So I think school is pretty much back in full swing for most people! Like Sara said in yesterday’s post, I now have a full-blown Kindergartner

 

 

 


He goes to a full day of school, school uniform, everything. I was so nervous about so many aspects of him going to school full-time–how could I possibly manage throughout my day without him?


Last week was our first full-blown day of carpool lines, dropping off, picking up, and, most of all, getting a 5-year-old and 3-year-old fully dressed, fed, and out of the door by 7:55 each morning. Yeah, things are a little crazy around here in the morning.

While my guy does have a snack at school, he’s still eating breakfast between 7:00-7:30 every morning, which means he needs to stay full for quite a few hours before he hits snack time. I’m not (at all) opposed to cold cereal, but I know from a lifetime of experience that it’s not great at helping you feel full for very long, so I’ve really been trying to have something substantial enough for breakfast that he won’t be dying 3 1/2 hours later. I can guarantee you, though, it would have to be a birthday or the apocalypse for me to get up and make pancakes from scratch on a school day. Which is why I’ve stockpiled a whole bunch of individual servings of some of my favorite breakfast recipes in the freezer and then, while they’re heating up in the microwave or toaster oven, I can chop up some fresh fruit, pour a glass of milk, and my kids are getting a hot breakfast with minimal work (and cleanup). Which makes everybody happy. At the very end of the post, I’ve included an incredible (if I do say so myself 🙂 ) banana pecan muffin recipe made with whole wheat flour and honey.

I would be kidding myself if I thought that we were going to be able to eat breakfast at the table every day–there were plenty of preschool mornings where my kiddo ate a PB&J in the car on the way. So I tried to include a few things that are easy to transport and won’t make much, if any, mess in the car (or things that can be eaten on the way to the bus stop).

One of my all-time favorite Our Best Bites recipes is these Baked Breakfast Taquitos

After they bake and cool, loosen them from the pan and then stick the entire pan into the freezer. When the taquitos are frozen, transfer them to a Ziploc freezer bag. When you’re ready to serve them, place them in the microwave for 60-90 seconds (although this will, of course, vary depending on your microwave). You can whip up the dipping sauce the night before, that morning, or just go without (although the dipping sauce is one of the best parts!)

Next time you whip up a batch of Sara’s family’s world-famous crepes,


stack the cooled leftovers between sheets of wax paper and then place the entire stack into a freezer bag. You can pull out as many crepes as needed and either allow them to thaw at room temperature (if you have time) or heat them up in the microwave.

If you’re on the go, blend up some smoothies before you head out the door.


Try adding some protein powder, ground flax seed, and a handful of spinach for an extra boost of nutrition your kids won’t even know they’re getting!

These whole wheat buttermilk pancakes

and these fluffy buttermilk pancakes both make quite a few extra,

so just place the extras on a baking sheet in a single layer and freeze them. Then remove them from the baking sheet and place them in a Ziploc freezer bag. Reheat them in the microwave or even the toaster and serve them with your favorite toppings.

Even though Sara’s Overnight Sausage and Egg Casserole is perfect for Christmas morning, you can make it anytime throughout the year!

Cut the casserole into individual servings and freeze them in Ziploc bags or in small individual storage containers. When ready to serve, cover the piece with a paper towel and reheat in the microwave for about 45-60 seconds (again, give or take a little)

These Mini Breakfast Ham and Egg Cups are PERFECT for on-the-go (read: in the car) breakfasts because aside from a paper towel or napkin, there’s no trash or utensils needed. Plus they are loaded with protein and can be low-fat.

After this Easy Breakfast Crescent Braid cools, cut it into slices and then freeze the individual pieces in a Ziploc freezer bag. Reheat for about 90 seconds in the microwave and then serve–it’s another great one to head out the door with.

And finally…the Puffed French Toast.

The last time I made this was in May and I’m not kidding you when I say that both of my kids ask for it nearly every day. For breakfast AND dinner. Try cutting the bread into “fingers” instead of triangles and then freezing the cinnamon sugar-coated French Toast fingers. Reheat them for about 15 seconds per finger and then dip them in syrup (if you dare) like Buttermilk Syrup or maple syrup.

So I think that’s a pretty good breakfast roundup, but…I have to share this recipe with you guys. We don’t have a ton of muffin recipes on the blog and I’ve really been wanting a good, whole grain breakfast muffin. These were so good that I cheated on my low-carb thing with a muffin and I am so not even remotely sorry. I will be the first to admit that I’m not huge on switching out whole wheat flour for white flour, but I LOVE it in banana bread–I think it adds a nuttiness and richness to the bread. I also swapped out some of the sugar for honey (although you could still use all sugar if you wanted) and added some pecans. One muffin is not a huge breakfast, and it wouldn’t be the worst idea to spread a little peanut butter on it or serve it with an egg to throw some protein in there, but it’s definitely better for you than those giant cupcakes muffins that you often find at continental breakfasts.

 

 

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  1. What great ideas!!

    Will have to show my son (a 3rd grader) and see if any of these look good to him. He's a small eater though.

