Learn how to simplify mornings with these easy breakfast meal-prep ideas to make for the kids—and yourself. Each of these can be made in minutes ahead of time, is seriously yummy, and is loaded with nutrition.
Breakfast Meal Prep
I love having easy breakfast foods on hand, including cereal and toast, but I also love to make one or two recipes each week to give us easy options to grab for breakfast. Because whether you were up overnight with the kids, never have enough time to make breakfast, or you just want more of a shot of drinking your coffee or tea while it’s warm, these ideas are for you.
My goal with this collection is to give you an assortment of ideas that work for kids and you may enjoy, too. There are a range of options from yogurt and overnight oats to baked goods and egg recipes.
Click through to each individual idea you like and let this take a smidge of the work out of the morning meal.
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Below are my favorite yogurt recipes to meal-prep for babies, toddlers, and us parents.
Favorite Coconut Chia Pudding
Transform simple ingredients into nutrition-packed Coconut Chia Pudding. It’s a perfect kid breakfast or snack that parents will enjoy, too!
Chocolate chia Pudding
This can be made in minutes and is a perfect make-ahead breakfast to have on hand and serve up throughout the week. It’s also great for snack or dessert.
overnight oats with greek yogurt and mango
With a bright tropical flavor and a simple method, these Overnight Oats with Greek Yogurt are an easy make-ahead breakfast for the whole family. The Mango Overnight Oats take 5 minutes to stir together, and they store in the fridge for days!
easy overnight oats with applesauce
Overnight Oats are a perfect breakfast recipe to make ahead. This recipe packs protein, probiotics, vitamin C, fiber, and healthy fats—and all you need to do to make it is to stir the ingredients together and let it hang out in the fridge while you sleep!
Favorite strawberry overnight oats
Make it easy to feed yourself and the kids a healthy breakfast, no matter how busy you are, with this simple make-ahead Strawberry Overnight Oats recipe.
Favorite strawberry yogurt
Blend up this fresh Strawberry Yogurt for a quick baby snack, toddler breakfast, or even your own breakfast or snack. The method is easy and stores well, too!
Easy fruit-on-the-bottom yogurt
Learn how to make the best fruit-on-the-bottom yogurt with all kinds of fruit flavors—and with less sugar and for less money than buying it at the store. This is a yummy way to flavor yogurt for kids and babies.
From oatmeal bars and granola bars to jam bars and pumpkin bars, these easy baked goods offer a range of flavors and nutrients to start the day.
Banana oatmeal bars
This recipe has become a new staple weekday breakfast in our house. It’s been amazing to have this option to make ahead and stash in the fridge to grab on mornings when the kids need a little more time to sleep … and a substantial breakfast.
Healthy Breakfast Bars with Jam
With wholesome ingredients and not a lot of added sugar, you can quickly bake up Healthy Breakfast Bars to serve for breakfasts or snacks throughout the week. And they are SO good!
Blueberry Date Bars
Wow, this recipe for Date Bars is so good. It’s super moist and easy for little ones to chew, and it’s made with a handful of wholesome ingredients that taste seriously good, too. It’s ready in under 30 minutes and stores amazingly well.
fruit and nut bars (copycat larabar)
Larabars have forever been one of my go-to toddler snacks, but since they stopped making the mini ones that were a perfect size for kids (and because they can be expensive), I started making this recipe.
3-Ingredient Cereal Bars
In just about 10 minutes, you can make seriously delicious Cereal Bars with just three super simple ingredients. They’re crispy, flavorful, and a perfect snack for kids.
Easy Oatmeal Bars (with Blueberry and Carrot)
With nutritious yet accessible ingredients, these easy Oatmeal Bars are a yummy snack or breakfast to share with the kids. They have carrots and blueberries, plus whole grains and protein. They’re so yummy … and made without eggs or dairy for friends with allergies.
Quick breads, including banana bread, pumpkin bread, and zucchini bread, are some of the easiest and most satisfying meals to make to share with the kids. And they store beautifully, so you can freeze half of a loaf for a future week if that works for your family.
Zucchini Banana Bread (Lower Sugar)
I love an easy quick bread recipe to take care of breakfast and snack for the coming week, and this one is a new favorite to add to the mix. It’s the best of both Banana Bread and Zucchini Bread, with flavors from both, and is still just as easy to make.
Oatmeal Banana Bread
This quick bread is soft, moist, and sweet— yet firm enough for little fingers to hold without it falling apart. But the thing I love most about this recipe? It’s so packed with nutrients and it tastes great. It’s a win-win.
