Back To School Breakfast Ideas For Hectic Mornings

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by Rachel Harris, Managedmoms.com

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Posted on August 14, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Updated Thursday, Aug 15 at 9:55 AM

Back To School Breakfast Ideas For Hectic Mornings

by:  Rachel Harris, Managedmoms.com

Breakfast is an important meal, especially for our children, but it can hard to get good food on the table before the school bus arrives.  I try to feed my kids healthy food as much as I can, so I went in search of some breakfast ideas that are unique and easy.  Through Pinterest, Facebook and other online resources, I found a few recipes to try out and for the most part, my family like these different ideas for the morning meal.  Take a look and give these recipes a try....

Homemade No Bake Breakfast Bars

If your family likes oatmeal, peanut butter and chocolate chips, then these bars will be a hit.  I like that this recipe can be made the night before.  These yummy bars also don't call for any added sugar, although the chocolate chips have sugar.  With whole food ingredients like oatmeal, honey, coconut and peanut butter, these bars are a better option than a lot of convenience bars out there, but do use a good natural peanut butter that doesn't have added sugars and the same goes for the coconut.  Raisins and almonds can also be added, but I don't, only because my daughter is allergic to tree nuts.  Here is the base recipe that I found on a very cool website called www.ihearexercisewillkillyou.com.  

What You Need:

1 cup peanut butter 

1/2 cup honey

1/2 cup unrefined coconut oil (be sure to use unrefined for the coconut flavor)

2 cups dry oats (not instant)

1 C shredded coconut

1/2 C chopped walnuts (optional)

1 1/4 cups dark chocolate chips

1 t vanilla extract

What You Do:

1.  Melt peanut butter, honey and coconut oil over medium-low heat.

2.  Once melted, remove from heat and add oats, shredded coconut, chocolate chips and vanilla. 

3.  Stir until chocolate is entirely melted. 

4.  Pour into a greased (I use coconut oil spray) 9x13 pan and cool in the fridge overnight.  When it's set, or the next morning, cut into bars and enjoy. Store in the fridge.

Crockpot Oatmeal Recipe 

Speaking of oatmeal, try this recipe in your crock pot for healthy and tasty oatmeal that cooks overnight while you sleep...

What You Need:

2 sliced or diced apples

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

pinch of salt 

2 cups oatmeal

2 cups milk

2 cups water

**Note -- use a crock pot bag because this recipe will stick to your crock pot and it is not fun to scrub out the residue***

What You Do:

1.  Place the apples, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt in bottom of the crock pot.  

2.  Pour in the oatmeal, milk and water.

3.  Do not stir.  Cook overnight for 8 hours on low. 

Egg Muffin Cups

Eggs are a great protein, so I was excited to try this cool idea that uses a muffin pan to make egg muffin cups.  I found this yummy recipe at www.rollingoutdough.com

What You Need:

12 eggs, beaten

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

3/4 cup spinach

1/2 cup roma tomatoes

4 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled (use turkey bacon or turkey sausage for a good option)

dash of salt and pepper to taste (optional)

What You Do:

1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2.  Mix all ingredients together until well blended.  Spray muffin pan with a non-stick cooking spray.  

3.  Pour about 3/4 full with egg mixture.

4.  Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until edges are slightly golden brown.  

5.  Remove from oven and set pan on cooling rack. 

6.  Let cool for five minutes and then remove the muffins.  

And don't forget to give them a good vitamin.  We like Hero Yummi Bears Organics Multi-Vitamin because they are gluten free, gelatin, dairy, GMO free and allergen free.  I like that there isn't a lot of extra stuff added to these kids' vitamins. This brand is sold at Whole Foods and Sprouts Farmers Market stores. 

What are your favorite breakfast ideas for back to school?  Share in the comments section because I'm always looking for new ideas for my picky eaters.  And be sure to check out my blog at www.managedmoms.com for more recipes, parenting, beauty articles and more.  



 

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