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Homemade Hot Pockets for Breakfast!

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If you’re looking for a unique breakfast idea that you can make ahead of time, then be sure to try these freezer-friendly homemade hot pockets!

{Psst! If you’re looking for other easy breakfast ideas, check out these quick and healthy Back to School Breakfast Recipes — perfect for busy weekday mornings! Also, if you love individual freezer meals, be sure to try these Easy Individual Mini Lasagnas and these Easy Individual Chicken Pot Pies!}

Homemade Breakfast Hot Pockets

Recipe Post by my sister, Olivia

Convenience of Individual Freezer Meals

I’ve always enjoyed the challenge of coming up with freezer-friendly recipes that can be reheated in a snap! Although I love preparing a fresh meal, the convenience of being able to pull something from the freezer at a moment’s notice can be a lifesaver!

Growing up, I liked to spoil my brothers by filling the freezer with healthy snacks, breads, and personal-sized main dishes just for them.  They loved being able to grab something before work, before school, or whenever hungry; and I loved the opportunity to come up with new recipes!

Now that I am married, I find individual freezer meals even more beneficial – especially for breakfast! It is so nice to be able to have a hearty breakfast on the table for my husband in less than five minutes.

Homemade Hot Pockets for Busy Mornings

I was super excited to recently come up with a new freezer-friendly breakfast recipe — these homemade hot pockets!

Breakfast pockets are the perfect solution for busy mornings, because they literally take just a few minutes to warm up in the microwave and can be eaten on the go.

Also, I love how versatile this recipe is. For instance, I often leave out the cheese (my husband is dairy-free), add extras to the filling (chopped spinach, sliced olives, green chiles, bacon, etc.), and use tortillas in place of the dough (like breakfast burritos). It can easily be adjusted to your liking!

These homemade hot pockets are best served with salsa or your favorite hot sauce. Scroll down to get the printable recipe!

homemade breakfast hot pockets ingredients

filling in a mixing bowl

loading up homemade hot pockets

breakfast pockets ready for the oven

plated breakfast hot pockets

Homemade Breakfast Hot Pockets on a plate

hot pocket from the freezer in foil

More Breakfast Ideas:

If you’re looking for even more breakfast ideas, try one of these!

Let us know if you try these homemade hot pockets! Also, what are some of your favorite breakfast recipes?

17 Back to School Breakfast Recipes for Kids

Looking for some easy breakfast recipes for kids with back to school season almost in full swing? Try one of these healthy ideas!

Looking for more delicious breakfast ideas? Try our family’s favorite Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls, this delicious Ice-Cream Soaked French Toast, these breakfast recipes using leftover potatoes, these easy Homemade Freezer Biscuits, this Homemade English Muffin Bread, or these Make-Ahead Freezer-Friendly Pancake Recipes!

Back to School Breakfast Recipes for Kids

Beat the School Morning Chaos with Easy Breakfast Ideas

Back to school season is upon us…and so are busy weekday mornings!

When trying to get your kids out the door on chaotic school mornings, it really helps to have simple breakfast ideas prepared.

And while cold cereal, pop-tarts, and granola bars are easy on-the-go breakfasts, you might be looking for something a little more filling to give your kids that extra boost of energy they need to get through those first long school days.

If you’re looking for healthy breakfast recipes for kids that are quick, easy, and budget-friendly, this list has you covered!

Psst! Looking for healthy afternoon snack ideas? Check out this list of 25+ Frugal and Healthy Snack Ideas for Kids!

This is our list of top breakfast recipes for kids that meet the following criteria:

  • Generally healthy — These recipes are packed with nutrition for lots of energy, use wholesome ingredients, or sneak in an extra dose of veggies/fruit! (But yes, many of the muffins, pancakes, and waffles DO contain sugar.)
  • Budget-friendly — These recipes won’t break your grocery budget. In fact, many of these recipes can be made from scratch with inexpensive ingredients ahead of time and stretched over multiple days of breakfasts!
  • Quick and easy — These recipes are easy for weekday school mornings because they’re really simple to make, have very little prep time (so you can pop them in the oven to bake while you’re getting the kids ready for school), can be made ahead of time, or are freezer-friendly recipes that can be frozen for later.

