You need to make breakfast for kids every single day, and it’s easy to get into a boring routine. After all, there are only so many bowls of cold cereal you can pour before they’ll stop wanting to eat it. So why not make something fun and new tomorrow morning?
With these toddler breakfast ideas, your kids will enjoy mealtime and maybe even get some fun activities and fond memories out of it, too. It’s possible for breakfast to be so much more than nutritious fuel for the day, while also providing that sustenance. Here are eight ideas for fun toddler breakfasts that will liven up your morning.
Peanuts and bananas are both packed with good nutrients and this is a very easy meal for you to prepare. Thinly slice half a banana onto the peanut butter (or another nut butter) spread over toast. You can also sprinkle hemp seeds, chia seeds, or something else for texture and additional nutrients. This may be a bit messy and sticky, but it will be fun and sweet for your toddler. Here is a recipe you can use and adapt.
Pancakes are one of those classic toddler breakfasts you remember fondly even as an adult. One of the most fun parts is that your parents could make them in different shapes like a Mickey Mouse or put chocolate chips in a smiley face. Now, you can do the same for your own little one. Take nutritious blueberries to create fun designs like faces or use cookie cutters to shape the pancakes into creative animal shapes. Let your creativity run wild– the possibilities are endless!
Here’s a unique one! This is almost like ice cream for breakfast, but it’s just milk, fruit, and peanut butter, which is just breakfast ingredients and no added sugar. From parents.com: “Combine ¾ cup milk, 1/2 cup each frozen bananas and strawberries, and 2 Tbs. peanut butter. Blend until thick; top with jelly and fruit.” A guaranteed kid favorite!
Whip pink food coloring into cream cheese and add rainbow sprinkles on top and viola–your toast is now topped with magic brought by a unicorn, fairy, or whoever your child loves at the moment! You could use this food coloring trick for just about any recipe from green pancakes to purple muffins. You could also use natural ingredients like berries or spices to stain different foods new colors instead of food coloring.
Dessert for breakfast is sure to please, but this vegan pudding is healthy, too. The avocado creates a creamy base and you can use maple syrup for sweetness instead of sugar. There are many avocado chocolate pudding recipes out there but this one takes just 10 minutes or less. Add some chia seeds for extra nutrition and texture.
Use coconut flakes or almond slices as the shredded cheese and let your toddler add whatever toppings they would like to their pancake “pizza crust.” Spread some jelly on the pancake as the tomato sauce and give some strawberry slices for pepperoni and you’ve got a really fun activity for breakfast!
Whisk up some eggs and milk and pour into a frying pan to cook up some egg discs. Sprinkle in cheese then roll up the discs into rolls. Eat like a burrito for a unique way to serve morning eggs. Check out the full recipe here.
Toddlers love anything with a dipping sauce because they get to be more involved than just taking a bite. The scooping and dunking is like a game, and they choose how much the yummy substance they get in their bite. To make a healthier choice, you could let them scoop peanut butter onto apple slices instead.
Food is more than calories in, and it can also be memories made. Just like hot chocolate waiting for Santa, slurping spaghetti at family dinner, or the smell and sound of mom cooking bacon, toddler breakfast recipes like these make mealtime fun. They also help lay a foundation of loving a relationship with healthy foods and mealtime and will help prevent picky eating from developing. Bringing excitement and wonder into breakfast time is a wonderful way to start the day and these don’t take too much time to prepare either. Have fun!
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