The ultimate list of over 100 healthy and easy breakfast ideas that your toddlers, kids, and the entire family will love! In this guide, you will find easy homemade recipes, easy ideas, healthy store-bought breakfast foods, what breakfasts to avoid, plus tips on making and serving breakfasts to your child and so much more! This guide is great for kids 2 – 12 years old.

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Medically reviewed and co-written by Jamie Johnson, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), and Lauren Braaten, Pediatric Occupational Therapist (OT).

Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Toddlers

Feeding toddlers and kids can be tricky and morning times can be especially rough.

Whether you are rushing off to preschool, school, work, a playdate, or a fun adventure – getting out of the house with everyone dressed, teeth brushed, backpacks filled, lunches and snacks made and everyone fed a healthy breakfast can be an Olympic sport.🥇

There usually isn’t enough coffee in the world to help you survive those crazy busy mornings! ☕️☕️☕️

But I want you (and me) to crush those mornings and go for the gold!

In this guide, you will find over 100 amazingly easy, healthy and delicious breakfast ideas and recipes for kids, serving sizes, FAQs, our expert tips, the best foods to serve in the morning and the ones to avoid, info on how to make a balanced meal, and so much more!

With dozens of breakfast recipes for kids to choose from, like my crazy good 3-Ingredient Banana PancakesBroccoli Egg Muffins and Easy Spinach Pancakes, there are zero reasons to be in a breakfast food slump. If you need toddler smoothiedinner or lunch ideas, I have those too, plus plenty of healthy popsicle recipes to choose from as well.

Broccoli Egg Muffin Video

Watch here to see how easy it is to make our fan-favorite Broccoli Egg Muffins!

Tips on Making and Serving Breakfasts

  • Prep Ahead – To save your sanity during the busy weekday mornings – prep one or two breakfast recipes that can be stored in the fridge or freezer on the weekend. That way you can just heat and serve without much thought – Spinach Waffles, Blueberry Sheet Pancakes, Broccoli Cheddar Egg Muffins, and Zucchini Pancakes are some of our favorite freezer-friendly recipes.
  • Picky-Eaters – You don’t need to feel the pressure to add in veggies or foods that your child doesn’t care for in the morning. Go with a breakfast they like and if you have the time add in fruit, yogurt, meat or other food they don’t care for as much on the side to expose your toddler to other food options as well.
  • One Breakfast for the Entire Family – Make one breakfast for baby, toddler, kids, and you! I developed these breakfast recipes for toddlers and kids, but I eat them as well! One meal for the whole family! So don’t think that you have to make an extra meal just for yourself. I do usually add sriracha, butter or syrup to my portion depending on what the recipe is.

Helpful Feeding Tools

These tools will make it a lot easier for you to make and serve these recipes for your toddler and older kids. For more of my favorite kitchen tools, make sure to check out my online shop.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should a kid eat for breakfast?

Ideally, breakfast should be made of at least 3 food groups for a balanced meal. Protein will help keep them full for longer, as will fiber. Too much added sugar will cause energy crashes so choose whole grains instead of white grains loaded with added sugar.

What should a picky eater eat for breakfast?

Whatever they like (within reason)! Give your kid some options for breakfast and let them choose, and try to get them to help with making it, whether the night before or in the morning if you have time. When kids are involved in making the meal, they are more likely to eat it. And don’t forget about leftovers. They may not be your typical breakfast food but they can totally be eaten for breakfast.

Why is breakfast important for a child?

Breakfast helps provide children with the energy their busy little bodies need after a night of fasting for the day ahead. It fuels their brain and can help improve performance in school since it helps with memory and attention. Kids who eat breakfast tend to have higher test scores than those who do not.

Toddler & Kid Daily Nutritional Guidelines

According to the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, nutrients of concern for underconsumption in a child’s second year are vitamin D, calcium, fiber, and potassium, so make sure your toddler gets a variety of foods with these nutrients daily.  

