Your little one’s taking their first steps into a world full of flavor ‒ first things first, breakfast.
Breakfast isn’t just the most important meal of the day ‒ it’s also the tastiest.
Your toddler has a whole world to explore, so starting the day right with a nutritionally-packed breakfast is a must.
We’ve done the leg-work to find you the 45 best toddler breakfast ideas for 1-year-olds, 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, and everything in between – with some expert tips from Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and founder of Mama Knows Nutrition, Kacie Barnes.
Whether you’re in a rush to get out the door, trying to feed a picky eater, or keen to try healthy breakfast ideas for toddlers, we’ve got you covered.
In this article: 📝
- What to feed toddler for breakfast?
- What do most toddlers eat for breakfast?
- What to feed a 1-year-old for breakfast?
- What do 2-year-olds eat for breakfast?
- Ideas for breakfast for 3-year-olds
- Ideas for breakfast for picky toddlers
- Healthy breakfast ideas for toddlers
- Egg-free breakfast ideas for toddlers
- Ideas for protein breakfast for toddlers
- Ideas for toddler breakfast on-the-go
What to feed toddler for breakfast?
So, generally speaking, what makes good toddler breakfast recipes?
Well, here are our top tips on breakfast for toddlers:
- Have just one or two options for your little one to choose from. Too much choice and volume can be overwhelming. Start with smaller portions and give them more as they need.
- Tailor your toddler’s breakfast to their preferences. If they prefer to eat with their hands or aren’t as adept with cutlery yet, try some of our finger-food toddler’s breakfast ideas.
- Make sure each meal is balanced by offering protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fat when possible. You want macronutrients to be your lead cast in baby’s diet even at breakfast time – think a side of fruit or some veggies in an omlette.
- Mix it up! If your little gourmand is keen to try new things, roll with it! If they’re more of a picky food critic, make small changes here and there.
- Try to stick with the same times of day for each meal. This helps them know what to expect and helps their bodies develop cues around mealtimes.
- Cut bigger foods into bite-size pieces, particularly if they’re new foods with new textures.
- Don’t do too much. You don’t need to prepare fresh pancakes every single day. Simple can be just as nutritious – just look at our easy toddler breakfast ideas below.
What do most toddlers eat for breakfast?
Some mornings, you barely have time to get your little one up and dressed, let alone fed.
We totally get it, so here are some easy, quick breakfast ideas for toddlers:
1. Cereal and fruit
An age-old easy toddler breakfast ‒ cereal, milk, and fruit.
Go for a low-sugar option for your little one ‒ they don’t need much sugar to get them going!
“Serve with full-fat whole milk for a little protein and healthy fat,” recommends Barnes, “and you have a pretty complete breakfast!”
We love the Arla Big Milk, it’s packed with extra nutrients like Vitamin A, D, and Iron.
2. English muffins
Simply toast, add your little one’s favorite flavor of jelly, and voilà!
Easy breakfast for toddlers!
“I also like to add one side with nut butter or cream cheese to get some fat/protein,” recommends Barnes, “and one side with jelly- best of both worlds.
“You can also sprinkle on hemp/chia/flax seeds as a topper for some added nutritional value!”
3. Snack plate
If your little peanut has a few favorite healthy snacks, there’s nothing wrong with putting together a mini platter and serving them up for an easy toddler breakfast.
Cheese strings, crackers, peanut butter, fruit, cold cuts, veggies… whatever works!
4. Super-greens smoothie
You’d be surprised how many healthy veggies you can pack in a smoothie!
This one tastes delicious and has avocado and spinach added as secret ingredients.
A quick, healthy breakfast for toddlers.
5. Pureed apples and blueberries
Just because your little ones entered toddlerhood doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to pureed fruits and veggies just yet.
Use this easy toddler breakfast recipe as a dip with crackers or by itself with some yogurt for a healthy, quick toddler’s breakfast.
“You can even serve with a glass of milk and some whole wheat toast to round it out,” suggests Barnes, “making sure we hit all the macronutrients.”
What to feed a 1-year-old for breakfast?
At 12 months old, your little one might have already had their first tastes of ‘real’ food ‒ that is, not breast milk or formula ‒ or they might be taking their first culinary steps.
