Here are my go-to recipes that use the ingredients you may have stocked in your pantry in creative (but easy), ways to feed the kids. These healthy and easy breakfast recipes use up pantry staples, sure, but are also delicious in their own right!
Easy Breakfast Recipes
Whenever we’re juggling the morning rush (even on days when we’re not actually going anywhere!), I find that simple recipes and ideas are really the way to go.
And I don’t think you need to cook breakfast everyday, but if you’re wanting some options, these recipes are my favorites.
TIP: Scroll down to see my fav non-recipe easy breakfast ideas too!
Healthy Breakfast Ideas
Each of these breakfast recipes has whole grains, low added sugars, kid-friendly flavors and super basic ingredients. And if you ever come across an ingredient that you don’t have or don’t recognize for some reason, please comment on the recipe to ask and I’ll help you find an alternative.
Pantry Recipes for Breakfast
Using pantry basics like applesauce, oats, flour, cinnamon, vanilla, maple syrup or honey, and the occasional ripe banana, you can make any of these recipes to share with the kids.
They all can be made ahead if you want to serve some today and some on a later day and almost all have allergy modifications.
These happy little Applesauce Muffins are packed apple-cinnamon flavor, whole grains, and vitamins. They’re a perfect healthy snack or breakfast for kids to make ahead and serve throughout the week.
We like these on their own, topped with nut or seed butter, or even with a smear of cream cheese. See what your littles like!
Instant Oatmeal, 6 Ways
You can make a handful of containers ahead of time, then pull them out for easy breakfasts when you need them. Or, make and serve all at once.
Healthy Pumpkin Bread
This bread has the classic flavor and moist crumb of a traditional Pumpkin Bread, but with half the sugar. It stores well too in the fridge or freezer, and uses a full can of pumpkin!
This bread has the classic flavor and moist crumb of a traditional Pumpkin Bread, but with half the sugar. It stores well too! (Heads up: There’s a full can of pumpkin puree In this, so it takes a little longer to bake.)
Apple Raisin Oatmeal
Made with just a few wholesome ingredients, this Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal cooks up fast and easily—which is exactly what you want in a toddler breakfast! (Though P.S., I love it just as much for myself.)
You can double this recipe to make a larger batch to warm up and serve throughout the week.
Learn how to make granola with this super easy Homemade Granola that relies on a lower baking temperature to avoid the risk of burning—and increases the chances of a completely fool-proof and delicious batch!
This healthy granola recipe uses applesauce for sweetness and bakes at a lower temperature to lower the risk of burning around the edges!
Healthy Cinnamon Muffins
You can make these mini muffins ahead and serve them throughout the week, or even stash half of the batch into the freezer for later! All with basic pantry staples.
Made with a base of applesauce and whole grain flour, these easy mini muffins are sweet enough to taste like a treat!
Breakfast Bars with Jam
With wholesome ingredients and not a lot of added sugar, you can bake up Healthy Breakfast Bars to serve for breakfasts or snacks throughout the week. And they are SO good!
Use Sunbutter to make these nut-free. You can cut these into smaller bars if desired. If you want them a little softer, serve them at room temperature rather than chilled.
Vanilla Whole Wheat Waffles
These Mini Whole Wheat Waffles are always a hit for breakfast with my kids and I love that they have extra protein, fiber, and whole grains…and don’t need any hard to find ingredients.
Sugar-Free Banana Muffins
Ripe bananas make these mini muffins taste best. You can even use thawed frozen bananas if that’s what you have!
Be sure to use very ripe bananas (with lots of brown spots!) for the best flavor and natural sweetness. (I updated this recipe December 2020 to ensure the most reliable results. The original version of this recipe is the “Egg-free” option in the Notes if you loved that. In the main recipe, I reduced the oil, added an egg, increased the baking soda a smidge, and reduced the baking time. They’re great!)
Easy Banana Oatmeal Muffins
With just a handful of nutritious ingredients, you can bake up super healthy Banana Oatmeal Muffins to share with the kids. Bonus: These store so well in the fridge for days!
For the best flavor and sweeteness, use bananas with a lot of brown spots.
Baked Oatmeal Cups
Make oatmeal a little more fun to eat with this finger food version. It’s a great way to use dried or frozen fruit!
Transform plain oats into a yummy and easy to eat finger food with this baked oatmeal recipe. You can double the recipe to make more if desired.
Easy Overnight Oats
Overnight Oats are a perfect recipe to make ahead. They packs protein, probiotics, vitamin C, fiber, and healthy fats—and all you need to do to make this recipe is stir the ingredients together and let it hang out in the fridge while you sleep!
You can easily double (or triple!) the recipe to make more servings. It uses a 1 to 1 ratio of yogurt to applesauce so you can easily scale it up. Mix these up the night before you plan to serve them.
Oatmeal with Fruit
Learn how to cook oatmeal with ANY fruit you have on hand, whether fresh, dried, frozen or canned! Plus: It’s easy to make and reheat for easy breakfasts!
The base recipe makes a large amount so you can use it throughout the week. Feel free to cut it in half to make less, or just make one serving at a time using the instructions in the NOTES section below.
With a few ingredients and a straight forward cooking method, this creamy quinoa pudding is a delicious toddler breakfast you can enjoy too!
You can serve this warm like oatmeal or cold like rice pudding.
Easy Breakfast Ideas (without Recipes)
Add a side of fruit and/or milk to any of these ideas to round out the meal.
- Cottage cheese and granola
- Cottage cheese and fruit
- Cereal with milk
- Cereal with yogurt
- Hard-cooked eggs and crackers
- Hard-cooked eggs and toast
- Freezer waffles with nut or seed butter
- Freezer waffles with yogurt for dipping
- Granola bar and milk
- Granola bar and smoothie
- Granola and yogurt
- Omelet with toast
- Omelet with sliced cucumbers
- Oatmeal with fruit
- Oatmeal with sweet potato
- Toast with avocado
- Toast with egg
- Toast with nut or seed butter
- Toast with cheese
- Scrambled eggs and dry cereal
- Scrambled eggs with tortillas
- Snack bar and milk
- Snack bar and yogurt
- Whole grain muffin and milk
- Whole grain muffin and fruit
What are your go-to easy breakfast recipes? I’d love to hear so please comment below to share!
This post was first published March 2020.