Coming up with new breakfast ideas for toddlers can be pretty hectic and thought-provoking. There are so many things that you need to consider before you can feed your toddler a breakfast dish; you need to ensure that they are not allergic to any of the ingredients that are being used, the dish needs to be nutritious and filling, and the dish should be delicious and not bore the toddler as well.
To make things easier for you, I have come up with a list of nutritious and healthy toddler breakfast ideas and recipes that will make your mornings a lot easier. However, before we proceed, let me provide you with a few tips to make your mornings stress-free and comfortable.
Create A Plan: From the breakfast ideas for toddlers list below, pick 4-5 ideas and rotate them throughout the week. Ensure that the list has a variety of ingredients so that you are feeding your kids all kinds of fruits and vegetables.
Freezer Stash: Build a freezer stash when you get some time on your hands. The breakfast does not always need to be fresh out of the pan.
Prep The Ingredients: Use the weekends to wash, cut, and cook the required ingredients and store them in the container. This way, you can quickly throw them in your frying pan or plate when you need to use them during the week.
Easy Toddler Breakfast Ideas
Having yoghurt is extremely beneficial for toddlers as it has a lot of proteins and healthy fat and is also quite filling at the same time. Besides this, they are also good for bone and heart health and your gut. Now, you might think that serving yoghurt as breakfast is going to be a pretty boring dish for a child or even an adult, and that would usually be true. However, when you add a few delicious toppings to the yoghurt, it can be extremely delicious.
Topping up the yoghurt with fruits such as apples, bananas, and strawberries will enhance the taste of the yoghurt and make it enjoyable to eat. The best part about yoghurt is that there are so many different toppings you can choose from and try from. You can try apples on particular days of the week and feed your toddler yoghurt with mango on another day of the week. With so many variations, your toddler will not get bored and fussy about breakfast instantly.
2. Blueberry And Lemon Pancakes
Next on our list for breakfast ideas for 2 year olds and 3 year olds are blueberry and lemon pancakes. Blueberries are healthy and extremely delicious. They have a lot of vitamins that help with bone growth, cardiovascular health, eyesight etc. These benefits make it an easy pick when thinking about a toddler’s breakfast. To make the blueberry and lemon pancakes, you will require:
- 200 g plain flour
- 1 tsp of tartar
- ½ tsp of baking soda
- 1 tsp of golden syrup
- 75 g blueberries
- 1 lemon zest
- 200 ml milk
- 1 large egg and,
To make the pancakes, you will need to place the flour, cream of tartar and baking soda in a bowl. Mix the ingredients in the bowl well. Afterwards, you will add the golden syrup, blueberries and lemon zest into the mixture.
Pour the milk into a measuring jug and add the egg into it. Mix the milk before adding it to the bowl containing the mixture. Mix the content in the bowl and keep adding milk until you get a smooth and thick batter.
Heat the frying pan with a little butter, and then pour a spoonful of the batter into the frying pan. When the pancake starts cooking, you will notice bubbles starting to appear. At this point, you need to flip the pancake and cook the other side until the pancake is brown. Once the pancake turns brown, transfer it onto a plate.
Smoothies are one of the best ways to get fruits and vegetables into your toddler’s stomach. There are also a lot of varying smoothie recipes available online that you can try. This will ensure that the toddler gets to taste something different and won’t get bored of having something that tastes the same every time. Besides being delicious, smoothies are also extremely filling and very nutritious, thanks to the fruits and vegetables used.
To make a smoothie, you will require:
- Milk (Preferably use unsweetened milk)
- Frozen Banana
- Add Ons of your choice
Once you have acquired the ingredients required for the smoothie, add the milk to a blender along with pieces of the fruits, vegetables, and other additional ingredients you would like to add. Blend the smoothie until you get a smooth and creamy texture. Serve the smoothie in a glass or store it in a pouch if you are going to use it later.
4. Cocoa Strawberry Oatmeal
Oatmeal is another breakfast dish that you might look at and consider to be boring, but here is the thing, toddlers don’t have an idea of how delicious a dish is until they have tasted it themselves, and this makes the first impression of the dish they eat important. I remember feeding my son a variation of bitter melons when he was 3, and he still does not enjoy eating that particular dish to this day.
Oatmeal by itself is high in fibre and nutrients and consists of high amounts of proteins. Besides this, oatmeal prevents constipation and is gentle on the baby’s stomach. To make the oatmeal tasty, we will add cocoa and strawberries.
To make the Cocoa Strawberry Oatmeal, you will need to:
Cook ½ a cup of oatmeal in water.
Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of cocoa, 1 tablespoon of maple syrup and 1 tablespoon of chia seeds to the oats and stir it well.
Once mixed, add diced strawberries as a topping and transfer the mixture to a container.
5. Peanut Butter and Banana on Toast
Peanut butter banana on toast is an extremely popular easy toddler breakfast recipe, and for a good reason. Not only are the ingredients used extremely healthy, but the dish is also super easy to make and does not consume much time. Eating a peanut butter and banana sandwich provides you with unsaturated fats, protein, fibre and complex carbs. The protein and fibre will keep your toddler’s stomach full, while the carbs provide it with sustained energy throughout the day.
To make the peanut butter and banana on toast, you will need to;
Cut small slices of banana and add them on a slice of toast along with cinnamon dust. On the second slice, spread peanut butter; combine the two slices and the Peanut butter and banana toast are ready.
6. French Toast
French toast is a popular breakfast dish enjoyed by children and adults alike. French toast is pretty filling and is extremely delicious when made with the correct ingredients. However, since the original french toast recipe has a lot of saturated fat, we will make a few changes to the recipe to make it healthier.
