Mom shouldn't be the only one who gets breakfast in bed on her special day. Dads should get breakfast in bed, too! Or, if Dad wants to get in on the action, he can join the kids in the kitchen. Either way, a special breakfast is in order for a special Dad.
I believe that kids should be allowed to really cook. They should, with adult supervision, be allowed to use knives and be near the flame of a stove and do more than just butter toast. The age a kid can do those things depends upon the maturity and skills of the child.
All of these Father's Day breakfast recipes allow for plenty of help from kids. Younger children can put fruit on skewers and mix eggs. Older children can caramelize apples on the stovetop or chop up veggies. My 9-year-old would be able to make most of these recipes with little supervision at all, but he's been a sous chef for many years now.
I chose these five recipes because they can be made with the healthiest ingredients you can afford (some of them use seasonal foods), they aren't too difficult for kids to help with and they'll appeal to both kids and dads alike.
- French Toast Kabobs – Kids will have fun skewing French toast cubes and fresh fruit for Dad. The recipe calls for blueberries, raspberries and bananas, but you can use whatever fruit is in season.
- Scrambled Egg Muffins – This recipe calls for cooked sausage to be added to eggs and placed in muffin tins to be baked in the oven. Bacon can be substituted for the sausage or no meat at all could be used – just all veggies. Each muffin can be individualized so that everyone can enjoy a scrambled egg muffin in the way they like it. The possibilities are endless with this recipe.
- Vegan Breakfast Bars – If Dad's a vegan, these bars will be fun and easy for the kids to make the day before Father's Day. They're full of dried fruit, almond butter and whole grain cereal.
- Overnight Ice Cream French Toast with Cinnamon Banana Syrup – I've never seen an overnight French toast dish that used ice cream as the base to dip the bread in, but kids will love making breakfast for Dad with ice cream. The recipe uses vanilla, but it suggests that coffee, pumpkin or caramel might also be good ice cream flavors to use.
- Caramel Apple Granola Pots – You can use store-bought granola for these parfait type breakfasts or you can make granola the day before. Granola, caramelized apples and yogurt are layered in small glasses.