Weetabix has been a part of our breakfasts for 90 years now. It’s a cereal that has grown up with us, a staple in our cupboards, a recognisable and reliable brand. And whilst there’s no denying these flaky, wholegrain biscuits are probably one of the healthiest breakfast choices out there, they can get a little bit boring if all you’re doing is whacking on a bit of milk and adding some sliced banana. Which is why we’ve come up with some Weetabix recipes we want to share with you all.
You see, Weetabix is way more versatile than it’s given credit for. It can be used in a tonne of different ways. If you’d like to discover what those ways are, read on as we share 8 Weetabix recipes for quick midweek breakfast ideas:
You’ve all heard of overnight oats, right? People literally went mad for it. Partly because it was so easy to make, but also because the flavour options were endless and honestly it kind of felt like eating pudding for breakfast, which is always a good thing. Well, overnight oats is old news, these days it is all about the overnight Weetabix.
If you’ve made overnight oats before then you’ll know exactly what to do because basically you are just swapping the oats out for crushed Weetabix. But if you haven’t made them before here’s a basic recipe to help get you started:
To make one portion of overnight Weetabix, crush up 2 Weetabix biscuits in a small pot (a mug also works really well) with your hands and mix together with 100ml of whatever milk you love most, or if you prefer a slightly creamier taste switch out some of the milk with a heaped spoonful of natural yogurt. Now, it’s time to add some flavour and this is where you can get creative. Ingredients that work well include dried fruit, mashed banana, cocoa powder, cinnamon, chocolate chips, vanilla protein powder. Simply stir into the mixture, adding more milk if it starts to dry out too much. And that’s it. Cover the container and leave it in the fridge overnight to set, then it’s all good to go ready for your breakfast in the morning. You can eat it as it is or top with yogurt and fruit for even more yumminess.
Smoothies are a great way of getting lots of nutrients into your body really quickly, plus they’re super easy to make, and can be taken with you if you’re in a hurry. Most things can be blended up and put in a smoothie, but you might not have ever considered adding Weetabix before. Trust us, this is going to rock your smoothie world!
We always like to use frozen fruit in our smoothies because it not only makes them lovely and cold, but it also gives a lovely thick consistency and so feels a bit more substantial. Put your favourite frozen fruit (we love blueberries and bananas) into a blender, crumble in 1 Weetabix biscuit, a big dollop of natural yogurt, a squirt of honey, cover with whatever milk you like (oat milk goes particular well we think) then blend. The Weetabix makes the smoothie taste a bit more biscuity, it’s a really lovely flavour, and because of the fibre content it will fill you up until lunchtime too. Have a play around with different combinations of fruit, or you could try putting an extra Weetabix in for an even more cereal wholegrain taste.
Weetabix Energy Balls
Energy balls are nutritional powerhouses and the addition of Weetabix adds in even more fibre, B vitamins, iron, and magnesium. Another good breakfast option if time is short, these energy balls also make a great post gym snack or for when the mid-afternoon hunger hits.
Put 2 Weetabix biscuits into a food processor along with 10 dates, 1 tablespoon of flaxseed, 8 almonds, and 1 tablespoon of nut butter. Blitz until smooth, then scoop out and roll into balls. Put them on a lined baking tray in the fridge, ideally overnight, so that they can harden. And you’re done.
You can swap out the almonds for any nut you like, and you can replace the dates with apricots if you prefer. You could also roll the energy balls in chopped nuts or desiccated coconut for an extra crunch.
We’re known for our creative flapjack recipes and one of our most popular recipes to date has been for Weetabix flapjacks. The Weetabix replaces some of the oat content and the result is a chewier bake with a caramel flavour. They are seriously scrummy. Perfect to make ahead, for those times when you need breakfast on the go. Everyone needs a tin of Weetabix flapjacks waiting for them in the morning. This recipe makes about 10 flapjacks.
Put 200g of unsalted butter in a saucepan with 200ml of syrup or honey. Stir until melted. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in 200g of porridge oats and 4 crumbled Weetabix biscuits. Pour the mixture into a greased rectangular baking tray and squash down with a palette knife to make the surface even – this will help it stick together. Scatter 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips across the top of the flapjacks and then bake in a moderate oven for about 25 minutes, or until golden.
