Yea, right. I think life with any number of little people (aka- toddlers) in your house is anything but simple! My toddlers teeter on the brink of an emotional and/or mental breakdown each morning at 10am if they haven’t received a healthy dose of protein with their breakfast that morning. So, “give ’em an egg!” you say….well, the problem is that at our house, breakfast is a Daddy thing. Mommy is often just waking up (it’s a long story, involving the “twin factor” in our house as to why mommy is in bed when the kids eat breakfast in the morning. Let’s just say old habits die hard!) Because breakfast is done by Daddy, it needs to be simple. Really simple. (really simple = EASY = able to cook in the microwave) We’ve worked our way into a pattern of making ahead of time, and freezing, various breakfast items for the kids. Here is a short list of what we’ve had in the freezer ready for breakfast:
- Bran Muffins w/dried apricots
- Blueberry applesauce muffins
- Banana Muffins
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins
- Zucchini Muffins
- Mini Fritattas
- Breakfast burritos
- Pancakes or Waffles (top with Peanut Butter for some AM protein!)
- Sausage Patties
Some easy non-freezer items include:
- Yogurt with granola and raisins
We’ve noticed a HUGE difference in the temperament of our kids (our son especially) when they have a breakfast that lasts past 10 am! I’ll aim to post some recipies over the next several weeks for muffins and bars that we have made, many of which contain protein and keep those tummies happy a lot longer than a bowl of cheerios will!
Here is a teaser recipe for some snack bars that have gone over huge with my kids…and my husband.
Power Bar (taken from Lunch Lessons by Cooper/Holmes)
1/3 cup canola oil
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup light corn syrup
2 cups rolled oats
3 cups puffed rice cereal
1/2 cup raisins (we used part regular and part golden)
1 1/2 cups almond pieces
1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9×12 inch pan.
- Combine the oil, honey, and corn syrup and heat in the microwave on medium power until warm, approx. 1 minute.
- In a large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Toss together, and then poor the warm honey mixture over the dry ingredients. Mix to combine.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Press down lightly. Bake for 15 minutes.
- Allow to cool completely in the pan before cutting into 24 bars.
We added 1/2 cup dried cranberries and stored the finished bars in the fridge. We found they hold their shape better that way. They are amazingly similar to the Nature Valley Fruit and Nut Bars….really, amazing similar!! I think next time we might add pumpkin seeds and dried apricot bits….and anything else I find in the bulk section that looks good. Starbucks currently sells a bar for $1.75 a piece that looks JUST LIKE these. I think I spend about $3 to make the whole pan!! Now there is a deal!