I am partnering with Mom’s Best® Cereals to help you get into a healthy Back to School routine. With that in mind, I have an easy make-ahead Breakfast Cinnamon Cookies recipe for you, a printable weekly meal planner template, and 5 easy tips to help get life in order and maintain your sanity. Plus you’ll get the chance to win in our #MomsBestCereal Giveaway. As always, all opinions are my own.
Back to school time is ALWAYS hectic with new schedules and routines. This year I have two kids in middle school and one in high school, so I’m one busy Momma. It falls on me to get children off to classes and to/from after-school practices, work, run errands, and still get a healthy meal on the table every night. Over the years, I have found a few things that really work for me to keep organized and feel less stressed. I want to share 5 simple things I do that will help you too.
Create a Family Calendar
Don’t forget a meeting, scheduled carpool pick up, or birthday ever again. Create a family calendar to keep you and your family organized. It can be digital, physical, or a combination of both. Do what works for you and do it regularly! Take time each week to plan out appointments, activities, errands, special events, homework deadlines, birthdays, etc. For our family, we do both a physical calendar in the kitchen and shared digital calendars on our phones.
The picture above is my kitchen whiteboard calendar. It isn’t fancy, but it gets the job done. It gets updated weekly and serves as a place to jot down events, appointments, groceries we ran out of, notes, mail pieces, and more.
Create Your To-Do List
In order to get things done, you need a plan to organize and prioritize your time. Without that plan, you can become easily stressed and frantic about “ALL the stuff” you have to do. Your to-do list is your plan to do for the day, week, month. It should clearly lay out what needs to be done. As you finish tasks and cross them off, you gain a sense of accomplishment too. Just like the family calendar, your to-do list can be digital or physical.
Use a Weekly Meal Planner
Save time and money by using a weekly meal planner. Plan meals around your family schedule/calendar, make the best use of weekly store specials or coupons, and shop seasonally. I recommend planning breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a few grab and go options like the Mom’s Best Breakfast Cinnamon Cookie recipe for a grab and go breakfast.
Here is the printable weekly meal planner template I use. It includes a printable grocery list too. Once you plan out your meals, you can create your grocery list based on what you need and any staples you are out of. With that completed grocery list in hand, head to the store or order groceries to be picked up or delivered (my favorite option).
Plan Quick & Easy Meals
Weeknights are busy for families. Between work, homework, after-school activities, and errands, your time is limited. So meals need to be healthy, yet quick and easy to prepare. Here are a few suggestions that you can add to your weekly meal planner.
Breakfast at home: Whole grain toast with bananas and honey, Mom’s Best Crispy Cocoa Rice cereal with whole milk, frittata or cheesy scrambled eggs
Breakfast On the Go – Fresh fruit and yogurt, smoothie, Mom’s Best Breakfast Cinnamon Cookies (recipe below)
Lunch: Repurposed leftovers as a stir fry or rice bowl, salads, wraps, homemade lunch-able with deli meat, cheese and vegetables.
Breakfast Cinnamon Cookie Recipe with Trail Mix
Mornings at our house are chaotic because there isn’t a morning person in the bunch. So rather than cooking a full breakfast, grab and go breakfast options are a necessity. This recipe for Breakfast Cinnamon Cookie takes one of my kids’ favorite breakfast cereals, Honey Grahams from Mom’s Best, plus assorted nuts and dried fruit (trail mix), old fashioned oats, maple syrup, eggs, coconut oil, and a few extra ingredients.These chewy, cinnamon cookies are a great breakfast and snack option. I use a bulk bin trail mix because it is often less expensive than buying the individual ingredients. You can substitute any combination of dried fruit and/or nuts for the trail mix in this recipe.
Before the kids head off to the bus, I want to ensure that they start the day with a healthy breakfast. Mom’s Best offers an assortment of breakfast cereals and whole grain oatmeal that is made with wholesome ingredients. There are NEVER any artificial flavors, preservatives, or high fructose corn syrup in Mom’s Best. Their Simple Goodness Promise means that they make cereals that balance great taste, quality ingredients, and are affordable. They also make #1 Natural & Organic chocolate cereal, Crispy Cocoa Rice, which is another one of my kids’ favorites.
This cookie recipe is a great way to use that last bit of cereal left in the bag and can be combined with other cereals like Mom’s Best Sweetened Wheatfuls or Oats and Honey Blend. If you are looking to make these gluten-free, substitute a GF flour and opt for one of Mom’s Best’s GF options. You can substitute honey or agave for the maple syrup.
Yields 30 cookies
5 minPrep Time
12 minCook Time
17 minTotal Time
4.8 based on 6 review(s)
2 cups Mom’s Best Honey Grahams or Toasted Cinnamon Squares cereal
2 cups trail mix (assorted nuts and dried fruit), coarsely chopped
1 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
1 1/4 cup white whole wheat flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup maple syrup
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 325˚F.
- In a large bowl, combine the cereal, trail mix, oats, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt together.
- In a medium sized microwave safe bowl, heat the coconut oil for 5-10 seconds or until the coconut oil is just melted.
- Add the maple syrup, vanilla extract, and eggs to the melted coconut oil. Whisk together until well combined.
- Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients bowl and combine well. Mixture will be crumbly but will hold together when pressed together.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- Take rounded spoonfuls of cookie dough (about 1.5” diameter) and press together slightly between wet hands. Place onto cookie sheet and flatten slightly.
- Bake at 325˚F for 12-14 minutes or just until cookies start to lightly brown. Cool on the pan for 5 minutes and transfer to cool completely on a wire rack.
- Repeat with remaining cookie dough.
- Store in a sealed container.
Play the 10 Minute Game
As a mom, I can’t be expected to do everything for my family. The family can and should help around the house and get ready for the next day. Making chores a game helps reduce the amount of complaining and actually makes it fun. After dinner, we take 10 minutes to get ready for the next day by making lunches, selecting outfits, setting backpacks by the door, and picking up around the house. Setting a time limit makes the work go by faster and the kids will often compete to see who can do the MOST work. That’s music to my ears and less stress on me.
Together these 5 tips help my family and I get organized throughout the school year, eat healthy, and stress less. I hope you enjoy these Mom’s Best Trail Mix Cinnamon Cookies as much we do. They are perfect for breakfast on the go, snacks, road trips, and on the trail. If you have other tips that help you and your family, please share them with us in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you.
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