These Breakfast Ideas for Kids are simple to make on a busy morning and sure to be a hit with kids of all ages. Use them if you’re stuck in a breakfast rut or serve them as lunch, dinner or a snack!
I wanted to share some breakfast ideas for kids with you guys today. A few weeks ago, I shared on Instagram that I’ve been struggling with my breakfast for my five year old. All of his old favorites seem to be falling short lately so I’ve had to put on my thinking cap for some new ideas to figure out what’s going to work for him.
I asked my Instagram followers to share some of their kids’ favorites and also rounded up some of mine. I hope it’s helpful if you’re looking for some new ideas or just stuck in a rut!
Breakfast Ideas for Kids
- French Toast Sticks – Make French Toast in a pan or griddle, cut into sticks and serve with syrup or yogurt for dipping! Or make these Blueberry French Toast Muffins. Or a French toast bake. We love this Sweet Cherry Gingerbread French Toast Bake but really any mix of bread, eggs, milk and fruit works great!
- Peanut Butter Toast – top with smashed berries, jelly or make a smiley face with fruit!
- Oatmeal – Put rolled or instant oats in a bowl, cover with milk, microwave 1-2 minutes. Stir in peanut butter. Add frozen blueberries to help cool it down. Top with sprinkles or chocolate chips! To change things up try steelcut oats on the stove or in the Instant pot or crockpot. Or make baked oatmeal! If your kids like chocolate, try this Chocolate Peanut Butter Cauliflower Oatmeal.
- Quesadillas – Put some cheese (or cheese plus ham or turkey) in a tortilla, microwave and cut into wedges. Make it more “breakfast-like” by putting scrambled eggs and cheese inside. You can also spread some mashed avocado or hummus on the inside of the tortilla.
- Waffles/Waffle Sandwich/Waffle French Toast – Try these Banana Flax Waffles, use waffles as bread to make a sandwich or throw some bread dipped in egg on a waffle iron to make waffle french toast and turn it into a pb&j!
- Pancakes or Waffles + Sausage or Bacon – Make a double batch of pancakes and freeze some. Just pull out and reheat in the microwave!
- Cereal with Milk – Check out my Lower Sugar Cereals For Kids guide for some good options.
- Egg & Avocado Toast – Spread mashed avocado on toast. Add a sprinkle of sea salt or everything but the bagel seasoning. Top with a fried or scrambled egg.
- Crepe or Kabobs – Try my Crepe Kabobs or you could also use pancakes! Kids can help assemble. Or just make regular crepes filled with yogurt and fruit.
- Snack Plate – Try “lunch” type food like cheese, crackers, smoked meat or salmon, hard-boiled eggs etc!
- Alternative Pancakes – Make a dutch baby pancake, a sheet pan pancake or bake your pancake batter in mini muffin tins with your favorite mix-ins. You can also try adding spinach in a blender to make them green or upping the protein content by adding cottage cheese!
- Build Your Own….Anything! Kids love doing it themselves. Try oatmeal, yogurt, toast etc. Set out lots of toppings and let them do it themselves.
- Overnight Oats or Chia Pudding – google a basic recipe. My kids don’t like the texture of these so we don’t make them often but a lot of kids love them and they’re easy to prep the night before and pull out in the morning!
- Banana Split – Slice a banana lengthwise, top with yogurt and then add toppings like cereal, granola, dried fruit, chocolate chips etc.
- Bagels – They’re more exciting than toast sometimes. Top with egg and cheese, peanut butter, etc
- Dinner Leftovers – My sister used to love leftover steak from dinner for breakfast
- Smoothie or Smoothie Popsicles – Mix frozen fruit, veggies like spinach or cauliflower or zucchini, a scoop of peanut butter and some milk, yogurt or kefir. Drink immediately or freeze into popsicle molds! Here are a few Kid-Friendly Smoothies with Vegetables. Or try a super thick smoothie in a bowl with toppings!
- Granola Bar + Yogurt – Check my list of Healthy Granola Bars for Kids and add a lower sugar yogurt like Siggi’s or Chobani
- Omelet or Fritatta – Include cheese, any veggies they like and chicken sausage or pepperoni
- Leftover Pizza – cold or warm!
- Egg wraps – Try this egg wrap recipe and add cheese or avocado in the middle! You could also try these Egg Waffles! Just eggs on a waffle iron!
- Muffins/Bars – pair with fruit, top with peanut butter, serve with yogurt etc. Check out my Kid-Friendly Baking Recipes for lots of veggie-packed baked goods.
- Egg Cups – Mix in chopped peppers, cheese, sausage etc, make and bake ahead of time and reheat or look for freezer omelet bites at the store or sous vide egg bites in the refrigerated section
- Sausage Balls – follow the Bisquick recipe for biscuits and add cheese and sausage
- Fruit Pizza – Try this Easy Fruit Pizza with Oatmeal Flax Crust and let the kids decorate!
- Egg in a Hole – Cut a circle in a piece of toast and fry an egg in the middle. Take it a step further by using the egg in a hole bread as the top bread in a turkey sandwich or a grilled cheese.
Have a favorite not on the list? Leave it in the comments below!
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