Easy Breakfast Ideas Kids Can Make in No Time
We all know the mothers and maternal figures in our lives deserve special treatment every day of the year. A relaxing Mother’s Day brunch is a good place to start, especially when the kids are on your side. To make sure Mom doesn’t have to step in and lift a finger, I’ve gathered a few of my favorite kid-tested recipes that come together in no time. While they’re sure to impress on Mother’s Day, don’t be surprised if your kids keep coming back to these easy breakfast ideas all year long.
Yogurt Parfaits for the Littlest Kiddos
Toddlers love scooping, pouring, and decorating — so make sure everyone washes their hands and put the kids in charge of assembling yogurt parfaits. Simple, healthy, and fun to put together, layered breakfast parfaits look beautiful in clear plastic or glass dishes. Start with Mom’s favorite yogurt, add some berries and granola, then work your way up from there.
Choose a tall(ish) glass so there’s room to show off more layers.
Rinse the berries and pat them dry.
Fill the bottom of the glass with a base layer of yogurt.
Alternate layers of granola, berries, and yogurt — in any order your kids desire — until the glass is full.
Decorate with some crumbled granola, sliced fruit, and a drizzle of date syrup.
Strawberry Shortcake for the Kindergarteners
If you know any five- or six-year-olds, chances are you also know how to get them excited about helping out in the kitchen: just offer up a (kid-safe) knife. With fresh scones from Oakland bakery Sconehenge, rich crème fraîche, a touch of honey or maple syrup, and the first strawberries of spring, you’ll be enjoying DIY strawberry shortcakes in no time.
Rinse, dry, and slice the strawberries with a butter knife or small paring knife.
Slice the scone lengthwise and lay the bottom half out on a plate — it’s ready for the toppings!
Top the scone with a heap of sliced strawberries.
Cover the strawberries with a big dollop of crème fraîche, then smooth it out with a spatula, butter knife, or the bottom of a spoon.
Add a drizzle of honey or maple syrup.
Top with the other half of the scone.
Add a small dollop of crème fraîche and a whole strawberry on top for a fancy finishing touch.
Fruit Salad for More Experienced Little Chefs
A fruit salad makes for a light Mother’s Day brunch and is a refreshing side dish to other classic favorites, from eggs and bacon to pancakes and oatmeal. Let your kids pick out a combination of Mom’s favorite fruits, like strawberries, blueberries, mandarins, kiwi, and mango. Then help them rinse and prep each fruit (for unwieldy options like pineapples, skip this step and go with pre-cut fruit from the Good Eggs Kitchen) and arrange the pieces in a bowl. Don’t worry if it doesn’t have that Insta-friendly finish — it’s the love and attention the kids put into it that matters to Mom.
Rinse and dry all the fruit.
Peel and slice the fruit into similar-sized pieces (no need to be too exact).
Combine the fruit in your favorite serving bowl.
Optional: garnish with lemon juice or zest to balance the sweetness. You can also top with freshly torn mint or basil.
Overnight Iced Tea for the Late Sleepers
If there’s no chance they’ll be awake before Mom is up and at ‘em, try a project you can do together the night before — that way the kids will still get to be involved. Cold-brewing tea is simple, fool-proof, and fun. The ratio to keep in mind is 1 to 2 teabags (or 1 tablespoon of loose-leaf tea) to 1 cup of water. For bonus points, have them pick out a bouquet of flowers that you can set out with the tea!
Put out a clean jar or two.
Let the kids measure out the water and tea, and fill up the jars.
Cover and stash the jars in the fridge overnight.
Enjoy in the morning with lemon slices and a little blue agave syrup if Mom likes her tea sweet.
Let Your Teen Cooks Go All Out
Is your teen addicted to the Great British Bake Off? Or maybe Nailed It! is more their style. Either way, go back to sleep and let them take over the kitchen! From quick-scratch recipes like our Easy Pancake Breakfast Kit to the more ambitious Dutch Baby with Bacon & Fig Jam Kit, or ready-to-bake scones from Batter Bakery… the list goes on. There’s no shortage of options that give your teen a chance to show off their skills for Mom.
We know there are plenty of other easy breakfast ideas for kids floating around out there, and we’d like to hear them. What are some of your kids’ favorite creations to cook (or assemble) on Mother’s Day or any day of the year? Leave a comment below!