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Breakfast time usually comes and goes at our house. Admittedly, I’m the last one to get up so my husband and daughter have already eaten by the time I get downstairs. And, if I’m being honest, all mama wants is a cup of coffee.
Fruit, cereal and yogurt are the breakfast standards found in our kitchen. Some weekends, I might be inspired to bake cinnamon rolls, fry bacon or make waffles but most mornings everyone makes what we have on hand and we’re out the door.
Our weekday mornings are a little less chaotic now that school is out. On my own personal summer bucket list, I’ve challenged myself to make breakfast time better. That’s a lot for the mom who hands a protein bar to her kid when we’re running late for school.
How could I change up our normal breakfast routine?
I wanted to keep using all the things we normally eat but needed to make it more exciting. I know that sounds ridiculous because how exciting can breakfast get? But, the thing is, I get excited when we order room service and it arrives so beautifully prepared. I decided I would deconstruct our cereal and reimagine it in a breakfast bento box.
What goes inside a breakfast bento box?
A bento box is simply a small plastic container with a few paper liners or silicon cups. Mini wooden skewers or toothpicks are fun, along with miniature shapes to cut out fruit, toast or pancakes. The idea is to make the breakfast cute.
I used our regular family favorites to fill the box. I whipped up a very small batch of homemade pancakes and cut them into squares because they fit better inside with the other items. Anything goes, really. Keep them as circles, cut them into a shape or roll them up.
I filled a silicon cup with a berry flavored yogurt and added a paper cup filled with the new Raisin Bran Cranberry Almond Granola. We go through a lot of granola in our house because yogurt topped with granola is my husband’s go-to breakfast. The Raisin Bran Cranberry Almond Granola is one of our new favorites because it has both raisins and dried cranberries but also this wonderfully sweet puffed rice and bran flakes. We eat it by the handful.
In a random grocery store find, I stumbled onto watermelon steaks at my local Vons. I’m not a fan of cutting up watermelon so I grabbed several packages when I was shopping knowing how easy it would be to press them into heart shapes.
I filled up the box with mixed berries and a mini-container of pancake syrup but wanted to recreate one of my guilty pleasures: toast with peanut butter and bananas. I sliced a banana on a diagonal and sandwiched a touch of peanut butter in between two pieces. I then gently rolled them in Kellogg’s Corn Flakes cereal for the crunch. This might be one of my new favorite snacks.
I couldn’t believe how easy this all came together that I felt inspired to create even more. Remember I was whipping up the mini-pancakes? I wondered how they would taste if I added the Raisin Bran Cranberry Almond Granola to the batter. You guys, these were delicious.
I love how little changes make such a big difference. I can definitely see us making more breakfast bento boxes throughout the summer and we will have the cranberry almond granola pancakes this Sunday morning.
Both Kellogg’s Corn Flakes and Raisin Bran Cranberry Almond Granola can be found at Vons/Safeway stores on the cereal aisle. Here’s the thing about the granola, though. You’ll find it with the ever-growing granola section on the same aisle but not exactly with the boxed cereal. It instead comes in a resealable pouch and it’s usually on a shelf higher than the cereal or just adjacent to it.
How else can I reimagine breakfast? I would love to hear your ideas or link your Pinterest board in the comments below. And visit this website for more inspiration for creative breakfast and snack creations.