Since mornings are a bit hectic around here, breakfast tends to be whatever we can grab on the way out the door. Frequently the decision is made based on two important factors: 1. Can you eat it with one hand? 2. Will I have stains on my shirt when I get to the office? (Sometimes there’s a number 3 to be considered: Will the screaming kids in the backseat want a “bite”, leaving me with nothing? But usually there isn’t time to think that far in advance and I end up kicking myself for not grabbing more than one.) If you were to look in my pantry you’d see a wide variety of pre-packaged, not-so-wholesome, breakfast foods. Believe me, I understand there is a time and a place for those items. But I try very hard to make sure there are also healthy, homemade choices too, so that the other stuff is only eaten out of absolute necessity.
It really doesn’t take much time to whip out a batch of homemade goodies. Baked goods are fairly shelf-stable and can usually last through the whole week, so 30 minutes in the kitchen on Sunday yields a whole week’s worth of healthy breakfasts. That’s a big payoff in my book. And I always feel better handing out something I made in my own kitchen rather than something with a list of ingredients I can’t pronounce. I love that I can sneak in a little extra nutrition into what I make too – pureed fruit is exceptionally hard to detect by my kids. And I often stir in chocolate chips to just about anything I’m baking – it makes anything irresistible to little ones.
These cranberry scones are a good example of that philosophy. They take very little time to mix up, and are totally delicious. Scones are one of my favorite things to make for weekday breakfast – they fit the criteria we need very well, and are amazingly versatile. You can add just about anything to a bowl of scone batter and it will bake up beautifully and taste great. With these I took advantage of the fresh cranberries that are in season, but you can use dried if you’d like. Their tartness tastes especially good with the sweetness of the chocolate. A perfect grab and go breakfast for the whole family.
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