Food for one-year-olds is still very much a tactile experience, so finger foods and breakfasts that don’t require cutlery are great breakfast ideas for toddlers.
So let’s dive into our toddler’s breakfast ideas for 1-year-olds:
6. Egg in the hole
Your little one will love the look of this breakfast for 1-year-olds ‒ the two different textures of the egg and the toast will be a delight.
Lightly toast some bread, press the middle down with the bottom of a glass, then crack an egg in the gap ‒ pop onto a baking tray and stick in the oven for a few minutes until the egg is cooked just the way your little one likes it.
“We want to make sure the egg is cooked all the way through,” Barnes advice, “for little ones to avoid any risk of foodborne illness from undercooked yolks.”
Serve with chopped, fresh fruit for some sweetness and added vitamins and fiber.
7. Blueberry pie smoothie
If your 12-month-old isn’t comfortable with cutlery just yet, how about a healthy, simple, tasty 1-year-old breakfast?
Plus, with Greek yogurt for calcium and protein, and blended oats for extra fiber, it’s got all a growing body needs!
The best bit?
It tastes just like blueberry pie.
Get the full recipe from Baby Foode.
8. Cottage cheese pancakes
Forget about these pancakes as breakfast for 1-year-olds ‒ we think they’re delicious for a healthy adult breakfast!
Light, fluffy, and great for budget toddler breakfast ideas, plus, they’re packed with protein from the cottage cheese.
Head to Weelicious for the full recipe.
9. Baked oatmeal cups
Super-easy for your little foodie to grab, full of fiber, with minimal mess ‒ these baked oatmeal cups sound almost too good to be true!
What we love most about this from our five breakfast ideas for 1-year-olds is that your little chef can get involved in baking them, too!
Healthy Little Foodies has the full run-down, with options for dairy-free and egg-free alternatives.
10. Oatmeal and fruit
Keen for your little one to try their hand at wielding a spoon?
Get them strapped into a high chair, put on their bib, and pop a wipeable mat underneath their chair (trust us), then serve up some healthy oatmeal.
“Oatmeal is a great one because it’s SO customizable,” says Barnes, “ you can add a little breastmilk or cow’s milk, a little nut butter, a sprinkle of hemp seeds or chia seeds!”
Throw in a few cut-up fruits (bonus points for a fun shape) and hey presto!
This is one of the most popular breakfast ideas for 1-year-olds with our mamas on Peanut, and with good reason!
What do 2-year-olds eat for breakfast?
So, baby’s no longer a baby and is well-and-truly a toddler.
What about ideas for breakfast for 2-year-old toddlers?
Finding a happy medium between ‘safe’ foods you know your toddler loves and new foods to broaden their horizons can be tricky (hello, ‘terrible twos’), so how about some of these tweaks on classic toddler breakfast ideas:
11. Mini pancakes and berries
These mini pancakes are adorable!
And so easy to make!
Just use standard pancake batter, but fry it in smaller droplets ‒ a quick, easy, and tasty option for breakfast for toddlers!
“You can still use some of the nutrition-boosting tips from the baby stage,” says Barnes, “like using cottage cheese or yogurt or eggs in the batter to make these pancakes a little more dense.
You can also top with nut butter or make a nut butter and yogurt combo for dipping.”
Serve with fresh fruit for a touch of fiber and some healthy vitamins.
12. French toast sticks
These are the ultimate finger-food breakfast idea for 2-year-olds.
French toast sticks are a perfect breakfast for 2-year-olds because you can add whatever you want to them ‒ fruit, mashed sweet potato, yogurt, peanut butter, hummus… the sky’s the limit!
13. Overnight oats
Just like oatmeal as a breakfast idea for one-year-olds, except overnight oats are perfect for rushed mornings.
And just like the French toast sticks, you can add whatever your little one wants as a topping (fruits and applesauce make great additions).
If you’re after meal-prep breakfast ideas for 2-year-olds, this is the recipe for you.
14. Mixed veggie egg muffins
Got a cupboard full of veggies but not sure what to do with them?
Mixed veggie egg muffins!
One of our favorite breakfast ideas for 2-year-olds, because you can cook them in advance and freeze or refrigerate them for a full week’s worth of breakfast for toddlers.
