These simple make ahead homeschool morning breakfasts are perfect for those busy homeschool mornings where you need to be fully present, ready to teach, and you also need something healthy on the table. Charlotte Mason did a lot, but she was not responsible for getting breakfast and dinner on the table for her entire class, but you are! And we hope to make that job a little easier!
The Early Bird can have the Worm
I was not always a morning person.
I am typically more of the ‘sit around half the morning sipping coffee, then brunch until dinner’ kind of girl.
Back when it was just Isaiah and I, breakfast was an after thought.
When he would wake up I would stand him on the counter and let him point to anything he wanted in the cabinet.
There was no plan in place.
It was normal for him to munch on fruit and dry cheerios until I finally got around to making breakfast around 11 a.m.
After Iris was born, my morning routine improved some, and I cooked a little more at breakfast time.
It wasn’t until Ivy though that I started to really put some thought into what and how we ate.
Then, homeschool added an entirely new layer to our mornings.
My options were- cook a full breakfast, clean the kitchen, and push off school, or cereal.
That is until I started implementing some of these Simple (Make Ahead) Homeschool Morning Breakfasts!
The Reason We Need Simple Homeschool Morning Breakfasts
Breakfast comes early now.
I usually have both girls screaming for food before they even get their eyes open all the way.
Between homeschool, hungry babies, and the mess that cooking creates- I find it easier to just skip the hassle. But breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
Often breakfast sets the tone for the day.
So, they need something healthy, something sustaining, and something I can feel good about serving- so we make ahead.
I really wish I had a greater solution- like some magic subscription service that comes each night and tidies your home and leaves fresh orange marmalade muffins with cinnamon streusel topping sitting neatly in a basket on your counter for when you wake- but unfortunately, planning ahead is the best plan I have.
But it works!
Why cook the night before?
Dave Ramsey always says to make the 25 year old version of yourself someone your 35 year old self will be proud of. I live by this philosophy in many ways, but I don’t want to wait ten years to feel proud of what I have accomplished.
Listen to me carefully, the next morning version of you will LOVE you for it!
When your babies wake up grouchy and you are sitting there staring at your monster to do list- you will be so glad breakfast is ready and just waiting to be handed out!
I can’t promise that you will get uninterrupted Bible study or get to enjoy your coffee while it is hot, but having breakfast ready will definitely give you more of a chance!
Here are 5 Simple Homeschool Morning Breakfasts!
Simple Homeschool Morning Breakfasts Perfect to Make Ahead!
1. Fruit and Yogurt Parfaits
It’s hard to get any easier than this! Simply pair your favorite yogurt or dairy free alternative with any combination of fruit.
We used strawberries and blueberries, but we have also done mango and pineapple for a more tropical variation.
Any fruit you have on hand will work.
Granola also makes a great add in!
We make homemade granola by simply toasting: oats, coconut flakes, and any nuts, seeds, spices, or dried fruit we have on hand, in a cast iron skillet with coconut oil for a few minutes over medium heat.
These parfaits are perfect for busy homeschool mornings!
We store ours in glass jars in the fridge which means all I need to do the next morning is add a spoon!
2. Egg Cups
Egg cups are another simple morning breakfast that can be easily made your own! I start with anywhere from 12-18 eggs, depending on if yours are small to extra large. (I used 15 medium pasture raised eggs for this particular recipe.) To the eggs, I added a tsp each of salt, pepper, parsley, and chives. Then, add whatever you have on hand: cheese, crumbled bacon, sausage, peppers, onions, herbs, anything you like!
For this morning I made kid cups and Daddy cups. To the kid cups I added: cheddar cheese and spinach. For the Daddy cups (which are really more for mama) I added: spinach, tomato, green pepper, and cheddar cheese.
Bake in a muffin tin at 350 for 15-20 minutes! For easy clean up, use cupcake liners. I cannot stress this enough: use cupcake liners or ridiculous amounts of butter or tallow to keep them from sticking!**
These are perfect for on the go mornings when you have grocery pick-up or homeschool co-op!
3. Simple Granola Bars
Granola bars are a staple in our home. They are a perfect make ahead breakfast or a simple snack throughout the day. I’m not opposed to store bought granola bars, but even the organic ones tend to have 20+ ingredients in them- these can be made with only four! (Or more depending on what you want to add in.)
We added pepitas, pecans, and dark chocolate chunks to ours! This is a classic in our repertoire of simple homeschool morning breakfasts!
For a more precise granola bar recipe, click here!
4. Strawberries and Cream Overnight Oats
Overnight oats are all the rage right now, and it’s easy to see why! You can add in anything from chia seeds to bananas, prepare them in a jiffy, and grab a healthy bowlful on any busy morning. Unfortunately, they have never been a huge hit in our house. However, nothing says spring like sugared strawberries and fresh cream, so we have finally found a recipe for overnight oats the whole family can enjoy!
These are truly decadent and the longer you allow it to soak, the creamier it becomes!
Strawberries n’ Cream Overnight Oats
- 2 cups quick oats
- 1 1/2 cups milk or milk alternative
- 1/2 cup raw and unfiltered honey
- 3 tsp vanilla extract (divided)
- 1 cup sliced strawberries
- 1/4 cup organic sugar
- Heavy whipping cream, for topping
- To a large mixing bowl, combine oats, milk, honey, and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract. Stir until your oats are covered and your honey is incorporated.
- Seal bowl with plastic wrap and allow to sit in the fridge for at least 2 hours, or overnight for best results. (the longer the soak, the creamier the oatmeal)
- Then, in a small bowl combine 1 cup sliced strawberries with sugar and 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Allow berries to sit for 10-15 minutes or overnight alongside the oats
- Assemble the oatmeal by placing about a cup of soaked oats in a bowl, top with sugared berries, and a drizzle of heavy cream. Then, enjoy!
If we had to choose only one food to eat for the rest of our lives, pancakes would win every time. Rafael and I met working at IHOP, we decorate pancakes like cookies for holidays, and we eat them at least once a week. There is nothing better than a fluffy pancake in sweet syrup. The best part is pancakes require minimal sweetener and can secretly host all kinds of healthy options.
Shredded carrots, zucchini, and bananas can easily be folded in. We also use a variety of flours from whole grain to oat and almond flours. But for the simplest make ahead pancakes, we simply play up a box of pancake mix!
Hungry Jack, Birch Bender, or any other box mix in between makes a simple base for fantastic pancakes. Just add water! Then, add in any mix in you want: chocolate chips, peanut butter, coconut, pecans.
For something truly spectacular, add in some cornmeal (this may require that you add more liquid) and shredded carrots. Careful not to over mix! Then cook in a cast iron with some coconut oil!
Once pancakes cool, store in the fridge for up to one week!
Serve with any toppings you desire and pure maple syrup.
As moms, our jobs are never done. So much of what we do is repetitive. Finding simple little victories throughout the week can change everything and make us feel so much more productive. A big batch of pancakes on a Sunday night can free us up for four or five mornings! Imagine spending more time cuddling your babies, cleaning out the closet, or simply enjoying a slower start to your day, while still feeding your littles a homemade nutritious meal! Enjoy these Simple Homeschool Morning Breakfasts!
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