Getting kids fed during the morning chaos can get super tough. It’s every mom’s struggle. Especially if you want to make sure your kiddos are getting a well balanced, healthy meal. Pop Tarts might be quick but they lose points in the nutrition department. So I have decided to get my 8 favorite meal prepping foods together for quick, healthy breakfasts for kids. These are 8 quick breakfast options that we have in our house. We simply rotate them to keep things interesting. As always, prepping these meals is minimal work, few ingredients and can easily get you through a week’s worth of breakfasts. Because I am all gluten free, all these recipes are gluten free as well! For some of my other gluten free recommendations you can read my post all about it: Gluten Free Shopping List.
Any of my consistent readers are probably so sick of hearing about these 3 ingredient waffles, but I swear by them! More than any other breakfast food, these are usually the ones I have on hand. They are hands down the easiest to make, cooking is very hands off and they store easily. I will often make 2-3 batches of these using my NutriBullet and store them in the fridge or freezer. You can read all about my Nutribullet here: Must Have Blender. It’s just like having toaster waffles in the freezer, except the ingredients are healthy with way less processing behind them. Don’t worry, it takes about 20 minutes to get these all prepped and ready, and for the most part you can still go on with your other household tasks while they cook in the waffle iron!
Check out my recipe for these 3 ingredient waffles here: Three Ingredient Waffles
We call our cold overnight oats muesli, although technically, that’s probably not politically correct. Don’t tell. This recipe is super easy and stores easily, especially in Mason jars. You can very easily grab a jar out of the fridge, pull out a spoon and have the kiddos chow down in the car. I know we have had to use this method many times. The great thing about overnight oats is that you can cater them to your kids. If they don’t like peanut butter, don’t add peanut butter; if they prefer strawberries, load up with strawberries!
Check out my very simple Monkey Muesli recipe here: Monkey Muesli
This recipe is our family’s personal favorite, but you can just as easily swap ingredients to fit your family’s tastes! Either way, it is just as easy and just as quick of a grab-n-go option.
Now, I will admit, making homemade granola takes a little more time and effort. So, if you’re ready to experiment, check out this super easy homemade granola guide by bodminsou.com: Healthy Granola Recipe It’s a super easy guide that you can use to make all different kinds of granola based off what you have in your house! If you’re thinking “Yeah right, sister.” It’s all good, pick up some granola from the store and you’re set.
As for the yogurt, I was so excited to see this CRAZY easy recipe on minimalistbaker.com: East 2 Ingredient Coconut Yogurt
Two ingredients?!?! Oh my gosh, I can totally do that! I made my own this past weekend and it was easy, let me tell you! Prepping was a breeze, although it requires patience because after mixing the yogurt must set for 1-2 days! Totally worth it! I chopped some peaches, added my yogurt and topped it with homemade granola. A-mazing!
Ahhhh pancakes. There are so many in the frozen section of the grocery store and they are generally loaded with preservatives and fake fruit. Just like my go-to waffles, these pancakes are super easy to make. This is another one of those recipes where I can toss everything in to my NutriBullet so there is little mess and no fuss. Again, if you want to read about my NutriBullet obsession, you can do so here: Must Have Blender. These require a little more effort than waffles because of course, you have to flip ’em, but they cook so quickly, it still barely takes up any of your time. Simply seal in an air tight container and you have breakfast for the week easy at your finger tips.
Check out my protein pancake recipe here: Protein Pancake
I also have a great coconut pancake recipe that will go live on Tuesday!
I know, this kind of seems like I’m cheating. But, did you know you can pre-make and easily store hard boiled eggs? I swear, these are one of our families quickest grab snacks beyond breakfast. We will usually buy one of Costco’s double dozen eggs and hard boil them all. Now, a lot of people aren’t sure how to go about hard boiling eggs, so I’ll tell you my fool-proof method.
Similar to yogurt, chia seed pudding is a very quick go that just requires a little patience. The texture of the pudding itself might be a little off-putting, but the good thing is, you can use as much or as little as you want. That means you can toss a bunch of fresh fruit into a bowl and just drizzle the chia pudding on top. I don’t have a recipe post for our chia seed pudding just yet, so I will share the super quick recipe below. You can toss all these ingredients into a bowl, mix it up and let it sit overnight. I top ours with fruit, coconut shavings and granola.
1 cup chia seeds
4 cups coconut milk
Zest of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 lemon
Of course, no breakfast list would be complete without muffins! Well, the whole point of meal prepping breakfasts for your kids is to avoid all those not-so-good ingredients like sugar. So, naturally, I’ve got some great sugar free muffins for you! You can either drizzle cacao on top of these for a little added flavor or I will top them with fresh fruit or some almond butter for my little ones. I think muffins can be intimidating to people because there are more ingredients to them, but I’m about to lay down a big surprise: I just stick all ingredients into my…(drumroll) NutriBullet! I’m all about low maintenance and low mess. These get stored in our fridge for the week and are the perfect quick grab breakfast, snack or dessert.
See the recipe here: Sugar Free Chocolate Muffins
My last breakfast recommendation is freezing bananas to make for quick morning smoothies. So many people think there is a science to smoothies and that they require yogurt, juice or powders. Truth is the building blocks of all my smoothies are bananas, additional fruit and fresh lemon, lime or orange juice. Check out my few quick smoothie recipes that my kiddos love!
Kale Smoothie (We call this Hulk Juice!)
There you have it, 8 meal prepping quick healthy breakfasts for kids to make breakfast a little less stressful in the morning. Heaven knows, moms and dads have enough going on, the added stress of early morning cooking is the last thing you want to think about. So, cheers to a peaceful start to all your days!
Renee is the blogger behind The Fun Sized Life. After downsizing with her family, she also took the time to get serious about he finances. Now she is sharing the wealth with all of her readers.