My Top 10 Toddler and Little Kid Breakfast Ideas

Are you looking for some new options to spice up your kids’ breakfast routine?  It’s so easy to fall into a cereal rut, which certainly isn’t bad…but it can get boring pretty quickly.  Instead, try these 10 Toddler and Little Kid Breakfast Ideas to help you steer clear of the Pop Tarts and Krispy Kremes!

PLUS — check out my updated list of 10 More Favorite Toddler and Little Kid Breakfast Ideas and my list of Lower Sugar Breakfast Ideas for Kids — so many options!

10 Toddler and Little Kid Breakfast Ideas

1.  Smoothies: These are a great way to ensure that your children get plenty of fruit, protein, and calcium at the start of their day.  The combinations are really endless, but some of our favorites include my (Healthy) Cake Batter Smoothies and my Mixed Berry Smoothies.  Let your children drink them through fun straws, or pour them into special cups.  They’ll be thrilled with the opportunity to have a “milkshake” for breakfast!

Healthy Cake Batter Smoothies

2.  Banana Bites: I first came across this genius idea on the Weelicious website.  You should definitely check it out, as she has a wealth of ideas for feeding your babies, toddlers, and preschoolers fresh, healthy meals.  This particular recipe for Banana Bites is especially fun and tasty.

3.  Granola Bar + Fruit + Milk: A packaged granola bar can be incredibly convenient and also healthy when paired with some fruit or milk and yogurt.  My kids’ favorites?  The line of Clif Kid Z-Bars, which are designed especially for kids, made with organic ingredients, and available in a variety of yummy flavors.  We love the Iced Oatmeal Cookie and the S’mores versions best.  The bars are soft and easy for a toddler to chew, too.  Looking for fruit that’s easily transported as well?  Try the little squeeze packs of applesauce and other fruit blends.  My kids love them!  These are great options when you’re running out the door – they sure beat the drive-through!

4.  Miniature Muffins: Mini muffins are much easier for little fingers to pick up and eat, and they can be made to appeal to just about any palate.  Blueberry is always a safe bet with the kiddos, but another favorite is my 2-Ingredient Pumpkin Spice Mini Muffins.  Moms will love them because they are fast to prepare and they freeze beautifully.

2-Ingredient Pumpkin Spice Muffins

5.  Breakfast Parfaits: Make a breakfast parfait that is pretty, and your child is bound to be interested!  You can layer any yogurt and fruit in a cup, or add cereal or granola for some crunch.  Try my “Cat in the Hat” Strawberry Cheesecake Breakfast Parfaits or add my favorite homemade granola recipe to a creation of your own.

Dr. Seuss Cat in Hat Strawberry Cheesecake Breakfast Parfait

6.  Miniature PB&J Waffle Sandwiches: One of my favorite breakfasts is a peanut butter and jelly sandwich made with two whole-grain toaster waffles.  In the frozen section of your grocery store, grab some miniature waffles for your kids and serve them this tasty treat as well.  The mini waffles are not as thick as their full-size counterparts, and are the perfect size for your toddlers to pick up on their own.  Much more manageable for the little ones!

7.  Cinnamon Toast + Yogurt + Fruit: As a child, one of my favorite breakfasts was Cinnamon Toast, yet I rarely remember to make it for my own children.  This is my reminder (and yours!).  The stuff is delicious!  Just toast some whole-grain bread, spread it with butter, and sprinkle on a little bit of cinnamon and sugar.  Serve with a tube of yogurt and some fruit for a balanced meal.

8.  Egg and Cheese Mini Muffins: These mini muffins are the perfect answer to busy, weekday mornings.  Bake a batch in advance (it only takes a total of 15 minutes from start to finish), and pop them in the freezer.  When you need one in the morning, just pull it from the freezer and put it directly in the microwave for a few seconds.  It’s the best way I know to make scrambled eggs without dirtying a pan!

Egg and Cheese Mini Muffins

9.  Creamy Fruit Roll-Ups: In a small bowl, mash a banana or some fresh berries.  On a whole-grain tortilla, spread a thin layer of cream cheese and top with the mashed fruit.  Roll up the tortilla and allow your child to take bites on their own, or slice into spiral rounds.

