soy work great too)
- 1/3 cup of frozen organic blueberries
- 1/2 frozen or fresh banana (we usually freeze ours once they are super ripe)
- 1 Tbsp. of natural peanut butter (almond or cashew works great too)
- cinnamon to taste
I love love love this for a cold weather breakfast that doesn’t take forever to cook. You can even make enough for several days and store it in the fridge. Again, this is the kind of breakfast you can customize with all different kinds of great toppings. The base requires only a cup of oats (gluten free if you wish) and a cup of liquid (we like cashew milk) plus one mashed banana. Toppings can include fruit, chocolate chips (a favorite on our house) nuts, or even unsweetened coconut. We often add peanut or almond butter as well for a little more fat and protein. Simply put your ingredients (minus the toppings) in a mason jar the night before and heat in a pan or microwave when you’re ready to eat. Add toppings as desired.
Yes, pancakes can be a quick and easy breakfast! The wonderful thing about pancakes is that you can make lots of them and freeze. I usually double my batch and make enough for a whole month in just under an hour. I love making different ones according to the season so that it doesn’t become boring. Our favorites include Apple Cider, Paleo Pumpkin and Rosa Parks’ peanut butter pancakes. You can put add ins like nuts, protein powder as well. Simply make your pancakes, allow them to cool completely and then store them in a Ziploc in the freezer. When you’re ready,take them straight out of the freezer and warm in a pan or microwave for a few seconds (no more than a minute). Add syrup, honey or your favorite toppings. A hot and healthy breakfast in under two minutes.
Frittata or Egg Cups:
Another quick and easy breakfast is a frittata or egg cups. The best thing about these is that they are packed with protein and can be customized to include veggies, cheese or any meat of your choosing. Since my daughter prefers sausage over bacon (crazy person) we like to use chicken sausage and add it in along with some broccoli or peppers. If you’re making a frittata, you simply slice it up and refrigerate. If you prefer smaller portions, use a muffin tins and bake and freeze. Eggs can become a little watery after reheating, so be sure to dab with a paper towel to get rid of the excess water. Egg cups are perfect for the littles because it’s a perfect size portion for tiny bellies.
There are so many great breakfast recipes out there, but these are our favorites. Would love to hear some of your quick and easy breakfasts!