7 Easy Back-to-School Breakfasts

We all want to start off on the right foot when starting a new school year. I know cereal and frozen waffles are often a necessity, but here are a few other easy options that will make parents and kids happy.
08/23/2015 08:03 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

We all want to start off on the right foot when starting a new school year. I know cereal and frozen waffles are often a necessity, but here are a few other easy options that will make parents and kids happy.

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Morning Glory Muffins are made with a little bit of everything: whole wheat flour, carrots, apples, raisins, walnuts, orange juice, coconut and wheat germ. And, true to their name, they're a glorious way to start the day. GET THE RECIPE

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This fruit-packed smoothie is a little sweet, a little tart and a whole lot of healthy. Make it for breakfast and your kids will feel satisfied until lunchtime. GET THE RECIPE

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Baked oatmeal is a traditional and comforting Amish breakfast casserole that has a consistency similar to that of bread pudding. There are endless variations -- the recipe is easily adapted with whatever fruits and nuts you have on hand -- but this version with apples, raisins and walnuts is my favorite. GET THE RECIPE

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Fluffy on the inside, crispy on the outside, and delicately flavored with bananas and vanilla -- these are phenomenal banana pancakes. The recipe, believe it or not, is adapted from a children's cookbook, which only proves how easy they are to make. GET THE RECIPE

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Granola bars are a staple in my pantry, but between my husband, my kids, and my kids' hungry friends, I can't seem to keep enough of them in the house. So I figured it was time to try and make them from scratch, and maybe even sneak in some health food. After many trials, I finally cracked the code and came up with a version that puts all those store-bought bars to shame. What's more, they're no-bake and take only ten minutes to make. GET THE RECIPE

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French toast is easy to make on a busy weekday morning. This version -- made with challah and a rich custard flavored with honey, vanilla and lots of cinnamon -- cooks up slightly crisp on the exterior and creamy on the interior, and tastes almost like bread pudding. GET THE RECIPE

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This is my go-to banana bread recipe. It's phenomenal right out of the oven, and delicious all over again when you toast it for breakfast the next day. GET THE RECIPE