This post is sponsored by Kellogg’s, but all opinions are my own.
Life with five kids, as you can imagine, gets to be quite crazy and hectic sometimes, especially in the morning. I wish I could say I’m one of those people that wakes up in the morning and hits the ground running, but to be honest, that’s not me at all! I’m a night person and struggle with mornings. While I love to cook for my family, 6 am in the morning is not the time that I want to be going full steam in the kitchen. But, I mean, 5 kids. They want to eat, they NEED to eat. Can anyone else relate?
Over the years I’ve found a few ways to simplify breakfast at our home, so today I wanted to share them with you!
Raisin Bran Breakfast Cookies
My kids and I can fix these Raisin Bran Breakfast Cookies together in less than an hour and then they last for breakfast for a few days! Sometimes I double the recipe and then freeze the second batch. I love these cookies because they aren’t as messy as traditional cereal with milk (which often spills at our house) plus my older kids can self-serve themselves easily – no milk pouring necessary!
Raisin Bran Breakfast Cookies Recipe
- 3/4 cup butter (softened)
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 2 cups of Kellogg’s Raisin Bran Cereal
- 2 cups of unbleached flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Combine butter and brown sugar until well blended.
- Add the vanilla extract and eggs and mix until smooth.
- Mix in peanut butter.
- Mix in baking soda.
- Slowly mix in the flour.
- Mix in the chia seeds
- Mix in the Kellogg’s Raisin Bran cereal just until blended together – do not over mix.
- Spoon onto ungreased cookie sheet (about the size of a plum)
- Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.
- Cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes before removing to wire rack to finish cooling.
- Makes 2 dozen cookies
These breakfast cookies are so easy to make and absolutely delicious! The texture is amazing! They are not super sweet like other cookies but just enough sweetness to make them a huge hit with the kids. I love that these cookies allow me to sneak extra fiber into their diets, thanks to the bran and the chia seeds. The raisins add a nice bit of sweetness without having to use something like chocolate chips. These are frequently requested at our house and since I typically always have Kellogg’s Raisin Bran in the house for me to eat, they are easy to whip up!
Grab and Go Cereal Bags
Another thing I like to do with my kids is to make “Grab and Go Cereal Bags” with them. I purchase big boxes of cereal at Sam’s Club because, with 4 kids, we go through breakfast cereal really fast! But those big boxes are tough for little hands to carry around. Plus, my kids aren’t always so good about closing cereal bags tightly when they are finished with them. So, when I get home from the store, I get all 4 of the older kids to wash their hands and then they help me assemble the bags.
We put individual servings in the zippered sandwich bags and then store them in a big crate. At night before I head to bed I just move it to our dining room table and the kids can help themselves when they wake up. This eliminates them spilling the big boxes of cereal or pouring way too much cereal into their bowls that later goes to waste.