Some mornings the snooze button is too appealing to ignore…

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Are there days you wish breakfast was ready and waiting? Me too. We commute about 30 minutes to school each day so our weekday mornings start early and I have kids who wake up hungry. To keep things running smoothly (mostly), I try to keep simple breakfast ideas on hand that can be made quickly.

My kids can be picky, so I can’t throw any new gourmet creation their way and expect it to be eaten. When I want to try a new breakfast recipe, I get my kids used to the idea by trying it at lunch time for a few afternoons. There’s nothing worse than making something new and inspired for breakfast only to have your sleepy children reject it on the spot (usually without even tasting it). Once my kids start eating the new food for lunch, I can usually transition to breakfast pretty easily.

On busy school day mornings I try to keep things simple for breakfast. Here’s a short list of our family favorites:

Scrambled eggs and gluten-free toast with ghee. (I love this bread made from seed flour and this ghee)

Egg in a hole. (try using a cookie cutter for the hole)

Gluten-free toast with avocado and salt.

Gluten-free toast with nut butter.

Smoothie and a breakfast muffin. (see recipes below)

Healthy pancakes. (these are our family favorite, we add nut butter and maple syrup)

Cream of rice cereal. (to make blend up dry rice in a coffee grinder until it’s fine. Add 1/2 cup rice with 2 cups water and whisk to a boil–simmer for 15 minutes for creamy rice cereal my son loves)

Oatmeal. (We use GF oats from Trader Joes)

Cereal (from a box, gasp!) when we are camping or when I want to sleep in on a Sunday. (this is the cereal we own and I use homemade nut milk with it. I’ve also been known to secretly add gelatin to the milk while they’re not looking. Find out more about gelatin here.)

Most of my pantry items I buy from Thrive Market. It’s a great place to save money on things like rice, ghee, cereal, honey, nut butters and so much more. If you haven’t checked the company out yet, I highly recommend it.

Today I’ve pulled together even more simple (and gluten-free) breakfast ideas with picky eaters in mind. I love that many of these can be made the night before so they’re ready to go for the morning rush. I hope your kids enjoy them!

Simple Breakfast Ideas for Picky Eaters

Gluten free granola by kula mama

Gluten-free Granola by Kula Mama

Cranberry Almond Crunch Cereal by Whole Lifestyle Nutrition

Oatmeal muffins by thank your body

Blueberry Apple Oatmeal Muffins by Thank Your Body

Cinnamon Apples with Bacon by Kula Mama


Arborio Rice Pudding with Coconut Milk by Butter Nutrition

Nutrient Dense Raspberry Smoothie (plus 50 other smoothies recipes!) by Recipes to Nourish

butternut squash porridge

Butternut Squash Porridge by It’s a Love/Love Thing

Gluten-free Mini Muffins by Whole Lifestyle Nutrition

Blueberry chia pudding by downshiftology

Blueberry Chia Pudding by Downshiftology (I make this without the toppings for my kids)

Overnight Pancakes by Kula Mama

Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal by Recipes to Nourish


Sweet Potato French Toast by Kula Mama

What simple breakfast recipes do your children love?  Share them in the comments below!

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