Breakfast ideas got you diving for cover under the duvet? You’ll be up and singing with the birds thanks to Weet-Bix Better Brekkie – inspired recipes from star chef Michael Van de Elzen that offer Kiwi families exciting new ways to enjoy a tasty, nutritious start to the day!

Together with renowned celebrity chef (and all-round top Kiwi bloke) Michael Van de Elzen, the Weet-Bix Better Brekkie initiative aims to wake up the nation with yummy ways to get the most out of the morning. From deliciously different pancake roll ups to tropical stacks and wake-up shakes, Michael has brought a chef’s flair to breakfast – better yet, the recipes are quick, easy and taste great!

One of the stars of TV One’s Kiwi Living, Michael loves creating new and exciting ways to incorporate the Kiwi favourite into breakfast time.

“We are on a mission to prove that a nutritious start to the day can still be exciting,” says Michael. “By creating new and different recipes for families to enjoy at breakfast time we can inspire all Kiwis to eat a Better Brekkie and make it fun along the way.”

As a father of two daughters Hazel (6) and Ivy (4), Michael appreciates the need to change up the early hours with deliciously different touches for the first meal of the day. “Breakfast should be a fun-filled time for families with food that tastes great, which is why I’m always looking for new ideas to fill the children’s breakfast bowls.”

“Weet-Bix is such a great, nutritious base and so versatile – from tasty, healthy smoothies to pancake roll-ups or a stacked breakfast pot “I’m all about creating food that is fast to prepare, nutritious and tasty, that way everyone in the family is happy!”, says Michael.

The hero ingredient of a Better Brekkie is Weet-Bix as it is a source of fibre and iron, and is packed with wholegrains to provide a great start for action-packed days.

For more information on the Better Brekkie, visit weetbix.co.nz/the-better-brekkie-programme/ 

 

Weet-Bix Wake-Up Shake (Serves 2)

With all the goodness of bananas, dates and Weet-Bix biscuits, the Weet-Bix Wake-Up Shake delivers a source of iron and fibre.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 Weet-Bix wheat biscuits
  • 300ml So Good Almond Milk
  • 1 banana
  • 4 dates
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

METHOD

  1. Place the Weet-Bix biscuits into a blender with the So Good Almond Milk and let soak for a minute to soften.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth.

 

Weet-Bix Breakfast Trifle (Serves 4)

Try Weet-Bix Breakfast Trifle for a treat that delivers fibre and fruit – while being just a little indulgent

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup unsweetened yogurt
  • 4 Weet-Bix wheat biscuits
  • ½ cup toasted pecans

METHOD

  1. Using a small saucepan, heat the blueberries and reduce for a couple minutes until thick.
  2. Take a glass (approximately 270ml) and start to layer your trifle, starting with ½ crushed Weet-Bix biscuits followed by a spoonful of yogurt, then the blueberry mix and pecans. Repeating once again.
  3. Finishing with a layer of the crushed pecan nuts. Sit for a few minutes to allow the Weet-Bix to soften before eating.

 

Weet-Bix Tropical Stack (Serves 2)

Stack up your Weet-Bix biscuits, mango yoghurt, peaches and banana to create a delicious, easy brekkie – perfect for big school mornings. Swap out the fruit to something different to mix it up during the week!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 slices frozen mango (defrosted)
  • ¾ cup unsweetened yoghurt (200g)
  • 1 cup sliced peaches in natural juice (100g)
  • 2 bananas, sliced
  • 4 Weet-Bix wheat biscuits
  • 1 ¼ cups milk (300ml)
  • Garnish – desiccated coconut (optional)

METHOD:

  1. Place your mango into a small bowl and using the back of a fork, smash the mango into a puree, add the yoghurt and stir to combine.
  2. Take a 270ml glass and start to layer your stack, starting with one crushed Weet-Bix wheat biscuit then sliced banana and peaches and the mango yoghurt.
  3. Repeat once again.
  4. Pour over the milk when ready.
  5. If preferred, blend ingredients into a smoothie

Tip: If frozen mango is unavailable, you can use tinned mango slice in natural juice instead.

 

Weet-Bix Pancake Roll Ups (Serves 3)

Weet-Bix Pancake Roll Ups are a fun way to deliver a source of fibre – served with a twist the kids will love. They can even help make them!

INGREDIENTS:

  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 Weet-Bix wheat biscuits
  • 2 small whole eggs
  • 200ml reduced fat milk or milk alternative
  • 100ml water
  • Rice bran oil for frying
  • 3 bananas
  • 6 plums (fresh or stewed)
  • 6 tbsp low fat yoghurt to serve

METHOD:

  1. Sift the flour and combine with salt, brown sugar and finely crushed Weet-Bix biscuits.
  2. Slowly add eggs until mixture is well combined. Add the milk, small amounts at a time, and mix until smooth.
  3. Finally add the water to the desired thickness.
  4. Heat a small amount of oil in a 25 cm non-stick fry pan and pour in 60 mls (¼ cup) of pancake mix. Ensure you move the pan around until the mixture fills the bottom.
  5. Cook for approximately 2 minutes, until lightly brown and then flip and repeat.
  6. Roll each pancake around half a banana and serve with plums and yoghurt.

Tip: Weet-Bix Pancake Roll Ups aren’t just great for breakfast – pack them in the kids’ lunchbox to put fuel in their tank during the day!

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