10 Toddler Breakfast Ideas

10 Toddler Breakfast Ideas to inspire your busy mornings! Mix and match these kid favorites below with milk for a great start to the day.

As the mother of a toddler and, most recently, a 3-week-old infant, breakfast is without question The Most Important Meal of the Day.

For all of us.
Learn to make ten different breakfasts for toddlers!Breakfast time is the only time that is certain: I know where we will be and when, and now I know what we will eat. If lunch is sometimes a question mark, if dinner is an unknown, breakfast is my rock.

I cannot predict what my toddler will eat (or not eat) the rest of the day, but I know I can get him to eat a solid breakfast. Mix and match these 10 Toddler Breakfast Ideas to guarantee a nourishing start to your child’s day. And a bit of sanity to yours.

Toddler Meal Ideas

Some foods shown below have to be prepared separately, while others are as simple as peeling and banana and slicing it up. Whenever possible, I have provided links to recipes when items could be homemade (or you may substitute a store-bought version).

While you may not have all of these components on hand at all times, I hope you are able to find some inspiration here to help answer that eternal question: What the heck am I going to feed my toddler today???

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Toddler Breakfast Idea #1: Turkey sausage, clementine slices, toasted oat cereal, and milk

Turkey sausage is one of the rare poultry options that I like as much as the full-fat version (turkey pepperoni is another favorite). I added clementine slices (or substitute mandarin oranges) for sweetness and some toasted oat cereal. If your child is coordinated enough, pour the milk into the bowl to enjoy the cereal the traditional way! Running behind? Toss the cereal into a bag and take it on the road for a quick snack.

A pink plate with 9 mandarin orange segments, two turkey sausage links, and a small fork and spoon. In a small glass bowl, there is toasted oat cereal, and next to it is a blue plastic cup with milk.

Toddler Breakfast Idea #2: Pancakes with maple syrup, chopped strawberries, and milk

If you cannot find the energy to mix up a batch of pancakes from scratch in the morning (and if you’re reading this post, you probably have a toddler, and therefore you definitely DON’T have the energy), give yourself a head start with a Healthy Homemade Pancake Mix. Top with butter and pure maple syrup and serve with a side of fresh strawberries and a glass of milk for an easy, toddler-pleasing morning.

In my house, pancakes = fewer tantrums.
A blue plastic plate with two pancakes topped with a pat of butter and maple syrup, 7 quarters of fresh straberries, and it is served with a small yellow polka dot cup of milk. There is a small fork and small knife to the top left of the plate.

Toddler Breakfast Idea #3: Scrambled egg with cheese, grape tomato halves, English muffin with jam, and milk

Everything is better with cheese (says the girl from America’s Dairyland) and your toddler thinks so, too. Even a tiny sprinkle of shredded cheese might be all it takes to convince your toddler that eggs are a good idea in the morning (my recipe for Simple Scrambled Eggs is below). As for the grape tomato halves… my toddler loves these. Yours might not. That’s okay. Serve with a small piece of toasted English muffin and strawberry jam and – you guessed it – a glass of milk.

A green plate with six cherry tomato halves, scrambled eggs with melted cheddar cheese, and half of an English muffin with strawberry jam. There is a small fork to the bottom of the plate.

Toddler Breakfast Idea #4: Crackers with cottage cheese and a milk & berry smoothie

This is a favorite snack in my house but it doubles as a quick breakfast idea, too. Blend some 1/2 banana and 4 fresh or frozen strawberries into 6 ounces of milk for a sweet and satisfying toddler-sized smoothie. Then call it dessert!

A yellow plastic plate with a small bowl of cottage cheese served with crackers and a small pink cuot of milk and berry smoothie.

Toddler Breakfast Idea #5: Whole wheat toast with peanut butter, banana slices, and milk

Peanut butter toast with bananas on top is an obvious breakfast idea for anyone – except a toddler. The banana slices must be on the side – always on the side! No questions asked! If you start your child off eating wheat toast from the beginning, they won’t even want squishy white bread as they grow up. Hey, it worked for me when my mom did it! Don’t forget the milk to wash down all that peanut butter.

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Toddler Breakfast Idea #6: Turkey bacon, a mini pumpkin muffin (with added chia seeds), applesauce, and milk

I find that turkey bacon often tastes a look like a ham slice. Which is definitely a good thing! The pumpkin muffins can be made on a weekend for an easy breakfast or snacking idea all week long. I added 1 Tablespoon of chia seeds to my recipe. It doesn’t sound like much, but with chia seeds, a little goes a long way! Applesauce and milk on the side complete this breakfast of champions.

A green plastic plate with four half slices of turkey bacon, a pumpkin muffin and a small fork. There is a small glass bowl with applesauce and a utensil in it, and a small orange plastic cup with milk.

