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Ask the Readers: Quick breakfast ideas for kids?

Today’s question is from Carrie:

Our oldest daughter is starting kindergarten this year so it is going to be a real adjustment for us to get up and get 0ut the door in the morning. I was wondering if you had any suggestions for quick and easy breakfast ideas that kids will love? -Carrie

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  1. Leah W says

    My son has two favorite breakfasts, he loves hard boiled egg sliced with mayo on bread. He also loves waffle sandwiches. We toast 2 waffles, spread a thick layer of yogurt on one waffle, sprinkle with cereal or granola and top with the second waffle and when I have fresh fruit I will slice it and layer it under the yogurt. Both of these a quick and convenient for school mornings.

  2. says

    We are gluten-free, and rice cakes have been a lifesaver for us. My kids know they have to eat protein before they leave the house, so on a harried morning we slather a rice cake in some kind of nut butter (or sunbutter) with a dab of nutella.

    If I plan ahead,mini crustless quiches are a fave. They freeze well and reheat beautifully.

  3. Felicia says

    I have a couple of faves my kids, who are now 20, 18 and 14 still ask for! The first is a breakfast “eggan burrito” as my son named it. All it is is tortillas, scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, cheese and my youngest likes onions in hers. Put it together even for on the go! The other is called a toadstool, or something like that. Its just texas toast, you cut a circle in it with the rim of a glass, crack an egg and put it inside (I mix them up first), sprinkle crumbled bacon or sausage and cheese on it. Bake at 325 for about 7-10 minutes, kinda watch it and then voila! Its done. The trick for me was to spray the foil I put them on.

  4. Tarah says

    It doesn’t sound appetizing, but it tastes good and is filling. Wheat Mush. One serving would be 1/4 c cracked wheat to 3/4 c water. Salt it, either cook it on your stove, or microwave it. If you have smaller kids are are worried about the heat throw in some frozen fruits and stir. Some of my kids like milk in it with the fruit…others don’t. Growing up I also had rice mush and cornmeal mush…The corn meal is great with apricots.

  5. says

    I have been asking myself this exact question too! I’m out of the house by 6:15 every morning, so I have to leave something ready for her! I think the one thing that has really helped is asking her what she wants, so there are no surprises or arguments in the morning!

    We’ve been trying options like homemade fresh fruit popsicles, homemade smoothie popsicles, 100% whole wheat cinnamon toast, a banana, hard boiled eggs, whole wheat pumpkin muffins and making scrambled cheesy eggs the night before. If all else fails, I have an emergency box of Trader Joes cereal bars hiding in the basement. I can “find” one for her to eat in the car if we’re running behind!

  6. Allison says

    A poptart and a gummy vitamin. The breakfast of champions!

    As long as all other meals and snacks are fairly healthy I figure it’s ok.

    Sometimes we do instant oatmeal, and she gets to put sprinkles on it herself. My daughter is only 3 1/2 but maybe a 5 year old would be excited about sprinkles too.

  7. Erin Nash says

    As a former teacher, I want to second all the moms who suggested PROTEIN. Many students “crashed” in the early afternoon because of their sugary, syrupy breakfast. Smoothies are great, especially with some protein powder. Eggs (scrambled, hard boiled, whatever!) with a whole grain (English muffin, toast, waffle) is a teacher’s dream breakfast. Yogurt is alright but really doesn’t have enough protein to last all morning. Think brain food! :)

    • Gayatri says

      We are vegetarians. Our protein is nuts. Oatmeal topped with walnuts and flax seeds. Soaked almonds in the breakfast. Bread and cheese.

  8. amanda says

    I end up commuting part of the way to work with my kiddos, and a lot of mornings we are really rushing out the door.
    My favorite thing to do is to make big batches of granola bars on the weekend, great for a portable breakfast. My favorite new recipe is from the August All You. I can post my variation if someone wants it. Quick easy, filling, healthy, and reliable!
    Sometimes I make extra waffles on the weekend and freeze those, sometimes I buy the boxed frozen ones if I can get them on sale (they were $0.99 this week so I bought 4 boxes).
    We also do hardboiled eggs (my kids call them “cold eggs”), peanut butter or Nutella sandwiches, or a quick trail mix of nuts and raisins if I’m truly pinched for time.

  9. amanda says

    Oh and I bet that Crystal’s corn dog muffin recipe would be great with breakfast sausage links instead of hot dogs for a filling and portable breakfast!

