20 Easy DIY Breakfast Ideas for Kids

If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it 1000 times: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And if you’re a little kid who wants to spend six hours at school, it’s doubly important to hear that old message.

“Including a healthy breakfast before the start of the school day is just as important as getting enough sleep,” says Jennifer Thompson, an advanced practice nutritionist with experience in pediatric nutrition therapy at Johns Hopkins. “It’s a key morning component that helps kids achieve academic goals as well as maintain a healthy weight. Research shows that a healthy breakfast improves memory and focus, and is associated with fewer delays and behavioral problems.”

According to Thompson, an ideal breakfast should contain a good source of carbohydrates (which contain fiber) as well as protein, which “will reduce hunger during the long break before lunch.”

Sounds easy, right? For families who need time in the morning, optional.

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While parents and educators know the importance of sending kids off to school after a healthy breakfast, life often gets in the way. Oversleeping, missing homework, sibling squabbles – the contributing factors to binge eating are endless. So why not take care of breakfast for the kids while you take care of other things?

From super simple twists on simple toast to leftover pizza (yes, really), here are 20 easy breakfast ideas for kids.

1. Great yogurt

One of Thompson’s favorite breakfasts is yogurt parfait, which is yogurt with layers of whole grains and fruit. Easy and fun that any child can fix themselves!

2. Nut butter on whole grain bread

Nut butter on whole grain bread is an easy breakfast that kids can make themselves
Image via Lenna Omrani/Instagram

Whether they want to garnish it with fruit and seeds, or nut butter on whole grain bread or toast, like this beauty from Lenna Omrani, it’s always a great breakfast that kids can make.

3. Toasts on animal faces

Speaking of toast…creative kids love to toast animal faces in the morning. They just need a few ingredients to get started: 1) whole wheat toast, 2) cream cheese, peanut butter, nutella and/or hummus, and 3) some blueberries and/or sliced ​​bananas and strawberries. Or they can get creative and try to come up with their own version!

4. Smoothie for breakfast

A fresh smoothie is an easy breakfast that kids can make themselves
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If the kids are experienced enough to handle a blender, Aimz High Fitness’ breakfast smoothies are a great option that can be partially prepared the night before. Cut the fruit into chunks and freeze in individual bags so the kids can add their milk of choice and a cup of nut butter to add protein.

5. Oatmeal with banana

Banana Oatmeal is an easy breakfast that kids can make themselves
Image via Shelly Cronchit Huber/Instagram

Another Thompson favorite? Oatmeal with banana, like Shelley Cronchit Huber. For kids who are too young to make their own oatmeal, you can make overnight oats that you leave in the fridge, or you can make slow-cooker oats the night before and leave them in a bowl.

6. Avocado toast

Avocado toast is an easy breakfast that kids can make themselves
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Even though it’s not millennials, kids can still enjoy avocado toast as a “bombshell” version of Glowing Plants. For little ones who aren’t quite ready to carve out their own ‘kados’ yet, many supermarkets sell avocado spreads, which work well too. Do we need to tell you? Trader Joe’s Everything Else Bagel Sesame Spice is basically made for this breakfast.

7. Bagels with cream cheese and fruit

That’s why it’s a classic breakfast: it’s easy, filling, and ridiculously delicious. Thompson suggests adding fruit (you can cut up the night before) for an antioxidant kick.

8. Breakfast with fruit

There are many breakfast muffin recipes to choose from. And the best part? You send them ahead and you have breakfast for days. Kids just need to add their favorite fruit on the side.

9. Curd and fruits

Cottage cheese with fresh fruit is an easy breakfast that kids can make themselves

Does this conjure up images of a dieting 80s mom? Just a few. But cottage cheese and fruit slices are an easy, high-protein breakfast for little ones.

10. Ham and cheese toast

Ham and Cheese Toast is an easy breakfast that kids can make themselves
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If you have a sandwich press at home, here’s a great breakfast sandwich idea. Kids top English muffins with ham, cheese and tomato (or whatever they like) and press until nice and melted. This one from Write of the Middle looks pretty irredeemable.

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11. Waffles with nut butter and apple slices

These Peanut Butter Waffles are a breakfast that kids can make themselves
Image via Pervisha Reddy/Instagram

How does a waffle up its game (with a dose of protein, no less)? Spread some nut butter on top, of course. And bonus: nut butter is easier for little kids to use than cold butter in the fridge. Thompson recommends pairing with apple slices. Check out these beautiful walnut waffles by Pervisha Reddy. Tasty!

12. Cottage cheese toasts

Is cottage cheese toast the next avocado toast? Sprinkle with cinnamon, then ask the kids!

13. Yogurt, nuts, fruit and chia seeds

Kids love to be creative and breakfast should be no exception. Instead of the standard fruit-cereal-yogurt parfait, leave a selection of nuts and seeds for them to choose from.

14. Greek yogurt and honey toast

What’s better than Greek yogurt? Greek yogurt on toast with whole grain bread. It is guaranteed that children will refuse to eat yogurt in an “unconventional” way.

15. Toast with hummus

According to Thompson, another great toast or bagel? Hummus!

16. Hard-boiled eggs and fruit or oatmeal

It’s never a bad idea to keep hard-boiled eggs in the fridge for kids. Adding a side of fruit or oatmeal (or even a cereal bar) makes a great breakfast combo, says Thompson.

17. Leftover cheese or veggie pizza

A slice of veggie pizza is an easy breakfast that kids can make themselves
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Breakfast doesn’t always have to include breakfast, Thompson says. “It’s good to think outside the box about your first meal of the day,” she says. How delicious does this veggie pizza from Katie Cravings look? Can’t refuse!

On that note, kids can eat plain or leftover veggie pizza for breakfast, according to Thompson. Who knew?! The teenagers were right about it all. (Yes, if they want to eat it from the fridge without reheating, that’s fine.)

18. Deli meat rolls

Deli Meat Wraps are an easy breakfast that kids can make themselves

Lunch for breakfast? Why not! A deli meat and cheese wrap is sure to keep little ones fueled until lunch. Bonus points if you add lettuce or spinach, or even a slice of tomato or yellow bell pepper.

19. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches are an easy breakfast that kids can make themselves

It’s full. It’s a little sweet. And small hands are easy to make. The real question here is: Why haven’t kids been eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for breakfast all these years?

20. Burritos – breakfast or not

Breakfast burritos are an easy breakfast that kids can make themselves
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If the kids are too young to make eggs, beans, or vegetables, this one from Create Mindfully is another great option. After all, why should lunch and dinner be fun?