Breakfast in bed
A lie-in and breakfast made with love are normally top of any mum’s wishlist on Mothering Sunday and these recipes are all simple enough that youngsters can have a hand in making them. We have a range of all things breakfast and brunch-related, from granola and green goddess smoothie bowls to bagels, banana bread and bacon. Don’t forget the breakfast spreads either – help the kids make their own salted peanut butter, easy strawberry jam or blackcurrant compote.
This delicious mix is packed with fruit, nuts and seeds to give the whole family an energy boost at the start of the day. The kids can help mix it up then decant some into a little jar for mum and tie on a handwritten label. The rest will keep for up to a month in an airtight container.
Breakfast bagel club
Straightforward for children to help assemble, this lovely layered bagel is a tasty mix of salty, smoky and creamy. Teach the kids how to cook the eggs and tuck into a complete brunch that’ll keep you all going until lunchtime. Make it look special for Mother’s Day by topping with a little decorative flag made from washi tape fixed around a little paddle skewer.
Raw strawberry jam
Our simple strawberry jam is bursting with fruity flavour for mum’s toast and it’s no-cook, too, so even the littlest of cooks can get involved in making it. Blend most of the berries in a food processor then just stir in the rest of the ingredients, mix and leave to thicken by magic. Plus, it’s gluten-free and vegan, too.
A cheerful glass of greens provides a lovely pop of colour and is packed with vitamin C and all the goodness of kale, avo, zesty lime and pineapple. It’s gluten-free, vegan and ready in five minutes. Makes enough for the kids to try a glass, too.
Banana & oat pancakes
Rolled oats for slow-release energy, natural sweetness from the banana, fresh fruit and yogurt – these tempting pancakes offer a healthier start to Mother’s Day. Kids can easily help whip up the batter in a blender before a little lesson in how to whisk egg whites to fold into the mix.
Green goddess smoothie bowl
An Instagrammable bowl offers a bright start to Mother’s Day – and this smoothie is as beautiful to eat as it is to look at. Providing no less than all five of your five-a-day, it gives goddesses/mums-in-need all the benefits of avocado, banana, spinach, raspberries, blueberries, mango, mixed seeds and more. The biggest bonus? The kids can help prep it the night before, ready to carry up to mum in the morning.
Crisp bacon & avocado toasts
Here’s a variation on a BLT that is simple enough for children to help make, giving mum the morning off. Just crisp up the bacon and cherry tomatoes under the grill while they mash the avocado up with a fork. Omit the dried chilli if youngsters are also tucking in and don’t like too much heat.
Vegan banana bread
Use up ripe bananas in this delicious breakfast loaf, delicious toasted and spread with peanut butter (see below). It’s a straightforward recipe for children to help make and fills the house with lovely aromas as it bakes on Mother’s Day morning. Make it together and tuck in over a cuppa.
Salted peanut butter
Three ingredients are all you need to make your own peanut butter at home, without any added sugar, salt or nasties. The kids can make it just the way mum likes it – crunchy or smooth – then fill a jar decorated with their own handwritten label. Try it on a slice of our toasted vegan banana bread.
You only need three ingredients to make this fruity jam which is perfect for topping yogurt and muesli on Mother’s Day. You will need a fruit thermometer and to sterilise your jars in advance, so although kids can help make this for mum, they’ll need adult supervision while bringing the fruit to the boil. Let them make labels for a Mother’s Day batch and keep any leftovers in the fridge for up to three weeks.
What will you be cooking this Mother’s Day? Leave a comment below…