18 Healthy Breakfasts Your Kids Will Actually Eat

Kickstart their day with nutritious and delicious meals

Whole Wheat Pancakes

Leah Maroney

On busy weekday mornings, getting your kids to eat a nutritious breakfast can be a challenge, especially when you're rushing everyone out the door. These quick and easy breakfasts for kids taste great and pack enough nutrition to help children start their day off right. From hand-held options like breakfast quesadillas and muffins, to secretly healthy smoothies, smothered toasts, and whole wheat pancakes, these ideas are sure to please even the pickiest of eaters.

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    Baked Avocado Eggs

    Baked Avocado Eggs (With Variations)

    Leah Maroney

    Kids who like avocados will flip for these creamy halves filled with a baked sunny-side up egg. Let them do the egg cracking before you slide the avocados into the oven for a quick bake. The recipe includes lots of ideas for healthy toppings so you can easily change up the flavor.

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    Banana Tahini Baked Oatmeal Cups

    Banana Tahini Baked Oatmeal Cups

    Anita Schecter

     

    Bake up a batch of these muffin tin treats that will make your kitchen smell amazing. Rolled oats, nutty tahini, ripe bananas, and cinnamon are mixed with milk and a few other ingredients for a healthy baked oatmeal you have to taste to believe.

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    Eggs in a Basket

    Eggs in a Basket

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    Eggs in a basket—also called "eggs in a nest" or "toad in the hole"—is a super quick and easy meal that kids will enjoy helping you make. Depending on their age, children can cut out toast centers with cookie cutters, crack eggs into the middle, or flip the toasts to fry both sides.

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    Zucchini Carrot Bread

    Zucchini Bread

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    Zucchini carrot bread makes a great on-the-go breakfast for busy weekdays. The loaf has a tender cake-like texture and a warm mix of spices that smell so amazing while baking, kids will run into the kitchen to ask what you're making.

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    Greek Mini Frittatas

    Greek Mini Frittatas

    Katie Workman-themom100

     

    Frittatas are usually made in one large skillet, but this recipe uses a muffin tin for portable mini versions kids can eat on the run. Simply combine eggs with chopped fresh vegetables, dried herbs, and seasonings, pour into the cups, and bake quickly in the oven. They freeze great, too.

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    Strawberry Smoothie

    Strawberry Smoothie

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    What's not to love about a healthy, filling drink with only four ingredients? These refreshing strawberry smoothies can be blended up with fresh or frozen berries and taste like milkshakes, making it easy to get antioxidant-rich fruit into kids. Yogurt adds calcium and a creamy flavor that makes this simple recipe a winner.

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    Whole Wheat Pancakes

    Whole Wheat Pancakes

    Leah Maroney

    These whole wheat pancakes will please the kids and parents will like that they're high in healthy fiber. Light and fluffy pancakes can be prepared in advance and reheated in the microwave anytime, making it possible to enjoy them on busy weekday mornings. Serve with maple syrup and a pat of butter on top.

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    Tofu Breakfast Scramble

    Tofu Breakfast Scramble

    The Spruce

     

    This tofu scramble has a similar look and texture to scrambled eggs, plus lots of protein, making it great for vegetarian kids. Serve it on its own or piled on top of whole wheat toast or English muffins for a full morning meal.

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    Oat Milk

    Oat Milk

    Jennifer Perillo

     

    Looking for a dairy-free and nut-free alternative to milk? Oat milk checks those boxes and includes healthy protein and fiber. Consider using it in place of milk when you prepare breakfast recipes that would usually use dairy, such as pancakes or overnight oats, and learn how to make it yourself at home right here.

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    PB&J Overnight Oats

    PB&J Overnight Oats

    Leah Maroney

    PB&J oats combine kids' favorite sandwich flavors with the most important meal of the day! Busy parents will like that there is no cooking required in this easy overnight recipe that delivers plenty of protein and fiber. Assemble it the night before and simply dig in when morning hits.

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    Make-Ahead Breakfast Quesadillas

    Make-Ahead Breakfast Quesadillas

    The Spruce

     

    Busy mornings don't have to mean skipping out on nutrition. These Mexican-style vegetarian breakfast quesadillas with canned black beans, cheese, corn, and taco seasonings are packed with flavor and protein. For an easy morning treat, make them ahead and freeze, for quick microwaving anytime—kids can eat them with one hand.

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    Avocado Toast

    Avocado Toast

    Leah Maroney

     

    Just like adults, kids will enjoy the creamy-crispy texture of this easy and popular breakfast. It's already secretly healthy with nutrient-dense avocados, but you can also use multigrain bread to make it even more wholesome. Follow the included tips to customize this recipe for your family.

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    Banana Bread

    Banana Bread (With Optional Chocolate Chips)

    Katie Workman-themom100

    Take those overripe bananas on your kitchen counter and turn them into delicious banana bread. This kid-favorite recipe comes together quickly, tastes like a treat, and is full of healthy bananas. Make and bake it in under an hour, adding optional chocolate chips if kids have been good.

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    Quinoa Egg Muffins With Spinach

    Quinoa Egg Muffins With Spinach

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    Quinoa and spinach "muffins" are meat-free, gluten-free, and make an excellent portable meal. These muffin tin eggs are high in protein and a great way to use up leftover quinoa.

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    PB&J Breakfast Waffle With Fruit

    PB&J Breakfast Waffle With Fruit

    Leah Maroney

     

    This easy idea is are a great way to boost the nutrition of frozen waffles and turn them into a hand-held meal. Use whole wheat blueberry waffles to get some extra whole grains into kids and add your favorite fruit in the middle, or switch up the PB for almond butter.

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    Breakfast Cookies

    Breakfast Cookies

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    Imagine the look of surprise on kids' faces when you serve them cookies for breakfast! Soft vegan treats with a great tropical taste require only three ingredients and 10 to 15 minutes of baking time. They're free of refined or white sugar and full of healthy vitamins and minerals—but we won't tell if you don't!

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    Honey Apple Toast

    Honey Apple Toast

    Leah Maroney

    Crunchy whole wheat toast, creamy ricotta cheese, and sweet apple slices drizzled with honey add up to a scrumptious breakfast your kids will love sinking their teeth into. This is a super simple, healthy make-and-go breakfast that's ideal for busy mornings. You can even turn it into a sandwich, for easy eating in the car!

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    Applesauce Oatmeal Pancakes

    Applesauce Oatmeal Pancakes

    Min Jia Ng-EyeEm

     

    Homemade apple pancakes with added oats are a clever way to get healthy fruit and fiber into kids. The batter is quick and easy to whip up with basic pantry ingredients, plus unsweetened prepared applesauce. Top them with warmed maple syrup or try some warmed applesauce and a sprinkling of cinnamon.