Healthy Kid-Friendly Breakfasts Your Kids Will Love

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Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day.  It is what fuels you and prepares you for the day.  For your kids, breakfast is just as important because it gives them energy for schoolwork and physical activities.  Without the proper breakfast, kids can become grumpy and may not do as well at school.

If you have a busy schedule, it may become difficult to find breakfasts for your kids that are quick to make. While there are so many kid-friendly breakfasts recipes available, some of them can take a while to make.  If you are looking for easy kids breakfasts that are quick and easy to make, you have come to the right place.  Today, I’ll be going over the best breakfasts for kids that will fuel them for a day of school and play.  Let’s get started.

Breakfast Recipes

There are so many breakfast recipes that you can make for your kids.  From breakfast burritos to muffins, these breakfast recipes are both healthy and delicious.  Here is a list of easy, healthy kid-friendly meals that you can make yourself.

Smoothies

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Looking for a quick way to bring nutrients to your kids?  Try giving them a smoothie. There are so many smoothie flavors that you can try.  And the good news is that this kids breakfast only requires fruit and a blender.  Simply pick some fruit that your kids like (bananas, strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, mangoes, etc.) and mix the fruit in a blender. You can also add some vegetables such as cauliflower, sweet potatoes, and spinach.  Take your kids shopping for fruit and veggies they like.  You can add some yogurt to the smoothie if desired, but a plain fruit/vegetable smoothie is good too.

Cinnamon Vanilla Breakfast Protein Bites

Recipe by Cotter Crunch 

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The protein bites are packed with protein and nutrients.  They do not need to be cooked and they are gluten-free and vegan.  Here's how to make it:

Ingredients:

  • 1 heaping tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1/2 cup almond meal or peanut flour (you can also just finely grind raw almonds) ·
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup nut butter (creamy no stir works best)
  • 3/4 cup of gluten-free quick oats or gluten-free cereal of choice
  • 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp Vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Grind up your oats or cereal in a food processor and transfer into a mixing bowl.  This is optional.  You can keep them whole as well and adjust the addition of honey.
  2. Add your almond meal, protein powder, cinnamon, and nut butter.  Stir ingredients all together.
  3. Add in your honey and vanilla then mix again well with hands.
  4. Roll into 1-1.5 inch balls and place on a cookie tray or plastic ware with parchment paper underneath.

Pancakes

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Pancakes are such a delicious breakfast that is fairly quick to make.  Try choosing whole-grain pancakes, because then your kids get more whole grains.  Then add maple syrup to the top of the pancakes.  If you have a busy schedule, consider cooking a lot of pancakes at once.  You can then freeze the pancakes so that they are already made for the next few days’ breakfasts.

Want an easy-to-make pancake recipe?  Here is a pancake recipe that only requires 3 ingredients (the other 4 ingredients are optional).  This recipe is by Chocolate Covered Katie.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (45g)
  • 1 medium banana (90g peeled)
  • 3 1/2 tbsp milk of choice (52g)
  • pinch salt, and sweetener of choice if desired
  • cinnamon, chocolate chips if desired

Directions:

  1. Grease a skillet very well so the pancakes won’t start to stick before they’re flip-able.
  2. Combine all ingredients with a hand blender, then pour ladles of batter onto the greased skillet.  As soon as the pancakes are cooked enough that you can get a pancake flipper underneath without breaking the pancakes, flip and cook an additional minute.

Apple Peanut Butter Rounds

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This recipe is easy to make and is very healthy.  What you need is some apple slices, 1/2 tablespoon chia seeds, 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds, 1 tablespoon chocolate chips, 1 tablespoon flaked coconut and 1 tablespoon raisins.  Here’s how to make it, with no cooking required!

  1. Core and slice the apple so that you have apple slices.
  2. Spread the peanut butter onto the apple slices.  You could also use almond butter or sunflower butter.
  3. Make the topping mixture by placing the chia seeds, coconut, raisins, sunflower seeds, and chocolate chips in a bowl and mix with your hands.  Then with a spoon sprinkle it over the tops of the apples.

Breakfast Burrito

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A breakfast burrito can contain anything you’d like.  Eggs, spinach, peppers, salsa, and ham are common ingredients put in breakfast burritos.  Try using whole wheat flatbread instead of regular white bread.  You can even learn to make your own flatbread.

Peanut Butter and Jelly

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Peanut butter and jelly is such an easy meal to make for your kids.  All you need is bread (choose whole-grain bread), peanut butter, and jelly.  If your kids are allergic to peanut butter, consider using almond butter or sunflower butter as an alternative.  For the bread, use either flatbread or toast.  Some people even use waffles for making peanut butter and jelly.  As for the jelly, there are so many flavors you can try.  You can even learn to make your own jelly.

Breakfast Banana Split

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Your kids will be delighted when they hear that they can have a banana split for breakfast. But, unlike the banana split, this kids breakfast only contains the fruit and some honey glazed over it.  You can also serve the banana split with yogurt.  To make this tasty and healthy breakfast, take a dish and fill it with a banana sliced in half, blueberries, strawberries, and any other fruit your kids love.  Pour some honey over it, and serve with yogurt.  If desired, add some granola to this kids breakfast.

