Back to School Breakfast Ideas

by Janice

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…

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1 Sunnymay August 9, 2014 at 12:57 pm

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 August 9, 2014 at 4:59 pm

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 Cheryl Free August 10, 2014 at 12:23 am

The breakfast parfait looks scrumptious!


4 anne August 10, 2014 at 10:02 am

Wonderful ideas and so appealing and healthy.


5 anne hill August 10, 2014 at 12:32 pm

love all these ideas, my fav is the yogurt parfait! i always make it.


6 Rebecca Parsons August 10, 2014 at 10:58 pm

I think the breakfast parfait looks so good. I love quick and simple ideas.


7 LaVonne August 10, 2014 at 11:51 pm

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!


8 meagan bs August 11, 2014 at 11:33 am

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


9 Sidnie August 11, 2014 at 5:47 pm

Our breakfasts are usually yogurt or a bagel w/ cream cheese.
We eat oatmeal bars (homemade or store bought), too.


10 heather August 11, 2014 at 9:27 pm

The parfait looks so yummy and healthy I have to try one of these soon.


11 Nicole August 12, 2014 at 4:10 am

I love making the kids breakfast sandwiches on whole wheat English muffins. They love them!


12 Tammy S August 12, 2014 at 10:38 am

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


13 vickie couturier August 12, 2014 at 11:11 am

those look so yummy,what kid wouldn’t want to eat this


14 CR Williams August 12, 2014 at 10:59 pm

I am always looking for new ideas thank you!


15 shelly peterson August 13, 2014 at 2:47 am

These all sound so good. I love the parfaits, my son would love this more than just cereal.


16 Cindy Brooks August 13, 2014 at 4:10 am

Our grandson would love any of these for breakfast, especially the parfait!


17 Dena Furgason August 13, 2014 at 9:05 am

They all sound delicious and I will be trying these recipes.


18 Ru August 13, 2014 at 10:38 am

Nom nom nom


19 Lisa Brown August 13, 2014 at 11:01 am

the parfait looks so good, not sure i could eat that in the morning


20 Claudia M August 13, 2014 at 12:04 pm

great ideas and the parfait looks so delicious !


21 landis August 13, 2014 at 12:58 pm

love parfaits and happy to make my own instead of buying mcdonalds


22 Kathy stevenson August 13, 2014 at 11:34 pm

My girls would love to try these recipes!


23 Shari Alligood August 14, 2014 at 11:24 pm

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


24 Marlena U. August 17, 2014 at 9:04 am

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!


25 Tammy S August 17, 2014 at 12:32 pm

These all look great! My go to breakfast is a Breakfast Parfait. I love the fresh nut and granola with yogurt.


26 anna pry August 17, 2014 at 6:03 pm

the parfait looks so good, i need some of those fancy glasses to make mine in


27 Stacey b August 20, 2014 at 6:01 pm

Oh man, the parfait looks and sounds like a fantastic idea. My picky son would love that too. Thank you


28 Angela Saver August 22, 2014 at 12:11 am

The breakfast parfait looks really good! Those are some great ideas as I’m always looking for new, quick breakfasts for the kids & myself!


29 mrsshukra August 22, 2014 at 1:15 am

Not as creative with breakfast, I would like to prepare something in a parfait glass!


30 DEBIJOT August 22, 2014 at 7:30 pm

The breakfast parfait would be great for breakfast.


31 Natalia D August 23, 2014 at 11:09 pm

Cooking the egg in microwave is awesome idea! Will try it!


32 Caitlin McClure August 24, 2014 at 5:00 pm

I want to try these! Looks good


33 Barbara Montag August 24, 2014 at 11:09 pm

Oh wow fantastic ideas!
I especially like the Breakfast Parfait.
Thanks for the post.


34 Jessica Medina August 25, 2014 at 10:30 pm

Thanks for the great ideas!


35 anne hill August 26, 2014 at 9:12 am

love the parfait idea


36 Tiffany DeOs August 26, 2014 at 9:19 am

I bet my kids would love that parfait!


37 Helga August 26, 2014 at 11:38 am

These are great ideas. I am a breakfast person so I am always looking for new breakfast recipes.


38 Mia Dentice Carey August 28, 2014 at 8:42 am

I may have to try some on these on a weekend morning…we stick with cereal for school days


39 Mia Dentice Carey August 28, 2014 at 8:46 am

I’m all about skipping the sugar!


40 Barbara Platt August 28, 2014 at 9:10 am

this looks so good


41 Jeanna August 28, 2014 at 9:25 am

Thank you! These look delicious and easy! Breakfast is a struggle for us!


42 Benita August 28, 2014 at 9:36 am

These are beautiful, healthy breakfast idea. I’d like to add some shakes and recommend a bit of honey.


43 Erica carlin August 28, 2014 at 9:46 am

Will be trying this for breakfast!


44 carol clark August 28, 2014 at 10:35 am

great ideas love the the first one not sure my kids will eat but the oatmeal one my child loves already


45 Tricia Nightowlmama August 28, 2014 at 11:34 am

I think the breakfast Egg and Ham sandwich would be a huge hit for my kids


46 Rebecca D August 29, 2014 at 2:58 pm

That parfait looks like something both of my boys would love to eat!


47 Jenn Crawford-Lierman August 29, 2014 at 7:34 pm

I can’t wait to try these!! The Skip the Sugar Cinnamon Oatmeal looks yummy!!!


48 K. Finn August 30, 2014 at 3:32 am

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


49 Lisa Marz August 30, 2014 at 7:53 pm

I am planning on making some egg muffin sandwiches and freezing them for quick morning meals.


50 latanya August 30, 2014 at 7:54 pm

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


51 katklaw777 August 31, 2014 at 3:39 am

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!


52 Betty B. August 31, 2014 at 10:27 am

The parfait looks amazing! I could definitely have that for breakfast everyday!


53 Sonia August 31, 2014 at 4:11 pm

I usually make breakfast sandwiches if I cook in the morning. Otherwise we have fruit and donuts/muffins.


54 julie p September 1, 2014 at 7:43 am

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.


55 Laura September 2, 2014 at 4:20 pm

We homemake oatmeal sometimes with coconut milk and mango here

Or poach eggs with a good cooking herb blend


56 Da-Hedgehogi September 3, 2014 at 12:16 am

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!


57 Dana Rodriguez September 3, 2014 at 6:21 pm

Great ideas! The parfait looks delicious!


58 Anita L September 4, 2014 at 7:43 am

I am loving the Breakfast Parfait idea! Who would not love to have that for breakfast :)


59 Amber September 4, 2014 at 12:52 pm

I love all of these ideas! so healthy and yummy


60 Amanda Sakovitz September 5, 2014 at 11:23 am

the breakfast parfait looks yummy!


61 Jill Myrick September 5, 2014 at 3:51 pm

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.



62 Erika September 5, 2014 at 4:32 pm

My daughter would love the yogurt parfaits.


63 Randi C. September 5, 2014 at 5:04 pm

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


64 RICHARD+HICKS September 5, 2014 at 5:09 pm

Breakfast is such an important meal to get the day started. The parfait would get me off to a great start!


65 Tom Bellamy September 5, 2014 at 5:17 pm

I have been looking for healthy ideas for breakfast…thank you!


66 Terry Jones September 5, 2014 at 10:30 pm

that parfait looks so good !!! I love stuff like that !!!


67 heather c September 6, 2014 at 12:17 am

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!


68 Buddy Garrett September 6, 2014 at 12:28 am

These ideas for breakfast are great. I like that they are healthy.


69 Thomas Murphy September 6, 2014 at 1:52 am

That Breakfast Parfait looks really good!


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