Toddler Breakfast Idea #7: Yogurt with granola, blueberries, and milk

This is another “assembly” breakfast idea that requires no actual cooking. Keep the components separate at first in case your toddler doesn’t like everything mixed together (mine doesn’t). Either homemade or store-bought granola works here (although you’ll want to make the granola in advance, not in the morning while you are trying to get out the door to preschool). Substitute your child’s favorite berry of choice if blueberries aren’t preferred, and don’t forget the milk!

A yellow plate with fresh blueberries, a small serving of granola, a small glass bowl of yogurt and a cup of milk. There is a small spoon next to the cup of milk.

Toddler Breakfast Idea #8: Apple slices with almond butter, string cheese, and milk

Possibly the easiest breakfast idea yet, and that’s saying something! (None of these are rocket science). I tend to keep almond butter on hand for those fleeting moments when my husband suddenly goes Paleo.  It’s also the easiest thing ever to make at home if you have a food processor or a good blender. Almond butter is surprisingly delicious when you spread it on apple slices (my toddler prefers a cup for dipping). Wash it down with a glass of milk and add a piece of string cheese on the side. Super simple, and it also makes a great snack idea!

An orange plate with apple slices and a small serving of almond butter, served with string cheese and a cup of milk.

Toddler Breakfast Idea #9: Mini bagel with cream cheese, grapes, and milk

Obviously regular bagels work just as well here, you may just end up using half a bagel instead of the whole thing. Depending on the size of your toddler’s tummy. Spread the bagel with thick petals of cream cheese and serve with grapes (halved lengthwise if necessary) and a glass of milk on the side.

A blue plastic plate with a mini bagel with cream cheese spread on it, and sixteen small purple grapes, served with a yellow polka dot cup of milk.

Toddler Breakfast Idea #10: Breakfast sandwich (canadian back and cheese), cantaloupe, and milk

The breakfast sandwiches can be customized based on what you like (click here for a make-ahead freezer option using deli ham, cheddar cheese, and eggs). My son is a melon fanatic, so cantaloupe (or honey dew, or watermelon) was an obvious pairing for me. A foamy glass of milk on the side completes this fun and nutritious breakfast idea!

A pink plastic plate with Canadian bacon and cheese on an English muffin served with a side of cantalope pieces and a yellow polka dot cup of milk.

As you choose foods for your toddler, for breakfast and the rest of the day, consider involving them in the process so they start to understand how to compose a plate at mealtime.

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10 Toddler Breakfast Recipes

10 Toddler Breakfast Ideas to inspire your busy mornings! Mix and match these kid favorites below with milk for a great start to the day.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 serving

Ingredients

TODDLER BREAKFAST IDEA #1:

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup toasted oat cereal
  • 2 cooked turkey sausage links
  • 1 small mandarin orange peeled and segmented

TODDLER BREAKFAST IDEA #2:

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 small pancakes
  • 1/4 cup strawberries quartered
  • Butter and maple syrup optional

TODDLER BREAKFAST IDEA #3:

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg scrambled
  • 1 tablespoon shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 grape tomatoes halved horizontally
  • 1/4 English muffin toasted
  • 1 tbsp jelly or jam optional

TODDLER BREAKFAST IDEA #4:

  • 6 ounces milk blended with 4 strawberries and 1/2 banana
  • 1/4 cup cottage cheese
  • 8 crackers

TODDLER BREAKFAST IDEA #5:

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 slice whole wheat bread toasted
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1/2 banana sliced

TODDLER BREAKFAST IDEA #6:

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 slice cooked turkey bacon quartered
  • 1 mini pumpkin muffin
  • 1/4 cup applesauce

TODDLER BREAKFAST IDEA #7:

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup yogurt plain or with fruit
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons granola

TODDLER BREAKFAST IDEA #8:

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 apple peeled and sliced
  • 1 piece string cheese
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter

TODDLER BREAKFAST IDEA #9:

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 mini bagel halved
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup grapes

TODDLER BREAKFAST IDEA #10:

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 English muffin toasted
  • 1 slice Canadian bacon
  • 1 slice cheese
  • 1/4 cup cubed cantaloupe

Instructions

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31 comments

  1. This is a great post. Knowing how difficult it can be just to get a toddler to sit down to eat, there are some great tips here.

  2. I don’t have any children, yet. But I can certainly appreciate a hectic morning and these quick and healthy breakfasts looks great for adults too :)

  3. Um, best post ever!! As you know we have twin toddlers, and I am so guilty of getting into ruts with our meals. Definitely pinning this for future inspiration!!

  4. You have such wonderful ideas! I will definitely be putting some of these ideas in our breakfast rotation. My toddler has a lot of food allergies, though, so I have to substitute some things. Thank you!

    • I hear you on the allergies! My son was allergic to dairy until he was two, that definitely complicated things. But luckily he grew out of it. Wishing the same for you. Thanks so much for your comment! It’s always nice to share ideas on how to keep our kids fed (with something other than goldfish crackers and fruit snacks!).

