I don’t know about you, but I’ve always found it hard to keep breakfast both healthy and interesting. This year I’ve been trying out lots of new ideas to shake things up a bit in our household at breakfast time so today I’m sharing 15 of my healthy breakfast ideas for kids. These ideas are all very easy and mostly very quick to make, but I’ve tried to make this post more useful by splitting the ideas into three groups – breakfast ideas to prepare in advance, quick breakfast ideas to make in a hurry, and easy breakfast ideas for when you have a little more time. All of these ideas are suitable for the whole family, as well as kids of course.
Breakfast Ideas to Prepare in Advance
Frozen Yoghurt Bites – I’ve shared two versions of these delicious and healthy frozen yoghurt bites on the blog so far and they’ve both been a big hit! Made from just fruit and yoghurt, these are great eaten ‘as they come’, or you could throw them onto a bowl of granola or cereal for a delicious crunchy breakfast. The recipes can be found here: frozen fruity yoghurt bites recipe and frozen banana yoghurt bites recipe.
Healthy Homemade Granola – This is so easy to make, much lower in sugar than most shop bought granolas and great because you can customise it with any dried fruits, nuts or seeds to suit your taste. It’s also a fun project to make with children – you’ll find a free printable child friendly recipe over on the blog post: healthy homemade granola recipe. Make a big batch to last you all week and beyond!
Fruit Salad – another easy and healthy breakfast idea that can be customised to suit your tastes – make up a big batch and keep it in the fridge to use for several days worth of breakfasts! Serve on its own, with a dollop of natural yoghurt or sprinkled with crunchy seeds. Try my easy rainbow fruit salad recipe, healthy rainbow fruit sundae recipe or the fun red and green Christmas fruit salad that I made last year.
Frozen Banana Bites – another fun recipe to throw into the freezer the night before – these frozen banana bites make a great breakfast food, especially in the summer, and kids will love making them for themselves! See the blog post for another free printable recipe sheet: frozen banana bites recipe.
Help Yourself Snack Pots – These are a great idea for busy mornings, make them up in advance then just grab and go as needed! You can find full details and lots of food ideas to pack in the blog post here: easy and healthy breakfast snack pots.
Quick Breakfast Ideas to Make in a Hurry
Cereal with Fruit – There’s nothing worse when you’re running late than having to think about putting together a healthy breakfast, but luckily there are lots of ideas that can be made in no time at all whilst still avoiding overly sugary cereals. By far the easiest breakfast is a bowl of cereal of course, but if you want to keep it healthy, hunt out cereals with a low sugar content such as shredded wheat (which has no refined sugar added at all) and jazz it up with a handful of fresh or dried fruit.
Toast and Honey with Sesame Seeds – Whip up this delicious toast in a matter of minutes, simply toast the bread, spread with a little honey and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Sesame seeds are really good for you, with several great health benefits including being a source of protein as well as many essential minerals, including calcium (great for anyone on a dairy free diet).
Porridge – You may think that porridge is a bit time consuming for busy mornings, but trust me, it takes literally two minutes to make in the microwave and is well worth the minimal effort! Top with jam and sesame seeds, a drizzle of honey, a few dark chocolate chips or some fresh or dried fruit to make it more interesting (we particularly love chopped banana on ours). Visit the following blog post for my easiest ever porridge recipe!
Banana and Peanut Butter Tortilla Roll-ups – This is my go-to breakfast when I’m rushing out of the door having forgotten to eat breakfast in the morning chaos! It takes seconds to make, can be eaten on the go and is really quite delicious! To make, simply open out a wholemeal tortilla wrap, spread liberally with peanut butter (I use a sugar free brand), peel a banana and lay it down the middle then roll up the wrap around the banana, folding in the ends to keep it in place. Peanut butter and banana also makes a delicious sandwich filling or topping for toast if you don’t have any wraps.
Cream Cheese and Jam Sandwich – Although this sounds an odd combination, we tried these sandwiches recently on the recommendation of a friend and they were absolutely delicious! A great way to get an extra portion of calcium in, use wholemeal bread for a healthier breakfast. These sandwiches can be eaten at home or on the go.
Easy Breakfasts that Take an Extra 5 Minutes
Homemade Smoothies or milkshakes – We are a massive fan of smoothies in our house, not least because they are so easy to throw together! I have shared several different smoothie and milkshake recipes here on the blog, all of which are super easy to make! You can find some of them here: healthy berry milkshake recipe, storecupboard peach and coconut smoothie recipe, four quick and easy smoothies and milkshakes.
Cheese on Toast – We love cheese on toast in our house! My favourite way to eat it is with sliced tomatoes under the cheese and a sprinkle of herbs on top, but you could also try finely chopped red pepper or spring onions too – an easy way to help sneak one of your five a day in to breakfast!
Breakfast Sundaes – These take just a minute or two to put together and feel like a real treat – you could even serve them up for a healthy dessert! Get the kids involved in making their own too – see full details here: DIY breakfast sundae recipe.
Pancake Muffins – These couldn’t be easier to make – no hot frying pan needed, just mix them up and throw them in the oven! You can find the full recipe here: healthy pancake muffins recipe. Serve them warm, fresh from the oven, or pack them up for a tasty breakfast on the go.
Eggy Bread Fingers – Get the kids cooking a tasty weekend brunch with these delicious eggy bread fingers. You can serve them up with some crispy bacon and tomato sauce, or try a lovely healthy fruit salad and a dollop of natural yoghurt on the side. You can find the full recipe and a free printable child friendly recipe sheet here: eggy bread fingers recipe.
I hope I’ve managed to provide a bit of healthy breakfast inspiration in this post! What’s your favourite healthy breakfast?