Breakfast for Kids is so important to start their day out right! These healthy ideas are our favorite weekly rotation to keep active kids full of energy. We love the breakfast staples – smoothies, eggs, yogurt and granola, oatmeal, pancakes and french toast, plus tips and tricks to make them quick and easy. It’s real food that kid’s will love, and mom and dad will too, so you aren’t cooking separate meals. Here are our favorite breakfast for kids recipes and tricks!
Top it with Granola
Lots of our breakfast for kids are topped with homemade granola. These are our two favorite recipes:
My kids love making and eating granola, but it’s not just for yogurt! Sure that is a great option, but they also love it on plain cereal like Chex or Cheerios, adding some protein and a touch of sweetness. When I was a kid I topped my Cheerios with a spoonful of sugar, kept conveniently in a sugar bowl right on the table! So, we’ve come a long way! Granola is also a great topping for a bowl of applesauce or oatmeal.
We love oatmeal, sprinkled with brown sugar or drizzled with honey, topped with berries, a scoop of plain yogurt, apple sauce, granola, raisins, or nuts. These are our 3 favorite oatmeal variations to give variety through the week…
- Overnight Crockpot Oatmeal – Our Favorite and SO EASY! Before you go to bed, put 1 cup of Steel Cut Oats and 6 cups of water in a crockpot on LOW. Ready in the morning! Store leftovers in the fridge and microwave with a little milk.
- Homemade Instant Oatmeal – This make ahead favorite is better for you than store-bought. A large batch of oats, baked and stored in a jar, with added nuts for protein, and ready for busy mornings, just warm with milk!
- Baked Oatmeal Cups – These nutrient dense oatmeal cups are a holiday favorite with cranberries, but substitute blueberries and they are a perfect grab-and-go healthy breakfast year round! Freeze extras!
Use Your Freezer
Cooked sausage or bacon freezes well! So, if you are making it on the weekend, cook the whole package and freeze your leftovers. Chopped frozen bacon is great to throw in eggs during the week or even use it for dinner in a Pasta or risotto or on Loaded Baked Potatoes. Some days if we are just having yogurt and toast, a growing kid could use an extra sausage link (just microwave it)!
- For perfect bacon: Preheat oven to 400° convection bake, cook bacon on a large sheet pan until crisp, about 20 minutes, but check it often and flip bacon if needed, drain on paper towel.
- For perfect sausage: Preheat oven to 425° convection bake, cook sausage links on a sheet pan until browned, about 20 minutes, flip and move them around half way through.
Smoothies Go With Everything
Check out how to never waste extra fruit with a Smoothie Bucket in your freezer. Make sure everyone gets a good helping of fruit and a few veggies to start their day, mom and dad too!. Smoothies go with everything – oatmeal, yogurt, cereal, eggs, pancakes, and just bagels or peanut butter toast. A fun cup (thrift stores are great for this!) with a straw goes a long way! And, if your kids aren’t into smoothies, try Homemade Popsicles!
Pancakes with Staying Power
We love pancakes, waffles and french toast, but adding some extra protein makes them last you until lunch. These protein pancakes pack extra punch with oats, almond flour, yogurt and extra eggs (recipe below). Notice that the ¼ measuring cup for everything makes the batter super fast to throw together, even on a weekday!
- ¾ cup flour
- ¾ cup almond flour
- ¾ cup rolled oats
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¾ cup plain yogurt
- ¾ cup orange juice
- 3 eggs
- 3 Tablespoon melted butter or coconut oil
- blueberries and maple syrup
- In a large bowl add all the dry ingredients and mix. Add all the wet ingredients and mix again (no need to dirty two bowls). A ¼ measuring cup can be used for the entire recipe to make it fast!
- Cook on a hot griddle wiped with a bit of butter. Use the same ¼ measuring cup to ladle on the pancakes. When you begin to see little bubbles forming, they are ready to flip. Adjust the griddle temperature as needed. Blueberries can be added while the pancakes are cooking and they can be topped with any fruit. Serve with butter and real maple syrup.
- Store extra pancakes in the fridge and microwave the next day.
- For Christmas Morning Pancakes, add some holiday color with red raspberries and green kiwi and top them with white chocolate chips and banana! Strawberries and pomegranate seeds would be great too!