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Breakfast Ideas For Toddlers—8 Delicious Options To Start The Day

Breakfast Ideas For Toddlers

Looking for easy, healthy breakfast ideas for toddlers? We’ve got you covered! 

In this article, we’ve included over eight healthy breakfast ideas for your toddler, so you can feel confident knowing your little one is well-nourished until their next meal!

Breakfast ideas for toddlers

Sometimes we need an easy and quick breakfast idea to keep our little ones happy in the morning. The fun toddler breakfast ideas are easy to make, use cheap ingredients, and are packed full of the vitamins, minerals, and other vital nutrients your little one needs to take on the day.

The average 1-year-old can manage solid foods, but children develop at their own pace, and some may be more suited to solid foods than others. As such, why we’ve included two types of breakfast options below – breakfast ideas for 1-year-olds and breakfast ideas for 2-year-olds. 

Still, your 1-year-old may very well be able to eat the breakfast ideas for 2-year-olds; you know them best!

Breakfast ideas for 1-year-olds

Below are some breakfast ideas that your little one will love!

1. Easy overnight oats

Overnight oats are one of the easiest, healthiest, and most convenient breakfasts for toddlers (and busy parents, too!). 

Prepare overnight oats the night before by adding oatmeal to milk (any kind of milk is fine) in a jar. Add a generous serving of chia seeds to the oats and milk for an easy helping of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. This is an easy alternative to cooking oats and saves on the mess.

Instead of cooking, let the oats sit in the milk in the fridge for at least 4 hours, in this case overnight. 

There are endless possibilities for flavors and toppings, so you can have overnight oats every morning and still enjoy a different breakfast! 

Bananas are a great topping. Granola works well if your little one can manage crunchy solid foods. 

Berries and nut butters also make a great addition to this delicious breakfast.

Breakfast Ideas For Toddlers

2. Cheesy scrambled eggs

Eggs are full of protein, so they’re perfect for growing toddlers. 

Still, eggs are food toddlers take a while to get used to. Some kids eat eggs for a while and then go on an egg strike for no apparent reason. 

As such, the tastier you can make an egg breakfast, the more likely your little one will enjoy it.

Make your tasty scrambled eggs recipe light and flavorful by whisking eggs in a bowl and adding a pinch of salt. Add around 6 tbsp of milk to the mix and whisk again.

The more milk you add, the fluffier and creamier your eggs will become. Adjust the amount of milk to your little one’s desired consistency.

Start cooking, and around halfway through, when the eggs are slightly cooked, add cheese, and mix.

For older toddlers, serve these scrambled eggs on a slice of whole wheat toast with a side of avocado and spring onion.

If your little one is reluctant to eat eggs, it may help to eat this breakfast with them. Seeing you eat and enjoy these tasty eggs may make them more comfortable with eating.

This breakfast idea is packed with essential nutrients your little one needs to keep growing.

3. Banana pancakes

Banana pancakes are a toddler favorite. They’re also easy to make, delicious, and a sweet breakfast for the whole family. 

Check out our simple four-ingredient banana pancake recipe below and try it when you have time in the morning!

*(We’ve included coconut flour as a healthier alternative to wheat flour, but use any four you have in the kitchen at your convenience)

Ingredients: Banana, egg, milk, coconut flour

  1. Mash the banana (brown spotted bananas work well for mashing and flavor!)
  2. Crack two eggs into the mashed banana and whisk until well combined. 
  3. Add milk and coconut flour and mix well so that the batter is your desired consistency (avoid making it too thick)
  4. Add a serving of the mix to a hot-oiled pan and cook for 2-3 minutes. (Choose a smaller serving size than you would choose for yourself)
  5. Cook and flip until each side is golden brown.
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 for each pancake.

These pancakes are a healthy breakfast that your toddlers will love! You can add whatever you like, but popular tasty toppings include:

  • Honey
  • Nut butter
  • Fresh fruit (kids love blueberry pancakes, but any berry will make for a delicious breakfast)
  • Greek yogurt
  • Cinnamon

Breakfast ideas for 2-year-olds

Start your toddler’s day with any of the following breakfast ideas:

1. Nut butter on whole-grain bread

Nut butter on bread is another versatile, healthy breakfast option for your little one. You can use any nut butter (peanut butter, almond, cashew, etc.) depending on your toddler’s preference or what you have available. 

Serving with toast is a great way to start the day with energy. For the healthiest alternative, use whole-grain toast.

Whole grain bread is a complex carbohydrate that burns slower in the body than white bread, keeping your little one full and energized for longer.

