We are always racing around in the mornings, trying to get to where we need to be. Yes, I know we should get up earlier, but that never sounds like a great idea the first time my alarm goes off, so we have tried to find ways to cut down on breakfast time. Of course it would be nice if we had time to make a nice sit-down breakfast, but I don’t see that in my future anytime soon. I typically eat a piece of fruit for breakfast, but it is also nice to have a little more than that when I have a long day to get through and most likely won’t have time for lunch.
We’ve been making these for awhile now. We found them on Skinnytaste.com and they are super easy. All you really need are over-ripe bananas, oatmeal, and chocolate chips. They take only a few minutes to whip up and about 15 minutes in the oven. We make a batch and make sure to put them in the refrigerator after a few days to keep them good for longer. They make good snacks and even desserts if you want something light.
2. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Balls
We just discovered these a couple weeks ago. I kept seeing them come across my Facebook feed so I finally decided to try them. They contain oats, peanut butter, honey, flax seed, vanilla, and a few other things, but they aren’t hard at all to put together. The best part? They are no-bake. So you just mix all the ingredients and put them on a wax-covered cookie sheet and they sit in the freezer for at least an hour. Then you remove them and put them in an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator. You can find the full recipe here. Like the cookies, these make good snacks.
3. Overnight Oatmeal
I honestly don’t remember where we got this idea, but from time to time, if we want something more substantial than just a piece of fruit or one of the other ideas mentioned above, we make this. It just involves putting oats in with water or milk and letting it sit in the refrigerator over night. I make sure the amount of liquid covers the oats by probably half an inch. After you make it a few times, you will get a feel for how much liquid to put in there, depending on if you like your oatmeal soupy or thick. Of course, you can put whatever you want to sweeten it. I prefer a little bit of honey, but the kids like to add peanut butter and raisins. This is a little messier than the other two, but still a somewhat healthy option that sustains you for a bit.
What do you usually have for breakfast when you are in a hurry?