I probably took it for granted when I was little, but I have to give my mother some credit for always having a delicious breakfast on the table for us in the morning. Yes, there were simple meals of cereal and fruit, but there were also plenty of days where Mom would be in the kitchen making homemade muffins, perfect pancakes, divine french toast and other first-meal-of-the-day favorites. Now that I'm a mom, those yummy childhood memories inspire me to do the same for my family.
Maybe it's because of back-to-school, but lately, I've been getting a lot of SOS messages from moms asking for fast but filling breakfast ideas. I'm not suggesting that recipes like this one for Banana Waffles are really going to make it onto your table in 60 seconds, but where there's a will there's a way. If the thought of making something from scratch at 7am is unappealing to you, how about mixing the wet and dry ingredients separately the night before? Then, all you have to do in the morning is mix them together in a bowl and scoop some batter into the waffle iron. Simple. But if that's still to much for you when you're feeling bleary eyed, exhausted and just want to get everyone out the door well-fed, follow in my foot steps. I like to make a huge batch of these waffles on the weekend and store them in labeled freezer bags so all cooking breakfast entails for me is warming some in the toaster oven and serving with fresh fruit or syrup. It's easier than putting out cereal and by the time everyone's at the table you'll look like you made them the perfect breakfast from scratch and give your little ones a life-long feeling that Mom always cared about giving them the best -- even at the crack of dawn!
Accompaniments: Peanut Butter, Jam, Honey, Maple Syrup