There’s one week left until school starts around here and we’re clinging to those last carefree, unscheduled summer days. They feel particularly precious to me for when the last one is crossed off, I will be waking my first-born early, making him a stack of pancakes for breakfast, and kissing him goodbye for his first day of school.
Oh. I’m going to miss him so very, very much.
Yes, after a relaxed summer, an early morning routine is headed our way and we’re busy getting prepared for it. I sat down to plan out some fast, wholesome eats for our week-day mornings and didn’t have far to look; in the short six months that we’ve been up and running, Simple Bites has amassed a variety of breakfast suggestions.
Here are my picks for back-to-school breakfast ideas. Follow the links to get the full recipes, then grab a pen and paper and make a shopping list, because, ready or not, it’s back to school time!
1. Cottage Cheese & Yogurt Parfait with Fruit
This is breakfast to go at its very best. Layer fresh or frozen fruit with your favorite yogurt and cottage cheese, then top with granola and dig in with a spoon. For kid’s breakfasts, assemble them in small plastic containers with a tight fitting lid so they can be enjoyed anywhere between door and desk. (Pictured at the top of the post)
Get the Recipe: Cottage Cheese & Yogurt Parfait
2. Coconut Milk & Berry Smoothie
Jump-start your day with this dairy-free, sugar-free smoothie. Change up the berries with whatever you have on hand and customize to suit your child’s tastes.
Get the Recipe: Coconut Milk-Berry Smoothie
3. Buckwheat Pancakes
Make Monday mornings extra special with minimal effort, thanks to this do-ahead pancake mix. Mix the dry ingredients together in large batches, then store in the freezer to maintain freshness.
Get the Recipe: Buckwheat Pancake Mix
4. Berry Powerful Bars
Homemade energy bars couldn’t get any easier than these ‘berry powerful bars. They also boast plenty of antioxidants, whole grain goodness, no processed sweeteners and a lot less fat than regular granola bars.
Now there’s a strategy for feeding your family that don’t involve a drive-through window!
Get the Recipe: Berry Powerful Bars
5. Egg ‘McMuffin’
A cheese-topped egg sandwiched between a whole-wheat bun, this stick-to-your-ribs breakfast sandwich is hard to turn down. Add pre-cooked bacon for extra protein.
Get the Recipe: Quick Homemade Egg ‘McMuffin’
6. Scottish Oat Scones
For the non-breakfast person, a warm scone wrapped in a napkin is just the ticket. It can easily hold until mid-morning, but I’m guessing it won’t last that long.
Get the Recipe: Scottish Oat Scones
7. Muffins…your way
Use our basic One-Bowl Oatmeal Muffin recipe and suggestions for add-ins to create the perfect flavor combination for your family’s morning muffin. Never eat a disappointing muffin again!
Get the Recipe: One-Bowl Oatmeal Muffins
8. Chai-Spiced Granola
Sprinkle it on yogurt or oatmeal or just enjoy it with milk, this unique and flavorful granola will keep you and your little scholars energized until lunch!
Get the Recipe: Chai-Spiced Granola
What are you dishing up on those Monday to Friday mornings?