Back to School Breakfast Ideas

Janice here with three quick, tasty and healthy breakfast ideas for Back to School. Even with our rushed routine and my picky eaters, these morning meals are a hit.


I am not a morning person.

In fact, if it were up to me, school would start at 11am. I would get my kids up at 10am, have a leisurely breakfast and then walk to school.

But school does not start at 11am. It starts at 8:30am. And I do not get to do anything leisurely in the morning. I have to get two kids up, fed, lunches made, dog walked, and all of us out of the house by 7:50am so I can drive my son to his school fifteen minutes away before dropping my daughter at her school, which is actually only one block away from our house.

So, breakfast has to be fast. Everything has to be fast. But I also want my kids to have a good breakfast before they start their long school day.

This year, as I get ready for back to school, I thought I would share a few FAST back to school breakfast recipes in case you need your mornings to move quickly, but want some breakfast for kids ideas that are healthy and delicious.

Breakfast Parfait


We eat a ton of yogurt in our house. But guess what? We eat PLAIN yogurt! I only eat plain yogurt, and as often as possible, I serve my kids plain yogurt versus the sugar-filled flavored varieties.

If you are wondering how I am able to convince my sugar-loving children to reach for plain yogurt instead of flavored, I have a few tricks. First, I started them on plain yogurt early, so they got used to the taste. Second, if they want more flavor, I add fruit and/or granola. And third, if they are in a mood for “sweet” yogurt, and I don’t have any fruit handy, I put a little jam in their yogurt and stir it up.

To make breakfast a bit more special, try a Breakfast Parfait. It doesn’t take much more time to layer yogurt, granola, and fruit in a parfait glass, but it sure makes breakfast more exciting.

And for First Day Back to School fun, you could top it off with a dollop of whip cream too!

For this parfait, I used plain Greek yogurt – but just a warning that I find that plain Greek yogurt needs the extra flavor of fruit and granola. When we eat plain yogurt by itself, it is usually not Greek-style, but rather a 2% or low fat plain yogurt. Also, I am picky on which brands I like. If the first plain yogurt you choose isn’t your favorite, try again. Different brands and different amounts of fat can change the taste considerably.

Skip-the-Sugar Cinnamon Oatmeal


Another staple in our kitchen is Instant Oatmeal. Only, I rarely buy the individual, flavored packages. I save money and unnecessary sugar by buying the big bags of Quaker Instant Oats.

When it comes to making oatmeal, I no longer measure. I go by “feel” and habit. (Remember — I am moving FAST in my kitchen in the morning. But no worries – Quaker lists measurements on the bags.)

I add a bit more than a cup of water to a bowl, about a 1/3 cup of oats, a heavy pinch or two of salt, and a few pinches of cinnamon.

The KEY to making oatmeal that your kids will eat without a ton of added sugar is SALT! Yes, if you add in a bit of salt when you cook the oatmeal, it brings out the flavor of the oats. To me, oatmeal cooked without salt is unpalatable and I am tempted to dump in brown sugar to compensate.

I stir together the oatmeal, water, salt, and cinnamon in the bowl and then pop it in the microwave for one minute.

Please note that oatmeal can have a tendency to “blow up” in your microwave. Now, it doesn’t really blow up, but it gets super hot and bubbles up “with intensity” all over your microwave.

To keep my microwave clean, I put a small plate over top of the bowl while I am cooking it. By using a small plate, I avoid using plastic wrap.

After cooking, I stir and let it set for a minute while I add sliced fruit or blueberries. I top with milk and sometimes a dash more cinnamon.

Breakfast Sandwich


When it comes to eggs, I usually make mine on the stove. The great thing about eggs is they cook so fast, that even the stove-top methods are quick enough for me.

But, if you are in a hurry and your microwave is your friend, you can cook your eggs in one minute in the microwave.

I added two eggs to a small, glass bowl, gently broke the eggs with a fork, covered the bowl with a plate, and microwaved for one minute.

Then I simply served the cooked egg on a toasted English Muffin with a slice of cheese and some ham. If you want to melt the cheese, just pop it all back in the microwave for 10-15 seconds.

Here is a quick video I made about these back to school breakfast ideas for those of you out there watching YouTube for your recipe ideas…

More Back To School Video Posts

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  1. Sunnymay says

    I’ve done the breakfast parfait and cinnamon in oatmeal. Sometimes I make, steel cut oats oatmeal by cooking it for 45 minutes on the stove the night before, then warming it up the following morning in the microwave. And speaking of cooking, when my kids were little, I felt like my day was OK, if I made a part of dinner in the morning (dessert, salad, side dish or entree).

  2. Shawna O says

    I love all your breakfast ideas! Especially the Breakfast Sandwich and cooking the egg in the microwave! My boys would love the Breakfast Sandwich! We eat a lot of yogurt too and drink lots of smoothies!

  3. says

    I would love that parfait too. It looks so tasty. My daughter is a big fan of these when we are traveling in the airport. But we don’t make them at home. We need to. Thanks for sharing!

  4. meagan bs says

    these are good ideas, i bet my daughter would really enjoy that sandwich. actually i’m sure she would love any of these.

  5. Tammy S says

    I love these ideas! I am always looking for something different to make for breakfast for the kids. The parfait looks delicious!

  6. Shari Alligood says

    That breakfast parfait looks absolutely amazing! Never thought of one for breakfast before but I will definitely add it to my breakfast menu!

  7. Marlena U. says

    I make paleo pancakes on Sundays and we warm them up each morning for breakfast on the go. Egg muffins (made in a muffin tin) is also a great option for on the go. Thanks for sharing!

  8. K. Finn says

    I love these, because these recipes are items that any age would be happy to eat. I myself love fruit parfaits and egg sandwiches.

  9. latanya says

    I love breakfast sandwich for mornings. I use the cinnamon raisin bagels with whipped cream for quick breakfast

  10. katklaw777 says

    I’ve done the fruit and yogurt thing but yours sure looks prettier than mine…lol
    I did not know about salt and oatmeal…I will definitely give that a try…thanks!

  11. julie p says

    these are awesome ideas for my daughters. I am not home in the morning to make them breakfast. I am at my classroom desk at 6 am. However, I could teach them during the weekend for them to eat during the week with their dad.

  12. Da-Hedgehogi says

    I do the cinnamon in oatmeal but I had no idea about adding a bit of salt to it. I will have to try that next time. Thank you!

  13. Jill Myrick says

    Fruit and yogurt and yogurt and granola are both favorites for breakfast in our home. My kids also love homemade blueberry oatmeal for breakfast as well.


  14. Randi C. says

    I love eating breakfast; I try to have some egg whites with a little cheese, or something besides carbs. Loved your suggestions!

  15. heather c says

    Breakfast is the hardest thing to make around here, what with all the morning grumps. These look like great things to shove in front of their faces and not get more grumps!

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