10.  Oatmeal Breakfast Buffet: Plain oatmeal is BORING.  But, if you allow your kids to dress up their own bowl, it will instantly be fun!  Microwave a bowl of plain oatmeal with milk and a pinch of salt.  Set out some fixin’s on the counter and allow your kids to put together their own concoction.  Toppings might include rainbow sprinkles, chocolate chips, chopped nuts (if your child can chew them), brown sugar, honey (if your child is older than 1), chopped fruit, raisins, or anything else that you can pull out of your pantry.  Oatmeal is suddenly delicious!

What do you feed your little ones for breakfast?  Any good ideas to add to the list?

You might also like these posts:

Lower Sugar Breakfast Ideas for Kids

Lower Sugar Breakfast Ideas for Kids

10 More Favorite Toddler and Little Kid Breakfast Ideas

10 More Favorite Toddler & Little Kid Breakfast Ideas

Healthy and Easy Lunch Ideas for Kids

Healthy and Easy Lunch Ideas for Kids

Mix It Up! 5 Toddler Lunch Ideas Beyond Mac and Cheese


Lovely comments

  1. says

    These recipes are full of sugar and empty calories. Rainbow Sprinkles and chocolate chips on oatmeal??? On what planet??? Why not just give them Lucy Charms and call it a day?

    Merely 1 egg recipe that calls for microwaving…. Microwaving food zaps the nutritional value and tastes awful to boot. Don’t sell your children short. They will eat real food if you make it palatable. Don’t over think it. An egg scrambled in some butter is delicious, easy and highly nutritious for toddlers. Add some avocado and call it a day. If you really want to get creative, make blueberry pancakes.
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    • says

      Hey er, if you have such great food ideas that are so better than these than why the heck are you even looking at this blog. I appreciate having ideas that are outside the box from this great mom who took the time to tell us what works for her family. My kids get tired of eggs and won’t eat avacado. Some people are grateful to see website’s like this for great ideas and new perspective.

      • moe says

        its good to get new ideas, that’s why i was here…… BUT i was searching for healthy ideas for my toddler. Sugar for breakfast is generally not an option.
        A lot of sugar in anyone’s diet makes it hard for their immune system to work. Also feeds infection, i want my baby to stay as healthy as i can keep her.

    • Woody says

      Alright, do your high horse a favor and hop off. If the article displeases you that much, post some other article somewhere that justifies and go be the best mom you can be….over *there*.

    • Christina says

      I agree – some of these are ridiculous ideas. I never comment is a negative way on blogs but, come on. At least the article wasn’t listed as “healthy” kid ideas…

    • Mommy of 1 says

      If rainbow sprinkles will get my son to eat oatmeal then I’m all over that. The recipe calls for rainbow ‘sprinkles’, not rainbow sprinkles topped with oatmeal. I think some of the other ideas are very interesting and can be quite healthy. I especially like the idea of bananas with pancake batter. The fruit& yogourt recipe and the fruit roll up idea are also great options that I can’t wait to try.
      I saw a simple recipe in a magazine that I would like to share. Similar to the fruit roll up idea, it’s Nutella spread on a whole wheat tortilla with banana and strawberry slices. I think any kind of nut butter will work depending on your own personal preference.

    • Not_at_all Healthy says

      I agree with “er” and “moe” – these recipes are not at all healthy and seem to be just bad parenting. This mom should just give the kids sugary cereal and milk.

    • Krista C says

      I agree that most odd these are not healthy. I wouldn’t give them to my kids for my own sake. They’re so much happier and more well behaved when fed a healthy breakfast.
      However, all of these can be made healthy. Perhaps instead of ridiculing we can offer some suggestions. For example, The oatmeal bar is an excellent idea. You really don’t need candy to make it tasty. Try setting out raisins, peanut butter, chopped banana, nuts and seeds, and fresh or frozen berries, etc. Offer a little honey or maple syrup. Kids love berries. They’re nature’s candy. I always have some frozen berries on hand for cooling off hot oatmeal for little mouths. It works perfectly! We especially love blueberries.

      • Mike says

        I agree. I would not eat any of these myself as a healthy breakfast, why would I”candify” them for my kids? I understand these are well intentioned but they are almost all unhealthy and empty.

        I’m in the middle of reading Its Not About the Broccoli by Dina Rose. I’d highly recommend it, as someone who is struggling to build better eating habits with their toddler that will last beyond today’s meal.

  2. Diana Majorana says

    I too was looking for some dicferwnt bealthy options to switch up breakfast for my kids. But, sugar and microwaving foods? There’s absolutely nothing healthy about these ideas. VERY disappointed that you would try to pass these off as healthy options for kids and all the ignorant people who cheer about it because they don’t know any better. What a disservice we are doing to our children’s health. Please stop posting your “healthy” ideas until you do your research about how dangerous sugar, gmo ingredients, artificial colors and flavors(such as those found in the lovely cake mix and tube yogurt amongst others) and microwaving our food is. Disgusted.

