When it comes to breakfast, it’s easy to get stuck in a bit of a rut.  To breathe new life into your mornings in 2016, here are some healthy and super-quick breakfast recipes from our new Little Dish Family Cookbook.  Each recipe has a fun role for little helpers and has been created with the whole family in mind.

First up is this very easy and delicious Bircher muesli, which little ones can help assemble the night before.  This is a yummy and healthy alternative to store bought breakfast cereals which can be high in sugar.

Ingredients:

  • 100g rolled oats
  • 100g plain natural yoghurt
  • 100ml full-fat or semi-skimmed milk. Almond milk is also delicious.
  • 75g mixed berries lightly crushed
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 50g mixed seeds (optional)

Method:

  • In a medium bowl, mix together the oats, yoghurt, milk, berries and honey. Divide amongst four ramekins and sprinkle over the seeds. Place in the fridge to chill overnight

Homemade granola is also very popular in our house.  This low-sugar version can be mixed with Greek yoghurt and fruit (see Fruit yoghurt pot recipe below) or simply served with milk (or nut milk).  It can be stored in an airtight container for 2-3 weeks, so you can make a big batch and use it for snacks too.

Ingredients:

  • 100g rolled oats
  • 50g desiccated coconut
  • 100g mixed nuts, coarsely chopped (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 medium free-range egg white
  • 100g mixed dried fruit such as cranberries and apricots (optional) 

Method:

  • Pre-heat the oven to 150 C/gas mark 2. Line a large baking tray with baking parchment
  • In a large bowl, combine the oats, coconut, nuts, oil, maple syrup and cinnamon. In a separate small bowl, whisk the egg white until frothy and stir into the granola mixture
  • Spread the granola mixture onto the prepared tray. Bake for 45 minutes, turning once during cooking. Set aside and allow to cool completely
  • Break up the cold granola and stir in the dried fruit. Store in an airtight container

Little helpers will love layering the fruit and yoghurt in these Fruit yoghurt pots.

Ingredients:

  • 180g low-sugar granola (recipe above)
  • 180g vanilla or Greek yoghurt
  • 180g mixed fruits (berries, mango and chopped banana are all delicious)

Method:

  • Divide the granola between six small ramekins. Spoon yoghurt equally between the pots and top with the fruit

Finally, here is our favourite Green smoothie recipe.  It’s packed full of nutrients and I love that I can get some vegetables into my boys (unnoticed!) before they start their day.

Ingredients:

  • 250ml of coconut water
  • 200g spinach
  • 150ml apple juice
  • 1 banana, thickly sliced
  • ½ avocado, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed
  • Handful of ice cubes 

Method:

  • Put all the ingredients into a blender and whiz on high until smooth. Pour into cups and serve

These recipes are taken from the new Little Dish Family Cookbook, which is priced at £14.99 (RRP) and is available from Amazon.