Battle of the Breakfasts

So a while ago I asked on instagram what people give their kids for breakfast.  I don't know why this meal is always such a struggle for me.  I loved all the suggestions, it's always fun hearing what other people do.

The thing with breakfast is the standard cereal, toast, waffle, carby junk in the morning makes Fletcher nuts.  So I try to make variations of these meals or something different entirely.  So for this blog I'm going to share some recipes that were fairly easy to make and also write about Fletcher's behaviour after eating them.

RECIPE 1:  Vegan, gluten-free pancakes

I got the original recipe here, but made some variations.

1 cup sparkling water
1 cup quinoa flour (I also tried this with coconut flour - DON'T DO IT! It's a crumbly disaster)
1 tsp baking powder
coconut oil for frying

These were so easy and they turned out great.  Fletch had them with Earth Balance butter and some maple syrup.

Behaviour:

Jack ass. Fletcher had a few little meltdowns, typical 5 year old stuff.  But then we took the kids to a fabulous park and Fletcher didn't want to play.  He moped around and told me that the park was boring (it was an awesome park).  This is also the moment I declared "NO iPAD FOR A MONTH, IT'S ROTTING YOUR BRAIN!".  That's a post for another day though. 

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RECIPE 2: Vegan Avocado Pancakes

I got the original recipe here, but made some variations.

1/2 of a ripe avocado
1/2 cup non-dairy milk (I used almond milk)
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
1 1/4  cup quinoa flour
2 tbsp vegan chocolate protein powder (I added this because I was worried the pancakes would be green and the kids wouldn't eat them...but I don't think I really needed to.  Frying them up made them brown enough).

I fried these puppies up in some coconut oil and Fletcher and Finley enjoyed them with some Earth Balance butter and maple syrup.  Fletch also enjoyed one with almond butter and blueberries.

Behaviour:

Amazing. Fletcher was the perfect child.  He was helpful, kind, thoughtful.  He helped me wash the floor, he played nicely with his sister.  He shared.  I mean he was seriously delightful. I would have brought this version of Fletcher to dinner with the Queen.

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RECIPE 3: Breakfast quinoa with blueberries & peaches

I was excited to try this one. I saw it in an Instant Pot book my mom borrowed from the library. I've heard of people having quinoa for breakfast and I've always wanted to try it but the hassle of making it kept me from doing it.  But along comes the Instant Pot and the daunting task of making quinoa at 7am doesn't seem so daunting after all.  

So here's how it goes.  Put one cup of water in your Instant Pot.  If you don't have one, stop what you are doing and just buy one.  They are on sale all the time.  It's worth it.  Put one cup of quinoa in your Instant Pot (remove packaging and stuff if you've just bought it). Add a few sprinkles of cinnamon because it will make it more delicious and also make your house smell like YUM. Then turn your IP (that's short form for Instant Pot, I'm sick of writing it) to high pressure for 1 minute.  It takes a while to heat up but then, bada boom, bada ding! Open that IP up and you have some hot quinoa.  

For toppings we added some frozen blueberries, a tiny bit of almond butter and maple syrup and some warmed up peaches.  Fletcher and Finley both loved it.  Ophelia even had a bit.  That was fun to clean up.  

Behaviour:

I thought this was going to be a winning meal.  I really had high hopes.  LIKE SUPER HIGH HOPES.  Less than an hour after eating Fletcher was legit jumping off the couches. He was running around like the Tasmanian devil. He was bulldozing his sisters to the floor. He was laughing uncontrollably like he was possessed by a psychotic clown doll.  

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So in conclusion, the avocado pancakes won.  I talked to my Naturopath about it today and she and I concluded the same thing.  The other 2 recipes were missing one key thing. FAT.  Yes they had a little bit but not enough.  It didn't balance the meal enough.  The fat helps slow down the absorption of everything else.  So now my next round of experiments will have to use some good fats.  Send your recipes my way!  

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