Kids always need feeding, especially during the holidays! Getting a decent breakfast in them can make the difference between a grumpy child and one who takes on activities with relish.
But throwing toast at them before you run off to work or they run off to summer camps isn't the best way of saving time or meeting their nutritional needs. Take inspiration from these 35 easy and healthy breakfast ideas for kids, including some great make-ahead breakfast options.
Let's start off with everyone's favorite: pancakes! These carrot pancakes are not only speedy to make, but your kids will never notice there are vegetables in their sweet breakfast. Parenting points all around.
Overnight breakfast enchiladas
Sometimes you want to put a filling and nutritious meal in front of your children when they wake up in the morning, but you don't have the time for cooking. This overnight enchilada recipe from The Shortcut Kitchen is super easy and will be warm on the table in no time at all.
10-minute breakfast tostadas
Alternatively, you could whip up these tostados in 10 minutes with Jar of Lemons' recipe. Fresh and healthy with filling eggs, they'll go down a storm with kids of any age.
5-minute microwave apple cinnamon crisp
If you've still got some apples lying around then this apple crisp from Averie Cooks is a warming way to start the day. Plus, it only takes 5 minutes to make: I do love a microwave!
Peanut butter overnight oats
Another overnight sensation here, and one I love to eat just as much as my kids! These peanut butter overnight oats from Chelsea's Messy Apron are full of filling protein, and healthy slow-release carbs.
Spinach and banana pancakes
If you're looking for more ways to sneak some veggies into breakfast then you can try these spinach pancakes from Twin Mom Refreshed. As an added bonus, they're also gluten, sugar and dairy-free.
Banana bread breakfast cookies
Banana bread is such a perfect combination, why not make it into cookies? These banana bread cookies from Mile High Mitts will be snapped up before they're even cool.
Sausage crescent rolls
Not only are these sausage crescents from Savory Experiments a super quick weekday breakfast to whip up, but they also look great on the brunch table when you've got guests over.
Hash brown breakfast bites
I'm always looking for more breakfast options full of protein and vegetables, and these hash brown breakfast bites from The Spruce Eats are perfect. They're quick to make and they never last long in my house!
Freezer breakfast sandwiches
Ok, so this recipe from Damn Delicious is the perfect combination of speed and tastiness. Make them up at the weekend, freeze them, and whip them out for 2 minutes in the microwave.
Simple Bites argues that this is bet zucchini bread ever, and it is pretty good! Also, it's a brilliant way to use up a glut of zucchini that appears in my garden every summer.
Ham and cheese egg muffins
High-protein and low-carb, these light and fluffy egg muffins from Julie's Treats and Eats only take 6 ingredients and will keep your kid's bellies filled up all morning.
Are your kids bored of regular old syrup-covered pancakes? In the unlikely event that this is true, you can swap them in for A Few Shortcuts' easy pancake bites with their variety of toppings. That should keep everyone happy!
Every parent's dream is that their kids can make their own breakfast. With this YouTube video from Step Stool Chef you're much closer to the dream of an extra few minutes in bed!
Cinnamon roll monkey bread recipe
If you love cinnamon rolls for breakfast, and you're a fan of monkey bread, then you can combine the two with this recipe from Spaceships & Laser Beams. You only need 5 ingredients to bring deliciousness to the breakfast table.
These egg boats from dinner or dessert look fab on the kitchen table and, once you've whisked all the ingredients together, you only need to bake them for 25 minutes (giving you time to make sure each of your kids is dressed!).
Quiche toast cups
Pastry is great, but if you're like me then you probably don't have that much time. These quiche cups from Recipe Tin Eats are lined with sandwich bread, and are a super tasty breakfast option for your kids!
Battered fruit rings
Leave it to the famous Betty Crocker to come up with an innovative breakfast pancake idea. These battered fruit rings are easy to make and you can use your children's favorite fruit.
Applesauce overnight oats
Finding breakfasts that toddlers will enjoy but don't take the whole morning to make is tricky. These overnight oats from Yummy Toddler Food will be ready when you wake up, so you can spend more time playing with your kids and less time hovering over the stove.
Sheet pan pancakes
In my opinion, sheet pan pancakes are the best way to get a fun and filling breakfast on the table without having to stand over the stove. Instrupix has a great recipe for a sleepover breakfast.
No-bake honey nut cheerios snack bars
Do you have an overflow of Cheerios like Averie Cooks? Then you need to make this recipe for delicious snack bars. Cheaper than shop-bought bars, and you can be sure of what's in them too. They're great to throw at your teen as they run out of the door to practice.
Easy rainbow fruit salad
The simplest ideas are often the best, and this rainbow salad from Eats Amazing is the perfect example. The 2 ingredient dressing brings it from boring to special. All your kids will love it, and you'll love the vitamin hit they get.
Omlette tortilla breakfast wrap
Cleverly cutting out the carbs means this omelette wrap from Skinny Taste is perfect if you're a low-carb family. Roll it up on a skillet, fill it with delicious protein, and watch your kids devour it.
Healthy homemade granola
This yummy and refined sugar-free granola from Eats Amazing is small-child friendly too. Not only will they want to eat it, but they can also help make it!
5-ingredient keto sausage balls
These sausage bites from The Best Keto Recipes are another great keto breakfast option and even if you're not keto, who doesn't love a sausage breakfast? With only 5 ingredients you can whip them up with ease.
Loaded breakfast biscuits
Easy to make and easy to take out on a picnic or road trip, these breakfast biscuits from Kitchen Dreaming are loaded with sausage and egg, and are seriously tasty!
Porridge is a brilliantly nutritious breakfast, but it can get a little dull morning after morning. Daisies and Pie have some fun ideas for toppings that will get your kids interested in breakfast again.
Chocolate chip zucchini protein bars
These bars are high in protein to keep your kids full until lunch, and they can easily be thrown in a backpack to eat on the way to summer camp activities. Super Healthy Kids have your back.
Waffle sundae bar
Ok, so this one isn't necessarily quick. But it is easy, and it's a lot of fun! Set up your own waffle sundae bar with Two Healthy Kitchens and your kids will definitely hang out for breakfast instead of running off to their screens.
Freezable french toast sticks
This make-ahead breakfast from Super Healthy Kids is easy for little hands to grab, as well as quick to get on the table. French toast is always a hit in my house, so I'm sure it will be in yours.
Eggs in a basket
You can't go wrong with eggs, and these eggs in a basket are a fun way of serving them up to your hungry munchkins. A great protein-filled kid's breakfast that won't take you hours to make.
Apple breakfast loaf
If zucchini loaf isn't really your thing, then this apple breakfast loaf from Sugar Spice and Glitter is a tasty alternative breakfast idea. Filling and delicious, it's also a good one to get the kids involved in baking.
Chocolate peanut butter protein shake
A protein shake without any yucky synthetic protein powder in it? Yes, please! This chocolate shake from Super Healthy Kids has a peanut butter boost and will help you out if getting protein into your children is harder than breaking into Fort Knox.
This on-the-go breakfast burrito is packed with protein and taste. Easy to make, and they'll keep your kids full whatever their morning looks like.
And finally, if your kids love smoothies, but you're getting stuck for ideas to kick them out of their comfort zone, then you can find 7 of our favorite recipes for upping their vitamins here.