Sharing a roundup of some of my favorite options for QUICK breakfasts for the kids on busy school mornings. Please please please share your favorite in the comments section below!
Hey hey! How are you? I hope you have a lovely morning! I’m off to the chiropractor (bless it) and then spend the rest of the day doing some posts for the new year. How the hell is it December this week?!
For today’s post I wanted to talk about breakfast ideas for busy weekdays! We absolutely fell into a groove with the school morning breakfasts. I went through an entire week trying to make them the same thing, and after throwing away a lot of cold egg burritos, I realized that I needed to up my game a bit.
Whenever I feel like I’m in a rut with anything food related, I take some time to brainstorm. For example, if I’m feeling barky about vegetables and don’t want to cook anything, I quickly make a list of all the vegetables we like. It’s an easy way to remember old favorites and change up the routine a bit! The brainstorming session can work with anything: proteins (name ALL the proteins you like; you’ll remember some familiar favorites), vegetables, snacks, dinner recipes, etc. I’ll also usually get a cookbook out and that gives me some new inspiration!
This post is serving as a brainstorming session for me right now, and I thought I’d make a list of all the quick weekday breakfasts the kids love. Feel free to pin it for when you’re looking for new ideas! Please share your go-tos in the comments section below so this can be a great resource for everyone!
School morning breakfast for children
– *Apple tart walnut baked oatmeal and a hard boiled egg
– *Pumpkin oatmeal baked with a breakfast sausage (frozen and heated)
– *Vegan Peach Baked Oats
– Avocado toast: sourdough with mashed avocado, lemon, Everything but the Bagel seasoning, and a sliced hard-boiled egg on top
– Breakfast smoothie: 1 cup almond milk, Greek yogurt, 1 banana, frozen berries, peanut butter, spinach, ice and cinnamon (sometimes I add chia seeds or MCT oil to this as well)
– *Their favorite pancake in the world. I make large batches of this over the weekend and freeze. I just heat them up, cut into bite size pieces and put in a coffee mug to take in the car, and drizzle with maple syrup.
– Egg burritos: I scramble two eggs in a little butter, salt, and add to two tortillas before rolling them up. They also take it with them
– A Go Macro bar and a hard boiled egg (this is when we need something super fast and this does the trick!)
– *Chia Pudding: 1/4 cup chia seeds in a Mason jar, and I add about 1 cup almond milk, a dash of maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla, and a pinch of salt. *Put in fridge overnight to set. In the morning, I cover with sliced berries and take it to go.
– *Breakfast cookie: the classic never dies. Instead of protein powder for the kids, I use 1 scoop of DNA.
–*Nana’s egg casserole. It freezes beautifully and keeps for a few days in the fridge. I give it to the girls with a tortilla or piece of toast.
– *French toast. This is another one of the girls’ favorites. I make it over the weekend and freeze. I just heat them up, cut into bite size pieces and put in a coffee mug to take in the car, and drizzle with maple syrup. They also love the brioche French toast from Trader Joe’s.
– Hard boiled egg (topped with EBTB seasoning and sriracha), piece of sourdough (heated from the freezer), and some fruit (whatever we have on hand: usually berries and sliced banana)
– *Overnight oats: in a jar I add about 1/3 cup of oats and about a cup of almond milk. I add cinnamon, vanilla, a pinch of salt and berries. I will sometimes add chia seeds as well. In the morning I top with honey and serve it with a hard-boiled egg or breakfast sausage.
– *Yoghurt parfait: Pack Greek yogurt with granola and fruit in a mason jar and keep it covered in the fridge overnight. The next morning, grab and go!
– Breakfast sandwich: I spray a bowl with avocado oil and crack an egg into the bowl. Microwave for about 1 minute until set and top with a slice of cheddar (so the hot egg melts the cheese). I put the egg between two pieces of bread with some Primal Kitchen Ranch. SO quick and easy.
– Acai Bowl: I use the frozen acai packets from Trader Joe’s with almond milk and honey in the Vitamix. I throw it in a bowl, top it with granola, sliced fruit, and a drizzle of honey
* Egg muffins and fruit
*Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins (or Super Hero Muffins) with breakfast sausage or a hard-boiled egg
– Peanut Butter Toast: I cover a piece of toast with peanut butter, sliced banana, cinnamon, and drizzle with honey
– Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal: I use the Trader Joe’s oatmeal packets (the one with chia and amaranth), add hot water and toss while it sets. I top with sliced banana, a little maple syrup, and a dollop of peanut butter. They love it!
*Homemade sous vide egg snacks.
* = made at least one day in advance and waiting in the fridge or freezer
I also asked my Instagram friends for their favorite suggestions and here’s what they had to say:
– Pre-made breakfast sandwiches
– Oatmeal, waffles, muffins!
– Make your own yogurt bowl. Grab a yogurt from the fridge and add jars with tops from the pantry
– Simple Mills Muffins
– Oatmeal with power seeds: chia, flax, hemp, bee pollen
– Banana Baked Oatmeal
Some of my favorite tips for making quick breakfasts during the week:
– Freeze anything you can.
When I make batches of pancakes, French toast, or muffins on the weekend, I double the tub and put extras in the freezer in a Ziploc bag. This way they are already ready to go during the week! You can also make and freeze a big batch of breakfast burritos, baked oatmeal or an egg casserole.
– Make breakfast the night before.
Things like overnight oats, chia pudding and breakfast cookies are big hits and are ready to grab and go in the morning.
– Boast to convince when it makes sense.
Things like yogurt, hard-boiled and peeled eggs, Mush overnight oats, store-bought chia pudding, bars, oatmeal cups, frozen waffles, frozen breakfast sausage, smoothie mixes, are all things that can make life just a little bit easier. Not everything has to be homemade 😉
So, please share the goods! What are some of your quick breakfast ideas that kids love?
Child-friendly breakfasts, lunches and dinners
Our go-to easy weeknight meals