Morning glory muffins. Photo iStock
School mornings are busier than ever even though many of us aren't even leaving the house. It's easy to skip meals and fall into endless snacking with schools closed and everyone stuck at home, but breakfast is still the most important meal of the day.
Whip up one of these on-the-go breakfasts that will leave the kids full, energized and ready for the day ahead, whatever it might bring.
1. Morning glory muffins
Packed with whole wheat flour, fruits and veggies, this mighty muffin courtesy of Two Peas and Their Pod is perfect for the kids. Make sure to bake an extra batch to store in the freezer, then simply defrost the muffins in the fridge the night before you want them for breakfast.
2. Make-ahead freezer breakfast sandwiches
If your kids love the breakfast sandwiches from the drive-through, they’ll love this (economical and healthier) homemade version from The Cozy Cook. The trick to freezing and reheating this muffin, cheese and egg sandwich is to wrap it in a damp paper towel before freezing.
3. Kid-friendly mini quiches
Foodess knows that kids love everything mini. Kids can help choose and prep the fillings for these fun and healthy egg bites that are baked in a muffin tin.
4. Chunky monkey overnight oatmeal
Can you really make oatmeal the night before? PCC Community Markets will not only show you how, but give you an idea for a super fun way to flavor it with bananas and chocolate. If you’re not a fan of bananas, then try the PB & P overnight oatmeal instead.
5. Triple-layered breakfast apple sandwich
Tales of a Kitchen layers apples, nut butter, cranberries and seeds in this crisp, fresh and fun breakfast snack. Let your kids mix and match their favorite nuts and dried fruit (or chocolate chips) to make them part of the process.
6. Blueberry carrot cake bars
Kids won’t know that Cotter and Crunch’s cake bars are super healthy. Chock-full of carrots, blueberries and yogurt, they have a secret pop of protein to keep the little ones going strong until lunchtime.
7. Freezer breakfast burritos
Fit Foodie Finds has devised a breakfast burrito that is full of veggies and proteins for busy kids on crazy mornings. To defrost this savory breakfast, simply pop a burrito in the microwave while you’re logging into your computer.
8. Breakfast popsicles
Popsicles for breakfast?! No kid will be able to resist I Heart Naptimes’ fun twist on this yogurt parfait with yogurt, granola and fresh fruit layered in popsicle molds — perfect straight from the freezer.
9. Carrot cake waffles
Somewhere between cake and breakfast lies The Craveable Kitchen's carrot cake waffles. Make a double batch during a weekend morning, freeze the waffles and then pop them in the toaster in the morning.
Editor’s note: This article was originally published in September 2019, and updated in September 2020.