January 2, 2013

Quick & Healthy Breakfast Options For Busy Mornings - Homemade Pancakes!

For those of you who have kids and are enjoying a two-week break from preparing school lunches, I'm just as happy and relieved as you are!  A small break is just what I needed.  But back-to-school is just around the corner (sorry to be a Debbie-Downer!) and I'm already thinking of quick lunch ideas, stocking my pantry and planning for crazy morning madness.

One tried and true breakfast idea that works for me is batch cooking.  It's not just for dinner anymore!  When making pancakes, french toast, or even oatmeal, I cook double the amount needed and refrigerate or freeze the rest.  This is best done on Sunday, giving you a quick and healthy homemade breakfast throughout the week for yourself and the kids.

In September, I posted a Gluten-Free option to my favourite buttermilk pancakes.  These GF Buttermilk Banana Bread Pancakes are delicious, and my entire family loves them!  They are also excellent re-heated, as the texture isn't affected at all.  Simply place them in the microwave for 30 seconds, or heat in the toaster.

Place a piece of wax paper between each pancake to prevent them from sticking.  Using scissors, trim the paper.

Place the pancake stack in a Ziplock Freezer Bag and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, or in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.

Cereal, Nutella on toast and breakfast bars are on my list of go-to quick breakfast options for my kids, but it's also possible to serve homemade pancakes in just a few minutes.  Add a glass of milk and a bowl of berries for a healthy breakfast and a perfect start to the day!


Pink Chai Raj said...

What a great idea! I hate making pancakes but my kids love eating them - this just might be the solution. Thanks for sharing:)

Pink Chai Style

Shauna MacKenzie said...

Hi Raj, thanks for taking the time to comment! I'm the same - I'd prefer to not make pancakes every day, and they're impossible to make before school on a busy weekday morning. I hope this works out for you and your kids!

Austin Black@El Toro said...

This is a great tip, Shauna! Preparing even the ready-mix pancakes can take some time and might not be too convenient on school days. If you have a supply in your fridge just waiting to be re-heated, your kids would surely be delighted. You just need to prepare different syrups and toppings for variety. Thanks! ;)