Lower Sugar Banana Bread (SO Good!)
Bake up healthy comfort food with this super easy and super delicious lower-sugar Banana Bread. It’s so easy, so good, and is a perfect breakfast or snack to share with the kids.
Healthy Pumpkin Bread
This recipe uses a whole can of pumpkin puree, so you won’t be left with a small amount at the end to use up. And it bakes up moist and delicious. It stores well, is good cold or toasted, and is an easy breakfast or snack to share with the kids.
Favorite Blueberry Banana Bread
I may be prone to hyperbole, but this Blueberry Banana Bread is ridiculously delicious. Imagine the very best banana bread crossed with the ultimate blueberry muffin. Epic!
Easy Strawberry Banana Bread
Bursting with fresh berries, this Strawberry Banana Bread is so easy to make for breakfasts and snacks. It stores well in the fridge for days, has a simple ingredient list, and is super moist. So good!
Fresh Cranberry Orange bread
Filled with bright cranberry and citrus flavors, this Cranberry Orange Bread is a perfect breakfast, snack, or make-ahead holiday side. It freezes beautifully, too!
I have made so many muffins in my life as a parent, and these are some of my very favorite ones to make ahead and serve up for breakfast.
Favorite Blueberry Mini Muffins
Try this simple stir-together recipe for perfectly fluffy Blueberry Mini Muffins every time—whether for breakfast or kids snack time. (These are perfect for kids who love Little Bites muffins!)
ABS Baby Muffins (Apple, Banana, and Carrot!)
Made with a nutrient-packed ingredients list, these tender Baby Muffins are a perfect first muffin. They are easier to chew than a regular muffin, have three kinds of produce, are added-sugar-free, and boast a solid dose of healthy fats—exactly what the littles need!
Sweet Spinach Muffins with Banana
These Spinach Muffins with Banana are a super healthy and yummy toddler or big kid breakfast or snack. Each bite is packed with nutrients from greens and fruit—and the interior is so moist that even babies can enjoy these easy blender muffins!
Healthy Zucchini Muffins
We almost always have a batch of muffins in the rotation since they make such easy meal and snack components, and my kids love these Zucchini Muffins. My favorite part about them is that you don’t have to grate the zucchini and squeeze it dry like you usually do for zucchini-based baked goods.
Favorite Yogurt Muffins
With a base recipe that bakes up perfectly fluffy and just-sweet-enough muffins, these versatile muffins have six options to add flavors from fruit, veggies, spices, and chocolate chips!
Morning Glory Muffins
These muffins are chock-full of produce and add-ins, making them a favorite breakfast to make ahead and satisfy on busy days.
Pancakes and French Toast
Yes, pancakes and French toast are great for weekend breakfast or brunch, but they are also a cinch to reheat, which makes them great to meal prep. (Or simply stash leftovers to enjoy another day.)
easy pancake muffins
Adding pancake batter (and any toppings you want!) to a muffin pan is a quick and easy way to deliver all of the goodness of homemade pancakes and so much less fuss. This method for Pancake Muffins, which are sometimes called Pancake Bites, is versatile, easy to reheat, and so yummy.
Mini Pancakes (with Fruit)
They are a perfect size for a baby-led weaning breakfast, they are delicious with a slice of banana in the middle for banana bites (or you can use another sliced fruit), and they are easy to make.
Apple sheet pan pancakes
I love the ease of throwing a batch of pancake batter onto a baking pan and cooking the whole thing up in one go—to reduce the amount of time I need to stand in front of the stove flipping them one at a time. Sheet pan pancakes are both convenient and versatile, and this one has whole grains and delicious apple flavor.
Best 2-ingredient pancakes for babies & toddlers
Blend up a fruit or veggie with an egg for the fluffiest, easiest, healthy pancakes for kids. These Two-Ingredient Pancakes use one simple method for all four flavors and are a perfect baby pancake or toddler pancake.
Best Banana Spinach Pancakes
These sweet Banana Spinach Pancakes are a favorite when you’re looking to boost nutrition in a favorite breakfast option. Or to have a little fun at the breakfast table by serving up a colorful meal.
fluffy greek yogurt pancakes
These are a great way to fuel up in the morning, they are easy to stir together, and they work with just about any diced fruit your family likes.
