This post is from contributing writer Mary Voogt of Just Take A Bite.
Breakfast. It’s the one meal of the day that I don’t typically “cook” for my family. At least not on a weekday. Mom and Dad are up early. The kids get up a bit later. Sometimes we’re relaxed. Sometimes we’re rushed.
But that doesn’t mean breakfast isn’t important to me! Quite the contrary. I know that a balanced, nourishing breakfast can completely make or break our day. A starchy breakfast without healthy fats and protein or full of white sugar will make blood sugar go crazy and set my kids up for meltdowns and bad moods.
Nourishing Breakfast Made Simple.
So my goal for breakfast is to have nourishing foods that I can prep one day or even several days before. Of all the breakfasts I make these gluten-free mudballs are one my kids’ favorites. I love them because I can literally make a batch in less than ten minutes. Then in the morning, the kids can grab them. It really doesn’t get any easier.
Unless my kids make them! My oldest two are confident at the stove thanks to Kids Cook Real Food. So they can easily measure and pour a few ingredients and mix them in a saucepan. The hard part is keeping them from sampling half of it!
- ¼ cup honey
- ½ cup unsweetened sunbutter
- ¼ cup lard, tallow or butter (tallow hardens best)
- 3 Tbsp. chia seeds
- 2 Tbsp. sprouted pumpkin seeds
- 2 Tbsp. organic cocoa powder (or cacao or carob)
- ¼ cup raisins or dried cranberries
- 3 Tbsp. grassfed collagen
- pinch unrefined sea salt
- ½ cup white rice, tapioca or cassava flour
- In a medium saucepan melt the honey, sunbutter, tallow and collagen over medium heat, until liquid.
- Remove pan from heat. Stir in the remaining ingredients.
- When cool enough to handle form into 1½" balls.
- Refrigerate or freeze until cool and firm.
- Serve immediately or store in the fridge for up to 1 week or the freezer for up to 1 year.
Trouble Getting Healthy Food on the Table Every Day?
Enter Real Plans
Real Plans is an online meal planning software & app that is probably smarter than I am.
It works with all food restrictions to help families find the perfect meal, generate a shopping list, scale it up if needed, and you’re totally in control. Use your own fav recipes, skip a suggestion and tell Real Plans all the foods you don’t like/can’t eat, and it will still do half the work of meal planning (or more) for you.
Real Plans takes the stress out of meal planning and puts the nourishing food BACK on your table. There’s a plan for every diet type, including GAPS, Paleo, AIP, Whole30, vegetarian and more!
Always Time To Teach
We call these mudballs because they really look like balls of mud! What kid doesn’t love to start her day with mud?! We are a homeschooling, farming family. So we spend a lot of time outside in the dirt and in the garden. These mudballs look like dirt with seeds. But they are delicious. And they spark conversation about our creation.
I make sure breakfast contains healthy fats and proteins. The mudballs have sunbutter, tallow (or lard or butter), chia seeds (omega-3 fats) and pumpkin seeds which provide lots of vitamins and minerals. I also addto give these a more complete protein.
Make it a Complete Meal.
Gluten-free mudballs work as an easy breakfast or on-the-go snack. For breakfast, I like to pair them with hard boiled eggs or yogurt and some fruit. More breakfast items that I prepare in advance. Then when the kids get up breakfast is ready! Which is always important for kids like my son that are super high energy and need to eat as soon as they get up.
This is a great way to teach kids how to serve themselves and be independent. Even if mom or dad preps the food. The kids can learn to get it out themselves. They will understand portion sizes (like a toddler that tries taking five mudballs…and then only eats one), listening to their own hunger and fullness signals and not being overly dependent on parents.
Since we just had baby number four, easy breakfasts and snacks like mudballs have been a huge blessing. My oldest can make a big batch and then stick them in the fridge or freeze some. I know my kids are getting delicious, nourishing food even if I’m busy with baby.
We have a variety of allergies among our kids. So it’s always a challenge to make something everyone can eat. But these mudballs are free of gluten, dairy, eggs, nuts, oats and coconut. They can even be grain free, depending on which flour you choose.
They are great for nursing moms too!! A quick snack for calories, nutrients, and energy.
Are you looking for a simple, kid-friendly breakfast? These gluten-free mudballs are perfect. Make a big batch because they’ll go quickly.
Some of our other favorite quick and easy breakfasts are grain free pumpkin spice breakfast cookies, brain booster milkshakes, blueberry or cherry yogurt, oat and nut free chewy granola bars, grain free sunbutter and jelly bars, salted chocolate milk, mason jar fruit salad and no cook pumpkin yogurt.
More Healthy Breakfast Recipes
- The Healthy Breakfast Book with over 50 recipes!
- Tastes Like Pizza Breakfast Hash
- Autumn Spiced Pumpkin Pancakes – can be made grain-free, gluten-free, sourdough or whole wheat!
- Grain-free Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Porridge
- Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal (pumpkin pie version)
- Instant Pot Apple Cranberry Steel Cut Oats
- Best Homemade Soaked Granola
- Best Pancakes: Whole Wheat or Gluten-free or Sourdough or Paleo Apple Almond
- Veggie Potato Latkes
- Grain-free Pizza Quiche
- Best High Protein Scrambled Eggs Ever
- Candy Cane Smoothie Bowl
- 10 Healthy Brunch Dishes for Potlucks
- Creative Ways to Add Veggies to Breakfast
- Lots of Breakfast Ideas for Meal Planning