As a parent of three children under five, mornings are incredibly busy—rushing through breakfast, managing my assembly line of bento boxes, organizing backpacks, and then juggling the chaos of carpool. But for many toddlers, breakfast is the highlight of their day. It also happens to be the meal where they’re generally in high spirits and, as far as my kids go, it’s the one meal where I know they’ll eat their fill. To maintain my composure and ensure that I’ve got enough energy to tackle the morning frenzy, I’ve streamlined the process by relying on a few breakfast ideas for toddlers that are not only nutritious and easy but also reliable favorites for my kids. 

Keep your kiddos excited about their first meal of the day by rotating through these tot-approved options each month. You can batch-cook some of them in advance for a speedy microwave reheat in the morning, and I also find it helpful to write them down and pin them to my fridge to minimize my decision fatigue at breakfast. To ensure that everyone is on the same page and minimize the risk of any early a.m. revolts, get your toddlers involved by making a breakfast schedule on your calendar.

Here are 13 toddler-friendly breakfast ideas that are not only nutritious but also quick and effortless to prepare.

1. French toast 

Who doesn’t love bread soaked in a mixture of milk, vanilla, and eggs, crisping up to perfection with a sizzle of oil? This breakfast is a well-balanced meal with carbs, protein, and fat in each delicious bite. Opt for whole grain bread with an extra fiber kick and avocado oil for a healthy fry. For younger kiddos requiring an extra dose of fat, whole milk is the way to go.

You can also prepare French toast in advance since it’s freezer-friendly. Another option is to whip up a French toast casserole. Cube the bread and spread it out in a baking dish. Pour the mixture over it instead of the traditional dredging process. Bake it until it’s crispy on the outside and fully cooked on the inside.

2. Greek yogurt parfaits 

Give your toddler a dose of independence by letting them make their own breakfast parfait using layers of Greek yogurt, whole-grain cereal, fresh or freeze-dried fruit, and chia or hemp seeds. Instead of going for a flavored yogurt with heaps of added sugar, choose a plain, unsweetened Greek variety. The layers themselves bring plenty of flavor and sweetness, but if your kiddo is craving more, mix in some honey or maple syrup—this way, you’re in control of just how sweet it gets. 

3. Banana pancakes 

Here’s the easiest recipe ever, using just three ingredients: banana, eggs, and flour. Simply mash up your bananas, mix in some eggs, and add enough flour for the perfect batter texture. If you want to jazz up your pancakes, toss in some berries, semi-sweet chocolate chips, and ground flaxseeds, or mix in creamy nut butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Bonus: you can freeze any extras to pull out when cravings strike.

Related: 7 Dietitian-Approved Snacks for Toddlers (That Big Kids Love Too)

4. Green muffins

Looking for a way to add veggies to your breakfast routine? Look no further these delicious green muffins, which have become a regular favorite in our home. Made with spinach for a vibrant green hue, they’re crafted using whole-wheat flour and coconut oil—and can easily be sold as “Hulk muffins.” Plus, I simplify the preparation process by tossing all the ingredients into the blender for effortless prep and cleanup.

5. Avocado toast 

We love a good avocado toast for breakfast, using a thick slice of whole grain or sourdough bread. If you want to get creative, sprinkle with some everything-but-the-bagel seasoning, or top it off with a scrambled egg for an additional protein boost.

6. Egg-in-a-hole 

Talk about a fun breakfast! When I serve this dish it’s always greeted by squeals of delight, which you know is a big win where toddler meals are concerned. The recipe is as simple as cutting a hole in the middle of a piece of bread and placing it in a buttered frying pan. Crack an egg into the center of the hole, then flip it back and forth until the egg is perfectly cooked all the way through.

7. Chia pudding 

Some kids can’t get enough of the gooey, soft texture of chia pudding. We prefer making it with whole milk or coconut milk and flavoring it with homemade blueberry compote or sliced bananas for an extra fruity touch. If you find yourself with leftovers and you’ve got a texture-loving kid, use the pudding as additional layers in your Greek yogurt parfaits.

8. Overnight oats

Just like when you make traditional oatmeal, combine rolled oats and your milk of choice, but throw it into a jar. Add a dash of vanilla, a splash of maple syrup, and Greek yogurt for added texture and protein. Mix in chia seeds and hemp seeds for an extra boost of omega-3s, then refrigerate overnight. The next morning, breakfast is ready to enjoy without any additional prep!

two kids drinking smoothies

9. Fruity smoothies

For a convenient on-the-go breakfast, smoothies are a speedy option perfect for sipping during a hectic morning commute to school. Our preferred blend mixes frozen fruit, Greek yogurt, peanut butter, fresh spinach leaves, and a splash of whole milk. If you find yourself with extra time in the morning, transform your smoothie into a smoothie bowl and elevate it with toppings like whole-grain cereal or muesli.

10. Pumpkin bread

How heavenly is a slice of warm pumpkin bread with a thick slather of butter? Your kids will probably agree. Plus, pumpkin offers loads of fiber and essential vitamins, transforming breakfast into a nutritional powerhouse. We love this recipe, not only because it’s incredibly moist but also because it pairs exceptionally well with your morning cup of coffee (trust me, I’ve tested the theory many times). 

11. Whole-grain freezer waffles 

Yup, we love healthy packaged breakfast options that are packed with fiber from whole grains and can be conveniently stored in the freezer. When perusing the grocery aisles, look for waffles with at least 3 grams of fiber and minimal added sugar and salt. Bonus points if it has some protein. My kids love dipping waffle spears in peanut butter, applesauce, or yogurt.

12. Baked Oatmeal

While it may sound complicated, it’s surprisingly easy—just prepare oatmeal as usual but bake it in the oven instead of on the stove. Add a touch of coconut oil for moisture and incorporate mix-ins like raisins, blueberries, or thinly sliced apples. Bake a batch or two, then stash them in the freezer for later use (your future self will thank you!). 

13. Breakfast cookies

I prepare these regularly, making them a weekly kid-approved go-to. Combine rolled oats with mashed banana, creamy peanut butter, and melted coconut oil. Shape the mixture into cookies and bake for 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. For a flavor variation, consider adding chocolate chips or coconut shreds.

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