Egg Meal Prep
Eggs are nutritious, yes, but they are also one of the easiest foods to make ahead and serve to the kids quickly in the moment. Below are our favorite ways.
easy egg cups with zucchini and cheese
With just a few simple ingredients, you can bake up these Egg Cups packed with zucchini and cheese to make an easy breakfast or lunch option for the kids. They store well in the fridge for days, and they’re packed with nutrition, too!
Mini egg muffins with cheese and veggies
These Mini Egg Muffins with cheese and veggies (like sweet potato or broccoli) are a go-to for quick and easy toddler breakfasts on busy mornings. The savory muffins are packed with nutritious ingredients and are so quick to bake up—and they work so well to make ahead.
Favorite Spinach Eggs
With a heaping pile of spinach and a super simple method, you can make these bright green Spinach Eggs in less than 10 minutes to share with the kids. They’re packed with protein and a great source of iron. You an also pop into a breakfast bowl or breakfast sandwich by adding to an English muffin.
easy egg bake (with broccoli)
This egg recipe can be made whenever you have time and warmed up briefly to serve. You may also enjoy it at room temperature. It’s delish dipped into sour cream, guacamole, salsa, pizza sauce, or even ketchup. It’s a favorite way to serve eggs to kids (and adults) and they’re freezer-friendly.
Easy zucchini slice recipe
This is such a fun way to use zucchini since it slices into bars that are easy to hold and dip. That means it’s a great baby-led weaning breakfast, it is an easy lunch or snack for any age, and it’s perfect to make ahead and stash in the fridge until everyone is hungry.
With all of the nutrition of oatmeal, but a firmer texture the kids might enjoy more, these recipes for baked oatmeal (and baked oatmeal cups) are perfect meal prep recipes.
Baked Oatmeal Cups with Cinnamon and Raisins
These easy Baked Oatmeal Cups are an ideal way to serve oatmeal to babies, baby-led weaning style, and to toddlers who like to feed themselves. Oatmeal as finger food with much less mess? Yes please!
Blueberry Baked Oatmeal
This breakfast recipe is easy and delicious, and it’s a nice way to change up how you usually serve oatmeal. It somehow feels more decadent baked in a pan like this—and it’s a great hands-off method to cook oatmeal if you can’t be near the stove to stir.
Favorite Apple Baked Oatmeal
This easy Apple Baked Oatmeal is moist, flavorful, and packed with whole grains and fruit. Plus, it has a texture that’s soft enough for even the littlest eaters, can be eaten in slices or scooped into a bowl and topped with peanut butter, and stores well in the fridge for days.
Easy Instant Oatmeal
Make an assortment of flavors of instant oatmeal in minutes and have delicious breakfast options ready and waiting for the whole family.
zucchini banana bread with chocolate chips
Combine the best of two favorite baked goods with this delicious take on Zucchini Banana Bread. It has whole grains, both fruits and veggies, and a super easy method that you can do even if you have a toddler underfoot!
Fruit Meal Prep
Make quick work of prepping fruit for breakfast with these easy ideas for how to meal-prep fruit for babies and toddlers. (And yourself!)
easy fruit cups
My kids love store-bought fruit cups, but it’s hard to buy enough without breaking my food budget. Enter: homemade Fruit Cups. These work to make ahead and stash in the fridge, and you can use them to repurpose leftover fruit. Win!
I sometimes buy applesauce pouches and jarred applesauce at the store, but when apples are in season and I can get them for a low price, making applesauce at home is my favorite option. This method, which involves simply simmering diced apples on the stove until soft, is fast and delivers consistently great results.
10 easy homemade baby food ideas
Learn how to make the EASIEST homemade baby food recipes (stage 1) for your little one with these super simple no-cook ideas. Plus: I have the best tips for making them ahead and freezing them so you can batch-cook and simplify your days!
Favorite Banana Popsicles
Blend ripe bananas into the most flavorful and creamy Banana Popsicles with this super simple method. You’ll find a base recipe, plus six variations to change up the flavor as you like.
Best Tips for Success
- To start meal-prepping without overwhelming yourself, remember it’s OK to do just one recipe a week.
- Let any food you make cool completely before adding it to a storage container. This prevents steam from being trapped in the container and causing excess moisture.
- Most recipes last for about 5 days in the fridge.
- Add fruit, milk, a smoothie (like my Simple Green Smoothie), toast, freezer turkey sausage or bacon, or any other simple food to these ideas if you think your kids will need additional food.
- Add almond butter or other nut butter or seed butter to a muffin or quick bread to make it a little more substantial.
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