While the flapjacks are still warm score 10 squares with a knife so that they are easier to cut and remove when they are cool. Allow to completely cool before going over the lines with a knife and then remove from the tin.
This is one of our favourite Weetabix recipes, I mean who doesn’t want cheesecake for breakfast!?! The Weetabix is used instead of biscuits and creates a much lighter, chewier cheesecake base.
Mash 2 bananas in a bowl and crumble in 4 Weetabix biscuits. Flatten the mixture into a greased loose bottomed circular cake tin and put in the fridge for about 30 minutes to harden. While that’s in the fridge, mix together 200g of cream cheese with 400g of Greek yogurt. You then need to decide what flavour you would like your cheesecake to be. Add some lemon zest and a squirt of lemon juice for a fresh and zingy lemon cheesecake. Add swirls of dulce de leche for a rich caramel cheesecake. Or mix in some sliced strawberries for a summer strawberry cheesecake. Once you’ve added your flavour, spoon the creamy mixture onto the Weetabix base and pop back in the fridge (or the freezer for a bit if you really can’t wait!) until the morning.
Muffins are a great make ahead breakfast option for those people in the house who’ve pressed the snooze button on their alarm clock a few too many times – teens we’re looking at you! As parents, we want to make sure our kids have got something in their bellies before school. In a perfect world we’d all sit down as a family and eat a cooked meal together, but as we all know life is far from perfect. The reality is they’ve woken up late, they’re rushing about trying to find their PE kit and trying to finish off a piece of homework all whilst scrolling through TikTok and messaging their mates at the same time. Breakfast is the last thing on their minds. So, having a tin of muffins that they can grab as they rush out the door is a good way to fulfil their early morning nutritional needs.
We love these chocolate Weetabix muffins, but you can easily take out the cocoa powder and add in some frozen berries, dried fruit, cinnamon, etc. to come up with your preferred flavour. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C, and line a 12-hole muffin tin with muffin cases. Mix 100g of salted butter with 140g of caster sugar until pale and creamy. Slowly add 2 beaten eggs, then stir in 100ml of milk. Sift together 200g of plain flour, 50g of cocoa powder, and 1 tsp of baking powder. Add this to the mixture along with 2 crumbled Weetabix biscuits. Gently mix together until only just combined, then spoon into the muffin cases and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden. For a secret surprise you could try adding a spoonful of Nutella into the muffins before you bake them, by half filling the cases with muffin mix, then adding Nutella and topping with more muffin mix.
Weetabix Trail Mix
OK, so arguably trail mix isn’t much of a breakfast, but if it’s a choice between not having anything or grabbing a pre-prepared snack bag of trail mix, then we say it’s better than nothing!
The beauty of this recipe is that there’s no cooking, you’re simply putting food together. However, unlike the other Weetabix recipes here today, you want to keep the Weetabix as chunky as you can so that you don’t end up eating dust. The exact foods you choose to put together entirely depends on personal preference, so have a bit of a play around. Here’s one of our favourite combos: 1 Weetabix snapped into bitesize chunks, a handful of flame raisins (they’re bigger and juicier than the standard type), a handful of dried blueberries, a handful of pumpkin seeds, a handful of pecan nuts, a small handful of dark chocolate chips. Mic together then scoop into individual pots or snack bags, ready for a grab and go breakfast on those busy midweek mornings.
Weetabix Fridge Cake
Cake for breakfast again? Well, if you insist! This cake is super easy in that it requires no baking. It’s just a simple case of combining all the ingredients together, popping it into a lined tin and then putting it in the fridge overnight to set.
Melt 100g of unsalted butter, 200g of chocolate, and 50ml of honey in a bowl over a saucepan with a small amount of water at the bottom of it. Once melted remove from the heat and stir in 6 crushed Weetabix biscuits, 50g of raisins, 50g of glace cherries, 100g chopped hazelnuts, and 50g of desiccated coconut. When combined, pour into the prepared tin and put in the fridge until hard.
As you can see, there is way more to Weetabix than a cereal bowl filled with milk. Hopefully these Weetabix recipes have shown you how to get creative with Weetabix so that you are able to enjoy some quick and easy midweek breakfast ideas that still taste like the Weetabix you know and love, but also have a delicious modern twist to them.
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