18 Breakfasts Your Kids Will Actually Eat

Kickstart their day with these delicious meals

Whole wheat pancakes

The Spruce / Leah Maroney

On busy weekday mornings, getting your kids to eat breakfast can be a challenge, especially when you're rushing everyone out the door. These quick and easy breakfasts for kids taste great and help children start their day off right. From hand-held options like breakfast quesadillas and muffins to 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)

    The Spruce / 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 toppings so you can easily change up the flavor.

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    Banana Tahini Baked Oatmeal Cups

    Banana tahini baked oatmeal cups

    The Spruce / 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 deliciously baked oatmeal you have to taste to believe.

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    Eggs in a Basket

    Eggs in a Basket in a pan

    The Spruce / Cara Cormack

    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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    Strawberry Smoothie

    Strawberry Smoothie
    The Spruce.

    What's not to love about a tasty, and 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

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    These whole wheat pancakes will please the kids and parents will like them, too. 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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    Sweet Potato Waffles

    Sweet potato waffles

    The Spruce Eats / Jennifer Perillo 

    Gluten-free and full of fiber, these sweet potato waffles are also delicious. The recipe uses oat flour and mashed sweet potatoes, along with a few standard waffle ingredients you already have in the kitchen. Make it even easier by using leftover sweet potatoes, then serve hot with syrup and the kids won't be able to resist.

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    Banana Oatmeal Muffins

    Banana Oatmeal Muffins

     Kristina Vanni

    Your kids will enjoy these moist muffins with a crunchy cinnamon topping. The bananas and oatmeal offer a filling breakfast while giving that necessary boost of energy in the morning.

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    Tofu Breakfast Scramble

    Easy Vegan Tofu Scramble

    The Spruce / Ahlam Raffii

    This tofu scramble has a similar look and texture to scrambled eggs 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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    Savory Oatmeal


    The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney 

    For an alternative to creamy grits, try this easy-to-make hearty bowl of savory oatmeal with bacon, eggs, and cheese. This recipe is quick in the kitchen and light on the wallet.

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    Oat Milk

    Oat milk

    The Spruce / Jennifer Perillo

    Looking for a dairy-free and nut-free alternative to milk? Oat milk checks off those boxes. 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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    Keto Waffles

    Keto Waffles

    The Spruce / Christine Ma

    These waffles are made with almond flour, almond butter, eggs, and no refined sugar. They're still light with a crisp exterior and deliciously nutty taste. Top keto waffles with ripe banana or strawberry compote for a breakfast reminiscent of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

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    Avocado Toast

    avocado toasts on a plate

    The Spruce / Cara Cormack

    Just like adults, kids will enjoy the creamy-crispy texture of this easy and popular breakfast. Avocados are the star, and you can also change up the type of bread and use multigrain bread or your favorite. Follow the included tips to customize this recipe for your family.

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    Banana Oatmeal Cookies

    Banana Oatmeal Cookies

     Kristina Vanni 

    Cookies for breakfast? Only when they're made with wholesome ingredients like oatmeal, ripe bananas, and walnuts. Made similarly to regular cookies, these treats may end up in the cookie jar.

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    Cinnamon Raisin Whole Wheat Pancakes

    Whole Wheat Pancakes

     Kristina Vanni

    Kids will love the flavor of these whole wheat pancakes, thanks to fresh apple, cinnamon, vanilla, raisins, and walnuts. Swap out the dried fruit or nuts to suit their tastes. The whole wheat flour and oat batter is mixed up the night before, making it a quick and easy breakfast, too.

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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 yummy 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

    Savory Quinoa Egg Muffins With Spinach

    The Spruce / Abbey Littlejohn

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

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    Applesauce Oatmeal Pancakes

    Applesauce Oatmeal Pancakes

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    Homemade apple pancakes with added oats are a clever way to get fruit 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.