These breakfast ideas are not only kid-friendly, they’re also nutritious, fun and easy as well! Many of the options can be made ahead of time for totally stress-free mornings.
These are the BEST and quick breakfast ideas for kids they’ll love to eat! You’ll find quick and easy recipes and ideas for eggs, dairy, waffles, pancakes, French toast, muffins, oatmeal and more.
QUICK BREAKFAST FOR KIDS: TIPS & RECOMMENDATIONS
- Pair a source of protein with a source of fibre: This is the winning combination for feeling full and satisfied so that the kids aren’t begging for a snack an hour later. Sources of fibre include: whole grains, fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, and beans and legumes. Some examples of protein: eggs, nut or seed butters, nuts and seeds, breakfast sausage, yogurt, cheese and cottage cheese.
- Include a serving of produce: Not only are fruits and vegetables a great source of fibre, vitamins and minerals, they can also add some extra colour and flavour at breakfast time too.
- Make if fun! Kids love colour and when foods are presented in a fun and creative way. Where possible, try presenting colourful foods (like fruits and vegetables) and give the foods that you’re serving fun and catchy names like Green monster muffins, egg boats or teddy bear toast. And serve it up with a smile on your face!
- Something is better than nothing: If your kids don’t have much of an appetite in the morning, it’s important to encourage them to eat breakfast to kickstart the day, even if it’s something small like a smoothie, an apple with peanut butter or a piece of toast. Once they start to regularly eat breakfast, you may find that they may begin to feel more hungry in the morning and actually start requesting breakfast.
- Offer variety: When serving up breakfast, it’s important to offer a few different options so that kids get a balance of nutrients. Aim to get at least three different foods groups at breakfast time.
RAINBOW YOGURT AND GREEN MONSTER MUFFINS
This is a super fun and colourful breakfast and such a great way to incorporate some fruits and veggies. We like to call the muffins “Green monster muffins” and the kids love the fun and catchy name. They’re so tasty that no one will ever guess that they’re packed with spinach!
Pair it with some fruit that resembles a rainbow in a bowl of plain or flavoured yogurt.
- For red fruit: Try strawberries, raspberries, or diced watermelon
- For orange fruit: Try clementines, cantaloupe, or papaya
- For yellow fruit: Try banana slices, pineapple, or mango
- For green fruit: Try quartered green grapes, kiwi, or honey melon
- For blue/purple fruit: Try blueberries, red grapes, plum, or blackberries
WAFFLES, PEANUT BUTTER AND BERRIES
These oatmeal waffles are always a hit and a great alternative to store bought waffles since you can control exactly what’s going into them. It’s the perfect recipe to prepare in a large batch and store in the freezer. Simply pop in the toaster to reheat and get them all nice and crispy again.
Top with a drizzle of peanut butter or maple syrup and some fresh fruit like berries!
APPLE PIE OATMEAL
To prepare, mix 1/2 cup quick or rolled oats with 1 cup of water or milk and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Cook in microwave for 2-3 minutes (you can also cook on stove). Grate one small apple and mix it in with the oatmeal. Top with desired toppings such as hemp hearts, milk, drizzle of maple syrup or nut butter.
BANANA SUSHI ROLL-UPS
These sushi roll ups are such a fun option and they’re great for kids (and adults) of all ages!
To prepare: Simply lie a whole grain tortilla on a flat surface and spread thinly with peanut butter, almond butter (or sub in a Wow butter or seed butter for a nut-free option). Place a banana close to the edge of the tortilla and wrap tightly around the banana. Cut into slices. Serve with a glass of milk or a smoothie.
OATMEAL MUFFINS, SCRAMBLED EGGS AND FRUIT SALAD
Serve along with some scrambled egg for extra protein and a colourful fruit salad to add a pop of colour to the plate. Feel free to switch up the fruit and try colourful options such as kiwi, berries , pineapple, and clementines!
Yogurt Parfait is an insanely easy breakfast made by layering yogurt with fresh raspberries and strawberries, then topping with granola and a drizzle of sweet honey. It’s fast, healthy, and easy which makes it the PERFECT breakfast to make on-the-go on busy weekdays.
CHEERIOS, BERRIES AND HARD-BOILED EGG
Cereal can be a good fast option, but many cereals are loaded with added sugar. I generally recommend sticking with a cereal with less than 8 grams of sugar (the lower the better!) Regular cheerios only have 1 gram of sugar per serving and tend to be a kid-friendly option.
Top it with some fresh berries for some added flavour and serve with some hard-boiled egg. We like to cut the boiled egg into slices or wedges that we call “egg boats.” Our little guys love these!
TEDDY BEAR TOAST AND TURKEY SAUSAGE
This teddy bear toast is super cute and fun, but doesn’t require a lot of effort to prepare. Firstly, you toast a whole grain English muffin and top with some peanut butter or almond butter. Then you stick on three banana slices for the ears and base of the nose and three blueberries for the eyes and inside of the nose.
Serve it along with a couple of turkey sausages for a different protein option. If serving to toddlers or young children, be sure to slice the sausage thinly and quarter it to make it easier to chew.
BANANA SPLIT BOWL
To make, place plain or flavoured yogurt in a bowl and add banana slices. Top with desired ingredients including:
- A drizzle of natural peanut butter or almond butter
- Lower sugar regular jam
- Sprinkle of unsweetened coconut flakes
- Hemp hearts
- Mini dark chocolate chips
FRITTATA MUFFINS, AVOCADO TOAST, AND CLEMENTINE SLICES
Breakfast doesn’t always have to be sweet! Sometimes we like to switch it up and do a more savoury option too.
Serve along with avocado mashed on half a bagel or toast and some clementines slices.
BANANA EGG PANCAKES AND YOGURT WITH BERRIES
The pancakes are sweet enough that you can eat them on their own or we also like to top them up with unsweetened applesauce or drizzle them with some peanut butter or almond butter. Serve along with some yogurt and berries and you’ve got a great balanced breakfast for the kids!
Some kids don’t have much of an appetite in the morning or prefer to have something on the lighter side. That’s where smoothies can be a great option!
This simple green smoothie only contains four ingredients so you can whip it together in a flash and it’s a delicious way to get some greens in too!
Move over poached and so long over-easy — there’s an even happier way to eat eggs. Say hello to these puffy, whipped whites and their sunshine yolk centers. Serve on toast for the perfect start to your day.
EGG MUFFIN CUP
These healthy egg muffin cups are packed with bacon, spinach, bell pepper, and loaded with protein to make you full in the morning and also this recipe is one of the best back to school breakfasts for kids.
A while back, Pancake Tacos took over social media and, while cute, we all thought: There’s no way that I’m going to take time to make pancakes and then take even more time to turn them into tacos. But now that our kids are making breakfast themselves, pancake tacos are on!
Tip: To bring in more healthful ingredients, let kids spread the pancakes with yogurt or applesauce before topping with fruit. Or hey, just drizzle with maple syrup for a treat.