Mornings are not my thing. I can be honest with you right? At 30 years old I still struggle to get out of bed each morning. Maybe it’s because my mind races for the first hour or two every night, so I feel like I get cheated out of the full 8 hours of sleep I tell myself I deserve. Maybe it’s because I toss and turn constantly, checking the baby monitor trying to make sure Baby Boy is okay. Perhaps it’s waking up with Tiny’s paw dug into my back and Bud taking over my pillow. I don’t know what it is, but I am not a morning person.
I don’t even set my alarm because I know I won’t wake up to it. J wakes me up. I prefer him to wake me up before he gets in the shower, but there are mornings that I can’t get out of bed until he’s walking out the door. It helps on the mornings our little guy wakes up about 6:30 because then I have to get up too. But if he sleeps in, I’ve lost.
J on the other hand… total morning person. Ugh! He’s up with the first sound of his alarm. He’s off to shower and get dressed. Most mornings he even has time to make breakfast. I have no idea who I married!
I have to make sure everything for me and the baby is perfectly laid out the night before otherwise I’ll be late to work. Like I have a mental list. Is the car seat on the table ready to go? Check. Bottles filled and in the diaper bag? Check. Wipes and extra clothes packed? Check. Gym bag packed? Check. Breakfast ready? Check. Clothes laid out? Check.
Most nights I shower right before bed so I can have an extra 10 minutes of sleep. And if I have to wash my hair then I better do it before bed otherwise, it’s not happening.
I’ve gotten good at prepping our breakfast the night before. I usually make J some egg cups for him to heat up, but I’m not a huge egg fan so I need something different. I found a recipe for some breakfast cookies and decided to give it a whirl.
They are good. Like really good. Taste similar to a no-bake oatmeal cookie, but they are baked and have less sugar.
Now I can grab two of these breakfast cookies each morning and I’m out the door. Plus, the best part? They keep me filled until lunch. The version I make creates 21 cookies, so I have enough for a full week and then some. I even take an extra one as an afternoon snack before I go work out to give me a little extra energy boost.
What are your go-to breakfast recipes?
- 2 1/4 cup Old Fashioned Oats
- 1 cup AP Flour (or whole-wheat)
- 2 t. cinnamon
- 1 t. baking soda
- 1/2 c. chocolate chips
- 1/2 c. creamy peanut butter
- 1/3 c. unsweetened apple sauce
- 1/4 c. reduced syrup
- 1 large egg
- 3 T. brown sugar
- In one bowl, combine oats, flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and chocolate chips.
- In a separate bowl, combine peanut butter, apple sauce, syrup, egg and brown sugar.
- Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, stir to combine.
- Scoop onto parchment paper lined baking pan.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 9-10 minutes
- Store in an air-tight container for up to a week.