  5. Congrats on your baby, I have two toddlers and they love all of these save the cottage cheese as we don’t have it. Eggs can be an easy fix at lunch or dinner if they get picky too. We also love colorful IKEA dishes! 

    • Thank you, Malia! Yes my oldest is 3 and my baby is now 8 months already. Time flies! We eat eggs all the time. I decided to call it “having an egg party” and of course my 3-yr-old is ALL over that. Anything with the word party in it! I love the Ikea dishes too, they are so fun! I used to have all those special kid plates with the dividers that don’t stack, I’m sure you know how that goes. Done with that, LOL! Thanks so much for visiting. :)

    • Did you do a lunch one? Nothing comes up when I search. Your blog is awesome and this breakfast list has been perfect for our family. I would love to have a similar lunch one to follow!

    • Hey Wendy! Rats, I haven’t made the lunch one yet. I need to! I’m sorry! I have a list of the recipes, I just need to get it together. Thanks for your feedback!

  6. Okay… these are awesome ideas!!! Have you thought about doing something like this for lunch or dinner!?!? Super helpful! 

    • Hi Kristina, I’m so glad you like these ideas! I for sure want to do a lunch one, I already wrote out all the ideas and everything! I just have to photograph them. I’ll put that on the agenda for March!! Thanks so much. :D

  7. Thank you for this post!!! As a first time mom, it’s hard to find healthy ideas for breakfast….this helps! Now for veggie dinner ideas my toddler will like. She’s not a meat eater.

    • Hi Sara! Believe me, after baby #2 getting kids to eat healthy doesn’t get any easier… LOL! But I know what you mean. Every kid is different, but my kids (ages 1 and 4) are pretty good with things like stir-fries or soups that have veggies in them, cooked and soft and not necessarily noticeable. But it’s HARD! It’s so hard. Good luck!!

  8. Love this post and your style! These are ikea dishes you say? I need to get my hands on these for my babes. Will now stalk your blog and search for a toddler lunch post ;)

    • Lorraine, I haven’t written the post for the lunches yet but I have ALL the notes made and the recipes decided! Moving it back to the top of my list! And yes, the dishes are definitely from Ikea. :) Thanks so much for your kind words. :)

  9. They are so picky?

  10. Where are the veggies?

    • Hi Margaret, I have words labeling each picture. The only veggies that appear in this post are grape tomato halves on the plate of the scrambled eggs with cheese. Everything else is fruit. Am I answering your question? I hope so! Thank you!

    • Thinking it might be better to have just one source of dairy and more veggies. Good ideas, regardless.

  11. Hi! I will definitely follow your blog. As a First Time Mom sometimes I feel friustrated and worried that my 15 month old picky eater won’t get the calories that he needs for his growth or won’t eat well. I will definitely try to offer him just as what you have written. Thanks so much!:)

  12. I love this post! The foods listed are very simple and the meals are easy to put together! I struggle with thinking outside our normal breakfast of pancakes or oatmeal! Thanks again!

  13. Just love this post! Simple healthy ideas that have been so well received by my two girls. Would love a lunch plan just like this if you ever have a chance. Thank you so much! 

  14. My 17 month old little girl loves tomatoes & I serve them with cheese eggs. It was a nice relief to see some of my meals on the menu. Thank you

  15. What turkey sausage do you use?

  16. Great ideas, thanks for sharing!
    Suggestion….just to show that the grapes are halved lengthways also in the photos  :)

    • I think they are, but they are styled so poorly you can’t even tell! ACK! Thank you for reminding me to reshoot that. :)

  17. Love your ideas for toddlers breakfast
    I have picky grandkids and your ideas sound great and will definitely try it.

  18. The W.H.O has classified processed (turkey ham, ham, bacon, hotdogs, sausages etc) meats as a group 1 carcinogen. This means that they definitely cause cancer, also in this group are abestos and cigarettes. Please do not feed processed meats to children there is absolutely nothing healthy about them. For more information check out nutritionfacts.org or the documentaries “Forks Over Knives” and “What the Health” on Netflix. Thanks! 

    • “The lists [of known and probable carcinogens] list the *level of evidence* that something can cause cancer, not how likely it is that something will cause cancer in any particular person. For example, IARC considers there to be strong evidence that both tobacco smoking and eating processed meat can cause cancer, so both are listed as “carcinogenic to humans.” But smoking is much more likely to cause cancer than eating processed meat, even though both are in the same category. Carcinogens do not cause cancer at all times, under all circumstances.” So to say that eating processed meat DEFINITELY CAUSES CANCER is a bit dramatic. People who eat processed meat are not guaranteed to get cancer. But I have seen Forks Over Knives and I will never get the sound of screaming pigs out of my head. Thanks for your comment. I think it is really great that everyone learn more about this stuff and it’s a good reminder to ME to make the best choices for my kids. Thanks again! Source: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer-causes/general-info/known-and-probable-human-carcinogens.html

  19. Any chance there’s a way to print i want to share with the nanny!!!!

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