22 Healthy Breakfasts Your Kids Will Actually Eat

Kickstart their day with nutritious and delicious meals

Whole wheat pancakes

The Spruce / 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)

    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 healthy toppings so you can easily change up the flavor.

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    Banana Tahini Baked Oatmeal Cups

    Banana tahini baked oatmeal cups

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    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

    The Spruce / 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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    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 won't even know they're eating healthy when they enjoy these moist muffins with a crunchy cinnamon topping. The bananas and oatmeal provide lots of fiber, minerals, and vitamins, offering a filling breakfast while giving that necessary boost of energy in the morning.

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    Tofu Breakfast Scramble

    Tofu breakfast scramble

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    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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    Savory Oatmeal

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    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. Quick in the kitchen and light on the wallet, the fiber will keep them full until lunch.

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    Oat Milk

    Oat milk

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    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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    Keto Waffles

    Keto waffles

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    These high-protein 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 toast

    The Spruce / 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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    PB&J Overnight Oats

    PB&J overnight oats

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    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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    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. The kids won't even realize they are starting their day with heart-healthy ingredients. 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 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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    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

    The Spruce / 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

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    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.