Quick & Easy Healthy Breakfast Recipes for Kids

Baked Egg Bites

1. Baked Egg Breakfast Bites

These are SO tasty and easy to make, and they’re packed with protein!

They also freeze really well, so feel free to make these ahead of time to have ready in the freezer for busy weekday school mornings.

Also, I find that using silicone muffin cups (affiliate link) makes clean-up so much easier! I love mine!

Homemade Breakfast Cookies

2. Healthy Homemade Breakfast Cookies

Cookies for breakfast? Yes, please! Kids will LOVE this one.

This recipe is delicious, healthy, and filling. And they’re great to make ahead of time and have ready to grab-and-go!

easy breakfast recipes for kids: Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets

3. Easy Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets

This is one of the easiest breakfast recipes for kids, and it’s really versatile!

Homemade instant oatmeal packets are so easy to put together ahead of time and customize. You can mix it up and use a variety of different add-ins, depending on what each family member loves.

And you can’t go wrong with whole grains!

Carrot Cake Waffles

4. Whole Wheat Carrot Cake Waffles

Need to use up carrots or want to sneak some extra veggies into your child’s diet? Try these Carrot Cake Waffles!

They’re a little dose of healthy and a whole lot of delicious!

Psst! If you have any allergies in your family, give these Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free Waffles a whirl!

Morning Glory Muffins

5. Morning Glory Muffins

Filled with apples, whole wheat flour, carrots, coconut, and raisins, these muffins are packed with nutrition.

And they’re super delicious, too!

Pumpkin Carrot Cake Muffins

6. Pumpkin Carrot Cake Muffins

These muffins are another great way to sneak in a dose of carrots! They are super easy, healthy, and a great way to start the morning.

You don’t have to frost them with the sweetened cream cheese. That’s just a little something to make them feel more special, but they are certainly just as good without it!

Super Easy Breakfast recipes for kids: Homemade Granola

7. Homemade Granola

This is another yummy breakfast recipe for kids that’s super quick and easy to make!

Eat a bowlful with milk or sprinkle it over yogurt and fresh fruit.

Blueberry Ginger Smoothie -- great for back to school breakfasts

8. Breakfast Smoothies

Smoothies are a great way to quickly get a big dose of fruits and veggies before the day even gets started!

Try one of these smoothies as an easy on-the-go breakfast recipe for kids:

Simple Breakfast Casserole

9. World’s Easiest Breakfast Casserole

This simple Breakfast Casserole is one we’ve loved for years. It’s a pared-down version of my mom’s Breakfast Casserole and one we ate often in our lean law school days.

While not super duper healthy, it is packed with protein and sure to give your kids energy and focus during long school mornings!

Just throw all the ingredients in a pan and pop it in the oven to bake while you’re getting the kids ready for school. Super easy!

Baked Oatmeal

10. Freezer-Friendly Baked Oatmeal 

This is so easy to make and freeze ahead of time! Then you can just pull it out to thaw overnight and bake the morning you need it.

This one willl be such a big hit with your family, you’ll almost feel guilty over how simple it is to pull off.

Not mention, whole grains are always a winner!

Breakfast Burritos

11. Freezer-Friendly Breakfast Burritos

These breakfast burritos are perfect for breakfast-on-the-go! They’re also frugal and delicious.

While these aren’t the absolutely healthiest of options, they can be made ahead of time and they’re super filling! Also, there’s some green pepper and onion snuck in there!

Psst! Be sure to also try these Homemade Hot Pockets — a great variation of the breakfast burrito!

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Pancakes

12. Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Pancakes

These pancakes are one of our favorite breakfast recipes for kids! It’s been a family favorite for years, and it’s healthy and tastes amazing!

