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Kids Breakfast Ideas

As an adult I definitely fell into a breakfast repeat. I think before I had children I could count on one hand my breakfast variations! It's so easy to fall into this trap, mornings can be so rushed especially when you have a school run to do or get yourself and the kids ready before the crack of dawn while fighting sleep deprivation. 

Having kids definitely changed my opinion on breakfast. Gone are the daily bowl of cheerios! I have touched on the importance of food variation before so here are our favourite breakfasts to hopefully beat the breakfast bore.

1. Porridge Fingers - This was my sons first ever breakfast as they are perfect for baby led weaning beginners, great for keeping little tummy's full and don't take very long to make. Find the recipe here. You can also add in fruit or raisins to porridge fingers, we love blueberries. 

2. Pancakes - Who doesn't love pancakes? I use a recipe from the blw cookbook for scotch pancakes as they are slightly thicker. Simply put 125g of self raising flour in a bowl and make a well. Break 1 egg into the well then slowly add 150ml of milk starting in the middle and gradually work in the flour. Continue beating until any lumps have disappeared and the consistency is like double cream. Fry in some oil or unsalted butter in a very hot non stick frying pan for a few minutes each side.

3. Smoothie Bowls - I only discovered smoothie bowls last summer and they are a really good way to mix things up. They are very easy to make and your options are unlimited. You can keep it as simple or complicated as you like. We tend to mix two types of fruit with a spoonful of yogurt and blend until it's nice and creamy looking. You can then top with as little or much as you like. Some of our favourite toppings are more fruit, granola and desiccated coconut. If you make too much you can always save some for some ice lolly moulds! Great for practicing spoon skills.

4. Toast & Bagels - Granted toast on its own is pretty boring but just a few ingredients can completely jazz up the humble slice of toast. Some of our favourites are mashed banana, mashed avocado, peanut butter and cream cheese with mashed berries.

5. Flapjacks - These are great for speedy breakfasts, snacks or lunch boxes. I tend to make a batch of these then stick some in the freezer then leave to defrost in the fridge overnight ready for the morning. Find the recipe for my Crumbly Fruity Flapjack here. Suitable for children over 12 months. Our favourite fruits are blueberry or blackberry but most soft fruits work.

6. Crumpets - These are great speedy breakfasts and like toast you don't just need to stick to butter. Our favourites include peanut butter or mashed berries. Crumpets can be quite high in salt so make sure to look at the nutritional information before buying.

7. Overnight Oats - If you have little time to prepare breakfast in the morning then do it the night before! Overnight oats are a massive hit with my children and again you are not limited with your options. One of our favourites are berry overnight oats. Simply take a spoonful of frozen mixed berries, 3 tbsp of porridge, a tbsp of natural yogurt and a splash of milk. Simply mix all together and leave in an airtight container in the fridge and leave it overnight. Just give it a stir in the morning and add some more milk if seems sticky. Another favourite overnight oat combination of ours is banana and peanut butter. Simply add half a mashed banana, tbsp of peanut butter, tbsp of natural yogurt, splash of milk, 1/2 tsp of cinnamon, 1/2 tsp of chia seeds and 1/2 tsp of vanilla essence. Mix all together and leave overnight in the fridge in an airtight container.

8. Eggs - With so many variations it's hard not to see why this is a staple part of many peoples breakfast. Eggy bread (french toast) is our favourite use of eggs. Simply whisk up 2 eggs with a splash of milk then dip a slice of bread in fully coating each side then fry in some oil or unsalted butter until golden. Obviously hard boiling, frying and scrambling are all good ways to enjoy eggs for breakfast. Sadly my children don't really like eggs but I keep offering them in the hope that one day they will change their minds!

9. Muffins - Our absolute favourite muffin recipe has to be banana and blueberry. We always have a batch of these in the freezer. Find the recipe here. These can easily be adaptable to different soft fruits.

10. Quesadilla - Sweet quesadillas are a great change for breakfast. You can include whatever you like! Some of our favourites are banana and peanut butter. Simply add your desired filling into a tortilla wrap and fold in half. Place in a warm skillet or under the grill for a couple of minutes each side. Find out more here

11. Granola - Homemade granola is seriously delicious, it's so much tastier and healthier than shop bought variations. One of the things I love about granola is that the variations are limitless and completely custom able.  You can find my homemade granola recipe here.

12. Peanut Butter Porridge Cups - If you are looking for a great way to break the breakfast boredom then these porridge cups are a great idea to try. Fill them with natural yogurt and fruit for a delicious and healthy breakfast. You can the recipe here.

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