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Animal Crackers Step Aside, We’ve Got 3 Animal-Inspired Breakfast DIYs

Animal Crackers Step Aside, We’ve Got 3 Animal-Inspired Breakfast DIYs

If getting your kids excited about school starting hasn’t been easy this year, we’ve got a few tasty ideas for how to lift their spirits—and delight their appetites! These DIY animal breakfasts are fun, easy, and the most creative way we’ve found to start the school day with a little something special. We know the old rule that you shouldn’t play with your food, but what could be more fun than turning your plain-Jane toast into your favorite forest animal? Or arranging your pancake to look just like your pet? Plus, they say eating breakfast helps kids pay attention in class, perform better on tests, and have more energy throughout the day (we’re still not sure if that’s a positive…) In any case, make the back-to-school season a little more enjoyable with these yummy DIY breakfasts. We’ve got recipes for jazzing up everything from oats, to toast, to pancakes!

Owl Oatmeal

Ingredients:

Cooked oatmeal
Strawberries
Blueberries
Apple
Sliced almonds
Whole almonds
Bananas

Instructions:

Decorate oatmeal with your desired toppings. We used:

For the Eyes: Banana slices with blueberries
For the Wings: Strawberries or apple slices
For the Nose: Whole almond or a cut strawberry slice
For the Body: Layer sliced almonds or layer banana slices

Animal Toast

Ingredients:

Toast
Desired spread: peanut butter, cream cheese, or hazelnut spread
Strawberries
Blueberries
Apple
Sliced almonds
Whole almonds
Bananas

Instructions for Fox Toast:

  1. Toast bread
  2. Spread peanut butter on top half of bread (as pictured)
  3. Spread cream cheese on bottom half of bread (as pictured)
  4. Cut out 2 triangles (for ears) from another piece of toast
  5. Cover triangles with peanut butter and place on toast as ears
  6. Place sliced almonds on ears
  7. Decorate with bananas and blueberries for nose and eyes

Instructions for Bear Toast:

  1. Toast bread
  2. Spread hazelnut spread in a circular shape on the toast
  3. Decorate with bananas and blueberries for ears, nose, and eyes

Instructions for Cat Toast:

  1. Toast bread
  2. Spread peanut butter in a circular shape on the toast
  3. Decorate with strawberries for ears and nose, blueberries for eyes, and apple slices for whiskers

Puppy Pancake 

Ingredients:

Pancake batter
Chocolate chips or blueberries
Apple
Flax seeds
Strawberries

Instructions:

  1. Make pancake batter (Optional: add chocolate chips or blueberries for a spotted puppy)
  2. Heat non-stick pan to medium
  3. Spread butter on pan
  4. Pour pancake batter
    1. For puppy face – normal circular pancake shape
    2. For ears – 2 smaller ovals
  5. Place face and two ear pancakes on plate
  6. Cut apple slice into snout and mouth piece
  7. Cut strawberry in half and place underneath pancake and apple as a tongue
  8. Arrange flax seeds as whisker dots on apple
  9. Place chocolate chips or blueberries as eyes and nose
  10. Enjoy!

And if you’re starting off your morning at the Bay Club, don’t forget to stop by Café Vida for our kid-friendly smoothies and breakfasts that are healthy, delicious, and easy to grab on the way to school!

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