    • Lisa s says

      My favorite quick breakfast of all time is leftover corn bread drizzled in real maple syrup, microwaves for 30 seconds or til hot. Then pour half and half over it and eat with a spoon. I make southern corn bread though so it is not sweetened to begin with and corn syrup based syrupps don’t work, dh tried.it was gross. Anyway, I am so envisioning combining your sausage in the cornbread idea with the syrup and half and half for a blissful tastebud overload. Got some super lean wild boar sausage I’m going to have to try this with.

  10. Lauren says

    I use containers with dividers and fill with a few choices when we’re on the run. they’re easy for everyone to put on their lap in the car, and you can put different things in to mix it up.

    This morning was

    hard boiled egg
    mini pumpkin chocolate chip muffin
    peeled clementine orange

    Other things I’ve put in: all kinds of fruit, french toast strips (no syrup), homemade clif bars, oatmeal squares, mini quiches.

    A lot of it takes preparation, so I try to make big batches on the weekend and have the same things all week or freeze them.

  11. Meredith says

    This post was meant for me!! My son is not a huge breakfast eater, but his kindergarten class doesn’t have a snack, so I’ve been wondering how I’m going to get his belly full and last over 3 hours! He’s picky, too, which doesn’t help. I’m going to try making some muffins and see if that helps. Anyone have good muffin suggestions? Thanks!

  12. Liz says

    Rachel Ray’s “Instant” Oatmeal is a great easy breakfast–you make a huge batch Monday morning (or Sun. evening or whenever)–refrigerate it & just heat it up in the morning. We love to add cinnamon and blueberries–yum! Here’s the recipe: 3 C old-fashioned oats, 4 C water, 3 C milk, 3/4 C brown sugar or maple syrup, 1/2 tsp salt. Stir together in large pot. Heat to boiling, stirring often. Once it boils, turn to low & simmer 15-20 mins, stirring often. Add milk to thin if you prefer thinner oatmeal. Add diced, peeled apples or pears, cinnamon, raisins, craisins, bananas, nuts–anything you like in oatmeal. Store in fridge and eat throughout the week. You can store in individual, portion-size containers if you wish. (do not freeze)

  13. Dianna says

    I have found setting a specific item for the day of the week has been extremely helpful both to my kids and myself as we all know what is happening in the morning. It allows us to plan our time better and the kids can even help get things set (getting out the correct type of dish, utensils, etc.)

    Monday – Instant oatmeal (2 min) with raisins
    Tuesday – Cereal
    Weds – Egg McMuffis
    Thurs – Cereal
    Fri – Eggos (Toaster) with turkey sausage (Mircowave)

    Kids seem to thrive on routine and it makes the morning go smoother when everyone is on the same game plan.

    • says

      Did you come to my house and see what we do for breakfasts? I’m amazed at how nearly our menus are alike!

      Mon. – Egg Sandwiches (egg, slice of cheese and/or meat on toast)
      Tues. – Cereal
      Wed. – Pancakes or French Toast or Baked Oatmeal
      Thur. – Cereal
      Fri. -Sunny-side up Eggs

      • says

        We have a menu too for each day, it takes SOME of the guess work out of it!
        Mon.- Cereal or Oatmeal
        Tues.- Toast or English Muffin
        Wed. – Muffins
        Thurs. -Pancakes or Waffles (from the freezer)
        Friday.- Eggs and Bacon

  14. Ami Self says

    My friend always makes oatmeal when it’s cold outside. She mixes in frozen blueberries to cool it down enough for her little girl so they can eat quickly. I thought this was a brilliant idea, especially since she can go to Cosco and get big bags of frozen blueberries very reasonably.

  15. Carla says

    We like to keep hard boiled eggs in the fridge for breakfast, also smoothies, pancakes and muffins and waffles in the freezer. My Daughter puts a hard boiled egg on a roll and has milk and fruit. Baked oatmeal is another favorite I make before the kids get up and they add warm milk and brown sugar.

  16. Stephanie says

    I have been struggling with this question for the past 5 years. I have found that I keep a variety of items on hand, such as bagels with cream cheese, toast, breakfast burritios, sausage or bacon that I have precooked on the weekend when we had our family breakfasts, wafles and oatmeal, and yogurt are also hits especially with fruit. I try to balance the above with some protein, like an egg, Z-Bar, or kids portion of a protein shake. Sometime I do smoothies and add protein powder. I also keep about a dozen hard boiled eggs and a dozen fresh eggs. My daughter does not like her eggs to be brown, so I microwave two eggs (sometimes with one or two spoonfuls of cream cheese — adds creaminess, and some dairy to her diet), scramble in microwave safe bowl — microwave on high 45 to 60 seconds, and then mix (should be still liquid in the center), after mixing microwave 30 to 60 seconds (I set it for 60, when the eggs start puffing up out of the bowl, I stop it, and then mix it again), let it set for 20 to 30 seconds and serve.

