20 breakfast ideas for kids
Get the little people in your life excited about breakfast with our fun recipes for pancakes, homemade cereals, breakfast bars and more. They're so easy to make, the kids can help too.
Tired of the same old cereals and toast? Take a look at our favourite breakfast ideas for making with kids. Let little hands help rustle up these easy recipes at the weekend and busy breakfast times will be a breeze. From speedy pancakes and muffins to baked beans and eggs, we've got a delicious mix of sweet and savoury ideas to keep your little ones happy and energised through the morning.
1. Three-minute blender pancakes
Impatient little eaters will love these fruity pancakes which are ready in just a couple of minutes, require no scales and minimise the washing-up. As well as being delicious, they contain all the major food groups and have no processed sugar. Top with chopped strawberries and bananas, then finish with a drizzle of maple syrup for a fabulous breakfast.
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2. Flatbreads with brunch-style eggs
Whip up a scrumptious savoury breakfast of homemade wholemeal flatbreads with shakshuka-style eggs. This recipe is perfect for teaching kids simple bread-making processes, from kneading the dough to dividing and rolling it out. Serve alongside a comforting pan of creamy fried eggs with cherry tomatoes and cheese, then prepare to get dunking.
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3. Homemade cocoa pops
Ditch the sugary shop-bought cereals and instead treat the family to a bowl of our chocolatey homemade cocoa pops. Made with natural, whole ingredients like buckwheat, coconut oil and honey, these are a more wholesome option to start the morning and avoid any energy slumps later. Kids will love helping to stir the chocolatey mixture and watch the magic happen in the oven as it transforms into their favourite crispy cereal. This recipe makes enough to fill just over a two-litre jar, so why not prepare a batch for the month?
For more inspiration, see our collection of healthy cereal recipes.
4. Cherry smoothie
Start the day with a fresh and fruity blend of cherries, banana and natural yogurt. Kids will love the tangy flavours and creamy texture in this smoothie, which is also low-fat and gluten-free. Frozen cherries are easier to use but you can also throw in some fresh as well.
Looking for more kid-friendly blends? Check out our best smoothies for kids.
5. Banana muffins
Muffins are a breakfast staple, so why not try our delicious banana version topped with crunchy pecans? These light and fluffy cakes are ideal for introducing kids to baking. The riper the bananas, the more flavoursome they'll be, so set two aside in the fruit bowl and let your little helpers mash them up for the filling. These tasty bakes are sure to disappear in no time.
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6. Raspberry, almond & oat breakfast cookies
These wholesome, energy-boosting cookies make a quick breakfast or snack for kids to munch on. Using just five ingredients, they are super-simple to whip up and little chefs can help roll up the mixture into balls before baking. These golden oat nuggets are best enjoyed with a piece of fruit and some yogurt. They keep for up to three days or can be frozen so you'll always have an emergency supply of cookies.
7. Rainbow pancakes
One for a special occasion, these multicolour pancake stacks are sure to make someone's morning! They may look complicated but are based on a simple pancake batter – all you need is four different colours of food dye to create the rainbow effect. Layer them up and top with whipped cream, maple syrup and mixed berries for a showstopping breakfast spread.
8. Cuddly egg men
Make breakfast that bit brighter with our cute homemade bread men and baked eggs. As well as being adorable, they are great fun to make with kids in the kitchen. There is a little bit of cutting and shaping required, so make sure younger bakers are careful if using scissors. Create the 'cuddling' effect by placing an egg on each dough man's tummy then folding the arms around it and sealing with water. After baking until golden brown, your merry band of bread men will be ready to enjoy (but make sure to cool and peel the egg first).
Find more ideas in our collection of bread recipes.
9. Carrot cake porridge
Calling all carrot cake lovers! We've reinvented this classic bake in a warming bowl of porridge, packed with signature ingredients like grated carrot, raisins, cinnamon and nutmeg. Oats are packed with slow-release energy, so little ones will be kept powered through the morning. We love this served with a dollop of nut butter and honey.
10. Saucy bean baked eggs
Use up your storecupboard staples in this healthy and hearty five-ingredient dish. Eggs are baked with mixed beans, spinach, chopped tomatoes and smoked ham resulting in a flavour-packed brekkie that delivers three of your five-a-day. Perfect for dunking with some crusty sourdough or rye bread.
11. Cinnamon rolls
Who could resist a wreath of sweet and sticky cinnamon rolls? We've made this special breakfast treat super-easy by using ready-made croissant dough for the rolls. Kids can help arrange these in the baking tin to create a stunning pull-apart bread with swirling patterns. Once baked, cover them in a thick caramel and let everyone get stuck in.
12. Easy egg muffins
These mini egg muffins make a delicious savoury breakfast for kids and can be easily customised with their favourite fillings. We've included broccoli, peppers and spring onions but chopped ham, bacon or smoked salmon could also work really well.
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13. Vegan banana bread
Whether your family are following a vegan diet or not, this squidgy banana bread makes a delightful breakfast option and takes just 10 minutes to prepare. Using overripe bananas along with vegetable oil gives the sponge a lovely moist quality without the need for eggs or dairy. We love it toasted and slathered with peanut butter.
Check out our top 10 banana bread recipes for more variations on this popular bake, including sugar-free and healthy, sticky toffee and chocolate chip.
14. Red berry granola pots
It is said that 'good things come in small packages' and that's certainly true of these joyful little granola pots. Kids will love making up their own, layering strawberries on a zingy raspberry coulis, then topping with creamy yogurt and homemade crunchy granola. All the more reason to spring out of bed early in the morning!
15. Breakfast bars
When it comes to baking for beginners, these fruity, chewy flapjacks couldn't be simpler. Packed with oats, seeds and raisins, they are a great way to keep active youngsters' energy levels topped up and are easily portable if you want to pop them in a lunchbox.
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16. Breakfast bagel club
Need a fast and feel-good breakfast? Fill toasted bagel slices with a mouth-watering combination of smoked salmon, creamy avocado and a runny fried egg. Ready in just 10 minutes, these fully-stacked buns are sure to be a hit with all the family and provide a good source of healthy fats for kids.
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17. Blueberry & lemon pancakes
There's always room for more pancakes. These fluffy American-style beauties are bursting with blueberries and soaked in zingy lemon syrup. They make a healthy (yes, healthy!) breakfast or brunch and can be customised with your favourite fruity toppings.
18. Dippy eggs with Marmite soldiers
It wouldn't be a proper kids' breakfast roundup without a mention of egg soldiers! Try our special twist with Marmite toasts for a quick, easy and nutritious start to the day. If not everyone is a fan of this savoury spread then, they can easily leave it off and just use butter.
Want to up your dipping game? Check out our 10 sensational soldiers to serve with boiled eggs for lots of flavour inspiration.
19. Blueberry & banana smoothie
Adding silken tofu to this vibrant berry smoothie gives it a wonderful creamy texture while oats provide substance. If your little ones are averse to eating fruit, this tasty blend is a quick and delicious way to help give them their five-a-day.
20. Eggy cheese crumpets
Jazz up breakfast time by swapping your regular toast for fluffy crumpets. A lighter alternative to eggy bread, these crispy bakes are fried in an egg mixture and topped with bubbling golden cheese. Try making your own homemade crumpets or use shop-bought if you are short on time. Serve with juicy cherry tomatoes and sliced avocados for a nutritious veggie boost.
For a sweet variation, try our crumpets with ricotta, berries & honey.
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