Head here for the full recipe, but feel free to swap any veggies for whatever you have in your cupboard.
15. Spinach and blueberry pancakes
If your little one loves the idea of weird-colored food, these spinach and blueberry pancakes are sure to be a hit!
They’re a great way of ‘sneaking’ some iron-rich spinach into your two-year-old’s breakfast as a great start to the day.
They can’t taste the spinach but they’re still getting that iron-rich boost their body needs. Win for everyone!
Get the full recipe at Baby Foode.
Ideas for breakfast for 3-year-olds
This is the last year of toddlerhood before your child officially enters childhood (gasp!).
Your three-year-old might be starting to experiment more with foods, so try different flavors and textures for them to experience if you’re after ideas for breakfast for 3-year-olds.
16. Oatmeal muffins
Similar to the oatmeal cups for a one-year-old’s breakfast, but with a little more ‘fluff’ to them, thanks for the self-raising flour.
A fantastic on-the-go breakfast for 3-year-olds that you can add different fresh or dried fruits to ‒ raspberries, raisins, blueberries, cut-up strawberries, bananas…
Whatever your three-year-old prefers.
Get started with this recipe by Kidspot.
17. Oatmeal with dried fruit
Upgrade the oatmeal for your three-year-old with dried fruit ‒ by around three years old, your baby will likely have all their baby teeth, so dried fruit is a great way to test them out!
Switch up this breakfast for 3-year-olds with different dried fruits, depending on how your three-year-old feels ‒ dried fruits last for months, so you can always stock up.
18. Blueberry waffles with fruit
A medley of crunchy, fluffy waffles and juicy fruit makes this one of our most popular breakfasts for 3-year-olds from our Peanut community.
There’s no need for added sugar, either ‒ the natural sweetness of the fruit will do the job.
Want to give it a try?
Check out the recipe by Healthy Little Foodies.
19. Pumpkin and apple pancakes
Packed full of antioxidants, vitamin A, and fiber, as well as being frightfully festive, pumpkin pancakes make a delicious, nutritious weekend treat for your toddler.
Plus, the addition of apples makes them even healthier and tastier ‒ a wonderfully wintry breakfast for 3-year-olds.
You could also offer yogurt and nut butter for dipping to make these even more of a filling and nutritious meal.
Find out how to make them at MyRecipes.
20. Avocado blueberry smoothie
Avocados are a fantastic source of healthy fat for toddlers, but their flavor may be a little too ‘grown up’ for your little one to enjoy.
Try adding some healthy fat into your breakfast for 3-year-olds with this tasty, creamy avocado blueberry smoothie.
Check out the full recipe at The Lemon Bowl.
Ideas for breakfast for picky toddlers
You’ve spent ages working on a nutritious, delicious breakfast for your toddler, only to have them push it away with a disgusted look on their face.
Don’t fret, we’ve got five quick, easy breakfast ideas for picky toddlers for you to try:
21. Breakfast cookies
Cookies in the morning?
Not just any cookies, special, healthy toddler breakfast cookies!
It may be called a cookie and is in the shape of a cookie, but doesn’t have the added sugar of a cookie – this is really just breakfast ingredients repurposed!
If your little one is going through a ‘cookies only’ phase, these could be just the ticket to get them to eat breakfast.
So if you’re after breakfast for picky toddlers, this might just be what you’re looking for!
Try this recipe for banana raisin toddler breakfast cookies by Yummy Toddler Food.
22. Breakfast quesadillas
One of our top quick breakfast ideas for toddlers ‒ easy to make, even easier to eat!
Use whichever veggies you have about the house, add some cheese, throw them between two tortillas, pop them in a skillet (or microwave), and there you go!
Breakfast is served.
You could even add a scrambled egg if your child likes it.
23. Fruit pizza
One of the most fun breakfast ideas for toddlers, and so quick to make.
Simply slice up a watermelon (or any other kind of melon), top with fruit, and slice up like a pizza.
Serve alongside some protein and fat, like full-fat Greek yogurt, and you’re sure to have a new favorite breakfast for toddlers.
24. Beary delicious peanut butter sandwich
How cute is this?
You don’t have to spend long making it, either ‒ it’s a quick breakfast idea for picky toddlers.
