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9 Quick and Easy Breakfast Ideas for Kids That Mums Love Too!

Ensuring our children have a proper, nutritious, and yummy breakfast every day isn’t easy. Busy parents don’t always have the luxury of time to prep a fresh meal first thing in the morning. And those with picky eaters make it even more challenging. Many mums resort to store-bought buns or cereal with a glass of milk or Milo. What if we gave you easy breakfast ideas for kids that you can whip up in double-quick time? Read on!

5-MINUTE EASY BREAKFAST IDEAS FOR KIDS

Believe it or not, these take barely five minutes of your time. Better still, you can make these easy breakfast ideas for kids half asleep — that’s how easy they are!

Two Ingredient Pancakes

easy breakfast ideas for kids - Two Ingredient Pancakes
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Typically save making pancakes for weekends because it’s time-consuming? Here’s a ‘magical’ pancake that only requires two ingredients — one large banana and two eggs! Mash them together and pan-fry the ‘batter’ for 30 to 60 seconds on each side. Add some berries in the mix, drizzle on maple syrup, or add a dollop of peanut butter. Whatever your kid prefers — the possibilities are endless. Recipe here

Homemade Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Homemade Mac ‘n’ Cheese
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To be honest, this recipe does cheat a little bit; you start with leftover cooked pasta. Or pre-cook your kid’s favourite pasta shape — elbows, shells, or even alphabet pasta work fine — and store it in the fridge. In the morning, simply dish a portion into a bowl, stir in milk and shredded cheddar, and pop it in the microwave oven. Five minutes later, you’ve got creamy homemade mac ‘n’ cheese even adults will love. Recipe here

Cream Cheese Bagels with Veggie Faces

Cream Cheese Bagels with Veggie Faces
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Kids will eat anything that makes them giggle. And which kid won’t giggle at a silly face on their plate? Simply slice a bagel in half and toast it. Frozen bagels are great for this purpose. Then smear on a healthy amount of cream cheese and go to town making faces — literally. You can use tomatoes, cucumbers, blueberries, ham cubes… exercise your creativity, or let the kids DIY. Recipe here

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15-MINUTE EASY BREAKFAST IDEAS FOR KIDS

If you have 15 minutes to spare, expand your repertoire with these easy breakfast ideas for kids. They also make excellent lunch box fillers that will impress your kids’ friends at school.

Mini Breakfast Burritos

easy breakfast ideas for kids - Mini Breakfast Burritos
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Another really versatile option, these mini breakfast burritos are ripe for customisation. While the basic recipe calls for scrambled eggs with cheese and chopped capsicum, you can add different ingredients for variety. Think tomatoes, avocado, ham, sausages, even leftover grilled chicken. Just chop it up, fold it into the egg as it cooks, then roll it all up with shredded cheese in a tortilla or wrap. Recipe here

Grilled Cheese Roll-ups

Grilled Cheese Roll-ups
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Give the classic grilled cheese sandwich new life by turning it into a roll-up! Trim the crusts from slices of bread before flattening each slice with a rolling pin. Sprinkle with a layer of shredded cheese, then roll it up tightly. Dip it in melted butter before shallow-frying it in a pan of more melted butter till it’s golden brown. Serve it on its own or with a favourite dip or tomato soup. Recipe here

Apple Cheddar Quesadillas

Apple Cheddar Quesadillas
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Try this method of using a tortilla if your child is more into sweet than savoury breakfasts. It calls for sliced apples, cheese, and the secret ingredient: honey mustard. Spread honey mustard evenly over each tortilla and top half with thinly sliced apples and shredded cheddar cheese. Fold it in half and pan-fry both sides for about two minutes till crisp and golden brown in spots. Recipe here

(See also: 8 Awesomely Easy Rice Cooker Meals)

IF YOU HAVE MORE TIME…

Here are some slightly less quick but still easy breakfast ideas for kids. They may require a little more preparation or bake time, but you can also make them way in advance…

Cheesy Egg Muffins

easy breakfast ideas for kids - Cheesy Egg Muffins
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There is no flour in the recipe so it’s technically not a real muffin, but kids love them anyway. Basically, it’s a muffin-shaped omelette. Whisk up eggs in a big bowl, add in any toppings you like, from bacon bits and shredded cheese to chopped tomatoes and arugula leaves. Mix well, then fill three-quarters of each muffin cups with the egg mixture. Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for about 25 minutes or until puffed up. Recipe here

Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Bars

Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Bars
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Ideal for those grab-and-go days, these yummy yet healthy bars call for three energy-giving ingredients. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Stir together rolled oats, peanut butter, and honey, then spread it into a greased baking tray evenly. Bake it for 15 to 20 minutes or until the oats get toasty and turn light brown. Let it cool completely, cut into squares, and store in an airtight container. Recipe here

Cauliflower Tots

Cauliflower Tots
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Every kid loves tater tots, so this cauliflower version is an excellent way of introducing more vegetables into their diet. Simply steam carrots and cauliflower (broccoli works too) till tender, then drain well and cool. Pulse it in a food processor with capsicum and spring onions, then mix in breadcrumbs, cheese, and egg. Shape into tots and bake (or air-fry) at 190 degrees Celsius for about 20 minutes. Recipe here

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Quick and Easy Breakfast Ideas for Kids That Mums Love Too

Is breakfast really the most important meal of the day? It’s something we’ve heard all our lives, but the research is still out on that debate. What we do know, however, is that having balanced and nutritious meals throughout the day is necessary. Children, in particular, need energy and nutrients to fuel their physical and mental development, not to mention all the activities and shenanigans they get up to. So mums, let’s kickstart their day with a nutritious yet yummy breakfast the kids will love!

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