Quick Back to School Breakfast Ideas {Getting Back into Routine}

Today is going to be my last post related to Back to School. School starts for us bright and early Monday morning and I have purchased everything the kids need for the big day. Now comes the time of getting out of our lazy summer routine and getting more organized for the school year. 

This is always easier said than done in our house. As a Walmart Mom I was asked to share my ideas on getting into routine when it comes to back to school. Over summer my kids fell into their own schedule of sleeping in and eating breakfast a bit later than usual.
My biggest challenge will be getting everyone up and out of bed by 6:30 AM. Mornings in my home are crazy, especially during the school year. The last thing I want to worry about is what to make for breakfast. This is where quick and easy comes into the picture. 

Today's I'm sharing Three Make Ahead Breakfast Ideas to help your school mornings run a bit smoother. For me, when it comes to school breakfasts they need to be quick and easy. Foods that are prepared ahead and frozen work great when I'm short on time.

Off to my local Walmart I went and picked up a few items to make three affordable kid friendly breakfast ideas. All of the recipes below can be paired perfectly with fruit, yogurt, milk, juice or even a smoothie to round off the meal. 

The first quick breakfast recipe is for Mini Pancake Muffins. Pancake muffins are pancakes that you make in a muffin tin. They're a fluffy, a little sweet and taste just like a a real pancake. The recipe below yields 24 muffins, so we had plenty to freeze for school mornings.

To use frozen pancake muffins just thaw, reheat and dunk in your favorite syrup. By far these are Carsons favorite.

Easy Pancake Muffins

2 - cups bisquick, jiffy or pioneer baking mix
1 - cup buttermilk
2 - eggs
1/2 - cup great value real maple syrup 

Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray a mini muffin pan with non stick baking spray. In large bowl, stir together biscuit baking mix, milk, maple syrup and eggs. Mix until blended. Pour batter evenly into mini muffin cups, filling nearly to the top of each cup. 

Bake 10 - 12 minutes or until tops are light golden brown and spring back when lightly touched. Cool in pan 5 minutes then remove to a cooling rack.  Serve pancake bites warm drizzled with maple syrup.  Flash freeze any leftovers and place them in a large freezer bag.

How to flash freeze: Place pancake bites 1 inch apart onto a baking sheet. Place baking sheet in the freezer for 20 - 30 minutes. This will freeze the bites firmly, so they do not stick when you place them in a freezer bag. When the bites are firm, transfer to a large zip lock freezer bag. Date and freeze. When ready to use reheat in the microwave.

Cook's Note: you can also add blueberries or chocolate chips to the batter. By far our favorite are just plain old buttermilk pancakes.

Recipe Yields: 2 dozen muffin bites 
Inspired by: Betty Crocker

Next on the list is Homemade Baked French Toast Sticks. My kids love french toast sticks, but the store bought ones can be a bit greasy for our taste. I have been buying french toast sticks for quite a long time and my kids go through them like crazy. 

I would of never thought to make them myself, but I remembered a recipe I saved from Pinterest and I finally gave it a try. The french toast sticks turned out really good, and the recipe made enough to store and freeze the leftovers for a quick breakfast.  


DIY French Toast Sticks
3 - eggs
1 - cup powdered sugar
1/2 - cup milk
1/4 - cup great value maple syrup
1 - 2 teaspoon vanilla
cinnamon, optional
10 - pieces of Texas toast bread, sliced into three's
3 - 4 tablespoon melted butter

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with non stick baking spray. Cut each slice of Texas toast in to three pieces; set aside. 

In a shallow bowl using a wire whisk, beat together the eggs, sugar, milk , maple syrup, vanilla and cinnamon if using. Mix until well blended.  

Dip each bread strip into the egg mixture, coating completely, but do not over soak (you don't want the bread to be soggy). Place each slice of bread on a greased baking sheet (brush a little melted butter underneath each strip before you place them on the baking sheet.  

Bake 10 minutes and remove from oven. Brush tops with melted butter and turn them over to toast the other side. Return to the oven and bake an additional 5-10 minutes or until golden brown. 

Remove from oven and serve warm with syrup for dipping. Flash Freeze any leftovers and store in a large freezer bag.

To reheat: place a couple sticks on a microwave-safe plate and heat on high for 1 minute or use your microwaves re-heat setting. Heat until warm. Serve with syrup.

Recipe Yields: 30 - french toast sticks
Adapted from: One Crazy Cookie

I had a little helper in the kitchen when I was making the french toast sticks. Here's a picture of Carson dipping and arranging all the french toast sticks for me.

Last on my quick and easy breakfast list is Mini Sausage Pigs in a Blanket. During the school year I make these a couple times during the week because they're so easy. I use the great value refrigerated biscuits and purchase the 4 pack for $1.98. little piggies are easy enough to bake on busy school morning or you can prepare them in advance and store in your freezer. 