All you need to do is make a peanut butter sandwich, cut it into a circle, slather a layer of smooth peanut butter over the top, stick on a few slices of banana and some blueberries, and you’ve got yourself a beary delicious breakfast for toddlers!
(Sorry, couldn’t resist!)
25. Blueberry loaf
Make this toddler’s breakfast in advance ‒ why not treat yourself to a few slices?
What makes this one of our top breakfast ideas for picky toddlers?
They eat it like it’s cake, but it’s secretly quite healthy!
Get the recipe at Yummy Toddler Food.
Healthy breakfast ideas for toddlers
A healthy breakfast for toddlers doesn’t have to compromise on taste.
Some of the tastiest toddler breakfast ideas are surprisingly healthy!
Here are some of our favorite healthy toddler breakfast ideas, complete with recipes, for your little one to try:
26. Chocolate-zucchini mini muffins
You may have to make double of these chocolate-zucchini mini muffins ‒ one batch for your toddler, another for you.
Another way to add some healthy veggies into your toddler’s breakfast ‒ make them even healthier by swapping the extra chocolate chips for fresh blueberries.
Full recipe at Yummy Toddler Food.
27. Strawberry-banana smoothie
Possibly one of the easiest, quickest healthy breakfast for toddlers recipes ‒ simply throw the ingredients into a blender, blitz them up to a smooth consistency (check for lumps), and pour out into a cup with a wide straw.
And if your toddler is okay with green smoothies, you can also add a handful of spinach to this one!
You can even freeze them for a delicious summer treat.
Check out the recipe at My Bored Toddler.
28. Coconut crêpes and fruit
Gluten-free and dairy-free, these elegant French crêpes are made with coconut flour and coconut milk.
Serve with fresh fruit and a dollop of Greek yoghurt (or Nutella as a treat) for a healthy toddler breakfast.
Recipe at Food for My Family.
29. Oatcakes with fun fruit
How about a healthy toddler’s breakfast idea that doesn’t require any cooking time?
If you’re in a rush, or just don’t fancy cooking a healthy breakfast for your toddler (no judgment here, mama), these are one of our quick breakfast ideas for toddlers you need to try.
All you need is oatcakes (store-bought or bake your own) and your little one’s favorite fresh fruit.
30. Avocado toast
Not just for millennials!
Another of our top quick breakfast ideas for toddlers that you can enjoy together.
Simply mash up some avocado onto toast ‒ feel free to garnish with cherry tomatoes, crumbled feta cheese, scrambled egg (as we want to make sure the yolk is cooked through)… whatever you want!
You can also top with hemp seeds!
One of the easiest healthy breakfast ideas for toddlers ‒ takes only a few minutes to prepare!
Egg-free breakfast ideas for toddlers
Ideal for vegan families, toddlers with allergies, or just those who want to skip the eggs every now and then, here are all the best eggless breakfast ideas for toddlers:
31. Banana toast
All you need to do for this egg-free toddler breakfast idea is toast some bread, spread some smooth peanut butter, slice up some bananas, and there you have it!
Lots of fruit toppers work here – berries especially!
Packed with protein, fiber, and vitamins, it’s got all your toddler needs ‒ and it’s tasty, too!
32. Cream cheese and fruit sushi rolls
How about transforming your toddler’s breakfast into a gourmet treat?
Simply cut some white bread into strips, add some cream cheese and fruit, roll them up, and you’ve got yourself a deliciously decadent, fruity breakfast for toddlers.
“I would opt for whole wheat bread when possible to up the fiber content,” suggests Barnes.
33. Baked sweet potato boats
Sweet potatoes are so versatile ‒ breakfast, lunch, or dinner, they’re perfect for any time of day.
And, because they’re packed with potassium, vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants, you know your little one is eating something good.
Add whatever you want to these baked sweet potato breakfast boats (egg or no egg) for one of our favorite breakfast ideas for toddlers.
Check out this recipe on Tasty.
34. Simple smoothie bowl
Smoothie bowls aren’t just for fitness influencers, they’re also a great source of vitamins and fiber for toddlers!
Blend up some frozen fruits, then pour them into a bowl, add some low-sugar granola for fiber or your toddler’s favorite cereal, and some chopped-up fruits ‒ or let them decorate for a fun toddler breakfast idea.
