If you've been reading this blog for awhile, you may remember a previous post entitled "My Top 10 Toddler and Little Kid Breakfast Ideas." Well, that little list has definitely been the most-viewed post on this website...ever. It still brings folks to The Seasoned Mom on a daily basis. So you know what that means? After over a year, it's time for an update! We still love the meals that I included in my original post, but my boys (and their tastes) have also changed in the last 12 months. Plus, it's always nice to make some tweaks to our regular morning rotation. Adios, boring oatmeal!
So, without further ado, here is my updated list of 10 More Favorite Toddler and Little Kid Breakfast Ideas:
1.Waffle Stacks with Yogurt and Berries: I like to use whole grain waffles, but you can also pick up some mini-sized waffles for your youngest kiddos. Toast them and then layer them in a stack with some yogurt (Greek adds nice protein!) and some fresh (or frozen, defrosted) berries. It's like a decadent breakfast from IHOP, only healthier!
2. Healthy Breakfast Breads: Use a cookie cutter (we love this set!) to cut a slice of bread into fun shapes, or cube them for finger food. Do your kids like sandwiches? Make a peanut butter sandwich with banana bread (one of my favorite combinations from childhood!), or make a cream cheese-stuffed strawberry bread sandwich. The other nice thing is that these breads freeze really well, so if you don't want to eat an entire loaf at once, you can cut it in half and freeze the other portion for another time. For a complete breakfast, add some yogurt, a glass of milk, and some fruit.
Here are a few of our favorite healthy recipes: Healthy Strawberry Breakfast Bread, The Perfect Whole Wheat Banana Bread. and Carrot Cake Breakfast Bread. And, it's not as healthy, but it does contain veggies and I just couldn't leave it out because it's Gibbs's absolute favorite: Summer Squash Breakfast Bread (a lot like Zucchini Bread!). Totally kid approved! My nephews also love it!
3. Mini Pancake Kabobs: Don't all kids love to eat food off of a stick? This idea just combines some classic breakfast items and packages them in a new way. I like to keep some mini pancakes in my freezer at all times, since they defrost so easily in the microwave in small amounts. I use a tablespoon to scoop up my favorite whole grain pancake batter and cook them on a griddle. If that's too much effort, they also sell mini pancakes in the frozen section of the grocery store. Whatever floats your boat! Then thread the pancakes onto kabob sticks (or colorful plastic drink stirrers like these, which are not as sharp) alternating with bite-size pieces of bacon or sausage and fruit (like strawberries or pineapple chunks).
5. Breakfast Dogs: Use a hotdog bun, spread some peanut butter, our favorite almond butter, or even Sunbutter on the inside, and then add a banana (instead of a classic hotdog). For even more added nutrition, sprinkle with ground flaxseed before putting the banana in the bun -- your kids will never even notice!
6. Homemade Granola Bars: Make these bars in advance so that you have them when you're on the run! You can customize them in a variety of ways to make them particularly appealing to your little ones! Store extras in the freezer for a later date.
7. Breakfast Quesadillas: Quesadillas are one of my boys' favorite lunch or dinners options, and there's no reason that I can't serve them at breakfast also. For the morning meal, we fill them with cheese and scrambled eggs (bonus if you add some chopped veggies!), or go the sweeter route with peanut butter and banana with a touch of honey.
8. More Mini Muffins: In my previous Toddler Breakfast post, I included a few of our favorite mini muffin recipes. I couldn't leave these Healthy Maple and Spice Yogurt Muffins off of the list. Plus, it's a fun way to get your kids in the kitchen with you!
9. English Muffin (or Mini Bagel) Pizzas: Some kids just don't love sweet things as much as others, and there's no reason that you can't serve savory items in the morning. Lightly toast an English muffin (whole grain is great!) or a mini bagel (my boys also like the Bagel Thins because they're easier to bite into). Top the toasted bread with a small amount of marinara or pizza sauce and some shredded mozzarella cheese. Stick it back under the broiler until the cheese is melted. Instantly easy individual pizzas for breakfast!
10. Overnight Oats: If you haven't tried Overnight Oats, I strongly urge you to do so...especially during the warm weather months when a hot bowl of oatmeal might not be as appealing. The other nice thing about oats prepared this way is that you do it all the night before -- no cooking in the A.M. When you get up, you just open your refrigerator and they're waiting there for you! Make each batch in individual jars and customize them to suit your kids' tastes. You can try my Banana Nut recipe, or add some blueberries, chia seeds, flavored yogurt, vanilla extract, coconut extract, chocolate chips, the list goes on...
I hope that I have inspired you to try a few new things with your little ones in the morning. Breakfast doesn't have to be boring and it definitely doesn't have to take a long time to prepare!