We are breakfast people at our house. Our growing boys hop out of bed hungry, so we try to keep ingredients on hand to whip up easy morning meals, or prep something the night before for easy grab-and-go options. Sometimes, we even like to have breakfast for dinner! Here are some favorite breakfast ideas the whole family can enjoy:
Our family often enjoys a classic make-it-yourself pancake bar for a fun weekend breakfast at home. Use your favorite pancake mix (We like Birch Benders Protein Pancake Mix.), and let each person add in a custom blend of berries, bananas, nuts, granola or chocolate chips and top with grass-fed butter and organic maple syrup or peanut butter and jam. The batter can be refrigerated for up to a few days, and it works well for waffles, too!
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Bacon and hash browns are favorite breakfast foods at our house. These breakfast “cupcakes” have both, and cheese, too! What’s not to love! Make the night before and store in the refrigerator to warm up in a hurry on busy mornings. These can even run out the door with you in a napkin when it’s carpool time!
- 1 bag refrigerated shredded hash brown potatoes
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 6 eggs
- 2 tablespoons milk
- ¾ crumbled crisply cooked bacon
- ¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese
- Heat oven to 400°F. Place foil liner in each of 12 regular-size muffin cups. Spray with cooking spray.
- In large bowl, mix potatoes, oil, salt and pepper. Divide evenly among cups; press lightly.
- Bake 45 to 55 minutes or until golden brown.
- In medium bowl, beat eggs and milk. Stir in bacon and cheese. Firmly press potatoes in muffin cups with bottom of 1/4-cup dry measuring cup. Top each with slightly less than 1/4 cup egg mixture.
- Bake 13-16 minutes or until knife inserted in center of egg comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes. Ready to go!
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- Greek yogurt (or yogurt(s) of choice)
- Nuts like almonds and/or walnuts
- Honey or agave nectar
- Fresh berries
Set out all ingredients and parfait bowls or cups to let everyone make a personalized parfait! Layer yogurt and toppings to taste. Who can complain when they’ve made their own?! These are tasty and also pretty when served in glass bowls or jars.
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These muffin-tin omelets are easily prepared, and you can incorporate whichever ingredients you’d like, from tomatoes, spinach and feta, to more of a traditional “Denver” omelet as below:
- 8 eggs
- 8 oz of cooked ham, diced
- 1 cup of diced bell pepper
- 1 cup of diced onion
- 2 tablespoons water
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 8 muffin cups.
- Beat eggs together in a large bowl. Mix ham, bell pepper, onion, salt, black pepper, and water into the beaten eggs. Pour egg mixture evenly into prepared muffin cups.
- Bake in the preheated oven until muffins are set in the middle, about 18-20 minutes. Let cool, and serve!
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When your family is sick of traditional oatmeal, try this new twist on the classic breakfast item! My boys enjoy customizing their own overnight oats jars with the toppings du jour of choice. They’re easy to stick in the fridge at night and ready to go in the morning! We even like them as an afterschool snack!
- 1/3 to 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/3 to 1/2 cup milk of choice (or water)
- 1/3 to 1/2 cup yogurt (optional)
- 1/2 banana, mashed (optional)
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds (optional)
- Toppings of choice
- Mix base ingredients in a bowl and spoon into a jar or container, leaving room at the top for add-ins. Refrigerate mixture overnight or for at least 5 hours.
- In the morning or upon setting, add additional liquid according to your consistency preference. Once you achieve the desired consistency, add any toppings that you have on hand. We recommend honey, dried fruit, diced apple, nuts, and cinnamon!
VOILA, Y’ALL™! We hope you enjoy some of these breakfast ideas in your homes. Tag us if you try them out! In the meantime, here are some kitchen essentials you may need for these recipes: