Breakfast bars and breakfast cookies to the rescue.
With the school year about to get under way, my stress level begins to skyrocket. There are a million reasons why, but one of the most basic is how do I get a nutritious breakfast into my child so they can be at their best for learning. This is mostly an issue with one of my children. That one child doesn’t want to wake up, ever. Anything beyond the novelty of the first day often deteriorates into me screaming, or willing myself to not go into the bedroom repeatedly and let her suffer the consequence of missing the bus.
Here’s the best part, the bus is coming 10 minutes earlier this year. The response I got when mentioning this was, “Oh it’s only 10 minutes, no big deal.” I had to stop myself from rolling my eyes because the bus is now rolling in at 7:17, and she generally gets out of bed at 7:05 on a good day.
So beyond running around like crazy to look presentable, making sure she has her bag and viola, she has to eat something. Anything, well not really anything. I have come to love making breakfast bars and breakfast cookies. They pack a pretty great nutritional punch, as I can throw lots of powerhouse ingredients in to help sustain her energy throughout the morning. They are also easy to pack for her after school activities, and this way she is not tempted to buy items from the vending machine.
I have rounded up several of my favorite recipes breakfast bar and cookie recipes. The best part of any breakfast cookie and bar recipe is that they can easily be modified. You can switch regular flour for whole wheat, add flax seed, wheat germ, chia seeds, various dried fruit that your children enjoy, a little bit of chocolate usually helps, rolled oats instead of quick oats, you get the idea. And I’ll be the first to admit that everyone in the house ends up snacking on these bars and cookies, not only at breakfast, and I’m totally okay with that.
Cheers to a great school year!