With the cold weather setting in, we give you five breakfast options to make those dreaded mornings better

With winter right around the corner, everyone needs a little motivation to get out of bed. The bed is cosy and warm and, of course, no one wants to leave that glorious mountain of pillows and blankets.

Unfortunately, life doesn’t wait for anyone. Your bed may protest and your alarm will keep buzzing, but sooner than later, you will have to make your way to the dreaded kitchen to whip up something. But fear not, we have you covered. These delicious breakfast ideas will get you jumping out of bed and fill you up with boundless energy. Not only will these meals keep you full, they’re also comforting and most importantly, warm.

1. Porridge
I know it sounds boring and uninspiring, but in all honesty, porridge is one of the best ways to start your day. Get creative with the toppings and mix-ins. You can stuff in a pinch of spice such as cinnamon or a tsp of vanilla extract to flavour the bowl. I love topping my bowl with a sliced banana, a spoonful of cookie butter or Nutella and sometimes, I sprinkle on some chia seeds.

2. Baked eggs
Cooking eggs the same way can be monotonous and bore your palate. Which is why, baked eggs is a wonderful alternative to your usual scrambled eggs routine. Crack the eggs in a little bowl and add a pinch of salt and pepper. Cooking the eggs in a sauce such as a tomato sauce is a delicious way to spice up your fault eggs.

3. Breakfast cookies
Breakfast cookies are perfect to start your day with. Here’s how you make them:

1 cup mashed ripe banana (2 large)
2 cups rolled oats
3 tablespoons ground flax seed
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon sea salt

Preheat oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a food processor, add the oats and pulse until a coarse meal forms.
In a large bowl, mash the banana. Now’ add the rest of the ingredients to the banana bowl and stir in the oat flour. Mix to combine.
Using an ice cream scoop, scoop out balls/ mounds of cookie dough and bake at 350 F for 11 to 12 minutes, watch carefully after 10 minutes.
Let them cool for at least 10 minutes before saying. Serve with nut butter or anything else you like.
Note: this is a base recipe! Feel free to add in chopped nuts, chocolate chips, etc.

4. Baked oatmeal
Oatmeal can have an unpleasant texture when cooked on the stove, however baking it into delicious little cups is good way to get all the nutrition it provided in, while enjoying the taste. These keep you full for a while and you can play around with the various flavours for the baker oatmeal ‘cups’. Serve these with fresh fruit, yogurt, nut butter or jam.

5. Pancakes and waffles
Using whole grain flour to make pancakes/waffles is a great way to have your cake and eat it too.
These weekend favourites can actually make great breakfasts as well, if you use whole grain flour and serve them with honey and fruit instead of the usual pancake syrup.

Your mornings just got better.

Amani Bhobe, Correspondent (Food)

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