35 Easy AND Healthy Toddler Breakfast Ideas (2024)
Healthy Toddler Breakfast Ideas
Are you looking for inspiration for your toddler breakfast ideas?
I’ve got you covered!
From meals that can be made in minutes, to meals that require no baking or cooking (at all!), there is a little bit of something for everyone.
Being in charge of the health of my children has really caused me to pause and think twice about what I feed them, as well as myself.
Food (and sleep) truly is the catalyst to our success.
It’s important we start our day off right by fueling our bodies with awesome nutrition.
That is why I do my best to include protein, fat, and fiber in each toddler breakfast idea.
This combination supports blood sugar balance, helps us stay full longer, and protects our mood and energy.
These toddler breakfast ideas are so nutritious and delicious that everyone–even the adults–will want to eat them!
Toddler Breakfast Ideas for Waffles & Pancakes
Traditional waffles and pancakes are more of a dessert, as they are made with white flour and sugar and don’t provide much nutrients. To make the standard waffles and pancakes part of a more balanced diet, check out these three tried and true recipes. They are made regularly in our house, as they are quite tasty!
Only 4 ingredients!! In place of the cream that it calls for, we just use whatever milk we have on hand. We also like to add a teaspoon of vanilla for more flavor.
To complete the meal, spread a nut butter on top or add a dollop of whole fat plain yogurt and a side of fruit.
These are awesome because of the large quantity that they make. Depending on the size of your family, you might have some left over to freeze for future use.
To help blunt a blood sugar spike from the carbs, we add nut butter or whole fat yogurt, and berries for some fiber.
I stock up on pumpkin puree during the holidays so that we can eat these pancakes all year long. They are so good!
My husband does not like anything pumpkin flavored, but he approves of these because the pumpkin is so subtle. Plus, we like that we are sneaking in fiber with the pumpkin and protein with the cottage cheese and eggs.
Toddler Breakfast Ideas for Breads
Bread is such a great food for early eaters, as it is so versatile with how it can be dressed up with the below ingredients. Sourdough, multigrain, and whole wheat breads are our staples. For the youngest eaters, skip toasting the bread to maintain softness and just add the toppings.
4. French Toast
I particularly like this recipe because it does not have sugar included in the ingredients as so many french toast recipes do. To complete the meal, add a side of bacon and fruit.
5. Avocado Toast
Spread butter, then mashed avocado. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Serve with a side of bacon or eggs to round out the meal.
6. Nut Butter Toast
Butter the toast with peanut butter or almond butter. Serve with some scrambled eggs and fruit to complete the breakfast.
7. Buttered Toast
Good old fashioned buttered toast is loved by most. Add some protein by including bacon, scrambled eggs, cottage cheese, or Greek yogurt.
8. Cottage Cheese Toast
Butter the toast and spread whole fat cottage cheese on top. This was a creation made by our oldest toddler and is a much loved toddler toast. Serve with a side of fruit and eggs.
9. Cream Cheese Toast
Butter and cream cheese are a tasty treat especially on sourdough bread. Serve with eggs or bacon and a side of fruit.
10. Sweet Potato Toast
Poke a sweet potato all over with a knife, and microwave for 6 to 8 minutes when you don’t have the time to bake one. Mush it with a fork and spread onto buttered toast. Yum!
11. Zucchini Muffins
These muffins are extra special because when I was trying hard as a brand new mom to make meals for my family but kept failing (because I am naturally bad at cooking), I stumbled across these Zucchini Muffins on Pinterest. These muffins are what encouraged me to keep going and not give up in the kitchen.
They are a true crowd pleaser! Round out the muffins by serving them with a protein (like Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, eggs, or bacon) and a side of fruit.
If you have a sweet tooth, these are fun to make as a family and get everyone involved. The more your children can be involved with the preparation of their food, the more inclined they will be to try it. Although, who wouldn’t want to try a cinnamon roll?!
To help blunt the blood sugar spike, serve with some Greek yogurt (which is yummy with sweets!) or eggs.
