Quick breakfasts for your morning sloth


I have two children. Miss 11 is an early riser and ready for her day to start about thirty minutes later. Miss 6 on the other hand, is my morning sloth.

The breakfast battle begins

Miss 6 has always loved her sleep, and if I left her to it she would roll out of bed on a weekday around 9am. Of course, with her school morning starting at 9am, this is just not possible. We wake her up around 7:30am, and then the battle begins. She needs food, a drink, clean teeth, shoes on and hair brushed before we have to get her out the door. Eating breakfast is the biggest time sink with her. She’d nurse a bowl of cereal for an hour if she could.

“Keep eating!”

“I am eating”

… “You aren’t, I can see you.”

Finding quick and nutritious breakfast foods can be hard and often requires extra prep on my part. I work full-time so the last thing I need is more food prep to fit into my evenings. So here are my top quick breakfasts for a slow, even sloth-like, eater.

The humble sandwich

A sandwich with two pieces of bread is easy to hold, and easy to eat. You have the same range of toppings available, as with toast. Miss 6 enjoys peanut butter but you could also try Vegemite. I use either wheatmeal bread or a vitamin-enriched white bread. Don’t forget a piece of fresh fruit!


Banana roll

This one is pretty simple too. Grab a piece of bread, peel a banana, and then wrap the banana in the bread. You could even use a wrap if you have one left over. You could add a little honey to make it more interesting as well.

Egg-cellent eggs

Boil an egg and peel the shell away. Eggs are surprisingly filling for little tummies. They also travel okay in the car, if you are really in a rush. Just make sure that you have hard-boiled the egg. A runny yolk and car interiors do not mix! Add a piece of toast or bread, plus a piece of fruit.


Banana oat bites

I make a batch of these on a Sunday. Miss 6 can even help, it is so easy.

In a bowl mix together:

  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 2-3 mashed bananas
  • 2 cups of rolled oats
  • and a squirt of honey

You can put some raisins in too if you like. Spoon the mixture into some patty cases and bake for approximately 15 – 20 minutes. They’ll be golden brown when ready. These are good and filling. Plus they are perfect if your kids keep bringing home brown and uneaten bananas!

MILO with trim milk

I recently received two tins of MILO powder from Nestlé as part of a review. When I hand Miss 6 a mug of warm MILO with trim milk, I get my first morning smile. The addition of a glass of MILO with milk with any of the above quick breakfast options is going to mean more of a morning nutrition boost for her. Adding MILO to milk provides more protein, more calcium, more iron and more vitamin D. I feel a little more confident that she is starting her morning right.

Do you have a battle at every breakfast? What does your child eat in the mornings other than cereal or toast? Join our discussion in the comments below.

This article was written by Kym Moore. Kym was sponsored by Nestlé to write this blog for the MILO Hero Mums promotion and was provided with complimentary product and remuneration. These views are the personal views of Kym and do not necessarily reflect the views of Nestlé.

Kym is a working mum of two, and occasional blogger. Fancies herself a writer, when she isn’t editing her kids’ vlogs or running their social media at Baby Likes Cake. Follow them on Facebook and YouTube.

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  1. kymmage 29/08/2018 at 3:57 pm

    ever since I discovered she will eat a sandwich super quick, it’s been my go-to! she is even happy because apparently toast hurts her throat and “gets in my eyes, mum”. oh the stories she tells!

  2. Jen_Wiig 27/08/2018 at 12:22 pm

    Yes!!!!! im the same i have Mr11 my morning bird..hes up and into at 630am and done and ready by 715am , mr 9 ohhh my gooshhhh he brings new meaning to sloth ahhhhh does my bloody head in!!! and breakfast dont even get me started on that…first its the what shall i have battle, then the eat it battle then the i dont like it i need something else or im still hungry war…every single morning without fail!! i swear sometimes im the blondest mum around…why not have a sandwich?! with apiece of fruit on the way to school…we walk so plenty of time to munch it back…brilliant idea!!! THANKYOU!!!! may’ve just saved my sanity

  3. SarahBlair 24/08/2018 at 1:53 pm

    Luckily my kids aren’t too bad in the morning (I, on the other hand, am not a morning person) but these are great ideas for quick easy breakfasts that my kids will eat! Milo is also such an easy way to get goodies into the kids in a way that they love! Thanks for the ideas!!

  4. MuddledUpMolly 20/08/2018 at 10:29 pm

    There are some yummy ideas her for breakfast! Thankfully our kids eat everything they are given for breakfast and within a good timeframe, long may it last!

  5. dawnblyth 11/08/2018 at 4:06 pm

    My 9yr old will only eat a plain piece of toast, no spread or butter. He will eat cereal dry and weetbix dry. Thats his staple breakfast.
    My 3 year old on the other hand will eat a lot of different things. He loves weetbix with milk and fresh fruit like his grandad has when he comes to stay. He likes nutella on toast and jam on toast. He likes cocoa pops dry. BUT of all these things that he likes, he struggles to eat them within our time frame before we have to be out the door. The favourite of the moment is a sour cream and chives rice cake and a small teaspoon of nutella – seperate. He will eat this relatively easy and then we go. Weekends on the other hand are a nightmare sometimes, as we are all on go slows he sometimes won’t eat but then grazes until lunch time. I might try the above banana cups – they sound interesting.

  6. Mands1980 09/08/2018 at 11:22 am

    I have one child who I find difficult to eat the other 2 are fine they eat toast or cereal. The 8 year old though has odd things like saveloys or a sausage I know it sounds weird but at least he is eating. The other thing is scrambled eggs in bread as a sandwich apart from the mixing it’s fairly simple. I purchased some banana bread the other day and he also enjoyed this with butter on it. It’s a daily struggle when they really don’t want to eat when they get up before school.

  7. Bevik1971 08/08/2018 at 4:21 pm

    Hmmmm always a bit of a battle in the mornings! Our 5 year old generally will eat Organic Corn flakes (sometimes without milk haha), a banana, some toast or even a smoothie. As long as she eats something before school and it’s nutritional that’s what counts 🙂

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