This is another recipe you can really beef up the toppings for extra nutrition!
35. Muesli with fresh fruit
Another super-quick breakfast idea for toddlers ‒ serve up some muesli over full-fat yogurt or milk, add some fresh fruits, and that’s breakfast sorted.
And if you want some extra nutrition thrown in, go for a fortified milk, like Arla Big Milk, specially made for growing bodies.
Ideas for protein breakfast for toddlers
Having plenty of protein is fundamental for your little one’s growth.
It’s essential for building muscle and for brain development, so make sure your little peanut is getting their protein fix with these ideas for high-protein breakfast for toddlers.
36. Bacon and egg cups
Mess-free and so tasty, these bacon and egg cups are easy to make.
All you have to do is get a muffin tray, add strips of bacon to each muffin space (making sure there are no gaps), add an egg to each one, then bake until cooked.
You can refrigerate them, too, so if you’re after a protein breakfast for toddlers that you can meal prep, you’ve found it.
37. Breakfast tacos
You can add a whole host of protein-rich foods to your toddler’s breakfast taco - eggs, bacon, sausage, ground beef, chicken ‒ whatever you want.
Add some avocado and a simple salsa (skip the spice), pop it in a soft taco, and let them enjoy!
We wouldn’t suggest a hard-shell taco ‒ it gets pretty messy.
38. Fried egg with sliced sausage
We love how quick and easy this protein breakfast for toddlers is to prepare
Fry an egg (thoroughly cooked yolk is best), chop up a cooked sausage and some fresh veggies (cucumber, carrots, bell peppers), and let them tuck in.
39. Baked avocado with egg
Ohh, now this is a delicious breakfast for toddlers ‒ and adults!
Why not treat the whole family to this decadent protein breakfast for toddlers?
Remove the stone from your avocado, crack an egg in the hole, and pop in a skillet in the oven to bake.
Add some vine tomatoes and toast for added vitamins and fiber.
40. Scrambled eggs and toast
Scrambled eggs and toast are a staple of toddlers’ breakfasts, plus, it’s high in protein.
“You can also add a dollop of ricotta or cottage cheese to the scrambled eggs to make it pack more of a nutritional punch,” suggest Barnes, “or just top with shredded cheese after cooking!”
Try not to let them completely slather it in tomato ketchup, though ‒ they’re usually quite high in sugar and salt.
Ideas for toddler breakfast on-the-go
Got a busy day ahead of you and need to head out, like, five minutes ago?
With our top toddler breakfast recipes to enjoy on-the-go, you can grab one of these and head straight out the door with your little one in tow!
41. Mini quiche cups
Have your little one get stuck in with making these tasty mini quiche cups ‒ if they’re comfortable, they can give the eggs a stir and spoon in the mixture to the cupcake cases.
Once they’re baked, pop them in the refrigerator and grab them whenever you need a quick toddler breakfast on-the-go.
42. Banana breakfast bars
Tray-bake these soft, scrummy breakfast bars for an easy toddler breakfast on-the-go.
Plus, with added banana, you can rest assured they’re getting one of their five-a-day.
Get the whole recipe from Five Heart Home.
43. Drinkable yogurt
Want something that really is no-mess?
Prepare these probiotic-packed drinkable yogurts and pour them into leak-free mason jars with straws for a toddler breakfast on-the-go they can enjoy wherever you are.
Check out the recipe at Yummy Toddler Food.
44. Raspberry and coconut breakfast balls
These protein balls are so colorful, they’re sure to be a hit with your little one.
There’s no need to cook, and they can keep in the fridge for a while, so if you want an easy toddler’s breakfast so you can grab and go, this is the toddlers’ breakfast recipe for you!
Get the full breakdown at Healthy Little Foodies.
45. Mini veggie frittatas
Crack some eggs and mix some veggies into a muffin tin, bake till cooked.
Put in the fridge.
Grab as needed.
Could there be an easier toddler breakfast on-the-go?
There you have it, our favorite 45 toddler breakfast ideas ‒ never again will you wonder what to feed toddler for breakfast?
After more ideas on what to feed your toddler?
Why not ask the community on Peanut ‒ we’ve got experienced mamas, experts, and fellow new moms, and they can’t wait to talk to you.