If my daughter gets in one good meal per day, it’s usually breakfast. I’m not sure if it’s the variety or just the types of food customarily served at breakfast, but she tends to do well eating at breakfast time. I find that toddler breakfast ideas come fairly naturally to me, so I decided to write a post specifically about making a creative breakfast for toddler aged children. From eggs and pancakes to fruit or cereal, hopefully you can find something here in this list of toddler breakfast ideas to entice your kiddos to enjoy the most important meal of the day!
Whether your child eats only pancakes or a wide variety of foods, you can have a lot of fun piecing together seasonally appropriate toddler breakfast recipes. When possible, you can incorporate special ingredients like pumpkin, fresh-picked raspberries, strawberries, or blueberries.
Since breakfast is a favorite for my toddler daughter, I’m working extra hard to make sure it continues to be. In this article, I’m going to try to cover cute and creative toddler breakfast ideas as well as relatively simple and easy meals you can prepare in a matter of seconds. Here goes!
One of my favorite breakfasts to make for my daughter is pancakes shaped like animals. We’ve made puppy dog pancakes, Minnie Mouse pancakes, bunny rabbit pancakes, shark pancakes, and others that aren’t as easily discernible. The trick to making good animal shaped pancakes is to know what you want to make before you start pouring, and to have raisins, Craisins, or chocolate chips on hand to add detail features like the eyes, nose, and mouth. It’s also helpful to have a spoon or other utensil handy for shaping the pancakes to include ears, muzzles, or appendages.
Shaped Fried Eggs
Another fun toddler breakfast idea is to make cute animal shapes or other designs with fried eggs. First, fry a few eggs flat in a frying pan. You can mix them up or just split the yolks to keep both colors in the eggs. Once the eggs are done, use some of your favorite cookie cutters to create an adorable scene with eggs. Add fruit, cereal, dried fruit pieces, granola, or other common breakfast treats to complete the scene.
Healthy Toddler Breakfast Ideas
Some kids are more willing to eat healthier breakfast foods than others, but if you offer nutritious choices on a regular basis, your child will be more willing to try them, eventually. Consider these healthy toddler breakfast ideas to keep things fun, interesting, and wholesome.
- Omelets – Omelets are a wonderful way to hide nutritious foods inside your toddler breakfast recipes. Whether broccoli, spinach, mushrooms, meats, cheese, or something else entirely, eggs provide the perfect consistency for blending—and hiding—lots of healthful ingredients. For extra oomph, allow your toddler to help you combine all the omelet ingredients that you aren’t hiding in a measuring cup and then let your child mix it all together so the whole process becomes more fun and engaging.
- Breakfast Sandwiches – These first-meal-of-the-day delights may not be nutritionally appropriate for adults to eat every day, but a breakfast sandwich can combine many of the food pyramid items into one compact, toddler-friendly menu item. Start out with a bagel, croissant, or healthier choice of English muffin and add your child’s favorite breakfast meats—sausage patty, ham, bacon, or even turkey breast or reheated luncheon meats—a nice section of fried egg, and a slice of cheese if your toddler will tolerate it.
- Fun Fruit Plate – Arrange some of your toddler’s favorite fruits into a creative personal fruit platter. Make a colorful display of cut fruits or try for a fun tropical scene or an under the sea fruit plate.
Toddler Breakfast Ideas in fewer than Two Minutes
Sometimes time is of the essence—a quick breakfast before running out the door to school or rushing out for the day’s activities. A quick and easy toddler breakfast can be a relief, making the day’s stress load seem a little lighter, at least to start. Consider these fast and simple toddler breakfast ideas that only take seconds to throw together.
- Instant waffles with blueberries
- Frozen pancakes popped in the toaster with wholes or quartered strawberries
- Raisin bread toast or cinnamon toast with butter
- Bagel with cream cheese and a banana on the side
- Muffins with a side of fresh fruit
- Granola with raisins
- Cheerios with Craisins
- Raisin bran, Crispix, or any cereal your child likes
This collection of healthy toddler breakfast ideas should give you a nice supply of meals to add into your rotation. If you have other suggestions for fun, creative, or healthy meals for toddlers, please share them in our comments below!