17 No Sugar Breakfast Ideas for Toddlers
Toddlers can be finicky, picky little people. But it’s still important to feed them healthy, hearty breakfasts that keep their little legs and bodies fueled for all the moving they’re doing. Check out these 17 No Sugar Breakfast Ideas for Toddlers for a great collection of delicious breakfasts (most make-ahead) to please any toddler!
I just can’t with the ‘breakfast’ foods found in the grocery store breakfast aisles. Pop-tarts,toaster strudel, sugar covered waffles, granola bars with 15 grams of sugar… these are not breakfast foods suitable for a high-energy toddler. Toddlers need healthy fuel for their little bodies, because they are going to go and go and go allllll day long. And if the food doesn’t fuel them, they are going to get CUH-RANKY!
I know those are convenient and easy to grab – plus most require little to no preparation. And I know you are busy in the morning and the last thing you’ve got time for is coming up with breakfast ideas and making something from scratch. So I’ve done the work of coming up with a giant list of healthy, no sugar breakfast ideas for toddlers that you can feed your little one to keep his belly full and happy. And many of these can be meal-prepped on one day and eaten for the entire week! Or you can make 2 things and alternate them for breakfast if your little one objects to the same thing every morning.
And bonus? None of these No Sugar Breakfast Ideas for Toddlers are marketed as ‘kid’ food, so you’ll be happy to eat and enjoy them too! No cooking 2 breakfasts or skipping yours because you just don’t have time or energy!
Eggs with Salsa
Cook eggs over-hard (your toddler shouldn’t be eating uncooked egg yolk, so no over-easy). Top with mild salsa for a fun twist to regular eggs.
Alternate Idea: Top with guacamole or chopped avocado!
French Toast with Cream Cheese and Fruit
Whisk 4 eggs with 2 tbsp. whole milk, 2 tsp. cinnamon and a dash of vanilla. Dredge 8 slices of thick-cut bread in the egg mixture and cook on a skillet or griddle over medium.
When the bread is done, top with softened cream cheese and fresh fruit, like strawberries or bananas.
These Blueberry Maple Oat Bites are sweetened with just a little bit of maple syrup, but you could even leave that out too! And they’d still taste great! I make these in my Instant Pot, and I make a few batches at once. These could be made ahead and frozen for later use, as well.
Blueberry Banana Pancakes
Use a no-sugar added pancake mix (or make your own!). Stir together 3 cups pancake mix and 2 1/2 cups water (or milk). Use more liquid if you want your pancakes thinner.
Stir in 2 mashed bananas and 3/4 c. halved blueberries.
Cook pancakes over medium-low on skillet or griddle.
These can be made ahead and frozen for later use.
Alternate Idea: Stir in other berries instead (or with) blueberries, such as strawberries and raspberries.
Almond Butter and Cream Cheese Toast
Toast a piece of bread and spread with softened cream cheese and natural almond butter (made with just almonds, no sugar or salt). Feel free to use any nut butter (peanut, cashew, etc)!
Note: It can be hard to find bread with no sugar. Most packaged bread is made with sugar for some reason – even the whole grain! It’s not a lot of sugar, so if you’re okay with it, I’d just grab a whole wheat or whole grain. OR you can buy Ezekiel bread (usually in the frozen section of the grocery store) and it is made with absolutely no sugar. It does, however, tend to be a bit more expensive.
Scrambled Eggs with Bell Peppers, Mushrooms, and Ground Chicken
Scramble 8 eggs with 1 cup chopped red bell pepper, 1 cup chopped mushrooms, and 1 c. cooked ground chicken. Top with shredded cheese or salsa if your kiddo likes those! This make about 5-6 servings, depending on how much your toddler eats.
Note: You can change the veggies to whatever veggies your LO is willing to eat. Broccoli? Peas? Carrots? I’m lucky and – right now, at least – my little man loves them all!
Cut 2 cheese sticks in half. Cooke 4 slices of bacon, removing from pan while still bendable. Press between paper towels to soak up grease. Twist around cheese stick. Seal with a dot of cream cheese if that matters to you.
I make this dish with eggs, peppers, bacon and goat cheese, but you can customize it with any veggies and add in any meats you like! It makes enough for days!
Biscuits and Gravy with Turkey Sausage
Biscuits and gravy is a toddler-friendly option (our little man loves biscuits and gravy!). But I make it with turkey sausage to keep the fat content down and make it a little healthier. Make sure the biscuits you buy aren’t made with any sugar!
To make: melt 8 tablespoons of butter in a pan. Whisk 8 tablespoons (1/2 c.) of flour into the butter until smooth. Pour in 4 cups of milk and whisk until smooth. Simmer on medium-low, stirring often, until gravy thickens. Add 1/2 lb-1 lb cooked turkey sausage. Season with pepper and salt to taste.
I make this baked oatmeal in an 8×8 pan and cut it into 9 squares. You could also double it and bake it in a 13×9 pan so you get 18 servings, especially if you’re feeding multiple kids each morning.
Top half a tortilla with scrambled eggs, LOTS of shredded cheese, bacon or crumbled turkey sausage, bell peppers, etc. Fold tortilla over to make a half circle. Cook in a skillet, pressing down the top. Flip and cook half way through.
Breakfast Egg Muffins
Spray a muffin cup pan. Whisk 12 eggs with any of the following toppings: bacon, diced ham, crumbled sausage, bell peppers, onions, peas, crumbled goat cheese or feta, shredded cheddar, diced avocado, salsa, or diced tomatoes.
Pour eggs in equal amounts into each of the cups, Bake at 375 for 13-18 minutes, until eggs are set.
Fruit and Cheese Plate
Sometimes easy is the way to go. Slice any fruit your kiddo will eat and serve alongside cheese slices (I slice cheddar or monterey jack and the cut slices into matchsticks).
Plain Yogurt Swirled with Honey and Fruit
Plain yogurt is going to be your best option for no-sugar yogurt. Most flavored yogurts are flavored with a lot of sugar or fake sweeteners. So make a bowl of plain yogurt and swirl it with honey and sweet fruits like bananas, blueberries and strawberries.
This skillet is a perfect weekend toddler breakfast, or an easy weekday morning meal that can be prepped ahead. It’s loaded with delicious diced potatoes and cheese, so what kid wouldn’t like it??
Cottage Cheese with Peaches or Blueberries
For little kids, I use the full-fat cottage cheese, because it’s the most natural. I just top with sliced fresh peaches or blueberries.
Pan Fried Cinnamon Honey Bananas
Kids LOVE these! Slice bananas. Melt 1/2 a tablespoon of butter in a skillet. Lay bananas in a single layer in the skillet. Drizzle bananas with honey and sprinkle with cinnamon. Cook for a minute, then flip and cook for another 30 seconds. Serve warm.
Alternate Idea: Serve bananas over yogurt or cottage cheese or French toast! They make a great breakfast alone or as a topping!