5 get-ahead breakfasts

Get your kids to help you make tomorrow’s breakfast and make the school-run stress-free!

Written by Sarah Woodall

Before my kids started school, I could send them to the nursery breakfast buffet and know they were getting a healthy and nutritious start to the day. Then they grew up, and I had to grow up too.

Now, there’s no more pretending my child’s dinosaur print pyjamas are funky daywear. NO. I have to get my kids dressed, FED and into the playground before the school bell chimes. Every. Single. Day.

We’ve spilt more milk and tears before 8am than I care to mention. So I’m looking for a way to do things differently…

Here are 5 quick and easy recipes to make breakfast a breeze. The first three your kids can help you prep the day before, so you can grab-and-go on weekday mornings (and keep them busy after school!). The last two are great weekend treats – and they taste 1000% better in pyjamas, fact.

1) Very berry bircher: a ready-prepped, no-spill alternative to cereal.

What you’ll need: 70g porridge oats, 2tbsp golden linseeds, 2 ripe bananas (mashed), 140g frozen raspberries (or any other frozen berries), 175g natural bio yogurt

What to do:

Ask your kids to help you do the prep:

1. They can weigh the ingredients.
2. Then pop the oats and seeds into a bowl.
3. And have fun mashing the bananas!

Method:
Find the rest of the recipe here

Credit: BBC Good Food

2) Breakfast bar bonanza: healthy grab-and-go bars they can eat in the car!

 What you’ll need: 50g mixed dried fruit (whatever type you fancy), 50g mixed seeds, 140g oats, 25g multi-grain hoop cereal, 100g butter, 100g light muscovado sugar, 100g golden syrup
What to do:

Ask your kids to help you:

1. Weigh the ingredients.
2. Grease a baking tray.
3. And later, press everything into the tray.

Method:
Find the rest of the recipe here

Credit: BBC Good Food

These bars are great for after school, too. Show me more healthy afternoon snacks!

3) Banana and blueberry muffins: easy to make muffins that are packed with goodness.

What you’ll need: 300g self-raising flour, 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda, 100g light muscovado sugar, 50g porridge oats, 2 medium ripe bananas (mashed), 284ml carton buttermilk, 5tbsp light olive oil, 2 egg whites, 150g blueberries

What to do:

Ask your kids to help you:

1. Line a muffin tin with paper cases.
2. Weigh the ingredients.
3. Tip the flour and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl.
4. Mash the bananas.

Method:
Find the rest of the recipe here

Credit: BBC Good Food

4) Terrific toastie: this filling breakfast sandwich *might* stop kids asking for snacks at 9am!

What you’ll need: 2 pieces of granary bread, 1 banana, ½ tsp cinnamon, 1 tbsp crunchy peanut butter

Get your little chef ready to top the toast!


Method:
Find the recipe here.

Credit: BBC Good Food

5) Berry nice smoothie: a whizzy way to feed kids lots of fruit!

What you’ll need: 1 small ripe banana, 140g of berries (blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, or mixed), mineral water or apple juice, runny honey
Method:

Find the recipe here.

Credit: BBC Good Food

 

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