9 Kid-Friendly Gluten-Free Breakfast Recipes

Healthy gluten-free breakfasts for your growing gluten-free kids

Being gluten-free doesn't have to be a drudgery, especially when it comes to the most important meal of the day. A study published in 2016 showed that children who eat a healthy and balanced breakfast do better in school. Kids need lots of energy to help them concentrate on their studies rather than their stomachs. These kid-friendly gluten-free breakfast recipes supply protein, complex carbs, fiber, and good fats with foods that provide sustainable energy for growing kids on gluten-free diets.

  • 01 of 09

    Banana Vanilla Smoothie

    GFCF High Protein Banilla (Banana and Vanilla) Breakfast Smoothie Recipe

    The Spruce / Teri Lee Gruss

    Kids will love this creamy, delicious "banilla" smoothie. It combines banana and vanilla into a tasty treat. There's a lot of nutritional value in this five-minute, busy morning, gluten- and dairy-free smoothie. Use a frozen banana for extra-creamy texture.

  • 02 of 09

    Morning Glory Muffins

    Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Morning Glory Muffin Recipe

    The Spruce / Teri Lee Gruss

    What makes morning glory muffins so special? In addition to being delicious, they're loaded with carrot, apple, pineapple, raisins, coconut, and walnuts. They're healthier than a granola bar, with even more fiber, and fresh fruits to boot. And these muffins are so good you'll probably want to swipe one on your way into the office.

  • 03 of 09

    Sweet Potato Waffles

    Sweet potato waffles

    The Spruce / Jennifer Perillo 

    Made with oat flour, these sweet potato waffles are naturally gluten free. They're also filled with vitamin A and fiber, and they're absolutely delicious. Use leftover mashed sweet potatoes or cook them specifically for breakfast. Either way, the kids will devour them.

  • 04 of 09

    Gluten-Free Homemade Energy Bars

    Gluten-Free Energy Bars

    The Spruce / Teri Lee Gruss

    On those especially hectic mornings, it's good to have homemade gluten-free energy bars on hand. They're an easy, no-bake, nutritious, and economical alternative to commercial energy bars. Best of all, you can substitute your favorite dried fruits, nut butter, nuts, seeds, and sweeteners to create your own personalized energy bars. These kinds of DIY recipes help you easily monitor your child's diet.

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  • 05 of 09

    Keto Waffles

    Keto waffles

    The Spruce / Laurel Randolph

    Made with almond flour, almond butter, milk (or non-dairy milk), and eggs, keto waffles are naturally gluten-free. The high-protein and grain-free breakfast is delicious topped with syrup, fruit, yogurt, or even savory items like a fried egg and bacon. Slices of ripe banana are a nice pairing with the nutty waffles.

  • 06 of 09

    Gluten-Free Blueberry Pancakes

    Blueberry Pancakes

    The Spruce / Teri Lee Gruss

    Being gluten-free doesn't mean being grain free: It's a common misconception. You can still enjoy your breakfast carbs. These gluten-free pancakes are loaded with blueberries, so you get an antioxidant boost first thing in the morning. They're also packed with flavor. You can swap the blueberries for any other fruit you desire.

  • 07 of 09

    Oat Flour Pancakes

    Oat Flour Pancakes

     Leah Maroney

    Naturally gluten-free, oat flour pancakes are light and fluffy without using wheat flour. You can make oat flour at home by pulsing rolled oats in a food processor. Kids and adults will love their texture and how quick and easy they are to make. These pancakes are especially good topped with a homemade strawberry sauce.

  • 08 of 09

    Overnight Gluten-Free Belgian Waffles

    Easy Gluten-Free Make-Ahead Belgian Waffle Recipe

    What makes this recipe "overnight" is the fact that the yeasted batter for these Belgian waffles has to rest for several hours. This is a fantastic make-ahead gluten-free breakfast recipe. It's extraordinarily delicious and quick to make, as long as you plan enough time to allow the batter to rest. Being gluten free doesn't have to mean skipping out on beloved breakfast staples—and these waffles prove it.

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  • 09 of 09

    Eggs Benedict

    Gluten-Free Eggs Benedict Recipe


    While most egg dishes make for good gluten-free breakfasts, eggs Benedict made with poached eggs is fast, easy, and delicious when served on a slice of gluten-free toast. The secret to perfect poached eggs is using the freshest eggs you can find. Eggs are full of protein, which will help keep your children feeling full until the lunch bell rings.

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  1. Kim SY, Sim S, Park B, Kong IG, Kim JH, Choi HG. Dietary Habits Are Associated With School Performance in Adolescents. Medicine (Baltimore). 2016;95(12):e3096.  doi:10.1097/MD.0000000000003096