The ingredients that you will require to make the french toast are as follows:
- Low-fat milk
- Olive Oil
- Wholewheat Bread
- Peanut Butter
Once you have gathered all the ingredients, follow these steps;
Add eggs, milk and cinnamon to a bowl and mix them well. We then proceed by adding a slice of bread to the mixture and allowing it to soak the mixture. In the meantime, take a pan and add some olive oil to it. Let the pan heat up over medium heat.
Once the bread has absorbed enough mixture, we place the bread on the heated pan. Let the bread get a little fried. You can even put some pressure on it via a spatula so that the bread is evenly cooked. Once the bread is ready, just transfer it to a plate and allow it to cool for some time. Spread some peanut butter on the bread and enjoy it alongside some blueberries.
If you are using this recipe as breakfast for 1 year olds, I would suggest cutting the french toast into small pieces, and small the blueberries as well since huge chunks can be a choking hazard. 3 year old toddlers should be fine with larger pieces.
7. Waffle With Banana and Honey
Next on our list of breakfast ideas for toddlers is Waffles with banana and honey. Waffles with Banana and honey are popular breakfast dishes in the United States and are available in almost all cafeterias. While the dish is unhealthy, it can be given to your toddler from time to time.
To make the banana waffle with honey, you will require:
- 1 cup refined flour
- 8 Bananas (small)
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- 7 tablespoons of melted butter
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
- Vanilla essence
- 2 eggs
- ¾ cup chilled milk
- 8-10 crushed almonds
- Lemon juice
To make the waffles with banana and honey, add the refined flour and baking powder into a bowl. In another bowl, add butter (5 tablespoons), sugar, cream and a few drops of vanilla essence. Mix the ingredients in the bowl well before adding the eggs and mixing all the ingredients again.
Transfer the refined flour and baking powder from the first bowl along with chilled milk and crushed almonds. Whisk the mixture until a smooth batter is formed. Heat a waffle iron with a little oil before adding the batter. Close the lid and allow the batter to cook.
While the batter cooks, take the bananas and slice them in half (Vertical slice). In a pan, add the remaining butter and add the banana halves along with honey and lemon juice in it. Leave the banana in the pan for 2-3 minutes.
When the waffles are done, transfer them to a plate and place the two banana halves on the waffles. The waffles with honey and banana are now ready to eat.
8. Scrambled Eggs
Want to make an easy toddler breakfast? There is nothing easier to cook for your toddler than scrambled eggs. Eggs are packed with proteins and are enjoyed by toddlers and adults alike. Scrambled eggs mixed with cheese is a good combination and is even suitable for baby led weaning as eggs can be introduced to a baby from the age of 6 when the baby starts teething.
Add some butter or olive oil to the pan over low heat to make the scrambled eggs. Allow the pan to get hot while breaking the eggs into a bowl. Add some milk and cheese to the eggs and whisk the eggs. Add the eggs into the heated pan and stir it over low heat. Stirring the egg over low heat will keep the eggs soft and fluffy.
9. Banana Muffins
You might think of banana muffins as something unhealthy and fattening. However, ingredients matter! The banana muffin recipe I am about to provide you with has proteins, fibre and carbs in good quantities and is also low in salt. To make the Banana Muffin, you will require:
- 2 large eggs
- 150 ml pot natural low-fat yoghurt
- 50 ml rapeseed oil
- 100 g apple sauce or Pureed apple
- 1 ripe banana, mashed
- 4 tablespoons of honey
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 200 g wholemeal flour
- 50 g rolled oats
- 1 ½ teaspoon of baking powder
- 1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 100 g blueberry
- 2 tablespoons of mixed seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, flaxseeds etc.)
Ready to make some healthy banana muffins? Then let us proceed with the steps you must follow to make this healthy and delicious toddler recipe.
Preheat an oven between 160 to 180 degrees celsius. While the oven preheats, line up a 12 hole muffin tray with 12 large muffin cases. We will be adding a mixture of the ingredients in the muffin case, so keep the tray aside while we prepare the mixture.
To prepare the mixture, add the eggs, yoghurt, oil, apple sauce, banana, honey and vanilla extract into a container and mix it well. In another container, add all the remaining ingredients besides the mixed seeds with an added pinch of salt and stir the ingredients.
Pour the mixture of all the wet ingredients into the container with all the dry ingredients. Mix all the ingredients until you get a smooth batter; however, ensure that you do not over mix the ingredients as that will make the muffins heavy.
We will now add the batter to the muffin case and sprinkle the batter with some extra oats and seeds that we had not used earlier. Place the muffin tray in the oven and bake it for 25 to 30 minutes until the muffins turn golden and well risen. You can check if the muffins are ready by inserting a skewer into the centre of the muffin. If the skewer comes out clean, the muffins are ready.
Once ready, remove the muffins from the oven and leave them out to cool. Remove the muffins from the tray and store them in a container for up to 3 days.
Here are a few recipes that we think your toddler will enjoy eating. Many of these recipes are healthy, delicious and easy to make, while some may require some effort. The above-listed recipes will have plenty of variations that you can find online, which means that you have an endless list of breakfast ideas for toddlers.
We hope this article has been helpful to you. If you have some toddler breakfast ideas that we haven’t mentioned, then let us know in the comments section below. Also, let us know if you made any changes to the above recipes and how your toddler reacted to them. Also, remember that we will keep updating this article and add more recipes to the list. So make sure you keep checking it out.