Eating breakfast improves your child's concentration, energy levels and helps them to stay healthy and motivated during the morning.
This is why breakfast has long been considered the most important meal of the day for children and grown-ups alike.
Breakfast is also a great way for kids to start learning their way around the kitchen. We've put together a list of healthy, protein-packed breakfast recipes that your kids can enjoy making as well as eating, at any age. Some of our breakfast recipes are better for older children because they use tools like the microwave or blender, but under-5s can still help out with preparing to make these with a helping hand from a parent.
Fruity Yoghurt Parfait
Age: Under 5s
This delicious breakfast is so simple to make, your little ones will love putting them together by themselves. For slightly older kids, you can leave some pre-cut fruit and single-serve yoghurts on a shelf in the fridge they can easily reach, and they'll soon be able to make the whole thing without any help from you at all!
Fruit, cut into bite-sized pieces, we like a mixture of berries and banana
Single Portion Yoghurts
Honey (Squeeze bottles are easier for younger kids to use)
Simply spoon the yoghurt into a plastic tumbler or bowl, sprinkle a kid-sized handful of granola, some fruit and a squeeze of honey (optional) and your parfait is ready to go! Kids under 5 can easily make these themselves, but we recommend laying the ingredients out on the table and keep an eye on how they're getting on - if only to prevent a messy kitchen afterwards!
Cheesy Microwave Omelette
Age: 6 +
Cheese omelettes are a tasty, protein-packed start to the day, and this microwave recipe is great for when your kids are still a little bit too young to work the stove on their own. We do recommend a grown-up taking the container out of the microwave though, because it can get quite hot, and we want to make sure your kids stay safe!
1 kid-sized handful of grated cheese
2 slices of ham, chopped (optional)
8 halved cherry tomatoes
A small plastic bowl or container
Spray the inside of the container with the oil, and crack eggs and whisk. If your kids struggle not to get shell in the eggs, this can be done by a parent beforehand and left in a bowl in the fridge overnight.
Once the eggs are whisked, stir in the tomatoes, cheese and ham.
Microwave for 30-second increments for about 2 and a half minutes, and after each 30 seconds, remove the eggs and check if they're fully cooked (there's no liquid left in the jar). Tuck in!
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Chocolate Cottage Cheese Breakfast Bowls
Okay, hear us out on this one! Cottage cheese and chocolate might not be a pairing that immediately springs to mind, but these easy, delicious breakfast bowls are like creamier yoghurt, and they're packed full of protein which will get your little ones feeling much fuller for longer. You can experiment with adding fruit and nuts for an extra healthy boost.
64g Cottage Cheese
1tsp Cocoa Powder
1tsp honey (squeezy bottles are easier for younger kids to use)
1tbsp peanut butter
1 kid-sized handful of granola
For this easy recipe, all you need to do is mix the cocoa powder and honey into the cottage cheese, spoon into a bowl, dollop with peanut butter and a sprinkle of granola. Your little ones will have no trouble assembling these, and will love tucking into chocolate for breakfast!
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Healthy Cookie Dough Oats
Oats are a great breakfast for kids. They're full of fibre and slow-burning carbs that keep your child feeling energised all day long. A bowl of porridge doesn't often feel the most exciting, so we've found this great fun cookie dough recipe that'll be sure to get them jumping to get up in the morning.
1tbsp brown sugar
40g natural yoghurt
40g skimmed milk
1tbsp milk chocolate chips
Don't worry too much about trying to get the ingredients exact for this recipe, just mix them all together in a bowl and store in a jar overnight. Little ones will love to make this easy recipe before bed and wake up to their delicious cookie breakfast.
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Coconut Chia Pudding
Chia seeds are a wonder-food we see everywhere in adult foods, but don't usually think of when it comes to our kids. We definitely should though, as these are full of protein and great for growing bones. This easy, fun breakfast is sure to be a winner that your kids will love to make for themselves.
1 can of coconut milk
6tbsp chia seeds
1/2tsp vanilla extract
For this easy, super healthy breakfast, just combine the coconut milk, chia seeds, honey and vanilla in a bowl and mix. Leave in the fridge in plastic cups or bowls overnight, and serve with fresh berries on top.
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Delicious Nutritious Banana Split
Fruit is a great breakfast that's full of fibre, nutrients and all vitamins that will boost your little one's immune system and keep them healthy and happy all morning. Mixing lots of different fruits together is an easy way to make sure they get tons of different vitamins in one sitting, and this fabulous, fun banana split recipe does just that!
1 banana split in two lengthwise
150 ml Greek yoghurt
Small handful of raspberries and blueberries
1 dollop of whipped spray cream
1 glace cherry
This is one of the easy breakfast ideas kids can make themselves without a grown-up helping because all you need to do is assemble it! Just place the banana in a bowl, spread with Greek yoghurt, sprinkle with fruit and granola, squirt the cream across the topping and finish with a cherry. Your kids will love this fun take on dessert for breakfast, and want one every day.
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Easy Egg Muffin Pizzas
We like to pre-boil eggs for this recipe and keep them in the fridge - they stay fresh for up to a week! That way it is easy for kids to assemble these tasty breakfast pizzas themselves when they get up in the morning.
1 English muffin
2 hard-cooked eggs, sliced
Start by toasting your English muffins, then add butter, pre-boiled eggs, tomato slices and a sprinkle of mozzarella. If no grown-ups are around, kids can eat their pizzas just like this, but we think they're most delicious when a parent helps by putting the whole thing under the grill for 5 minutes to melt the cheese.
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Make-Ahead Smoothie Kits
Age: 10 +
For kids that are old enough to use a blender, breakfast smoothies can be quick and simple breakfast recipes while they're on the go. We find smoothie specific blenders are best for little hands. All you need to do is chop up fruit and pop into portion-sized freezer bags in the freezer, and let kids grab them when they're hungry!
1 banana, chopped
A handful of spinach
A handful of mixed berries (frozen or fresh)
1 mango, peeled and sliced
For this simple breakfast recipe, all your little one needs to do is empty the frozen fruit bag into the blender cup, add fruit juice and whizz into a smoothie. However we recommend teaching them how to safely use a blender beforehand, and a grown-up always being present to supervise.
Smoked Salmon Pinwheels
These delicious pinwheels are a great snack breakfast and full of healthy Omega-3 fats! They're quick and easy to prepare, and healthy for all ages to enjoy!
Smoked salmon slices
Spreadable cream cheese
A handful of fresh spinach
Chopped dill (optional)
For these easy pinwheels, all you need to do is spread cream cheese generously all over the wrap, and top with smoked salmon slices and spinach. Scatter some fresh dill over the top if you have it to hand, and roll your pinwheels tightly into tubes. Using a child-safe knife, slice into equal-ish chunks and they're ready to eat!
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