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Breakfasts Kids Can Make Themselves (And Bring to Their Parents in Bed)

These tasty, easy breakfast recipes for preschoolers through teenagers make weekend mornings 100% more delicious. It's just science.

Erica Silverstein · 3 months ago

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“I’m hungry! Can someone make me breakfast?”

These words are often the first sounds parents hear each morning. But imagine waking up instead to the alluring smell of muffins wafting down the hallway, or the adorable vision of a PJ-clad child bringing breakfast in bed. 

Our completely non-scientific observation: Parents who teach kids about breakfasts they can make themselves get to sleep an hour later on weekends. Try out these recipes, and you might find you’re living the dream.

Breakfast Recipes Preschoolers Can Make

Yogurt Parfaits

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Two Healthy Kitchens

Even kids who shouldn’t use appliances or the oven unsupervised can make simple breakfasts. Show them how to combine some of the obvious no-cook choices (bowl of cereal, banana, yogurt cup) into a fancier but just as easy to assemble yogurt parfait. All kids need is a spoon, bowl, or cup, and the ability to reach the yogurt and berries in the fridge and the granola, cereal, or nuts in the pantry. Add a little artistic flair in arranging the ingredients, and breakfast is served!

Overnight Oats

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Super Healthy Kids

The best defense against early-morning wakeup calls is a good, proactive offense. When it comes to breakfast, that means prepping the night before. Overnight oats are a no-bake meal kids can mix up the night before and eat straight from the fridge in the morning. They can choose their toppings, but a good place to start is Super Healthy Kids’ banana bread overnight oats recipe.

Breakfast Popsicles

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I Heart Naptime

Popsicles, tired of being consumed only on hot summer afternoons, have waged a successful rebranding campaign and are now accepted as breakfast food. That’s right, according to the internet, breakfast popsicles are a thing. Most recipes start with a base of yogurt or your preferred milk, then mix in fruit or berries, and add some crunch with cereal or granola. Try I Heart Naptime’s instructions for this chilled-out parfait on a stick kids can make at night and consume in the morning — no parents required.

Breakfast Recipes Elementary School-Aged Kids Can Make

Oatmeal

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Modern Honey

If kids can use the microwave, they can make the hot version of oatmeal all on their own. Choose instant oatmeal (just add hot water) or quick or old-fashioned oats, which cook in minutes in the microwave. The fun is in the mix-ins. Modern Honey outlines the options for an oatmeal topping bar, as well as alluring flavor combos like pumpkin pie oatmeal and chocoberry oatmeal.

Frozen Waffles

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Nourish Nutrition Blog

Most parents don’t want unsupervised children hauling out the waffle iron at 6 am. Enter the frozen waffle. It comes in a variety of flavors, heats up in the toaster, and tastes amazing when you schmear it with Nutella or load it up with bananas or the other toppings suggested by Nourish Nutrition Blog. Fair warning, though: Parents who sleep in can't act surprised when kids discover how well waffles pair with ice cream, hot fudge, and whipped cream.

Fancy Toast

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Super Healthy Kids

Pop a piece of bread in the toaster, add butter, and you have a boring but edible breakfast. Take the same toast, add some creative inspiration (perhaps provided by Super Healthy Kids’ favorite toast toppings), and you might just have an adorable blueberry-banana bearface breakfast, or the hard-boiled version of Millennial-fave avocado toast. Free-range breakfasters have been known to concoct unusual toast meals during early-hour experiments. Peanut butter and ketchup, anyone?

Breakfast Recipes Tweens and Teens Can Make

Baked Oatmeal

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Live Well, Bake Often

Oats are the most versatile breakfast food. You can chill ‘em, you can boil ‘em, and you can bake them. Baked oatmeal tastes like dessert and is an easy two-bowl dish older kids can make themselves. (Littles might need an adult for oven assistance.) Try Live Well Bake Often’s recipe for a version packed with bananas and blueberries and sweetened with honey.

Muffins

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I Heart Naptime

Don’t settle for store-bought muffins when it’s so easy to enjoy the fresh-from-the-oven pastries with their accompanying delectable aromas. Kids who can measure, stir, and use ovens safely can easily make any kind of muffin from savory to sweet, but here’s an easy muffin recipe for beginners. (Kids who can reach the plates and carry can also bring parents a muffin in bed, but we hear that if you give a mom a muffin, she likely wants a cup of coffee to go with it.)

Egg Cups

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Julie's Eats and Treats

Even adults struggle with eggs; the yolks break in the fried eggs, and the omelets turn out dry. Kids who can crack an egg on their own have an easier way to make an eggy breakfast. Egg cups (a.k.a. egg muffins) are mini-omelettes that get baked in muffin tins for portable protein power. Independent breakfasters can try Julie’s Eats and Treats’ recipe for a ham-and-cheese version, or add whatever veggies and breakfast meats (real or fake) they choose for their morning hand-held.