Looking for easy breakfast ideas for toddlers? Here are my favorite breakfast ideas for serving my 1, 2, and 3 year olds!
One of the hardest parts of being a parent is coming up with meal ideas. Ok, Ok, maybe not, but sometimes it can feel like an endless cycle of meal planning + cooking + washing their little plates and forks in the sink.
Anyways, breakfast is a meal that can easily get into a rut. My kids (age 1 and 3) seem to totally dig something one morning, and then the next morning act disgusted by it.
So, it’s great to have a large arsenal of toddler breakfast ideas up your sleeves.
The anatomy of a toddler breakfast
A healthy breakfast for toddlers usually has a main dish, a fruit, and a dairy to hit all the main food groups. My kids won’t drink milk so we serve whole milk yogurt every morning.
- pancakes with syrup dip
- french toast sticks
- peanut butter or jelly toast, cut into strips
- sliced apple
- fruit cup (no sugar)
- apple sauce (no sugar)
- yogurt or greek yogurt
We also often serve a smoothie (in a pouch for 1 year old or straw cup over 18 months) to combine dairy and fruit in one! We use milk, frozen fruit, and nut butter for a delicious treat – seriously, they love it.
Be sure to check out my favorite foods for babies with no teeth, baby led weaning style!
Tips for making breakfast easier
- Prep as much as possible in advance, like chopping fruit or even scooping portions into bowls
- Have a freezer stash. For example, if you make waffles from scratch one day, double the recipe and freeze half to reheat easily on a busy morning.
- Plan in advance. I keep a notepad on the fridge where I list the meals for the week. Planning day is kind of the worst but it makes the rest of the week go more smoothly.
- If your toddler gets focused on one main item – rotate the sides like the fruit or between yogurt and milk to keep it slightly interesting.
Dealing with picky toddlers and kids
The best way to feed picky kids in my experience is to come up with a rotation of foods they like. Try your best to not let it be just one thing.
Have a few things your kids love and cycle through them. It’s great if you can give them a choice between 2 things each morning – even if it’s just blueberries or raspberries. Picky eaters love choices!
Here are some of my favorite breakfast for 1 year old and 2 year olds to eat!
Breakfast ideas for toddlers
It's hard to get your kids up and fed in the morning! Here are some fun and easy breakfast ideas for toddlers and kids.
Banana Carrot Muffins
These healthy banana carrot muffins are a delicious way to hide some fruits and vegetables in a yummy breakfast treat that even your toddler will love! Easy recipe with common ingredients.
Cottage Cheese Pancakes
With their thick and puffed up texture, you'll never know these cottage cheese pancakes have cottage cheese at all! They're a good source of protein for a breakfast the whole family will love.
The Best Green Smoothie Recipe
The Best Green Smoothie Recipe is made with a simple combination of fresh fruits and veggies including sweet mango, peach, and nutritious spinach. Healthy and refreshing, green smoothies are perfect for breakfast or as a post-workout snack.
Make Ahead Breakfast Muffins
These savory Make Ahead Breakfast Muffins can be made with the vegetables, cheese and meat you like best. Serve these little egg cups on a brunch buffet, or freeze to reheat for an easy weekday breakfast.
Whole wheat muffins made with shredded zucchini and pureéd pumpkin, sweetened with mashed bananas, applesauce, and minimal sugar. Suitable for toddlers, children, kids, big kids, and adults!
PB&J Pancake Breakfast Sandwich
This award-winning (voted on by a panel of kids) and healthy PB&J Pancake Sandwich is fruit, jam and yogurt filling, sandwiched between two peanut butter pancakes. It's a pancake breakfast sandwich that can be made with a sandwich maker, a waffle iron or in a frying pan (pancakes can be cut into desired shapes).
Perfect Soft Boiled Eggs with Soldiers!
Toddlers love dippy eggs and soldiers! When they’re finished they can look forward to “tricking” mom or dad with the upside down egg shell!
Banana Chocolate Chip Sheet Pan Pancakes
These fluffy banana chocolate chip pancakes are full of flavor and fun! Making them in the oven makes this such an easy breakfast!
Baked Cake Mix Rainbow Donuts
These colorful Baked Cake Mix Donuts are cheerful and tasty way to start the day, and surprisingly simple to make in less than 30 minutes. Plus, it’s easy to customize this baked donuts recipe with nearly any color and flavor combination you like!
These stewed pears have just four ingredients and are quick and easy to make. They are refined sugar free and make a delicious snack, dessert or even breakfast!
