Making healthy breakfasts for your kids every day doesn’t need to be out of reach. These simple kid-friendly recipes can help you replace sugary cereals and stale chocolate chips with eggy muffins, healthy pancakes, and breakfast tacos that the whole family can enjoy. Not to mention, these breakfasts are bursting with extra protein, fiber, and vitamins—but the kiddos in your life will be too busy indulging to realize it.
There’s no better way to get your kids to eat a healthy vitamin- and fiber-loaded breakfast than to make it sweet. In this version, Icelandic yogurt, granola, and blueberries come together in a loaded sweet potato perfect for busy mornings.
Get our recipe for Breakfast Loaded Sweet Potatoes.
This “healthier McMuffin” sandwich has all of the good stuff you’d expect from a fast food drive-through, but none of the bad. Lean turkey makes up the bulk of the sandwich, with cheese, guac, and egg completing the package. It’ll keep ’em full for hours!
Get our recipe for a Sunrise Sandwich with Turkey, Cheddar, and Guacamole.
Every day can be pancake day when you have this recipe in your back pocket. They have a hidden hit of extra protein thanks to the yogurt and cottage cheese that help make up the base, and the blueberry compote topping is a just-as-delicious alternative to maple syrup.
Get our recipe for Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Pancakes.
This is a weekday recipe that reads like a Sunday brunch. You can either cut a slice before running off to catch the bus, or sit down to a leisurely breakfast on those rare mornings where you have time to spare.
Get our recipe for a Frittata with Arugula and Red Peppers.
Chia pudding can have a polarizing texture, but blending it helps to alleviate any complaints, leaving you with a smooth protein-packed breakfast that’s packed with berries and naturally sweetened by dates.
Get our recipe for Blackberry Cashew Chia Pudding.
Impressing your own kids never gets old, especially when it’s done using your cooking skills. These apple-sweetened lean protein patties are a fun surprise on a weekend morning, and lend themselves perfectly to homemade breakfast sandwiches.
Get our recipe for Homemade Paleo Sausage.
If you’re doing Whole30 but still want to eat breakfast with your kids, you no longer have to stare longingly at their banana bread while you eat eggs for the 25th time. There’s plenty of natural sweetness from the sweet potato and banana in these muffins to make everyone happy, and alt-flours keep grains out of the picture.
Get our recipe for Sweet Potato Banana Muffins.
“Casserole” and “tots” are not words typically associated with a balanced breakfast, but that’s the magic of this family-pleasing breakfast. Kids (and spouses) of all ages won’t be able to turn down a cheese-topped combination of lentils, eggs, and store-bought tots.
Get our recipe for a Lentil and Kale Tots Casserole.
Homemade granola bars can’t be beat. You get to control exactly what goes into them (which, here, means seven ingredients that you likely have on hand) and can easily spin them into a complete meal when served with a bowl of fruit.
Get the recipe from Gimme Some Oven.
Contrary to what you’ve likely told your kids many times before, it is possible to eat chocolate for breakfast. These are low in added sugar and call for applesauce instead of oil, but still feature two types of chocolate and taste like you’re getting away with something sneaky.
Get the recipe from Chelsea’s Messy Apron.
Overnight oats are a busy parent’s best friend. This version calls for only five ingredients, and when topped with fruit, taste like a spoonable breakfast PB&J.
Get the recipe from Minimalist Baker.
Even if it’s the middle of July, you can summon a cozy fall day with pumpkin French toast in hand. A couple of ingredient swaps (yogurt for cream, whole wheat flour for white) boost the nutrient content of this morning treat.
Get the recipe from Well Plated.
These highly customizable bites are the ideal move for those days where you just can’t seem to get everyone in sync. While you’re busy with last-minute lunchbox preparations and shoe-tying needs, you can relax on the breakfast front knowing that these all-in-one egg muffins come to life in just 15 minutes.
Get the recipe from Diethood.
“Cake for breakfast” goes from dream to reality with this waffle recipe. Yogurt inside the batter gives them extra lift and fluffiness, while a dollop on top emulates cream cheese frosting in a healthful, probiotic fashion.
Get the recipe from The Healthy Maven.
No, it’s not cheating if you make breakfast ahead of time—consider it a shortcut for a seamless morning routine. Having a batch of these burritos tucked away in the freezer means you’re just a dash of salsa away from a home-cooked morning meal.