    Another idea for quick omelette — the night before have your child place items that he/she wants in their omelette in a gallon ziplock bag. Add no more than two eggs– seal, shake/ squish to mix, and refridgerate until morning. quickly cook in microwave or in skillet.

    Having your child decide the night before is helpful, but unfortunately my daughter sometimes changes her mind. I try to have a preprinted list in the morning of her choices (written or typed once — small flag type post it by those not available)

  17. says

    my daughter is also starting kindergarten this year 😀

    i’ll make up a loaf of bread into french toast, and freeze it. our kids can microwave a piece or two or pop it in the toaster in the morning. easy peasy 😀

  18. Michele says

    This is great! So many brilliant ideas!
    I’ve always struggled with this because I am not a morning person, and have unfortunately made my kids anti-morning people as well! We survive on granola bars in our house on school mornings. I’m going to try some of these! Thank you everyone!

  19. Shawna says

    We really enjoy bread around this household! My son is a fruit freak too so we just choose whatever fruit is on sale for the week and make that kind of bread to have for breakfast. It’s really easy to just cut off a slice each morning and add a little butter! Our favorites are banana, strawberry and blueberry bread. If you would rather make muffins that would work too. I always double the batch and freeze one of the loafs to have for back-up.

  20. says

    I still think that a good old fashioned bowl of cereal or oatmeal is a great breakfast to get the kids started. They don’t take long to assemble and they taste great!

  21. says

    We do peanut butter toast a lot around here. We love peanut butter, it’s simple and easy! It also has a good enough amount of protein to keep you full until a late morning snack or lunchtime!

  22. Amanda T says

    Peanut butter toast w/bananas and yogurt,Waffles with fresh blueberries over top,pancakes(premade and frozen) with a fresh fruit and juice,cereal with yogurt and bananas,oatmeal with raisins &brown sugar,and eggs with toast and a fruit.

  23. Emily says

    My kids don’t need much variety, so we rotate the same things, waffles from freezer to toaster, cereal and milk, instant oatmeal. Sometimes we do scrambled eggs which don’t take a lot of time. If you cut up fruit the night before, it is quicker to get it on the table.

  24. Leighh says

    My daughter LOVES a whole wheat waffle with Nutella…tastes like a treat, but still pretty healthy. It’s even better topped with some sliced strawberries!

  25. says

    A couple of weeks ago I (inspired by Crystal!) did a bunch of freezer cooking for breakfasts. And it has been wonderful!!! I cooked up the following:

    2 batches Chocolate Chip Pancakes
    2 batches Plain Pancakes
    2 dozen Chocolate Chip Muffins
    2 lbs Scrambled Eggs w/ Ground Sausage (some with peppers and some without)

    While the kids will eat scrambled eggs and sausage they aren’t a big fan of eating it together. So next time I will do pancakes, muffins and french toast. We make french toast and then cut it into strips for easier dipping. It has been a huge time saver in the mornings!

  26. says

    My kids love Maple Bacon Breakfast Rolls, Cinnamon Swirl Bread, and Eggo frozen toaster waffles. I make a batch of the Maple Bacon Breakfast Rolls on Sundays, and they stay good in the refrigerator for a few days. Also, I make Crystal’s breakfast burritos and the cinnamon swirl bread in larger batches and freeze them so they’re ready for the mornings.

    Here’s a link to the recipes:

  27. says

    Since we are still having warm mornings – make brakfast popsicles! Yogurt, fruit, honey, anything you want. Pop it out of the mold and…done! Also – totally works to eat in the car if you’re running late:)

  28. Tracy K in Illinois says

    I’ve seen posts about pancakes and some about sausage. However, my son’s favorite on the go breakfast is a sausage link wrapped in a pancake. We typically have big breakfasts on the weekends and I always make extra to eat throughout the week. I’ll pop the leftover pancakes and sausage in the microwave for about 30 seconds, spread the pancake with a tiny dab of butter and just a drop or two of syrup (adds the flavor without the mess). I then roll the sausage up in the pancake and secure with a toothpick….and out the door we go!