Raisin Muffins

Recipe by Eating Well

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These muffins contain everything you could ever hope for in a muffin:  nuts, raisins, toasted wheat germ, and apple.  There are even some carrots in these muffins.  To make these muffins, you need the following ingredients:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups grated carrots, (4 medium)
  • 1 apple, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 large egg and 2 large egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup apple butter
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts, or pecans
  • 2 tablespoons toasted wheat germ

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.  Coat 18 muffin cups with cooking spray.
  2. Whisk whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.  Stir in carrots, apple, and raisins.  Whisk egg, egg whites, apple butter, oil and vanilla in a medium bowl.
  3. Make a well in the dry ingredients and stir in the wet ingredients with a rubber spatula until just combined.  Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling them about three-fourths full.  Combine walnuts and wheat germ in a small bowl; sprinkle over the muffin tops.
  4. Bake the muffins until the tops are golden brown and spring back when touched lightly, 15 to 25 minutes.  Let cool in the pans for 5 minutes.  Loosen edges and turn muffins out onto a wire rack to cool.

Other Easy Breakfast Ideas For Kids

If you don't have enough time to cook, there are many other easy breakfast ideas for kids. These kid-friendly breakfasts are perfect for days when you are on the go, and they are healthy too.  Here are some easy breakfast ideas for kids:

Granola Bars

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For days when you are on the go, granola bars are the perfect breakfast for little ones. Make sure you choose granola bars without too much sugar and not too many ingredients. Also, make sure you can pronounce all of the ingredients.  If you can't pronounce the ingredients, they probably aren’t healthy.  Choose granola bars with ingredients like nuts, berries, and fruits.  The healthiest breakfast bars are those without too many ingredients and not much sugar.

Banana and Honey Covered Bagels

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This breakfast is so easy to make.  It only requires 5 ingredients, and it takes about 5 minutes to make.  The ingredients needed are 2 tablespoons natural nut butter, 1 teaspoon honey, a pinch of salt, 1 toasted whole-wheat bagel, and 1 sliced banana.  To make, stir together the nut butter, honey, and salt in a small bowl.  Divide the mixture between bagel halves and top with banana slices.  Your kids will love it, and it saves you time from having to cook a large breakfast.

Strawberry-Ricotta Waffle Sandwich

Recipe by Eating Well

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Sandwiches just don't get better than this.  Full of strawberries, maple syrup, and ricotta cheese, this waffle sandwich is simply delicious.  Here's how to make it:

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup whole-milk ricotta cheese
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh mint or basil
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 frozen whole-grain waffles, toasted (see Tips)
  • 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • ½ cup sliced fresh strawberries

Directions:

  1. Combine ricotta, mint (or basil) and vanilla in a small bowl.
  2. Drizzle each waffle with 1 teaspoon syrup. Top one waffle with the ricotta mixture and strawberries and cover with the other waffle.

Healthy Kids Cereals

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In addition to the kids' breakfast recipes that I went over, there are also many healthy cereal brands that you can buy.  Cereal is very quick and easy to serve, as all you need is to pour it into a bowl with milk.  Unfortunately, many of the cereals that children eat today are loaded with sugar and are unhealthy.  One of the sugariest cereal out there is Froot Loops, which is 41.4 percent sugar.  Many other popular cereal brands also contain a large amount of sugar.  But with so many different cereal brands at the store, how will you ever find a healthy choice for your kids?  While there are many unhealthy cereal brands, there are also a lot of healthy cereal brands.  Let’s take a look at some cereal brands that contain more nutrients and less sugar than other cereal brands.

Cheerios

Plain cheerios do not contain much sugar.  In addition to being low in sugar, cheerios contain B-vitamins and iron.  Be careful that you don’t get frosted, chocolate, or honey-nut Cheerios because they contain more sugar.  This cereal is great when mixed with fruit.

Kashi Cocoa Spice

The Kashi Cocoa Spice cereal is one of the best cereal brands out there.  The reason for this is because it only has 9 grams of sugar per serving.  In addition to this, Kashi Cocoa Spice only has six ingredients.  The first ingredient on the list is whole grain wheat.  Kids love this cereal because it tastes like chocolate.  However, there is hardly any sugar in this cereal.

Barbara's Cinnamon Puffins

Barbara's Cinnamon Puffins has only 9 grams of sugar per serving.  It has a sweet cinnamon flavor, although you can get the original version too.  This is a corn-based cereal, and the corn is non-GMO.

Final Thoughts On Kid-Friendly Breakfasts

I hope this article has inspired you to start cooking kid-friendly breakfasts.  These healthy kid-friendly meals are packed with nutrients that your kids need in order to do well in school and activities.  Have fun cooking these breakfast recipes.  Your kids are guaranteed to love them.  Don't forget to save some for yourself!

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Mariann Foster is one of our content writers here at OurStart. Mariann is a certified reading specialist who enjoys homeschooling her daughter and taking care of her alpacas in her spare time. She lives in Wyoming on an alpaca farm with her daughter and their various collection of big and small animals. Being a mother is her greatest gift, so she hopes she can help to encourage other moms through her writing.

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