The best part is you can totally freeze these ahead of time and just pull them out on a busy weekday morning! (We even love these straight from the freezer. They’re SO good!)

Note: Not a fan of reheated pancakes (or eating them straight from the freezer the way we crazies do!)? Try this Make Ahead Pancake Batter method or this Homemade Baking Mix. These will at least takes a few steps out of the process, so that the mix is ready to go on those mornings you want pancakes.

Looking for something a little different? These Oatmeal Pecan Pancakes my sister makes are really tasty, too!

Delicious Breakfast Recipe for kids: Apple Butter Muffins

13. Apple Butter Muffins

Sometimes an ingredient substitution leads to a great discovery!

Apple butter gives these muffins a great, rich flavor. And they’re made with oats, giving you a dose of whole grains!

Freezer Banana Bread

14. Freezer-Friendly Banana Bread

This is our tried and true banana bread recipe, and it freezes beautifully.

Sometimes we decide to mix things up and add chocolate chips. Feel free to experiment with various mix-ins!

Breakfast Ideas for Kids: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins

15. Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins

Can you tell we love chocolate chips? 😉

These muffins are hearty and filling. Not too sweet, but just the perfect blend of crunch and chocolate mixed together.

And again, the oats give your kids a good dose of whole grains!

Blueberry Muffins

16. Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins

This recipe is super-simple, (practically) fool-proof, and makes you the “muffin hero” in less than a half-an-hour!

Even more, I love that this recipe is fairly healthy, using intentional ingredients to make a more nutritious muffin. It’s a great recipe to make when blueberries are on sale.

Whip up a batch of these at the beginning of a school week to have a week’s worth of delicious breakfasts at your fingertips!

Breakfast Recipes for Kids: Best Bran Muffins

17. The Best Bran Muffins

These muffins are absolutely packed with nutrition!

If you’ve been looking for a good bran muffin recipe that is also really good for you, try these out!

Looking for more breakfast recipes for kids?

These are some other great breakfast recipes that we didn’t include on this list due to their not-quite-as-nutritious content or the time it takes to make them on a busy weekday morning. 😉

{I highly recommend the Cinnamon Rolls and the Ice Cream French Toast. SO yummy — especially on a slower weekend morning with the family!}

What are some of your family’s favorite easy breakfast recipes for kids? Let us know in the comments!

Easy 4th of July Recipe | Patriotic Strawberry and Blueberry Muffins

Looking for some really easy 4th of July recipes? These Patriotic Strawberry and Blueberry Muffins are delicious and super simple to whip up in a pinch!

{Looking for 4th of July desserts? Check out this Patriotic Mason Jar Ice Cream — so much fun for the whole family!}

Patriotic Muffins for 4th of July

Easy 4th of July Muffin Recipe

The 4th of July is right around the corner and will be here before we know it!!

If you’re looking for creative 4th of July recipes to take to an Independence Day potluck or family gathering, try these fun Patriotic Strawberry and Blueberry Muffins!

ingredients for strawberry and blueberry muffinsmaking blueberry and strawberry muffins

These Patriotic Muffins are ridiculously easy to whip up and they’re seriously some of the BEST muffins I’ve ever tasted!

They’re super moist and delicious — and it’s difficult to eat just one! You might want to make an extra batch just in case. 😉

4th of July muffins ready for the ovenbaked blueberry and strawberry muffins on cooling racks

If you’re looking for easy 4th of July recipes, these Strawberry and Blueberry Muffins are really versatile!

You could use them for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even snack/dessert! I’d think they’d also be perfect for a brunch gathering!

4th of July muffins slathered in butter with confetti

You can eat them cooled or warmed, but I recommend them warm and slathered in butter. YUM!

I love the extra flavor twist that the strawberries add to the traditional blueberry muffins taste. But if you love the tart taste of raspberries, you could always substitute the strawberries for raspberries and still have a fun patriotic-themed 4th of July recipe!

patriotic muffins lined up

The best part of these Patriotic Muffins? They freeze really well!