Don’t just stop at nut butter. You can add sweet ingredients to this simple breakfast, such as bananas, blueberries, strawberries, or kiwi, to make it more exciting. 

Drizzle with honey for an even sweeter breakfast. Kids love to eat different shapes, so try out triangles, strips (soldiers), or crust-free rectangles.

2. Banana French toast

French toast is a classic breakfast idea for the whole family, not just your toddler! 

Be warned; this is such a tasty breakfast that your little one may ask for it every morning! 

This is a great way to introduce eggs to your toddler, especially if they’re a picky eater sensitive to food texture. 

Check out our easy French toast recipe below for a delicious breakfast.

Ingredients: Sliced bread, egg, cinnamon, vanilla extract, milk, bananas (or other fresh fruit to top)

  1. Heat a pan to medium-high heat and coat with butter or oil.
  2. Whisk milk, egg, cinnamon, and vanilla extract in a bowl. Take a thin slice of bread and dip both sides into the mix. (Drip off excess mixture back into the bowl).
  3. Lay the slice on the hot pan (cook two together if you have a big enough pan). Cook until the eggs are done, but not so much that you burn the toast. Softer bread is more manageable for younger kids whose teeth are still growing!
  4. Top with banana or berries (or serve on the side)

Breakfast Ideas For Toddlers

3. Baked oatmeal cups

Baked oatmeal cups are a great way to help your toddler eat a healthy breakfast. 

This cute cup-shaped breakfast option is visually pleasing, which makes toddlers enjoy them even more! 

Oats contain key nutrients for toddler growth, such as protein, fiber, magnesium, iron, and zinc. You can add even more nutrients with the raisins and nut butter of your choice and increase deliciousness by adding cinnamon! 

Check out the simple baked oatmeal cup recipe below for a breakfast you and your toddler will love.

Ingredients:

  • Oats
  • Milk (any milk your toddler needs/prefers)
  • Chia seeds
  • Cinnamon
  • Raisins
  • Vanilla extract
  • Honey (optional)
  • Nut butter (optional)

How to:

  • Preheat the oven to 375 f.
  • Grease muffin cups or mold trays. 
  • Combine all ingredients in a medium size bowl without the milk.
  • Warm the milk, add to the bowl and let sit for around 5 minutes. 
  • Fill muffin cups or molds with the mixture and place in the oven. 
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes. 
  • Remove oatmeal cups from the oven and let them cool.

If you didn’t add honey or nut butter to the mix before cooking, feel free to top the cups with these ingredients now. Adding nut butter to a warm oatmeal cup will melt it, leading to a delicious (but messy!) breakfast treat.

4. Cream cheese bagel

Start your little one’s day with a whole-grain bagel topped with delicious cream cheese and berries. 

Whole grain bread is a complex carbohydrate – carbs that burn slowly and provide energy for longer. 

Cream cheese is high in vitamin A, low in lactose, and has probiotic properties. Berries are high in antioxidants and potassium. 

These ingredients make an easy, healthy, and energizing breakfast for your little one.

To make it easier to eat, slice the bagel into smaller sections. Cut the bagel into bite-size pieces for a fun breakfast idea, and place a single berry on top of each slice! 

Let your toddler join the prep by asking to place the berries.

5. Yogurt with granola

Greek yogurt with granola is a quick, simple, and delicious breakfast idea that is tasty and incredibly healthy. 

Greek yogurt is packed full of calcium and vitamin D (both of which work together to form healthy bones and teeth), potassium, protein, and magnesium. 

Make granola at home, buy it fresh, and sprinkle it on the yogurt. 

Remember that granola contains small pieces, so it’s better suited for kids used to solid foods. 

Add extra fruit for a healthier breakfast to save time and keep kids happy.

How to have a stress-free breakfast time

New and seasoned parents sometimes face stress when it comes to breakfast time. 

Unplanned mornings lead to rushing, forgetfulness, and frustration. So, plan if you want to make breakfast time easier for you and your toddler.

Choose your favorite breakfast ideas from this list and prepare the ingredients in advance so that you do as little work as possible in the morning. 

For example, if you’re making French toast, set the cinnamon and vanilla extract to the side of the hob for quick access. Chop fruit the night before and place it in a container in the fridge. 

These small actions may seem insignificant, but they give you more time to enjoy making and eating breakfast with your toddler and start the day on a good note.

Conclusion

What’s your favorite toddler breakfast idea? It’s hard to choose with all of these delicious options! 

Ask your toddler to help you with the cooking for an extra fun breakfast time. They can mash the bananas, place the fruit on top, or even add butter to toast to allow them to use their fine motor skills.

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