14 Easy Make Ahead Breakfasts for Busy Families

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make ahead breakfastsIf your family is anything like mine, getting everyone out the door in the morning is a major task. And getting them out the door with breakfast inside them is even more tricky.

Over the years, I’ve collected a few favourite make ahead breakfasts. Some are savoury, some are sweet (although not too sweet, because I can’t do sweet at breakfast!). But all of them are easy, and they’re all delicious.

Bircher Muesli
Bircher Muesli by My Little Gourmet

Bircher Muesli is where it all started for me. I first came across it years ago, at a hotel breakfast buffet in Germany. It was so good I ate it everyday while we stayed there. And then I looked it up when I got home, and I still make it. There’s something about the combination of apple and yoghurt with the creamy oats that makes this a winner for me. I add heaps of nuts for the extra protein and it keeps me going until lunchtime.

Peanut Butter and Banana Overnight Oats
Peanut Butter and Banana Overnight Oats by Domesticate Me

All I can say about this is: Yum! If you’re a peanut butter and banana fan, that is. Inexplicably, my kids do not like banana, so Peanut Butter and Banana Overnight Oats was never going to be a win for them. But I can tell you – it’s good. And it’s so simple to get ready the night before. And even simpler to grab and go the next day. What’s not to love?

Basic Pancakes
Basic Pancakes by Taste

Ages ago, I discovered that you can make small pancakes, freeze them and then toast them back to life. Yes, it’s a bit of an effort at the weekend (although I usually make my husband do them!). But it’s so worth it when you’re in a rush, as we seem to be every morning in our house. They also make good lunchbox snacks.

Buttermilk Pancakes
Buttermilk Pancakes by Amys Healthy Baking

My husband is the best at making basic pancakes, I’m best at fluffy buttermilk pancakes. Both freeze well, and I’ve found that you can even make the batter the night before and then cook them in the morning. But that never happens at our house during the week. So we make and freeze, and then we throw them into the toaster in the morning!

Maple, Pecan, and Sour Cherry Granola Bars
Maple, Pecan, and Sour Cherry Granola Bars by Bon Appetit

Muesli bars (or granola bars) are great as snacks. But they’re just as good as a breakfast on the run. Sour cherries aren’t that easy to get hold of, although you can sometimes find them in health food or bulk food stores. Cranberries substitute perfectly, though.

Peanut Butter and Chia Muesli Bars
Peanut Butter and Chia Muesli Bars by Nature’s Way

I went a bit over the top recently and bought 2 kgs of puffed rice, and then had to find a heap of ways to use it up. These peanut butter and chia muesli bars were a good way to do it! If your kids’ school has a nut free policy, try making them with No Nut butter instead.

Mango, Raspberry & Fig Coconut Chia Pot
Mango, Raspberry & Fig Coconut Chia Pot by Spamella B

I am a huge fan of chia seeds. I throw them into porridge oats and smoothies for extra protein, and I love them in chia pots. This mango, raspberry & fig chia pot is really overnight oats and chia seeds, and I love the combination of mango and raspberry!

Mango Chia Pudding
Mango Chia Pudding by Ashley Neese

Mango anything is divine, so combining mangoes with my favourite chia seeds is a sure fire winner for me. Make it the night before (although I’d leave out the dates because mangoes are sweet enough for me) and you’ve got a tropical-icious breakfast ready to go the next morning.

Chia Seed Breakfast Bowl
Chia Seed Breakfast Bowl by Oh She Glows

This is another take on chia puddings, but I love the combination of banana with the chia seeds, and then the cinnamon and nuts on top. Nuts are a great addition to breakfast, because they’re full of protein to keep you going until lunch!

Lemon Chia Seed Muffins
Lemon Chia Seed Muffins by Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

Muffins are really cakes in disguise, so I’m not a big fan of them for breakfast. But halve the sugar and increase the chia seeds and these lovely lemon chia seed muffins are perfect for breakfast on the run!

Oven Omelet
Oven Omelet by Paleo Leap

An oven omelette is great on Sunday, and then you can eat the leftovers for breakfast on Monday. It’s endlessly adaptable, too, so you can throw in whatever you’ve got in the fridge.

Potato and Bacon Breakfast Casserole
Potato and Bacon Breakfast Casserole by Chow Hound

I love potatoes for breakfast. So a potato and bacon breakfast casserole is right up my alley. Make it on Sunday, and you’ve got breakfast for at least a few days (depending on how greedy you are in the morning!).

Overnight Egg and Cheese Strata
Overnight Egg and Cheese Strata by Leite’s Culinaria

This overnight egg and cheese strata is like baked eggy bread. It’s simple, and it’s very tasty. And a little secret? You can make it Sunday morning, bake it Sunday night and eat it Monday morning. Easy. Oh, and I’ve never seen fontina cheese here in Australia, so just use gouda or gruyere instead.