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Toddler Breakfast Ideas for Eggs
There are so many ways to make toddler approved eggs. Numbers 13 through 16 are all scrambled eggs served in different ways. Serving the same thing in multiple ways helps your toddler get used to the idea of trying new things.
13. Scrambled Eggs
Sprinkle on some cheese and serve with sliced bell peppers. Our toddlers eat them raw like carrots. Or, add a few pinches of just the beads on a broccoli head so they look like green sprinkles on the eggs.
14. Egg Sandwich
Scramble an egg. Serve it between two pieces of bread and add in a slice of cheddar cheese.
15. Breakfast Burrito
Scramble an egg and mince up some veggies (like spinach, bell pepper, or broccoli) to make it safe enough for early eaters to chew and also to hide it from any complaints 🙂 Sprinkle in cheese and roll it up into a toddler-sized burrito.
16. Breakfast Quesadilla
Do the same thing as mentioned in number 15 but serve it as a quesadilla instead of a burrito.
Fun Alternative: Make a peanut butter, honey, banana quesadilla on the stovetop. This tastes more like a dessert! Serve with a side of cottage cheese or Greek yogurt.
17. Hardboiled Eggs
Serve with a string cheese, toast, and a side of fruit or veggies.
These are so delicious. Everyone in the house will ask for seconds!
19. Egg Muffins
There are 4 different kinds of egg muffins here. Not only do they taste good, but they keep in the fridge well and can even be frozen for later!
Along with the zucchini muffins mentioned above in the Breads section, this casserole gave me confidence to not give up in the kitchen; I am naturally bad at cooking…but this dish is absolutely delicious and comes out great every single time. Plus, it’s a Make the Night Before Meal–even better!
21. Sheet Pan Eggs
These are so fast to assemble and are great for busy mornings.
Minimal ingredients with minimal prep make this dish a WIN! These egg roll-ups are perfect for babies learning to self feed and are delicious enough even adults will enjoy!
Toddler Breakfast Ideas for Oats
The below toddler breakfast ideas have either chia seeds or flax seeds included as ingredients, as they are awesome sources of fiber and plant protein that are subtle for toddler tastebuds and easy for moms to bulk up the nutrition of oats.
Microwave oatmeal in preferred milk. Stir in cinnamon, honey, peanut butter, and a teaspoon of flax seeds or chia seeds. This is the most requested meal in our house any given day!
These look so fancy and beautiful and are so much fun to make with your little ones!
The recipe images show the bowls made in large sized muffin trays where there are only 6 muffins total. We only have the traditional 12-tin muffin tray, and I think it works out even better because a 12-tin tray is more toddler-sized versus the larger 6-tin tray.
I have tried this recipe with both regular milk and almond milk. The recipe calls for almond milk, and I understand why! It definitely adds extra flavor and truly makes a difference for the better.
These are refined sugar-free! And, the recipe has nut free ingredients, along with egg-free and dairy-free ingredient options! Plus, they’re super easy to make!
27. Overnight Oats
Truth be told, my kids do not care for overnight oats. But, I know these are very popular in households with children because they are so easy to assemble and make mornings a breeze! The ones listed here are specifically made for kids and toddlers and have a variety of options.
No Baking/Cooking Toddler Breakfast Ideas
In each of the recipes below that call for chocolate chips, we opt for dark chocolate chips versus regular milk chocolate chips. Dark chocolate contains less sugar, is great for brain health, and is rich in minerals. An easy upgrade!
We have to double the recipe because these do not last long in our house! They are a top favorite for sure.
These are kid-approved and school-safe for a breakfast (or snack) on the go!
Packed with healthy fats, these bars are a nutritious way to start the day. Serve with some Greek yogurt and fruit for an easy and delicious breakfast!
These can be made in 5 minutes or less! With gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free ingredients, these cookies are an awesome and super easy breakfast for busy mornings.
Blend together a cup of whole fat yogurt, fruit of choice, a handful of spinach, and milk of choice.