Below are recommended daily intakes for toddlers of different ages. Still, it’s important to look at what your child eats throughout the whole week instead of focusing on each day since toddlers’ eating habits can be erratic and unpredictable. As long as you keep offering a variety of foods from all of the food groups, your child’s nutrition should balance out each week. 

Daily Recommended Intake for Toddlers 12-23 months

  • 700-1,000 calories a day split between 3 meals and 2 snacks
  • Half of the daily calories should be from healthy fats
  • 2/3 – 1 cup equivalents of vegetables
  • ½ – 1 cup equivalent of fruit
  • 1 ¾ – 3 ounce equivalents of grains
  • 1 2/3 – 2 cup equivalents of dairy
  • 2 ounce equivalents of protein

Daily Recommended Intake for Toddlers 2-4 years

  • 1,000-1,400 calories a day for girls and 1,000-1,600 calories for boys split between 3 meals and 1-2 snacks
  • Healthy fats should be reduced to about 30% of total daily calories
  • 1-2 cup equivalents of vegetables
  • 1- 1 ½ cup equivalents of fruit
  • 3 – 5 ounce equivalents of grains
  • 2 – 2 ½ cup equivalents of dairy
  • 2 – 5 ounce equivalents of protein

Daily Recommended Intake for Children 5-8 years

  • 1,200-1,800 calories a day for girls and 1,200-2,000 calories for boys split between 3 meals and 1-2 snacks
  • 1 1/2- 2 1/2 cup equivalents of vegetables
  • 1-2 cup equivalents of fruit
  • 4-6 ounce equivalents of grains
  • 2 1/2 cup equivalents of dairy
  • 3- 5 1/2 ounce equivalents of protein

Daily Recommended Intake for Children 9-13 years

  • 1,400-2,200 calories a day for females and 1,600-2,600 calories for males split between 3 meals and 1-2 snacks
  • 1 1/2- 3 1/2 cup equivalents of vegetables
  • 1 1/2-2 cup equivalents of fruit
  • 5-9 ounce equivalents of grains
  • 3 cup equivalents of dairy
  • 4-6 1/2 ounce equivalents of protein

Serving Sizes

Serving sizes will vary from child to child but generally, kids need a quarter of the portion an adult does. Parents tend to overestimate servings for their children. I recommend starting small to not overwhelm your kid and give seconds if your kid wants more. Here are some examples of typical serving size for kids ages 2-12:

  • 1/4 cup dry cereal
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/4 -1/2 slice of bread
  • 1/2 egg
  • 1 oz. meat
  • 1/2 piece of fresh fruit
  • 1/3 cup of yogurt
  • 1-2 tablespoons of cooked veggies

Balanced Breakfasts

Try to include at least three food groups when making breakfast to make it nutritious and filling. As a reminder, the food groups are fruits, vegetables, grains, protein, and dairy. Below are some sample breakfast ideas with at least 3 food groups:

  • Yogurt, blueberries and granola
  • Peanut butter and banana on whole wheat toast
  • Veggie and cheese omelet
  • Cheese stick and pear slices
  • Cheerios and milk with a side of fruit
  • Boiled egg and steamed carrot sticks
  • Avocado and scrambled eggs on whole grain bread
  • Milk, spinach and fruit smoothie

Mini Meals

When your little one isn’t hungry for a full breakfast meal, try a mini-breakfast, which will help start their day off with some nutrition until they are ready for something more substantial. 

  • apple “donuts” – horizontally cut apples with the core removed, with cream cheese “frosting” and a pinch of sprinkles or freeze-dried fruit.
  • finger salad – an assortment of chopped fruits and veggies 
  • graham cracker sandwiches – made with cream cheese and jam
  • pb&j crackers – crackers topped with peanut butter and a dollop of jelly
  • avocado toast – whole-grain toast topped with avocado and everything bagel seasoning 
  • yogurt parfait – plain yogurt with a drizzle of honey, chopped berries and a sprinkle of granola
  • banana rice cake – rice cake topped with almond butter, slices of banana and hemp seed sprinkles. 

