Who says you can’t have dessert for breakfast? Kids will love waking up to this fun (and still nutritious) breakfast banana split. Perfect for special occasions, but simple enough for weekdays morning, too!
One truth I’ve learned in my eight years of parenting is this:
Successful parenting is all about marketing.
Really! I mean, how much time you spend every day thinking of creative ways to “sell” your kids on doing whatever you need them to do?
We “sell” bath time as a mini pool party.
We coax kids to bed by throwing in a “free piggyback ride.”
And today, I’m encouraging healthy eating by dressing breakfast up as dessert.
Dessert for breakfast? Whaaaat?
Cue the giggles and grins from kids who think they’re getting away with some great trick. But, really, I’m the one giggling in the corner as I watch my kids gobble up a breakfast full of protein, calcium, fresh fruit, and whole grains.
Yes, it’s basically, it’s a yogurt parfait. But remember…it’s all about the marketing.
Bonus…these breakfast banana splits are so so easy. I’m talking…making them takes about as much effort as pouring a bowl of cereal. They are a perfect weekday breakfast, hearty snack, or even dessert! They’re also highly adaptable…add whatever extra toppings your kids love!
How to keep it healthy
Keep in mind that not all yogurt and granola is created equal (or equally healthy). A lot of yogurt and granola products have a LOT of sugar, so be mindful of what you buy if you really want it to count as a “healthy” breakfast.
One of my favorite ways to cut down on sugar is make my own yogurt “cocktail” of sorts. Just combine half flavored yogurt with half plain yogurt (1:1 ratio). My kids don’t notice the difference, and I actually prefer it that way.
My favorite granola is the Kirkland brand “Ancient Grains” granola from Costco (I love Costco!). It is high in fiber and protein, and it has a moderate amount of sugar (9 grams in 3/4 cup). If you really want to cut down on the sugar, try making your own! This “no sugar added” granola recipe from Super Healthy Kids would be a great option.
Alright…ready to earn serious cool mom points? Here’s how to make your own breakfast banana split.
Here’s what you need to make your own breakfast banana split:
- 1 banana, sliced in half lengthwise
- 1/2 cup yogurt (*see note)
- 1/2 cup diced fruit (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, etc.)
- 1/2 cup granola
Optional Toppings (not as healthy, but fun!)
- mini chocolate chips
- flaked coconut
- Slice a banana lengthwise and arrange on a plate or in a bowl.
- Scoop 1/2 cup yogurt on top. I like to use a cookie scoop for this and do 3 small scoops, but you can just use a spoon as well.
- Sprinkle diced fruit and granola over the top and enjoy!
Any variety of yogurt will work for this recipe. Greek or normal, vanilla or strawberry... use whatever you like best. To make it healthier, I usually combine half flavored yogurt with half plain yogurt (1:1 ratio). My kids don’t notice the difference, and I actually prefer it that way.
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