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  4. Taylor says

    I’m sorry that all you “wonderful” mothers out there think that sugar and microwaves are so awful for your kids. I’m sure you ate cereal for breakfast and had a meal or even a bottle microwaved by your parents and you’re still alive and obviously healthy an cocky enough to reproduce. Give this woman a break. If you think sugar is going to kill your kid you better homeschool and never let them leave your house, ever. They’re bound to find chocolate chips and microwaves out there!

    • says

      Thanks, Taylor! If folks are regular blog readers, they will understand that I do my best to keep our diet well-balanced and nutritious. I don’t worry about the occasional treat for my boys — they are active, healthy, and happy…and to me, that’s what living life is all about. That said, I understand the importance of incorporating plenty of healthy whole grains, fats, fruits, and veggies into their diets as well, and that is always a priority. Again, it’s all about balance in my mind. While my 4 year old loves chocolate, he will tell you that his favorite, most-requested dinner is grilled salmon! And my three year old loves fruits and veggies so much that I actually have to limit how many servings he eats per day or he gets an upset stomach! Each mom does the best that we can and the best that we know how. If I’m happy and healthy and my family is happy and healthy, I consider it a success. Thanks again for your support and for visiting my blog. :)

  5. Moma2 says

    Hmm..I’d have to say that my opinion is..I like some of these ideas I use some of these ideas other opinions are if u don’t like the blog click the back button and look at something else I think bashing someone for giving you their ideas to get very picky eaters to eat something healthy even if it’s mixed with something fun is completely immature and unnecessary. .I and since everyone felt so free and open to give their parenting advice here’s mine..If u completely deprive your kids you’re going to end up with a child that hides stuff from you and rebels..I’ve seen it happen..some parents are a bit ridiculous about how far they are taking’s an idea if you don’t like it get your own

  6. Steph Phillips says

    I think this website is wonderful and I will be using probably all of the recipes posted here. I was out of ideas on what to do for breakfast and lunch, so this website gave me great ideas. I agree that people who do not like the website, keep your rude comments to yourselves and go elsewhere. If you haven’t noticed, she always makes a note to add whole grains, fruit, etc with these recipes. People are so rude this day and age! Please keep up the great work, Blair! :)

  7. Chichi says

    I dont think everyone is purposely being negative to Blair or her ideas, I think we all as moms care about our tots and are looking for new and creative meals for them when they get tired of the same ole things. I dont think the blogger should get defensive about the comments they are here to help yu grow. I think instead of the microwaved eggs we should probably try baking them, they taste grrat that way as well, and of course yu can give your kids sugar, I think they deserve a little treat once in a while, no one sez yu have to feed them sprinkles and chocolate chips all day everyday! Frankly, I think the morning is the best time to have them a little hyper active instead of in the evening for desert… amd for the woman who said someone’s parents microwaved their milk as an infant so whats the big deal, shame on yu! that is just not cool on so many levels….. anyway, this blog was informative and even though I wouldn’t use all 10 ideas I liked a few! Good Job..

  8. says

    Love your work Blair. I think making food fun for kids is half the battle – so much so that I have started my own blog dedicated to that very topic! I’ve done a few similar things with my 3yo to the suggestions you have here, including the fruit parfait which was a HUGE hit! If you can’t have a little treat every now and then, life’s pretty dull. By the way, the little boy in the main pic is such a little cutie! x
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  9. says

    for my one year old daughter, she loves omelets! i scramble one egg in a bowl with just a small dash of salt & pepper. i then chop up some veggies that become very well hidden. when i put it out on the pan, i add some cheese and bacon along with the veggies. cook it for just about 5 mins & its done! my daughter loves this!

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  11. says

    While some of these ideas are maybe not the healthiest I was looking for ideas for easy toddler breakfast and this was exactly what I was expecting and it was helpful. Instead of being judge-y, use your brain for good and bend the ideas in a healthy way that better suite your family. and guess what, your perfect child isn’t always going to eat exactly what you put in front of him or her so if sprinkles get healthy food in their belly, I think its a good idea. I have soy, dairy and wheat allergic children, if sprinkles (free of allergies) get them to eat a dry somewhat tasteless muffin that is great.


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