Strawberry Overnight Oats
These strawberry overnight oats will soon become your new favorite breakfast. They taste like summer in a bowl, and you can make them in 5 minutes! Simply throw all the ingredients in a jar or a bowl, let them sit in the fridge overnight, and be ready to be blown away by their creaminess and deliciousness!
Sweet Potato Pancakes
Sweet potato pancakes made with sweet potato puree. To make these pancakes you need just one bowl and a few basic ingredients. Babies, toddlers and older kids can enjoy them!
Baked Eggs With Ham and Cheese
Baking a tray of Baked Eggs with Ham and Cheese in toast in the oven means you can make several servings at once for breakfast, brunch, or brinner.
Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal Muffins
No one will guess they're eating a healthy oatmeal breakfast when they're eating Oatmeal Muffins with chocolate chips!
Banana Oatmeal Waffles
These banana oatmeal waffles are crispy and fluffy, yet also healthy & easy to make! A really great filling breakfast to kick start your day.
Pan Fried Cinnamon Bananas
This pan fried bananas are easy to make in the skillet. Add cinnamon and sugar to them for a delicious flavor.
Simple Oatmeal Protein Cookies
Oatmeal protein cookies are easy, vegan, & gluten-free! Using peanut butter, flax, & cinnamon, they make a yummy, & healthy breakfast option!
Strawberry Muffins (Light & Fluffy)
The perfect breakfast for little ones, these Strawberry Muffins are full of sweet fruity flavor. A yummy grab and go breakfast you can make ahead.
Breakfast Casserole with Tater Tot Crust
Everybody loves Tater Tots, and this breakfast casserole is always a hit.
Air Fryer Toaster Strudel
Crispy, golden brown and perfectly flaky on the outside. Soft and gooey on the inside. Use your favorite frozen toaster strudel flavor to make a quick & tasty breakfast.
GLUTEN FREE PIGS-IN-A-BLANKET
You’re sure to hear giggles from your children when you announce that you’re serving pigs in a blanket for breakfast. So fun and so delicious!
French Toast with White Sandwich Bread
This French toast with sandwich bread is a yummy and easy treat kids will love!
Easy Breakfast Pizza Bagels
Turn a classic ingredient into these Easy Breakfast Pizza Bagels as a perfect on-the-go breakfast for toddlers! Bagels have never looked better than when topped with eggs, bacon, and cheese. This recipe is a perfect choice for starting the day off right!
Easy and Kid-Friendly Breakfast Sundaes
Start your day right with delicious and easy Breakfast Sundaes! All you need is creamy yogurt layered with fruit and crunchy granola. Kids love this cute breakfast idea - it's perfect for everyday or special occasions.
Fruit Rainbow with a Pot of Gold
Complete with a fruit rainbow and a pot of gold … this breakfast idea is perfect for any day that needs an extra-special start! Kiddos will love how fun this breakfast is – and you’ll love all the great nutrition!
Egg Muffin Cups
An Egg Muffin Cups Recipe that is so easy to make! These spinach egg muffins are the perfect breakfast egg muffins for a quick healthy meal!
Zucchini Spinach Frittata Fingers
These spinach zucchini frittata fingers are a fun way to eat veggies and a great make ahead option for quick and easy breakfasts throughout the week. Serve them up with toast or muffins and fruit for a balanced breakfast!
No-Bake Peanut Butter Cheerio Bars
These No-Bake Peanut Butter Cheerio Bars are delicious, peanut buttery bars stuffed with Cheerios! Easy to make and gluten-free.
Healthy Blueberry Baked Oatmeal
Blueberry Baked Oatmeal is a simple make-ahead breakfast recipe that is perfect for meal prep! Gluten free, easy to make, and packed with flavor! Make them vegan, into baked oatmeal cups or add other fruit like bananas – this recipe is versatile and yummy!
Peanut Butter and Jelly Energy Balls
Got a busy, run-around morning ahead? These portable, make-ahead energy balls feature toddler-friendly flavors they'll love, but are also nutritious and filling - great for eating on the go!
These Lemon Pancakes are thin and delicate yet bursting with fresh lemon flavor. They’re made with everyday pantry ingredients and can be garnished any way you want!
Phyllo Feta Sticks
These Mediterranean phyllo sticks filled with feta & eggs are perfect for anything from breakfast to snacks!! Because of its shape, they’re perfect for kids because they can just grab & go in the morning.
What’s your favorite easy breakfast for toddlers?
Thanks for reading!