Today I am sharing 25 of our favorite simple family-friendly breakfasts!
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There’s no doubt about it, our family LOVES a breakfast or brunch full of flavor. If you’re tired of the same old breakfast recipes every morning, I have 25 simple family-friendly breakfasts for you today!
Some of these easy breakfast ideas are healthy, and some of them we reserve for our special Saturday morning breakfast tradition like the DELICIOUS gluten-free Apple Pie Pancakes with bacon pictured below! Either way, I hope they inspire you to get creative with the most important meal of the day!
Simple Family-Friendly Breakfast Ideas
English Muffin Breakfast Sandwich
My boys love these simple breakfast sandwiches so they are definitely kid-approved! When the muffins are still warm, I cut them in half and add some sliced cheese and ham. I then baked some scrambled eggs in a cast iron skillet and use a biscuit cutter to create perfect egg rounds for the sandwiches. They were a huge hit!
Baked Oatmeal with Mix-ins
We loved baked oatmeal, and I have tried making it with banana, pumpkin and even sweet potato! This recipe is one of my favorites. Drizzled with butter and honey, it’s absolutely delicious.
Kid-Friendly Egg Recipes!
There are so many different savory ways to cook eggs, and thankfully my kids love them because I have been serving them to them since they were young.
With just a few ingredients, you can scramble and blend eggs with some milk (or almond milk), salt and pepper in a bowl, then cook them and serve with toast or a warm biscuit, or even with some melted cheddar cheese on top! A very simple and quick breakfast!
Family Breakfast Favorite -Yogurt Parfait
Rather than buying sweetened yogurt with added sugar, we purchase plain, whole milk greek yogurt and sweeten it ourselves! For the sauce on top, simple drizzle it with a bit of pure maple syrup and top with fresh or frozen berries and granola!
Pancake Breakfast Skillet
This was a fun take on traditional pancakes! I sautéed some apples in a cast iron skillet with butter, cinnamon, lemon juice and a pinch of salt until the apples were soft and caramelized.
Then I poured pancake batter over the top of the apples and baked it in the oven at 375 until the batter was set. I used this sourdough pancake recipe, but a traditional pancake batter would probably work as well!
Have you tried my banana bread recipe yet? It’s a keeper and my boys couldn’t love it more. It’s delicious with butter and a hot cup of coffee.
Breakfast skillets are so simple to throw together. Sauté some ham or cook up some breakfast sausage, then throw in whatever you have on hand. Mushrooms, onions, peppers, tomatoes, spinach, even leftover roasted potatoes are delicious!
Pour some scrambled eggs over the top of your veggies and then sprinkle cheese on top. Bake your breakfast casserole at 375 until your eggs are set!
Soft Boiled Eggs – OR Hard Boiled
Whatever you prefer! My boys actually love it when the yolk is still a bit soft in the middle! You can learn how to cook the perfect soft boiled egg, here. I love to use my instant pot for hardboiled eggs, they are so easy this way!
Simple Kefir Smoothie
We drink these daily! You can save a lot of money by purchasing Kefir grains and making it yourself. We usually use a quart of kefir (strained), two ripe bananas, roughly two cups of frozen fruit and honey to taste. Delicious, gut healthy smoothies for the whole family!
I recently tried this sourdough muffin recipe and the boys loved them. I substituted oats for the cornmeal and they came out delicious!
Simple Traditional Oats
Oatmeal is one of our favorite fall and winter breakfasts, so I would definitely consider it family-friendly. It’s warm and so satisfying.
I like to add maple syrup, cream, cinnamon, butter and a pinch of salt to ours. For extra protein, try topping it with a few tablespoons of peanut butter, almond butter or any other nut butter! Yum!
Over Easy Eggs
Do your kids love to pop the yolk? My boys call it “the volcano” haha! Serve up some eggs with crispy breakfast hash browns and sausage. Every once in a while we have leftover steak, so I love heating it up for breakfast with eggs!
French toast is a more decadent dessert, but if you’re using sourdough bread, local eggs and pure maple syrup, it’s most definitely better for your family!
Have you ever tried coconut French toast? After dipping your bread in the egg mixture, press the bread slice in some coconut shavings and then fry in butter. Mmmmmm it’s so good – especially with a cream cheese filling!
My zucchini bread recipe is another keeper! My boys love it warm and fresh with some butter, but you can also reheat it or eat it however you prefer! It’s also a great way to use up all that garden zucchini!
Can you tell yet how much I LOVE using sourdough? It has been such a game changer for our family and I try to use it whenever I can! Super simple family-friendly breakfasts have to include waffles from time to time!
