Do you make the most of your mornings? Do you jump out of bed and cook a delicious breakfast for you and your family? Do you fit in half an hour of exercise in the park? How about an early morning meditation or reading that book you’ve always been meaning to? What’s that? Did I hear someone laughing?
I have to say, I’m naturally a morning person but even I fall into the trap of having exactly the same breakfast every day. I’d happily get up at 6 o’clock and enjoy the first hour of the day if that hour was just for me. Instead, I’m often forced to get up at 5:00 or even 4:00 if I’m unlucky. Even for me that is way way too early!
I spend my early mornings looking after children and even if I’ve been up for hours I still end up just grabbing a bowl of muesli for breakfast once it gets to 7 o’clock. I’m sure there are some mums who really make the most of these early morning hours when it feels like the whole world is still snoozing but unfortunately I’m not one of them. Or at least I’m not most mornings.
Recently I’ve teamed up with Free Office Finder to take part in their Early Bird Challenge and resolved to make some changes. Just once a week I will try and make an interesting and child-friendly breakfast that the whole family can enjoy.
For my first breakfast challenge I made these lovely banana and blueberry pancakes adapted from this recipe on BBC Good Food. I always think of American style pancakes as being quite heavy but these were surprisingly light and I loved the fruit in them. My lovely husband was very pleased to get pancakes for breakfast too but unfortunately Little Miss Spice did not and all the fruit got picked out of her pancake. Never mind, at least I’ve discovered she likes plain pancakes. I’ve also made the recipe with just banana and I’m sure you could adapt it to use almost any fruit you wanted to use up.
Over the next few weeks I hope to make French Toast, poached eggs and maybe, just once, a full English breakfast. Not for lunch. For breakfast.
So, if you were to take the Early Bird Challenge, tell me, how would you make the most of your early mornings?
Ingredients for Blueberry and Banana Pancakes
100g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
3 tbsp (45g) soft brown sugar
1 banana, sliced
100g blueberries, fresh or frozen
Honey, golden syrup, yoghurt to serve (optional)
How to Make Blueberry and Banana Pancakes
1. Put the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and sugar in a bowl. Stir together and make a well in the centre.
2. Add the egg and beat it in with a fork. Then gradually add the milk to make a smooth thick batter.
3. Stir the fruit into the batter.
4. Heat a little oil in a frying pan and add a few tablespoons of the batter to the pan with a space around each one.
5. Cook the pancakes for a couple of minutes. They are ready to turn over when you can see bubbles appearing on the surface. Cook for another couple of minutes on the other side and then serve drizzled with honey or golden syrup and maybe with a dollop of yoghurt on the side too.