Back to school breakfast ideas
Feature writer Anne shares her favourite back to school breakfast ideas with us!
Now that the initial whirlwind of going back to school has calmed down a little and your little ones are starting to settle into their routines, you can focus a bit more on giving them the best start to their day.
Breakfast, obviously, is essential for refuelling your munchkins, and helping them to get through their morning without feeling tired or irritable. Of course it’s also important what they eat for breakfast. Great Ormond Street Hospital encourages children to choose breakfast foods rich in whole grains, fibre and protein, and low in added sugar, in order to boost their attention span and memory. And a recent study by New York University highlighted the relationship between obesity and poor performance at school.
But it’s not always easy to get a good breakfast into your children before you all rush out the door. Here are some ideas that may help.
Cook at the weekend and freeze for weekday breakfasts. You can also get your kids involved.
- Sugar-free banana muffins
- Sift 375g self-raising flour with 1 tsp baking powder and 1 tsp ground cinnamon.
- In a separate bowl whisk 125ml vegetable oil, 150ml milk, 1 egg and 1 tsp vanilla extract. Pour into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
- Add 3 ripe mashed bananas and ½ cup unsweetened apple puree* and gently mix.
- Pour into paper cases and bake at 180C (160C fan) for 30-35 mins until golden on top and cooked when tested with a skewer.
* Chop and stew 2 sweet apples with a slice of lemon and blend once cooked OR use 150g caster sugar instead.
- Pikelets (mini pancakes)
- Sift 1 ½ cups self-raising flour with ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda and ½ tsp cinnamon.
- Add 1 beaten egg and 1 tbsp honey and mix to combine.
- Add 1 cup milk gradually until you have a fairly thick batter.
- Brush a frying pan over a medium heat with melted butter and drop tablespoons of mixture into the pan.
- Turn when bubbles appear on the surface (1-2 min) and cook for another minute until golden brown.
* Add fruit to the batter before cooking: slices of banana, grated apple, whole blueberries, mashed strawberries or sultanas.
Add some fun
Help get your little ones interested in breakfast by adding an element of fun.
- Sunny bread
- Use a biscuit cutter to make a fun shape in the middle of a piece of wholegrain bread (I used a small circular cutter then cut out small triangles around it).
- Lightly fry the slice in a little butter, turn and carefully pour in an egg.
- Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes until set.
- French toast animals
- Use animal-shaped cutters to make shapes from wholegrain bread.
- Dip them in a mixture of beaten egg, 1 tbsp milk, 1 tsp honey and pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg.
- Lightly fry them in a little butter until golden brown.
- Peachy ‘fried egg’
- Spread cream cheese on a slice of wholegrain toast and top with a peach half.
- See how long it takes your little one to realise it’s not a fried egg!
Surprise your kids
Make your munchkin’s day by serving them dessert for breakfast!
- Banana sundae
- Cut a banana in half and top with Greek yogurt (or frozen yogurt), a sprinkling of seeds and nuts, and a drizzle of honey.
- Breakfast parfait
- Layer yogurt, fruit and cereal (or muesli) in tall dessert glasses and eat with a long spoon. Or put out the ingredients and have your kids make them themselves.
Do it yourself
Let your kids make their own breakfast (any mess can always be cleaned up later in the day!).
- Banana dog
- Spread peanut butter on a tortilla.
- Place a banana in the middle and roll.
- Blend your favourite frozen fruit with some milk or Greek yogurt and a drizzle of honey if needed.
It’s easier said than done, but try to set a good example for your kids by eating a good breakfast yourself. What do your kids love having for breakfast during the week?