Over the past couple of months we’ve had a houseful of people while another family lived with us off and on. They were selling their house, then waiting to close on their new house. It was great and we are happy to have the space for people to hang for a few days, or weeks. But now they’ve moved out of our house and into their new one, and I have space in my mind to think about getting back into routine.
My focus on Sunday evening was …getting Breakfast ready for the week.
I’ve written about preparing ahead for breakfast in the past, but we’ve had some changes in our family’s diet. Those changes mean new items on the breakfast bar! Maybe there is something here that you’d like to add to your family’s breakfast menu. This time muffins, chia seed pudding, almond flour pancakes and homemade instant oatmeal are prepped and ready for the week.
always muffins! I still like to make a big batch of muffins periodically. Gluten intolerance and celiac disease has become a part of life for some members of the family, and eventually I’ll master a gluten free muffin recipe. But for now, I continue to use my old cinnamon vanilla recipe with variations like these banana pecan muffins.
A newer item on our breakfast menu is Chia Seed Pudding. One of my older teen daughters introduced the family to this delicious new food. It isn’t a hit with everyone, but I sure like it. Here is how she makes it:
Chia Seed Pudding
In a pint sized glass jar add:
- 3 Tablespoons Chia Seeds
- Berries, Almonds, a dollap of Honey
- and enough Almond Milk (or milk of your choosing) to fill the jar.
Mix it up. Put a lid on it and set it in the fridge. About 2 hours later stir it, as the chia seeds settle. If you make this right before you get ready for bed, don’t worry. Just stir it in the morning before you eat it.
We are also experimenting with different almond flour pancake recipes. Even for those who are not gluten free, I believe that using a variety of flour is a good idea. During this prep session I found half a carton of blueberries and tossed them into the pancake batter.
Homemade Instant Oatmeal
Little tubs of instant oatmeal mix also went into the freezer this weekend. Instead of using a bunch of sandwich bags, try using some of the odds and ends of little lunch and snack tubs. Pour the oatmeal into a cereal bowl, add hot water and a delicious hot breakfast will be ready in minutes!
Hopefully this post will give you some fresh ideas for prepping breakfast. It sure makes getting started on the week a lot simpler!
What are some of your favorite make ahead breakfast items?