From picky toddlers to busy teens, this list of breakfast ideas for kids is 100% kid-approved.
And as an added bonus, they’re not only decadent but also nutritious to boot! Well…at least most of them are.
From healthy muffins and wholesome pancakes to a surprisingly addictive oatmeal carrot cake, I’ve found a whole array of kid-friendly breakfasts you should try.
Because there are only so many days they can have pop-tarts or a sweet cheese danish.
Besides, these aren’t just for the youngsters!
These breakfast ideas for kids are so scrumptious, you might find yourself stealing a serving or two.
As nutrient-packed as oatmeal is, it’s no one’s favorite breakfast.
But, with just a few additions and a little bit of creativity, you can make your kids some pretty irresistible oatmeal pancakes.
The batter is made of whole wheat flour, rolled oats, bananas, and eggs, so they couldn’t be healthier.
More importantly, they’re so tasty. They have the kind of deliciousness no one would expect to come from such wholesome ingredients.
Cocoa Pops are a hit with every kid I know. I mean, even I find it hard to resist. The issue isn’t with its flavor, but the sheer amount of sugar that goes into it.
The solution? Instead of getting store-bought, just make your own!
It’s just 4 ingredients and just a touch of unrefined sugar. It’s 10 times healthier than the boxed cereal.
You can’t go wrong with tall and fluffy chocolate flapjacks! I have yet to meet a kid that doesn’t love this iconic breakfast.
The pancakes themselves are flavored in chocolate and they’re drizzled with even more chocolate syrup.
Who could refuse a double dose of chocolate?
Despite being decadent, don’t worry about them being too sweet. The use of cocoa powder and dark chocolate makes them perfectly balanced.
Do you know what’s better than a big fat bear claw? Yup, you got it — one that’s flavored with chocolate.
These chocolate bear claws will not be eaten, they will be demolished.
They’re also surprisingly easy to make.
It’s a simple combination of store-bought puff pastry and chocolate chips, along with a generous dusting of powdered sugar.
Pizza for breakfast is always a fantastic idea. Throw bacon into the mix and your kids might even get up early to help you cook!
Fully loaded with your favorite breakfast staples – scrambled eggs, bacon, and lots of cheese – this pizza recipe will be a hit any day of the week.
And it doesn’t just have to be eggs and bacon, either. Throw in as many toppings as you want.
Give your favorite French toast recipe an Italian twist with these yummy cannoli roll-ups.
Instead of serving big thick slices of sweet, eggy bread, you’ll roll it up to look like cannoli shells. Then, they’re filled with a heavenly ricotta mix.
They’re so ridiculously delectable, they won’t even last five minutes. I suggest you at least double the recipe.
This heavenly breakfast casserole tastes like you spent hours in the kitchen. But really, it couldn’t be more straightforward.
The bottom is a layer of flaky pastry, and don’t worry, store-bought will work just fine.
It’s topped with a generous sprinkling of cheddar cheese and whatever meats and kid-friendly veggies you can find lying in the fridge.
It’s finished off with a top layer of beaten eggs and milk and then baked to golden perfection.
Parfaits are a super indulgent dessert, but with a few tweaks here and there, you can transform them into a healthy breakfast dish.
With gorgeous layers of sweetened yogurt, granola, and fresh strawberries, these parfait cups are both nutritious and irresistible.
If your kids don’t enjoy the tanginess of yogurt, combine it with a bit of maple syrup and they’ll think it’s ice cream.
This easy-peasy three-ingredient recipe makes the perfect grab-and-go breakfast. It’s sweet, chewy, crunchy, and something the kids will absolutely love.
Just combine peanut butter, honey, and Cheerios, spread them onto a baking sheet and cut them up into bars once they’ve hardened.
It’s amazing how simple ingredients can create such glorious taste and texture combinations.
10. Cake Mix Waffles
Cake mix can be used for so much more than cupcakes and last-minute birthday cakes, you know. Take these crazy-easy waffles, for example.
I suggest starting with a simple yellow mix. Then, let your imagination run wild!
How about chocolate waffles topped with chocolate chips and chocolate syrup? Or lemon waffles with berries and whipped cream? The options are endless.
These muffins are wonderfully dense, crumbly, and moist. Better still, each bite is bursting with sweet and juicy blueberries.
This recipe uses a mix of whole wheat flour and rolled oats for the batter, which makes the muffins hearty and packed with nutrients.
Healthy breakfasts have never tasted so good!
Pro-tip: coat the blueberries with flour to keep them from sinking to the bottom. You’re welcome.
These egg bites are crazy delicious! They’re one of my favorite savory snacks to get when I hit the Starbucks drive-through.
Unfortunately, they’re also kind of expensive, which is a shame considering they’re only made with eggs, water, baking powder, and salt & pepper.
The solution? Make them your own. It’s newbie-friendly and fail-proof, I promise.
I love to make this hot breakfast on a busy morning when I need something protein-packed on the go.
Whoever came up with this recipe deserves a medal. At the very least I want to make them some banana bread to say “thanks!”
I love the idea of turning granola into a tart shell! Why didn’t I ever think of that?
Top the shell with Greek yogurt and fresh fruit and you’ve got yourself a breakfast-slash-dessert for the win.
Don’t limit yourself to just one fruit or berry, either! It’s a versatile dish, so anything goes.
14. Eggs in a Basket
While you can’t go wrong with the classic egg on toast, it also couldn’t hurt to switch up the presentation.