Lemon Blueberry Scones
Lemon Blueberry Scones by Pastry Affair

Scones are super easy to make. In our house, it’s my husband who makes scones, and he often keeps a batch in the freezer. They’re great for breakfasts, because they’re not too sweet. And they’re delicious with cream and golden syrup. Or raspberry jam and cream. I’m very taken with these lemon blueberry scones, though, and I think I might have to make a batch of these!

What are your favourite make ahead breakfast ideas? Give me some more ideas for easy mornings, below!

8 Yummy, Vitamin Packed Smoothies Your Kids Will Love

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Healthy Smoothies for KidsHealthy smoothies for kids can be a great way of getting some good nutrition into even the most reluctant of eaters. My kids love smoothies these days! I’ve got one who is not a breakfast fan, and it’s all I can do to get him to eat something before he walks out the door in the morning. But he’ll take a smoothie with him to drink on the bus.

I’ve got another child who loves breakfast, but won’t eat much lunch. He comes home starving and grumpy, and unable to recognise that he’s hungry. A quick, healthy smoothie gets him set up and ready to go for after school activities.

I’m not much of a breakfast fan, either, but I know if I don’t have anything that I’ll be crashing by 10am. And I’m a working mother, so I’m often rushing out the door, smoothie in hand to be drunk on the go for the school and office run.

Even my husband has got in on the act, and is great at keeping our freezer stocked with ready chopped frozen bananas, and packs of frozen organic berries for easy smoothie making. We always have plain yoghurt in the fridge, and I’ve managed to add extra protein, like nuts and nut butters, and even chia seeds into the list of acceptable smoothie additions. The one thing I haven’t managed to convince them on is that you don’t need sweeteners, but at least I’ve managed to restrict that to honey or maple syrup.

If you haven’t given smoothies a go at your place, why not try one of the delicious options below? And even if you’re into smoothies already, these might give you a few delicious new ideas!

Easy Strawberry Smoothie Recipe by 3 Boys and a Dog
Easy Strawberry Smoothie Recipe by 3 Boys and a Dog

This easy strawberry smoothie from 3 Boys and a Dog is pretty simple, but it’s packed with fresh fruit, protein, fibre, and nutrients. It’s not just healthy, though, it’s delicious and even the most unadventurous of kids will love this smoothie.

Peaches and Cream Breakfast Smoothie by Will Cook For Smiles
Peaches and Cream Breakfast Smoothie by Will Cook For Smiles

I love this simple peaches and cream breakfast smoothie from Will Cook for Smiles. And while the recipe calls for non fat vanilla yoghurt, I’d be more inclined to go for a full fat, probiotic natural yoghurt and add some extra vanilla to the mix. Scrumptious!

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie by Yummy Healthy Easy
Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie by Yummy Healthy Easy

What kid (or big kid!) doesn’t love the peanut butter and banana combo? And if you take Yummy Healthy Easy‘s advice and add a bit of chocolate or cacao to the mix, you can make it even yummier!

 

Raspberry Banana Chia Smoothie by Oh My Veggies
Raspberry Banana Chia Smoothie by Oh My Veggies

I’m a huge fan of the raspberry and chocolate mix, so this smoothie from Oh My Veggies is right up my alley. I’m not big on flavoured milks, so I’d be more inclined to go with plain milk and add my own cacao or vanilla. And the chia seeds in this will keep you full until lunchtime.

Chocolate Banana Avocado Smoothie Bowl by Emilie Eats
Chocolate Banana Avocado Smoothie Bowl by Emilie Eats

Okay, so we’re not talking strictly smoothie here with this Chocolate Banana Avocado Smoothie Bowl by Emilie Eats, but this combo is so good that I had to include it. Chocolate and avocado, I hear you say? Trust me, this is one super yummy mix!

Apple Strawberry Smoothie by Gimme Delicious
Apple Strawberry Smoothie by Gimme Delicious

The most delicious of combinations are not always ones that you’d think of. Apple and strawberry in a smoothie? But it works so well together, that I wondered why I hadn’t thought of it before. Thanks, Gimme Delicious!

Coconut Raspberry Chia Smoothie Recipe by Super Healthy Kids
Coconut Raspberry Chia Smoothie Recipe by Super Healthy Kids

When you’re using chia seeds in a recipe, you do need to soak them a little beforehand. I find that 15 minutes is plenty, so I usually mix up my chia seeds and head for the shower. When I’m showered, I start whizzing the smoothie up. This recipe calls for overnight soaking, and if you want a really smooth smoothie, that’s probably a good idea. I love the flavour combinations of raspberries, coconuts and chia in this smoothie from Super Healthy Kids.

Mango Avocado Smoothie by Eat Yourself Skinny
Mango Avocado Smoothie by Eat Yourself Skinny

I have a pile of mangoes in my freezer from a school fundraiser, so what better way to use them up than in a smoothie? This yummy smoothie from Eat Yourself Skinny adds avocado, orange juice and mint to the mango mix. I’d probably add a whole peeled orange to this, because we never have juice at home. Plus you’d be getting the extra fibre from the whole fruit. I’m loving the addition of the mint, too!

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Are you and your kids smoothie fans? What’s your favourite combo? Share in the comments below!

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