We love to make sourdough waffles every once in a while to switch things up from regular. My friend Lisa has a great recipe!
This is a fun one and they are so simple to make. I always like to use my friend Emily’s recipe, and you can top them with so many different things!
Marmalade, fresh fruit, powdered sugar or just maple syrup. My boys love how they puff up straight out of the oven!
Out of the Box Breakfast Idea – Cinnamon Chips and Fruit Salsa
I typically serve this with some other protein like eggs, but it’s a fun one to make and you can get the kids involved. Simple take some corn tortillas and cut into four equal triangles. Then brush with a little oil and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar (I just make my own with about a 1/4 cup sugar to 1 TBS cinnamon).
Bake at 350 until the chips are lightly browned and crisp, about 6 minutes on each side. These chips are delicious dipped in a yummy homemade fruit salsa. I like to use strawberries, kiwi and pineapple!
Baked Oatmeal with Toppings
Another fun take on oatmeal, try adding a few eggs into your traditional oatmeal mixture and then bake at 375 until set. Serve with delicious sautéed apples, blueberry compote or even fresh strawberries! Overnight oats are another fun way to use oatmeal as well!
Everyone has their favorite pancake recipe, but lately I’ve been loving my own pumpkin pancakes for fall! They are so yummy with homemade whipped cream and pure maple syrup on top.
There are so many options when it comes to pancakes, whether you add mix-ins like chocolate chips or blueberries, or a yummy topping like cinnamon applies in the fall! The picture from the beginning of this post was a delicious apple pie spin I put on traditional pancakes! I simply added apple compote on top of the pancakes and added some cinnamon and whipped cream!
Simple and Definitely Kid-Approved Breakfast – Baked Donuts
Another favorite, we love making donuts in the fall. Baked is always healthier than fried, simple purchase a donut pan like this one! We have only tried making pumpkin donuts, but I’m excited to try chocolate next!
My grandma always called them “egg pancakes” and she added food coloring to make them different colors! We loved them so much and my boys love them, too. Grandma always eye-balled hers and didn’t follow an exact recipe, and I do the same. I’ve linked a simple recipe for you here, though!
Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls
If you haven’t noticed already, I get most of my sourdough recipes from Lisa over at Farmhouse on Boone. Her sourdough cinnamon roll recipe is no exception!
I apologize I don’t have a photo for this, because they look just a beautiful as they taste, but Lisa has several photos and I would definitely encourage you to give them a try!
French Toast Casserole
This is one of my favorite ways to use up bread! When it’s about to go stale, cut up bread into small one inch cubes. Lay the cubes in a casserole dish and cover them with a mixture of scrambled eggs, cream or milk, maple syrup, cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Let it sit overnight in the fridge. The next morning, bake at 350 until the top is browned and the middle is set!
Healthy Breakfast Cookies
I loved these yummy pumpkin cookies I tried recently! I used coconut oil instead of butter, and 3/4 cup maple syrup instead of the sugar to make them a bit healthier. We added chocolate chips to ours but you could definitely leave them out or add nuts instead!
Biscuits and Sausage Gravy
This is another great way to use homemade English muffins, but you could use a traditional biscuit recipe as well.
For the gravy, brown a pound of sausage in a skillet and then add a few tablespoons of flour. Cook the flour for about a minute, then add about a cup and a half of heavy cream, salt and pepper to the sausage. Stir until it starts to bubble and get thick, then turn the heat down. It’s so delicious served over warm biscuits!
All of these simple family-friendly breakfasts are all SO delicious and my husband, boys and I enjoy them so much. I hope you were able to find a few new ideas for your own family! Here is the full list below for a quick reference!
Simple Family-Friendly Breakfasts
- English Muffin Breakfast Sandwich
- Baked Sweet Potato Oatmeal
- Scrambled Eggs
- Yogurt Parfait
- Pancake Skillet
- Banana Bread
- Breakfast Skillet
- Soft Boiled Eggs
- Kefir Smoothie
- Sourdough Muffins
- Traditional Oats
- Over Easy Eggs
- French Toast
- Zucchini Bread
- Sourdough Waffles
- Dutch Baby
- Cinnamon Chips and Fruit Salsa
- Baked Oatmeal with Toppings
- Traditional Pancakes
- Baked Donuts
- Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls
- French Toast Casserole
- Healthy Breakfast Cookies
- Biscuits and Sausage Gravy
That’s a big list, and this was a long blog post so if you have made it this far, I for sure you at least found a few simple family-friendly breakfasts to try friends! If you do, please let me know in the comments! I would love to hear from you!