  29. Amy says

    peanut butter and a drop of honey on banana slices

    sausage egg and cheese biscuits
    (I usually preheat oven about 25 degrees lower than the canned biscuit directions say. Tear each canned biscuit in half horizontally and in a sprayed muffin/cupcake tin, lay a biscuit in the bottom and partially up the sides. Meanwhile, brown 1 lb. sausage (we like mixing 1/2 spicy and 1/2 regular, drain. In bowl, mix 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, 3 eggs, and 1 lb cooked sausage (or ham, chopped) and a dash of salt. Spread the sausage mixture into each biscuit and bake for the amount of time on the canned biscuit pkg at 25 degrees less than stated. These freeze beautifully and make them so EASY to pull out one or two for your child to eat. Our 7 year old daughter LOVES these! ‘

    peanut butter and honey waffles — nice protein w/ PB

  30. karla says

    I myself usually end up eating breakfast in the car on my way to dropping the kids off to school, daycare, and going to work. Some things that work for me are

    -whole wheat mini-bagels that I get at aldi’s with some peanut butter and honey. eat it like a sandwich. pair with a piece of fruit

    – smoothies! blend desired ingredients in blender (love my magic bullet!) I usually add some protein powder to keep me full. pour into a take along cup with a straw. Walmart has them for about $5. I got a really nice insulated one @ target for $12. Sooo worth it.

    -egg sandwich. fry an egg or two. (takes only a few min) put between
    a slice or two of bread with a slice of ham and cheese if you like. piece of fruit.

    -healthy muffins that I make ahead of time.

    The kids have time to eat at home so I make them any of the above or oatmeal, yogurt and berries with granola (kids favorite). and of course there is always cereal.
    Hope that helps

  31. Deyanira says

    My kids love molletes (pronounced mojetes) which I had growing up in Mexico. Basically take hamburger, hotdog buns or leftover french bread split and layed out on a cookie sheet. Spread homemade refried beans (cooked pinto beans mashed with a potato masher) on the bread, and top with shredded cheese (usually mexican blend or colby). Put under broiler until cheese is melted (less than five minutes).

    I don’t use canned beans because you can taste the sodium. Home made beans are best.

    These disappear in my house.

  32. Jenn says

    Try these “sausage muffins”–make ahead & warm up in microwave or toaster oven.
    1 can Grands biscuits (8 ct.)
    1 pound breakfast sausage (Jimmy Dean, Owen’s etc.–whatever’s on sale!)
    1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
    6 eggs, slightly beaten
    Brown, crumble & drain sausage.
    Stir together sausage, eggs & cheese.
    Split each biscuit into 2 layers; press one “layer” into each cup of muffin pan. Spoon equal portions of egg mixture into each cup.
    Bake @350 for about 10-12 minutes. YUM!

  33. Donna says

    While we do eat in a healthy way sometimes, sometimes we don’t. That being said, we’ve had the following things offered for breakfast before:

    1. pound cake
    2. rice krispie treats
    3. pear pie
    4. pumpkin pie

    The thought came to me one day that sugary cereal and pop tarts are probably no worse than standard dessert fare and they get national publicity as “good” breakfast fare. So, why not just have cake or pie?

    This morning, though, I served Christmas Eggs from http://joyinmykitchen.blogspot.com/2010/01/christmas-eggs.html . They’re made the day before and baked while you dress in the morning.

  34. Denise says

    Oatmeal is good like said above. If you don’t have the time you AND if you can get them on a good sale with coupons or not. The frozen Krusteaz pancakes (not any other brand they are grosse) taste the closest to homemade pancakes as you can find already made. But making it yourself if super easy. I also make my own baking mix and save even more money that way. EGGS are awesome breakfast foods. Alot of times I will have the girls take an egg, a tiny tsp of water a pinch of salt (this is super important so that eggs don’t get crunchy in the microwave) and beat it. Put in the microwave and cook 1 minute stire, then 1 min stir, and so on till it is done. Stir in a little salsa and put in a tortilla. Yum yum yum! :) You can also do crockpot oatmeal. There are tons of recipies online. They use the steel cut oats and you prepare it the night before and wake up to yummy oatmeal. Add in all your milk, sugar and dried fruits and nuts and it is really rather nutritious. :)

  35. Denise says

    Oh and if you are a early riser and want to cook this ahead of time then just heat up. Tator tot breakfast casserole. Eggs cheese, browned sausage and onion poured over frozen tator tots and cooked in the oven at 350 till eggs are set and cheese is bubbly. :) Then portion them out into reheating containers and reheat in the morning.

  36. Denise says

    Oh and I don’t have the recipe but you can make sausages wrapped in pancake batter on a stick. Kind of like a corn dog. You’d take a maple braeakfast sausage. Dip in thick pancake batter and fry or bake up. Then put in the freezer to reheat in the microwave later.

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