Get the recipe from Cookie + Kate.
No one will be able to oversleep with the scent of apples, cinnamon, and maple syrup swirling through the house from this sliceable oatmeal bake. Think traditional oatmeal, but eaten with a fork and knife instead of a spoon.
Get the recipe from Fit Foodie Finds.
These egg-based “muffins” have enough protein to stave off the 10 a.m. snack your kids always want. They’re also highly customizable, should you prefer to add a mix of colorful vegetables in place of the chicken sausage.
Get the recipe from Ambitious Kitchen.
For warm-weather mornings (or winter days when you need some tropical vibes), this vibrant concoction will hit the spot. Frozen fruit means you can make it any time of year, and the layer of granola hidden between the fruit layers adds a welcome crunchy surprise.
Get the recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction.
Your family will think you’ve transformed your kitchen into a trendy brunch spot. A peppery toasted sesame butter sauce is key to bringing together all the flavors, but can be easily adjusted to any little mouths that don’t love spicy foods.
Get the recipe from Half Baked Harvest.
Pancakes can become a Monday morning habit thanks to this recipe. Simply put everything in a blender, give them a quick turn on the griddle, and serve with fruit and maple syrup to your heart’s content. As to the “power” part, that’s referring to how much protein you’ll find in each short stack.
Get the recipe from Pinch of Yum.
For a different type of pancake, try these crepe-like Indian ones, which are perfect for an egg-free (but still delicious) breakfast. Turmeric gives them a sunny hue, and with additions like herbs and finely chopped vegetables, they become a complete morning meal.
Get the recipe from Vegan Richa.
Taco Tuesday doesn’t have to only be a dinner tradition. Soft scrambled eggs are the star of the show here, with supporting roles played by avocado, salsa, cabbage, and black beans. For a fun DYO breakfast, set up a taco bar and let your kids assemble their own tortillas.
Get the recipe from A Beautiful Plate.
Most banana breads are just rectangular cakes in disguise, but with Greek yogurt and whole wheat flour, this one can truly call itself breakfast. Whether you keep the chocolate chips or swap them for nuts or dried fruit, it’s still a comforting and hearty loaf the whole family is sure to love.
Get the recipe from Well Plated.
Get ready to hear echoes of a certain popular cereal ad refrain. This recipe also has nut- and egg-free variations, so that everyone is able to pay a visit to the breakfast cookie jar.
Get the recipe from Cotter Crunch.
Whisk the family off to Paris for Sunday brunch without even leaving your kitchen. Think of it as bagels and lox, but airy pastry sheets take the place of the bagel and silky crème fraîche swaps in for globs of cream cheese.
Get the recipe from RecipeTin Eats.
It’s the best of both worlds with this simple morning toast. Why put an egg on top of avocado toast when you can put it in the toast? Make sure to keep the punched-out bread center for an extra side of avo-topped goodness.
Get the recipe from Averie Cooks.
Baking instead of frying is a tried-and-true trick to healthifying many foods, and donuts are no exception to the rule. Grapefruit and Greek yogurt brings them into the breakfast realm, where they’re the perfect match for your morning coffee (and a mug of cocoa for the kids).
Get the recipe from i am a food blog.
Quinoa flakes steal the show from typical oats in this dreamy chocolate breakfast bowl. It’s just like a mug of hot chocolate, but with vitamins and antioxidants galore.
Get the recipe from Simply Quinoa.
The younger set will find endless delight in eating a sundae for breakfast—they’ll never stop to guess whether or not it’s actually ice cream. Scoops of oatmeal and banana “nice” cream, plus berry syrup and plenty of crunchy toppings equals the ultimate healthy dessert-for-breakfast situation.
Get the recipe from One Ingredient Chef.
If tacos can become breakfast at the drop of a hat, then there’s no reason quesadillas can’t, too. Fill whole wheat tortillas with puffy scrambled eggs, Mexican cheese, and turkey bacon for a cheesy (but nutritious) meal that can easily be taken on the go in a time crunch.
Get the recipe from The Creative Bite.
It’s a golden rule that the cuter a snack is, the more fun it will be to eat. That holds true with these miniature oat-based bites, which are filled with Greek yogurt and a handful of your kids’ favorite fruits.
Get the recipe from Chelsea’s Messy Apron.
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