Inexpensive healthy breakfasts

5 Inexpensive Breakfasts that Don’t Come in a Box

We all know that breakfast is an important meal. But between getting ready for work and childcare, mornings can be crazy. Sometimes it’s hard to actually think about breakfast, let alone prepare it.

Since boxed breakfasts can get boring, and they don’t always contain the healthiest ingredients for your family, here are some different and interesting breakfast ideas to start the day with.

They’re all simple. They’re also kid friendly, because getting your kids to actually eat what you put in front of them is important.

Best of all, these breakfasts are inexpensive.

Toast with Toppings

It doesn’t get much easier than toast! Best of all, once your kids are in school they probably have the skills they need to make it themselves.

To spice it up a bit, let your kids pick their favorite toppings. If you leave a stick of butter on the counter overnight, it makes the whole buttering your toast thing so much easier!

Topping Ideas

  • Jam
  • Cheese (add a slice and melt it in the microwave if desired)
  • Peanut butter
  • Cream cheese
  • Applesauce

Puff Pancake

Does the word pancake scare you in the morning? It doesn’t have to anymore! With only four ingredients and cooking that’s done entirely in the oven, this pancake is special.

Turn on your oven to preheat to 400 degrees while you mix it up.

Then place ¼ cup of butter in a 9 x 13 casserole dish. Place this in the oven so the butter melts as the oven warms.

In a bowl whisk together 6 eggs and 1 ½ cups of milk. When it’s completely mixed, slowly stir in 1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour. You’ll want to stir with a wooden spoon now. Continue stirring for two minutes, trying to get as many lumps out as possible.

By this time, your oven should be almost ready. Using oven mitts, pull the pan with the butter in it from the oven. Carefully pour in the batter, and put it back in. Set the timer for 20 minutes, and you go take care of other things.

When the timer stops, pull out your pancake. It’ll be beautifully puffed up. Slice and serve hot with syrup.

Breakfast Burritos

With eggs, cheese, and tortillas you have everything you need to make a delicious breakfast. Plan on using one egg per burrito.

Scramble the eggs in a pan. Add a little cheese once they’re cooked, and give it a little time to melt.

Warm your tortillas in the microwave for a few seconds. Then, add a little of your scrambled egg mixture down the middle.

Roll up, burrito style, and enjoy!

You can even make these ahead and freeze them. They work great in freezer bags! When you’re ready to cook on a crazy morning, just pull them out and microwave for 1-minute each.

Yogurt Bar

Save money on yogurt by buying plain yogurt in bulk. Then, let everyone doctor up their own bowl at breakfast.

Just set out some simple toppings. Jam is a quick way to add flavor and sweetness. You can also use:

  • Seasonal fruit
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Honey
  • Cinnamon
  • Dried fruit
  • Granola

A customizable breakfast that’s simple and inexpensive!

Baked Oatmeal

If your kids aren’t huge oatmeal fans, give this recipe a try. Baking the grain changes the texture, making it more cake like.

You can make a large batch of this early in the week and simply reheat leftovers in the microwave later on. Two breakfasts for the time and cost of one!

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. While it’s heating, pull out a large bowl. In it, add:

  • 3 cups of rolled oats
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • A dash of salt

Mix those dry ingredients together. Now add:

  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups of milk
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla

Stir until well combined.

Pour into a greased 9 x 13 pan, and bake for 45 minutes. Slice, and enjoy with some fresh fruit.

What’s Your Favorite Inexpensive Breakfast?

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