  2. I'm always looking for great breakfast ideas, and these muffins look great! Those taquitos are faaabulous — my kids won't eat them though, and they love breakfast burritos… just when I thought I had them figured out, they have to do something to show me that really, I have NO IDEA and everytime I feed them I just cross my fingers. Haha 🙂

  3. Yum, yum, yum! Thank you for this compilation of yummy breakfast ideas! Yes, yummy and yum are two of my favorite adjectives when it comes to food, hehe.

    I'm weird about breakfast tacos, pizzas, burritos, etc., but I am going to give your taquitos a try.

  4. Fabulous ideas! I keep meaning to try the taquitos for my own rush out of the house mornings! Thanks!

  5. These are great ideas. My kiddo is only two so I don't have to worry about school just yet BUT I do tire of cereal myself and I love variety and warm breakfast food (just usually too tired in the morning to bother though :/). So this post is definitely getting bookmarked!

  6. Thank you sooo much for this roundup! My oldest is in afternoon PreK, so I don't need it for the kiddos yet, but my husband is another story. He is in the Army so he gets up super early to go workout in the morning, then showers and gets ready at work. I want him to eat breakfast, but he doesn't want to eat a meal before he leaves the house. I was just trying to figure out ways that I could send breakfast with him for him to enjoy post-workout. This is perfect!

  7. Great ideas! I can't wait to try the taquitos. My boy started kindergarten this year too, we have to be at school by 7:45! The freezer has been by best friend for healthy and quick breakfast. I tried scones this weekend and the kids LOVED them so that will be another thing I'm adding to my rotation.

  8. My 10-year-old went through a year-long pancake phase in K. I just kept the batter in the fridge (made Sunday night!), and made a few every morning. Easy peasy.

    I'm going to show these to my kids and see if they'll eat any of it. Cold pizza is their favorite breakfast. The could eat it every day, but don't get it much at all.

  9. THANK YOU! Thank you so much for these easy recipes for kids week! I am forever feeling like a bad mother when my kids eat cold cereal all week for breakfast because of time constraints. I'm definitly going to try these recipes.

  10. I think you just saved my life! Last year it was one boy in Kinder and one younger brother to tag along for the ride to school. This year, it's both boys (1st grade and 4 yo kinder class) going to school every morning full time. We are out the door by 7:15 every morning to drop them off and get *me* to school too! (Just part time for now, next semester, maybe more). But the point is, I seriously needed this breakfast post. Hopefully with a little planning we'll be able to have some good breakfasts and some options for the road (since the drive to the boys school is about 20 mins). 🙂

    I can't wait to see more ideas that you guys have!

  11. Great ideas for breakfast–I'm really excited to try some, and it's my husband who will be happy to have a break from the cold cereal! But what I really want to comment on are the pictures of your little school-boy. TOO DARLING!

  12. I made these muffins today and everyone loved them! I made 12 regular sized muffins, and 24 mini muffins (my kids like the little ones better). Delicious!

  13. thanks kate! tried a bannana muffin recipe last week and they were awful!!! darling pics of clark!

    love

  14. I just finished two of these wonderful muffins! Maybe my muffin pan makes small muffins (at least that's what I'm telling myself since I had two :)), but I made about 22 muffins following your recipe. So yummy. Thanks Kate!

  15. I wish I could edit previous posts so as to not take up space.
    Anyway, I'm making these for the second time now. Very tasty! I omit the walnuts, just b/c I don't usually have them on hand but the brown sugar is still a nice topping. 🙂 Great muffins, highly recommend!

  16. Just made the muffins; they taste great. Mine however sunk in the middle–the brown sugar isn't on the top anymore. I used brown rice flour instead of whole wheat because I was out of it. What is your thought?

  17. YUMMY muffins! I did ALL whole wheat and no white flour. Next time I’ll try subbing more of the sugar with honey or agave. I love the sweet taste, but feel a little guilty giving my kids that much sugar for breakfast! thanks!

  18. In case anyone is curious about WW points for these, I made a batch of 17 muffins and they were 5 points each using the new points system. Just thought I’d share!

  19. These are great ideas. I have two girls, in first grade and kindergarten this year and have been trying to think of make-ahead breakfasts to fill them up until lunch. One good idea I have that my friend gave me is steel-cut oatmeal. The night before, boil 3 cups water and stir in 1 cup steel-cut oats. Give it a quick stir, put the lid on the pot, and take it off the heat. In the morning, you just need to warm up the pot and you’ve got a delicious whole-grain breakfast. We like the usual toppings, brown sugar and raisins, etc. I’ve also tried some walnuts and mini chocolate chips, so yummy!

  20. Amazing! I needed to make muffins for a family gathering and my hubby requested banana nut. I was so happy to see you had one on your site ‘cuz that guarantees they will be tastey! I loved the brown sugar on top! Thanks for making my life easier!

  21. Recently I have tried several whole grain/ “healthy” muffin recipes but none of them were very good. I just made these muffins this week and they’re delish! Thanks for a great whole grain muffin recipe!

  22. Thank-you for the recipe! They were so good! My only change to the recipe was just adding hemp hearts and having more pecans in the topping, just cause I loved the pecans on top. My picky husband liked them and my kids loved them. I love how yummy they were even without the typical chocolate chips in them. These are now my new go-to banana muffin recipe!

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