33. Whole Fat Cottage Cheese with a side of fruit
Cottage cheese is a nutrient dense food that is considered a complete protein. It promotes bone health, gut health, muscle health, and more. Eating cottage cheese is a great way to start the day!
34. Yogurt Parfait
Drizzle whole fat yogurt with honey. Sprinkle with berries and granola. Yum! This is a much healthier option than serving flavored yogurt from the grocery store.
Most store-bought yogurts are loaded with added sugars, and I try to avoid added sugars when possible. I like to be mindful of the granola I purchase, as well, because it also is often packed with added sugars.
When possible, I stick to brands that have clean ingredients and no added sugars. Having your toddler participate in drizzling the berries and granola makes the eating experience that much more fun. This is a favorite in our house that is requested weekly.
35. Kid Friendly, Healthy Cereals
Unprocessed breakfast foods are best. But, when time is in a pinch, cereal is a great alternative if chosen carefully.
Cereal is awesome because it is so fast and easy to serve, and it is loved by many. So chances are your little one will eat it.
However, most cereals are full of sugar and unhealthy ingredients, as many processed foods are. They also contain misleading advertising, so it is wise to read past that and look at the nutritional facts label to make your own decision.
What to look for in cereal:
Ingredients you can pronounce. Otherwise, you’re just feeding your child chemicals.
No added sugars. Aim for cereals with under 5 grams of sugar per serving.
High fiber. Cereals with at least 3 grams of fiber per serving are best.
We poor milk to add some protein and fat, and sprinkle some berries on top to make them sweeter.
Tips For Successful Breakfasts & Mornings
As a mom, it’s easy to wake up feeling as though you are already behind, especially if you wake up to children calling to you from their bedrooms, telling you they are hungry, before you have brushed your teeth or put on clothes or even gotten out of bed yourself.
Pre-children, starting my day was no problem. It wasn’t until I was several months in as a newly sleep deprived parent that I realized I had lost the power to my mornings.
Waking up feeling out of control is an incredibly easy thing to do as a parent with how much we are juggling.
That is why having a solid Mom Morning Routine is so important:
- Take a few minutes the night before to plan ahead for the morning.
- Determine whether you need 15 minutes or an hour to yourself before your kids wake up to do whatever you want (exercise, drink coffee, read a book, make lunch boxes…)
- Establish a solid morning routine for your children. Have your kids do things in the same order every morning, from brushing teeth to getting dressed, etc. We all love predictability and function better when we know what to expect.
For more on my personal morning and evening routines, read 7 Organization Tips for Moms That Saved My LIFE.
Starting the day off rushed and frazzled often forecasts our moods for the rest of the day.
Morning routines are so valuable for everyone; they allow us to feel in control and allow us to start the day in much better moods.
Do you have a picky eater?
1. Start with things your child loves and serve them in different ways. For example, if your child loves bananas, one morning cut them in discs, another morning serve them as finger strips, another morning serve them with peanut butter. This helps them learn food can come in different ways and still be enjoyed.
2. Do not make a new meal if the first one is refused. I overheard my 3 year old daughter tell my 1 year old son, “You get what you get and you don’t throw a fit.” I was blown away! She shared with me her preschool teacher says that, and I love it.
If kids know this is it and nothing else is coming, they will be more inclined to try it.
I often just keep going about my morning, be it eating with the kids at the table or unloading the dishwasher etc., and then I come to find my toddler who was originally refusing the food is finally eating it.
The less attention I bring to the initial refusal, the better.
3. Don’t force trying a new food. Eating should be stress-free and enjoyable. Don’t provide rewards or ultimatums to get a child to eat.
Just keep providing exposure to it, and eventually he/she will be comfortable tasting it. Remember, doing something new can feel scary no matter how old (or young) you are!
I hope you have an awesome morning tomorrow and that these toddler breakfast ideas make your mornings a little bit easier.
Which toddler breakfast idea do you like the most? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.