14 February 2016

7 Idiot Proof Breakfast Ideas Which Will Save Your Life

This is a guest post by Talya who is a freelance writer & blogger at Motherhood: The Real Deal.

I hate breakfast. Although it is the most important meal of the day, it is the cruelest. You are half asleep, totally uninspired, and are supposed to come up with the goods without totally messing them up, in a hurry, usually with a fussy eater in the mix. I have had more breakfast disasters than I care to remember (I blame Pinterest for that) BUT there are things I now know I can make to put a nutritious, passable breakfast without having to resort to cereal or boring toast.

And so with that, I share with you my 7 idiot proof breakfast chows that could just save your bacon every morning of the week.

1. Pancakes
I know what you're thinking...idiot proof? Pancakes? But seriously. It's all about finding the right mix recipe. Don't get too crazy or adventures and don't get lured in by any of those shocking 3 ingredient jobs. If you are feeling nervous on the pancake front, these apple sauce pancakes turned out to be some of the best that I ever made (I have tried A LOT of mix recipes). Can't face the breakfast rush? Make it the night before or upsize the batch and freeze freeze freeze! Also bonus: If you have a waffle iron you can also switch it up and make waffles with the mix too for another morning.

2. Roll ups
What could go wrong with a tortilla wrapped around some peanut butter and banana? Three things everybody loves. Um...not much. Check it out here.

3. Overnight oats
The lazy friend of porridge breakfasts, simply throw all the ingredients in a bowl the night before and stick it in a fridge. If you have a fussy eater in the house, the key is to not use anything where the texture will seem odd. So banana is a yes, but apple is a no. This is my favourite here.

4. Quesadillas
Again, your happy friend the Quesadilla! Chuck your fave fruits inside that trusty tortilla and get it on the griddle baby! Of course, peanut butter and banana is always a winner.

5. French Toast
Otherwise known as the common eggy bread, what could be easier than dipping some bread in some egg, milk and cinnamon then giving it a quick fry in the pan? Or for an egg free version try a banana edition....

6. Egg
I have left this simply as egg because some kids are weird about eggs in different forms. Winners in our house are boiled eggs (served with toast & a side of fruit), omelettes, egg muffins and now finally...scrambled eggs! (detested previously for an age). Find what works for you and stick with it.

7. Porridge
I know, sounds grim but seriously, if you jazz up some porridge - I'm talking Banana and Peanut Butter, Pear and Cinnamon or Carrot Cake Porridge then porridge can be your new breakfast best friend!

All you need is that magic 7 then it's rotate rotate rotate! Warning: Do not get caught up in trying out all sorts of other ridiculousness on Pinterest unless you are a glutton for morning punishment (I'm speaking from my own experience here, of course).


  1. Ohhhh yummy! I'm a big fan of french toast and I really want to tey overnight oats!

  2. There are some lovely ideas here, I really dislike breakfast too and never really know what to make. x

  3. Wow! It's all porridge and cereal in our house! I feel like I've let the side down ;)

  4. Lol love this post. I do eat lots of eggs for breakfast. Will have to try these overnight oats. Everyone seems to rave about them x

  5. I totally agree with you. It is hard to come up with an exciting breakfast early in the morning. Great ideas here though. I get so bored of toast.

  6. Some great ideas, I got a waffle iron for Christmas, still need to try it

  7. Maybe you could get someone else to do Breakfast :- even if only occasionally. Breakfast does prepare us for the day's work etc. It is important for children, setting them up for an energetic day of exploring, learning etc. Nice to have a variety of ideas for such an important meal, the options given above are great examples.

    Rachel Craig

  8. Some great ideas here. I am a fan of jazzing up porridge, its very filling and delicious when spiced up with some lovely extras.

  9. Love this! I'm always looking for different breakfast recipes as opposed to the usual cereal and toast and this is a great list thank you!

  10. mmm french toast! I love breakfast its my favourite meal of the day! x

  11. I love the look of the pancakes.

  12. I always excuse myself of breakfast out of pure laziness and not wanting the same stuff all the time. I will try some of these xx

  13. Nothing better than the smell of eggy bread! (Especially if you are not the one having to cook it but still get to eat it)

  14. Great ideas....I am rubbish at eating breakfast but do make it for my girls. I never think to make them eggy bread. I think they will have to have it this week. hehehe

  15. As an occasional weekend treat, I also make American style pancakes for the family, topped with half a teaspoon of golden syrup and a handful of raspberries or blueberries blitzed for a few seconds. My favourite recipe is this one for the pancake mix, perfection every time. http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/fluffyamericanpancak_74828

  16. some great ideas i love my breakfast :)