Make them ahead of time a few days or even a week before you need them, and then all you have to do is pull them out of the freezer a few hours before serving them! Eat them as-is or pop them in the microwave to warm them up.

Oh — and if you’re looking for a dairy free version, just substitute the yogurt with your favorite brand of dairy-free vanilla yogurt. Voila!

close-up of patriotic muffins

Healthy Homemade Protein Bars

This healthy homemade protein bar recipe is super delicious and SO easy to make!

{Looking for more healthy homemade treats? Check out this list of Delicious & Healthy Freezer-Friendly Snack Ideas — including Chocolate Oatmeal No-Bake Bars, Good For You Peanut Butter Fudge, Honey Sweetened Truffles, and Homemade Energy Bites!}

healthy homemade protein bars

Almost a decade ago now, I decided to do the P90X program. I remember it being a really fun time of coming up with creative, nutritious recipes that I could make from scratch on a budget.

And this homemade protein bar recipe ended up being one of my favorite go-to snacks during that season of my life!

I actually found the inspiration for this recipe in the P90X forums, but (in my usual fashion!) I decided to tweak it to my tastes.

The result was these delicious homemade protein bars — which every single person in my family ended up loving! Scroll to the bottom of this post for the printable recipe!

ingredients for homemade protein bars mixing up protein bar ingredients in a bowl healthy protein bars in a pan with chocolate glaze homemade protein bars with chocolate on top sliced homemade protein bar squares plated healthy protein bars individually wrapped protein bars for the freezerhealthy homemade protein bars ready to eat

protein bars on a plate

Looking for more recipes? Try these!


Easiest Homemade Easter Candy Recipe (Easter Basket Idea!)

Note from Crystal: I’m so excited to have my youngest sister, Olivia, sharing this fun homemade Easter candy recipe — a spring variation on our family’s favorite homemade Christmas Candy recipe! We typically make this candy to give as gifts during the Christmas season, but I never thought of the brilliant idea to make it for Easter baskets!

Looking for non-candy Easter basket ideas? Check out this Easy Homemade Slime Recipe that my daughter loves making!

Easiest Homemade Easter Candy Recipe

Looking for unique and different Easter basket ideas this year? This homemade Easter candy recipe is sure to be a hit with your kids!

This delicious recipe is a spin-off of Crystal’s incredible Christmas candy recipe — and if you’re a white chocolate lover like me, you might end up actually liking this one better than the original! 😉

(Not a fan of white chocolate? Just use milk or dark chocolate chips instead, but don’t forget to put on the festive colorful sprinkles!)

ingredients to make homemade Easter candy

This recipe is SO easy to make and only uses a few ingredients! It’s hard to believe this recipe could be so yummy with just these few ingredients, but it really is.

There’s just something about the concoction of crackers, chewy caramel, and chocolate! YUM!

layered Easter candy in a pan

I brought a bowl of these to a recent family gathering, and not only did the kids absolutely love it, but the adults raved about it, too!

This is a super simple dessert that you could totally use for Easter Sunday, if you want something a little different than usual. Just make a big batch ahead of time and you’re ready to go.

white chocolate chips on top of layered Easter candy in a pan
And it’s SO easy to make ahead of time, because it keeps really well in the freezer. I recommend making a batch and breaking it up into individual baggies to freeze for later.

Then just pull a baggie out when you’re ready to use it for a get-together or Easter basket!

white chocolate Easter candy with sprinkles

I love the fun colors of the sprinkles — and this recipe is really perfect for just about any spring parties or get-togethers! You could even use them as frugal end-of-the-year teacher gifts.

crumbled homemade Easter candy

This homemade Easter candy recipe will add such a personal touch to a kids’ Easter basket — even if it’s the only thing in it! You could even make some of this Homemade Slime to add a little non-candy gift to the mix!

close-up photo of broken Easter candy with sprinkles

Easter candy packages for an Easter basket

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What other unique Easter basket ideas do you have? I’d love to hear in the comments!