When you’re dealing with kids, you know how important presentation is! If a dish doesn’t look good, forget it.
But I think most kids will love this egg in a hole dish. It may be simple, but it’s just as appealing as it is delicious.
These strawberry muffins have just the right balance of sweet and tart ﹘the kind that will make your taste buds jump up and down.
Made with whole wheat flour, rolled oats, and fresh strawberries, these muffins are both wholesome and flavorful.
They freeze really well, too, which is great, because you’ll definitely want an infinite supply.
Breakfast bowls are notoriously nutritious, but the tart flavor of yogurt tends to turn off some kids.
The solution? Use milk and thicken it with bananas. The resulting smoothie base is wonderfully creamy, like yogurt, but with a sweeter flavor.
Top the smoothie with banana slices, berries, nuts, and granola. The more colors, the more appetizing.
17. Rainbow Pancakes
Make classic pancakes even more enjoyable with one simple addition: food coloring. The kids will go crazy over this multi-colored treat.
Divide pancake batter into smaller portions and mix in a few drops of food coloring, and voila. It’s such an easy and fun way to make kids love breakfast even more.
Not loving the idea of all that artificial color? Try using freeze-dried fruits instead! Not only will they look amazing, but they’ll taste fantastic too.
This doesn’t seem like a dish any kid will like, but believe me, it’ll be a hit.
It has rolled oats and grated carrots, which, let’s be honest, isn’t the most kid-friendly combination.
But what makes it kid-approved is the addition of cinnamon, vanilla, and honey. You can add more mix-ins, too, like chocolate chips and bananas, to make it more delightful.
Eggs and soldiers: what a fun name for a breakfast dish, eh? I’m sure the peculiar name alone will get the kids intrigued.
It’s a dish of a soft-boiled egg served in an egg cup and a buttered toast for dipping. Sounds fancy, but the Brits have been enjoying this simple breakfast for centuries.
I’m sure the kids will relish the experience of cracking the egg themselves and dunking the toast in the yolk!
Bananas and blueberries team up in this recipe to create a nutritious and delicious smoothie. It’s so good, the kids won’t even notice you’ve sneaked in a few spinach leaves.
It’s rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and most importantly, flavor. That lovely tinge of plum makes it looks so enticing, to boot.
This is the kind of nutritious and filling breakfast drink you’ll want to serve a busy teen who maybe got up a little too late.
Tell your kids they’re having cookies for breakfast and they’ll think it’s Christmas.
And they don’t need to know they’re healthy cookies! I won’t tell if you don’t.
The flavor profile is relatively unique with its combination of bananas, almonds, and berries. They may not be as decadent as chocolate chip cookies, but they’re definitely scrumptious.
These muffins have a uniquely creamy and chewy texture thanks to Onken Plain Grain, a sweet yogurt loaded with five different grains.
They’re studded with a medley of berries, too, which gives them not just extra flavor and texture, but an appetizing pop of color, as well.
Waffles and pizza together in one? Now that’s my kind of breakfast!
This is as delicious as you imagine, with the whole grain waffles topped with a dollop of Greek yogurt and an assortment of berries. Plus, it’s finished off with crunchy, nutrient-packed seeds.
The great thing about this recipe is that there’s no cooking or baking involved! Just assemble the ingredients into a waffle pizza, and voila.
Name any dish after a superhero and believe me, every kid will want to try it.
Take this green smoothie, for instance. Normally, no child will ever come near a glass of smoothie with a leafy green tinge.
But name it after the Incredible Hulk, and they’ll come running. Thankfully, this smoothie is tasty enough that they won’t stop sipping.
You could also re-work this into a fun Halloween breakfast, too. I think a zombie smoothie would be pretty darn cute.
These breakfast burritos are stuffed with scrambled eggs, potatoes, beans, cheese, and any other burrito filling you can imagine.
That’s what I love about burritos – you can fill them with pretty much any ingredient and it’s guaranteed to taste delicious.
It’s no question that the McDonald’s Sausage and Egg McMuffin is delightful. But I’m pretty sure it’s loaded with artificial ingredients and preservatives.
If you don’t want your kids to miss out on the McMuffin fun, but are worried about all its potentially harmful ingredients, just make them yourself!
It’s ridiculously easy.
Plus, breakfast sandwiches are terrific make-ahead meals you can have in the freezer ready to go.
First of all, how pretty are these bagels?
There’s something so gorgeous about bright berries arranged neatly on top of white cream cheese. *Insert heart eyes emoji here*
They don’t just look amazing, they taste pretty epic, too. Bagels, cream cheese, and berries = pure bliss.
Here’s another bagel-filled breakfast for ya. This time, let’s go for something savory.
This dish is a fun appetizer of bagel bites with a chipotle salsa dip. And yes, it’s as addictive as you think.
Here’s yet another dish that’s hit the nail on the head with its name.
How could any child not want to try a dish called “fruit rainbow with a pot of gold?”
Whoever coined it knows how to impress the kids.
It’s a medley of vegetables arranged neatly to form a majestic rainbow. Sitting beside it is an open-faced egg sandwich on the side, which serves as the pot of gold.
Sundaes for breakfast? Heck ya! If this doesn’t crown you mom or dad of the year, I don’t know what will.
It’s not exactly what you think, though. These sundaes don’t have ice cream in them, but rather, Greek yogurt.
With all its other components, though, such as waffle bowls, chopped fruits, Cheerios, chocolate chips, and sprinkles, I bet they won’t even notice the deception.
Sneaky sneaky! 🙂
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