Breakfasts to Avoid

Ideally, you want to serve nutritious breakfasts that will help nourish your child’s body. While treats are occasionally fine, it’s best to serve whole foods instead of ultra-processed foods so your child stays fuller longer and they have the right nutrition to start their day off on the right foot.

  • Breakfast pastries like donuts, sugary muffins, cinnamon roles, Pop-Tarts, etc.
  • Sugary cereals
  • Highly processed meats like bacon and sausage
  • Juice drinks (not 100% fruit juice) like Minute Maid, Juicy Juice, fruit punch, Sunny-D, etc.
  • Too much juice
  • Coffee, Yoohoo, energy drinks
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Breakfast Nutritional Tips for Your Toddler

Don’t skip it– Kids who eat breakfast have been shown to do better in school as it helps with memory and attention.
3 food groups– Try to include at least 3 food groups at breakfast to make a well-balanced meal.
Choose whole grains– Whole grains are full of fiber, which helps you keep full for longer. When choosing cereal or breads, look for the whole grain icon or make sure “whole grain” is listed as one of the first ingredients.
Easy on added sugar- Many packaged breakfast items are full of added sugar, which can cause an energy crash later. Avoid cereals and breakfast pastries that have too much added sugar.
Protein– Make sure to include protein at breakfast to help keep full throughout the morning. Good protein options are eggs, yogurt, milk, and nut butters.
Fruit– Breakfast is a great time to help get in your daily fruit servings. You can choose one that is easy to eat on-the-go, like bananas or apples, or have cut-up fruit available.

Favorite Kid Breakfasts

Here are some of our reader-favorite homemade breakfast recipes for toddlers and kids.

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3-Ingredient Banana Pancakes for Baby

5 stars (128 ratings)
Made with only 3 simple ingredients – banana, egg and flour, yet these pancakes are fluffy, soft and perfect for baby, baby-led weaning and toddlers!
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Broccoli Egg Muffins

5 stars (31 ratings)
Handheld and portable, these egg cups are great for baby and toddlers on-the-go. These savory cheddar cheese and broccoli breakfast cups can be served warm at the breakfast table or packed cold for a morning playdate or school lunch.
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Healthy Mini Pumpkin Muffins

5 stars (43 ratings)
These mini pumpkin muffins are the perfect treat for the fall! Quick and easy to make, they are a hit with toddlers and kids, and the adults too! Made with no refined sugar they are a healthy and delicious snack!
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2 smoothie cups filled with a hidden veggie smoothie for kids and toddlers.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Smoothie

5 stars (18 ratings)
If you have a picky one at home who refuses to eat their vegetables, this chocolate peanut butter smoothie is a great way to sneak them in! This kid approved smoothie is great for a quick and easy breakfast or snack and is nutrient dense.
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A stack of spinach pancakes against a white background with strawberries on top and on the side.

Easy Spinach Pancakes

4.69 stars (157 ratings)
These Spinach Pancakes are a great way to get spinach into your baby or toddler. Plus, there are two different ways you can make them.
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Blueberry Oatmeal for Baby, Toddler + Kids

4.69 stars (29 ratings)
This vivid oatmeal is the perfect warm and healthy breakfast for any age!
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Freezer-Friendly Spinach Waffles

5 stars (35 ratings)
Warm and wholesome waffles made with nutrient packed spinach!
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Blueberry Avocado Mini Muffins

4.97 stars (66 ratings)
These Blueberry Avocado Mini Muffins are loaded with fruit, healthy fats, and whole grains. Their mini size makes them perfect for small baby and toddler hands, and they are great for baby-led weaning. Yum!
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Peach Pie Smoothie (2 hidden veggies!)

