It was time to create something Better than Eggos in my house. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing easier than zapping a few Eggos before we are off and running. But it was happening more than I’d like to admit (insert almost everyday for my 8 year old;)
So I texted my bestie, who also happens to be a Registered Dietitian, and asked her what to do! I know I can’t pronounce a few ingredients on the back of the Eggo box, so I also knew it wasn’t my best option for a everyday breakfast for my oldest kid.
This is her healthy homemade waffle and pancake recipe. It was a big hit in my house!
Homemade Pancakes & Waffles
1/2 cup white flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour (you can also use all whole wheat flour, it makes the cakes more dense)
1 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 spt salt
1 beaten egg or 1/4 cup whipped tofu
1 cup milk
2 Tbsp unsweetened applesauce or melted coconut oil (a little more for waffle mix)
Combine dry ingredients. Combine egg, milk and oil. Pour wet ingredients into dry mix and stir. Optional: add smashed bananas or blueberries to batter.
Heat lightly greased (ghee, coconut oil, etc.) griddle or pan on medium heat. Scoop 1/3 batter and place on pan. Cook until brown (approx. 2 minutes), flip, and brown other side.
Serve with 100% Maple Syrup.
Banana Oat Pancakes
A fun and healthy alternative to your pancakes. You can even enlist the kids to help mix! Oats add fiber and when topped with almonds, you are getting good fats to round out the meal.
1 banana, ripe (ripe = sweet)
¾ cup rolled oats
¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp vanilla
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ cup sliced strawberries
1 tbsp sliced almonds
Blend oats in a blender or food processor to grind into smaller pieces. Add remaining ingredients and mix until completely blended. Heat lightly greased (ghee, coconut oil, etc.) griddle or pan on medium heat. Scoop 1/3 batter and place on pan. Cook until brown (approx. 2 minutes), flip, and brown other side.
Top with fruit and almonds – can be made in advance or served immediately! You can also top with a smear of peanut butter (read the label for added sugars).
Overnight Oats for Kids and Moms
I have tried them all! For six months I fancied my palette with blueberry muffin overnight oats, coconut crusted oats, and lemon-vanilla overnight oats. The funny thing is…my favorite overnight oats recipe mimics the title you find on a Quaker Oats pre-packaged oatmeal box.
1/2 cup oats (steel cut oats or regular oats)
1/2 – 3/4 cup almond milk
*any milk will do, Almond milk gives it a great flavor!
spoon of maple syrup
spoon of brown sugar
Prepare in a coffee mug or microwavable bowl, then refrigerate. In the morning you can heat them up in the microwave or grab and go!
Coffee Mug Egg Souffle
When it comes down to it, eggs and fruit is one of the best ways to start your day (and your kids day!) The protein will keep you full and give you brain power. And serving it with a side of vitamins and minerals (fruit)…well you can’t go wrong!
1 egg and 1 egg white
diced peppers and onions
thin slice of mozzerella cheese, shredded or torn
Beat eggs, then add other ingredients. Microwave until eggs are thoroughly cooked. Serve with a side of berries or other fruit.