If you are making these to store in the freezer, bake them first, flash freeze and place in a large freezer bag. If you freeze them unbaked the biscuit dough will not fluff up and rise when baked. To use just remove baked piggies from the freezer, thaw and reheat in your microwave. 

Lil Smokie Pigs in a Blanket

20 - little smokie sausages
2 - (10 count) cans 7.5 oz refrigerated buttermilk biscuits (I use great value)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Flatten each biscuit using a rolling pin or your hand. Wrap one biscuit around each little smokie sausage. 

Place each biscuit with the overlapped side faced down on a greased baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until biscuits are cooked and lightly browned. 

Flash freeze any leftovers and place in a large freezer bag. Reheat in the toaster oven for 3-5 minutes

Recipe yields: 20 pigs in a blanket

I hope these 3 quick and easy breakfast ideas will help your busy school mornings run smoothly. Visit Walmarts Summer Breakfast Ideas page to find more delicious and easy breakfast recipes perfect for back to school.   


azbaby24 said…
U cant be serious. How have I never thought to make pancake muffins!!! I always make and freeze regular pancakes. Genius idea, just genius!!!!!!!
Tina Butler said…
I did the same thing until I started making these muffins. I saw the recipe on the Bisquick site, but they were for lemon and blueberry. I just adapted them to make buttermilk. I was floored at how much they tasted like pancakes.
Leslie said…
Wow, you're really prepared Tina! These are really great breakfast ideas!! My kiddos would love them, even though they aren't in school yet, they wake us so hungry in the mornings. I'm definitely trying your recipes out!
What awesome ideas! Gotta try those pancake muffins soon...hubby would love them. I don't have kids going to school, but I do share things like this in the column that I write for. I am sure I will be passing a couple of these ideas along to my readers...giving you credit for them. Very nice!!
Breener said…
I love your page!!!! It's wonderful. Thanks for all of your ideas.
Those are really great ideas Tina!! I would love to print those recipes off like I do w/so many others of yours, but only see the 'save' button.

Anonymous said…
I just made the pancake muffins this morning, so delicious. I don't keep Bisquick-type products on hand so I just used a homemade buttermilk pancake recipe--took a couple of minutes to measure it all out, no trouble. I doubled it and made 12 large muffins, cooked about 12-14 minutes. Used 1/2 white whole wheat flour and 1/2 all-purpose flour. They turned out great. Thanks for a fabulous idea. Going to freeze them just like you!!!
Tina Butler said…
@Friendship Crossing, the red print friendly button is at the end of each post. Just click on that to print the recipes.
Anonymous said…
I made a batch of all 3 breakfast items this afternoon. My girls and I sampled each one when they were finished baking and they were Great! I really liked the french toast sticks. I work nights and the girls get up on their own and this will be an easy breakfast they can just heat and eat. We love your recipes and ideas! Keep up the good work.
Thank you
Terri P
Anonymous said…
Hey Tina,

Where do you get your Texas toast bread? Our Walmart doesn't carry it. :(
Tina Butler said…
I found mine at Walmart on the bottom shelf in the bread isle. Try going back and looking again, because sometimes it is hard to miss. They usually have two different brands.
azbaby24 said…
Just clarifying that the French toast sticks are using powder sugar instead of granulated.
Tina Butler said…
Yes it is powdered sugar not granulated.
Crystal said…
Great ideas! Will definitely be trying them in an effort to alleviate SOME of the morning chaos. Do you have any recipes for finding lost shoes and homework? LOL!
Tina Butler said…
I don't but if you do let me know, because we have the shoe problem as well.
Renae said…
Thanks for sharing these are some great school breakfast ideas.
azbaby24 said…
I had a difficult time with my French toast sticks sticking to the pan. Usually, I griddle them first but putting them in the oven with just the coating gave me a hard time. I used a non-stick pan with butter. Do you ever have an issue with this?? Maybe adding a coating spray next time could help./ They were still delish so I just need to fix this problem since I ruined my first batch.
Tina Butler said…
I had a non stick pan as well and mine didn't really stick with the butter added. It wouldn't hurt to give it a quick spray first with non stick spray. I will add that part to the recipe. Thank you for letting me know.
Anonymous said…
Bethany said…
What if you just have regular sliced white bread? I have been waiting to try these but never have french toast bread.
Bettie said…
Hello Tina! I've made the pigs in a blanket and the pancake muffins so far this morning. I'm in the process of making the French Toast and I have one question. Where do I add the butter? I see it listed in the ingredients, but can't find where to use it. My lunch today was a sampling of the goodies and they didn't disappoint. Thanks for sharing.
Tina Butler said…
Not sure what happened but the butter part got totally left off. I am so sorry. Bettie. I fixed the recipe and now it reflects the butter. Thank you for pointing that out.
Anonymous said…
Can I use Aunt Jemi a pan are mix for the pancake muffins?