5 stars (9 ratings)
This delicious peach pie smoothie recipe is a perfect healthy breakfast for toddlers, kids and adults. Quick and easy to make, it has two veggies that no one will even know are there!
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Breakfast Egg Muffins for Baby, Toddler + Kids

4.96 stars (41 ratings)
A filling and nutritious breakfast for your baby, toddler, and kids that are perfect for on-the-go eating. They can even be frozen and reheated for a quick breakfast. Great for Baby-Led Weaning!
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Banana Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bake

4.97 stars (54 ratings)
A fun, easy and wholesome breakfast or snack that kids of all ages will love! Plus this Oat Bake is made with pantry staples, in one-bowl and with a prep-time of less than 10-minutes!
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Pink Beet Pancakes

4.63 stars (8 ratings)
These Pink Beet Pancakes are quick and easy to make and perfectly soft and fluffy. Plus, they have a hidden veggie and are great for picky eaters. Great for babies, toddlers, and kids!
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Easy Breakfast Ideas

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Favorite Breakfast Recipes for Kids

Here are our favorite homemade breakfast recipes for toddlers and kids. If making any baked goods, our recommendation is that you keep some for the week and freeze some for a later meal.

  1. 3-Ingredient Banana Pancakes
  2. Easy Spinach Muffins
  3. Pancake Muffins – 12 Ways!
  4. Cottage Cheese + Fruit Bowl for Baby + Toddler
  5. Avocado Green Smoothie
  6. Mini Pumpkin Muffins
  7. Wholesome Blueberry Sheet Pan Pancakes For Baby + Toddler (allergy-friendly)
  8. Freezer-Friendly Spinach Waffles for Baby + Toddler
  9. Easy Zucchini Pancakes
  10. Rainbow Frozen Yogurt Bark for Toddlers + Kids
  11. Cheesy Egg Roll-Ups (for baby, toddler + kids)
  12. Avocado Egg Toast for Baby + Toddler
  13. Blueberry Oatmeal (10-Minutes)
  14. Pink Beet Pancakes
  15. Banana Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bake
  16. Applesauce Mini Muffins
  17. Sweet Potato Pancakes
  18. Almond Butter + Banana Toast with Hemp Sprinkles for Toddler
  19. Easy Scrambled Eggs
  20. Peach Pie Smoothie for Toddlers + Kids (2 Hidden Veggies!)
  21. Oatmeal with Beets + Carrots
  22. Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie with Hidden-Veggie
  23. 3 Green Smoothie Freezer Packs
  24. Berry Granola Yogurt Bark (toddler + kid approved)
  25. Peanut Butter Banana Yogurt Bark
  26. Whole Grain Pumpkin Waffle Dippers
  27. Whole Wheat Pancake Mix
  28. 8 Healthy Toddler Breakfasts
  29. Ellie’s Favorite Granola
  30. Easy Blender Spinach Pancakes for Baby + Toddler (Allergy Friendly!)
  31. Blueberry + Lemon Toddler Muffins
  32. Sweet Potato Waffles for Baby + Toddler
  33. Whole Grain Pumpkin Waffle Dippers
  34. Toddler Breakfast Oat Cups – 4 Tasty Ways
  35. Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie
  36. Allergy-Friendly Pumpkin Chocolate Muffins for Toddler + Kids
  37. Back to School Granola with Cranberries + Coconut
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Get the recipe: 100 Toddler & Kids Breakfast Ideas: Blueberry Pie Smoothie

4.7 stars (10 ratings)
This delicious and wholesome smoothie is made with nutrient-packed blueberries and yogurt is the perfect quick breakfast for both you and your toddler! Plus, over 100 toddler and kids breakfasts – healthy and easy recipe ideas for kids 2 – 12 years!

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup milk, regular, nut, coconut, hemp, etc.
  • 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1-2 tbsp maple syrup, or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup ice

Instructions 

  • In a blender, add all of the ingredients and blend for 1-2 minutes, adding more milk if the smooth is too thick.
    Oats, banana, blueberries, milk, yogurt, vanilla, and maple syrup flat lay
  • Pour into 2 glasses and serve.

Notes

Age: 9 months and up
Note on Blueberries: I use frozen wild blueberries (they are much smaller then regular blueberries) in this post and absolutely love them, but regular blueberries will also work. I found my wild blueberries at Trader Joes.
Extra Add-Ins: add 1-2 tsp of chia or flax seeds for a nutritional boost.

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