Sledding, building snowmen, and having snowball fights are a few of the fun activities that children partake in on a snow day. But before you send your kids out to enjoy those cold-weather activities, you can get their day off to a special start by preparing them a fun and whimsical breakfast. Not only will your little ones enjoy eating snowman-shaped pancakes and reindeer mini donuts, but they’ll also have a blast helping you make them. Here are six recipes that will turn your breakfast table into a winter-themed wonderland.
1. Reindeer and Snowmen Mini Donuts
Thanks to store-bought donuts, Mommy Savers’ recipe is an easy and stress-free morning meal that your little ones can easily help make. You might have to consider giving your kids permission to play with their food — with a breakfast this cute, they won’t be able to resist!
Reindeer mini donuts
- Chocolate-frosted mini donuts
- Red M&M’s
- Round pearl sprinkles
- Mini pretzel twists
Snowmen mini donuts
- Powdered sugar mini donuts
- Orange M&M’s
- Black frosting or sprinkles
Directions: To make the reindeer donuts, press a red M&M into the hole of the mini chocolate donut. Press two round pearl sprinkles into the mini chocolate donut for the eyes. Use a knife or your hands to break the mini pretzel twists in half to create the antlers. Press the pretzel halves into the top of the mini donut for antlers.
To make the snowmen donuts, press an orange M&M into the hole of the powdered sugar mini donut. Either press two black sprinkles into the mini powdered sugar donut for the eyes or use black frosting. Press black sprinkles into the mini powdered sugar donut to form the mouth; you can also use black frosting.
2. Snow-Tubing Banana
If you’ve got little ones who can’t wait to get out and go sledding, we suggest making Recipe.com’s adorable Snow-Tubing Banana. You’ll decorate the banana to make it look like a person and then place it on a bagel, which acts as the tube. The recipe yields 1 serving, so be sure to adjust your ingredients accordingly.
- 1 bagel
- 1 banana (cut in half)
- 2 miniature chocolate chips
- 1 pretzel ring (or pretzel sticks)
- 1 miniature marshmallow
- Breakfast cereal
Directions: Place prepared bagel onto a plate. Press breakfast cereal around the top part of the banana half to make the base of the hat. Hold the banana upside down over the sink and add sprinkles to the top point of the banana to make the rest of the hat. Press a miniature marshmallow on top of the point to complete the hat. Gently press the miniature chocolate chips into the banana for the eyes. Gently press the banana man into the hole of the bagel. Cut the pretzel ring into fourths and gently press the pieces into the banana for the arms and legs. Enjoy!
3. Fruity Pebbles Snowman
Mr. Breakfast brings some snow day fun to the breakfast table with this Fruity Pebbles Snowman. Cereal, mini marshmallows, butter, and decorations are all you need to prepare this creative, colorful, and edible snow day craft. The recipe yields 12 servings.
- ¼ cup butter or margarine (½ stick)
- 6 cups mini marshmallows
- 1 (13 ounces) box Fruity or Cocoa Pebbles cereal (feel free to use any colorful cereal you may have on hand)
- Decorating icing
Directions: Microwave the butter in a 4-quart microwavable bowl on high for 45 seconds or until melted. Add the marshmallows and toss to coat. Stirring every 30 seconds, microwave 60 to 90 seconds until marshmallows are completely melted and well combined. Add the cereal and mix well. Shape 1 cup of the cereal mixture into a ball using wet or greased hands.
Repeat to make a total of 6 large balls. Shape ½ cup of the cereal mixture into a smaller ball. Repeat to make a total of 6 smaller balls. Place one small ball on top of each larger ball to make a snow person. Gently press balls together to secure. Decorate as desired, using the icing to attach the decorations.
4. Olaf and Sven Waffles
If your kids have Frozen fever, we suggest making Mom Endeavors’ Olaf and Sven Waffles. Feel free to get creative with this dish by using whatever ingredients you have on hand. These wondrous waffles will make your kids’ day.
- 4 frozen waffles (you can also make your own)
- Peanut butter
- Cream cheese
- Chocolate hazelnut spread
- ½ of a mini marshmallow
- Carrot piece
- Candy eyes
Directions: Toast your waffles. For Sven, carve a section out of one waffle for his basic head shape and then use a small circle cutter in a second waffle for his muzzle. Place the muzzle on top of the waffle that’s shaped like his head. Cover his face in peanut butter. Use craisins for the nose and mouth, bacon for the antlers, and finish with candy eyes.
For Olaf, you can use Olaf templates to help you with your outline. Cut out Olaf’s basic body shapes and then cover it with cream cheese. You can use black berries for the coal buttons, chocolate hazelnut spread for his mouth, a cut carrot piece for his nose, banana chunks for his legs, bacon for his arms and hair, and candy eyes.
5. Snowflake Pancakes
Celebrate a snow day by making Creative Kid Snacks’ Snowflake Breakfast. If you don’t want to use a boxed pancake mix, we suggest following Recipes.com’s instructions for Easy Pancakes. Make sure you have plenty of whipped cream on hand — you’ll need lots of it to make this fun morning meal!
- Aerosol whipped cream
- Powdered sugar
Directions: Prepare your pancakes and place one on the center of a plate. Next, use an aerosol whipped cream container to “draw” a simple snowflake design. Make a hexagon around the border of the pancake and add a three-pointed branch coming out of each of the six points. For a finishing touch, sprinkle some powdered sugar in the middle. Serve snowflake pancakes alongside some fresh raspberries or strawberries.
6. Snowman Pancakes
Shockingly Delicious delivers a wonderful winter breakfast that your little ones will love. Pancake batter is shaped to look like a snowman, the bacon serves as the scarf, and the chocolate chips act as the eyes, nose, and buttons. For a fun finishing touch, place mini marshmallows on the plate — it’ll look like your snowman is standing on snow!
- Pancake batter
- Chocolate chips
- Cooked bacon strips
- Mini marshmallows
Directions: Pour pancake batter onto the hot griddle in two circles that touch. Cook as usual, flipping over when bubbles appear. Place on a plate; position a bacon strip as the scarf; chocolate chips as the eyes, nose, and buttons; and mini marshmallows as the snow.