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Top 10 Go-To Breakfast Meals For Busy Moms (+ Kid-Friendly)

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Breakfast is one of the hardest meals of the day to plan for, in my opinion. Mornings are always busy getting the kids up, getting ready, and heading to work.

Lucky for me, I work from home, so I don’t have to bother with a commute. I also know I don’t have to put on a full face of makeup if I don’t have the time.

That said, it’s still hard to prep for breakfast. I feel like over the last couple of years, I’ve mastered some basic breakfast recipes that I can do with my eyes closed. These are family-friendly, simple to prepare, and affordable.

Some of them are classics, but I often get into a rut, and I like to see a full list of ideas to jog my memory on the options.

I hope these inspire you to ditch the cereal and donuts! If you have any go-to breakfast recipes, please share them in the comments. I’m always on the hunt for new ideas that are simple and kid-friendly.

1. Banana Bread

Parr House Banana Bread (Moist, One-Bowl Banana Bread Recipe)
I’ve tried several recipes and have meshed and fine-tuned the process into a science. One bowl. Two or three overripe bananas. You'll have it in the oven before it's even preheated.
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2. Veggie Frittata

Use-What-You-Have Veggie Frittata
I reserve the frittata breakfast for when we have fresh vegetables or cooked meat in the fridge that need to be used up. For example, if you brought home some leftover steak from date night, chop up some onions and add them both into a frittata. If you have a sad looking zucchini or half a bell pepper, chop it up and use it here.
Frittatas are perfect for reducing food waste in your kitchen.
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frittata recipe for busy mamas

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3. Instant Pot Apple Pie Steel Cut Oatmeal

Instant Pot Apple Pie Steel Cut Oatmeal
Steel cut oats can take a long time to cook, but when you use the Instant Pot, you don’t have to babysit it. Just put your ingredients in the pot, close the lid, and go about your morning.
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apple pie oatmeal done

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4. Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Pancakes are always an easy breakfast idea that I can make at a moment’s notice. We have all the ingredients on hand, and when I add chocolate chips, I know my kids will get excited.

making chocolate chip pancakes

I use the popular pancake recipe from All Recipes (except I do a third whole wheat flour) and just add chocolate chips to the batter. My kids especially love it when I arrange the chocolate chips into a smiley face. πŸ™‚

chocolate chip pancakes

If you don’t eat them all, you can save them in the fridge and heat them up the next day, or you can freeze them and pop them in your toaster straight from the freezer.

5. Overnight Oats

Chocolate Chia Overnight Oats
Overnight oats take about 5 minutes to prepare, and they work their magic while you’re sleeping. Wake up in the morning, and breakfast is served with zero prep!
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kids enjoying overnight oats

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6. Berry Kiwi Smoothies

Berry Kiwi Smoothies
We don’t do smoothies that often, but when we do, I love this berry kiwi smoothie (and so do my kids). It’s simple, healthy, and tasty. Plus, the Vitamix blender ensures it’s perfectly smooth.
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berry kiwi smoothie in bowl

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7. Scrambled Eggs with Toast and Fruit

My daughter doesn’t like scrambled eggs, so we don’t make it as often as other options, but my son is a huge fan!

scrambled eggs on toast with fruit

I love scrambled eggs on toast, because it’s fast and easy. You can also add some avocado, which is so delicious! 

I know there are fancy ways of making scrambled eggs (cue Gordon Ramsay), but I do it the quick way. Add the beaten eggs to a preheated skillet and stir until the eggs are set and still a little glossy. Remove from the heat and enjoy.

8. Baked Blueberry Oatmeal

Baked Blueberry Oatmeal
I got this baked blueberry oatmeal recipe from YouTube mom Julia Pacheco. I love her videos – she often does crockpot meals, if you want to follow her – and this breakfast recipe looked amazing. We tried it and it’s now a family favorite.
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baked blueberry oatmeal

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9. Baked French Toast

Once you try baked French toast, you may never go back to the one-at-a-time stovetop version.

America’s Test Kitchen developed this everyday French toast recipe where you place your bread on a sheet pan and pour the egg mixture on top. Stick it in the oven, flip halfway through, and voila – french toast for a crowd!

I don’t make this every week by any means, but if I want to switch things up or we have people coming over, this is always on my list.

baked french toast from atk
Photo Credit: America’s Test Kitchen

10. Egg Muffins

Last but not least are egg muffins. These basically use the same ingredients as a frittata, but you put your mixture in a muffin tin and bake it for 20-25 minutes. You can also do mini muffins and bake for 10-12 minutes.

mini egg muffins
We love making mini egg muffins – the kids love them! Also pictured: Happy Mats from ezpz

They’re fast to make and reheat well. If you like to meal prep at the beginning of the week, egg muffins are ideal. You could have several days of breakfast prepared with very little effort.

I don’t use a recipe for this, per usual, but if you want one, I like the version from Yummy Toddler Food.

mini egg muffins yummy toddler food
Photo credit: Yummy Toddler Food


I hope these 10 breakfast ideas help you plan your week.

I would love to know – what are your go-to breakfasts? Leave ‘em in the comment section below!

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