When I was a child breakfast consisted mostly of cereal. There wasn’t much time to prepare anything let alone eat anything before the bus arrived in the morning. I wasn’t a big fan of the soggy mess, so I either didn’t eat, or I ate it so fast that I didn’t taste it. Saturdays were a different story. Mom would make homemade pancakes, sausage biscuits, and gravy, eggs, and bacon. I remember asking her why she didn’t do this all the time. She told me that she just didn’t have time. I wanted my kids to have the same thing but on a regular basis. So I set out to find those meals that fit my ideal, but also my budget. Here are 14 Cheap Healthy Quick Breakfast Ideas that Are Not Cereal.
What makes it cheap?
Cheap to me means cheap ingredients, ingredients that is used in multiply ways, and ingredients that will last for more than one recipe.
The other thing that you need to consider that cheaper isn’t always better. I have friends that are gluten free and can’t have regular flour, so that raises the cost of making things.
I think the hardest thing for people to wrap their brain around is how can something be both frugal and fast. For me being frugal means making it from scratch with all the ingredients in their whole form as much as possible. It means no boxed cake mixes, brownie mixes or muffin mixes. Not only are these not cheap, but they certainly aren’t healthy.
What makes it quick?
Quick is relative. For me, being a Stay at Home Mom, I can wait at most an hour before my army of children decide they need to eat or die of starvation. Yes, I’ve had some of mine say they thought they would die, and just like you, I rolled my eyes.
I usually plan that breakfast is going to take a total of 30 minutes, though. It doesn’t mean that I being occupied with cooking the entire 30 minutes. My plan is to spend 10 minutes in prep and the other 20 minutes is for baking in the oven. That is a typical weekday breakfast at my house.
Saturdays tend to be a little more elaborate and fun. It is when the pancakes, sausage gravy, and biscuits, or bacon and eggs come into play. If they are lucky and I’m up early enough, I might even make homemade cinnamon rolls.
Sundays are even harder as everyone is trying to get ready for church, so we usually have muffins that are made the day before.
As I said, quick is relative depending on the day and situation.
What makes it healthy?
Healthy depends on what you consider healthy. I believe that everything is good for you in moderation. You won’t find my children eating something sugary every day, in fact, they count themselves lucky if they get it once a week. Things like cinnamon rolls, donuts, pancakes, and waffles are a treat, not something that happens often.
Why? Because they end up with a sugar rush, too much energy, and then they crash and burn It is not cool for them especially when trying to get school work done during the day. Since we homeschool, I’m able to quickly refuel them with some proteins so they can continue with their day, but if they were in public school they wouldn’t have that option until lunch, and unless you make their lunch who knows what they are going to eat.
Our job is to make sure they have something that is going to stick to them, keep them going for a while, and help them make it through until lunch.
How do you know my kids will love it?
There is no guarantee that YOUR kids will love it. This is why I’m giving you 14 Cheap Healthy Quick Breakfast Ideas that Are Not Cereal. You can go through each one and see what they will and won’t try. Also, from experience, just because they don’t like something RIGHT NOW, doesn’t mean they won’t like it later. They taste buds are constantly changing and growing with them.
If you are giving your children a rainbow variety of foods daily, they won’t confine their palette to just a few things. I know people personally who had food constantly catered to their taste as a child and still struggle to try new foods. They have no idea what they are missing. There is a world of food to try if you just give it a chance.
As you go through the list below, click on the links. Read the ingredients. No one knows your child better than you do. If you don’t think they will like it, it doesn’t meet your idea of healthy or fast, change it up. Don’t be afraid to make a recipe your own. There’s nothing wrong with leaving bananas out of a smoothie if your children don’t like bananas or you have a food allergy.
Why just breakfast?
It is something most moms deal with on a daily basis. It isn’t just homeschooling moms who need to provide breakfast for their children. EVERYONE needs to feed their children breakfast. We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
Not only does it get your brain going, but it gets your metabolism going for the day. I know it is SO much easier for my children to get their morning school work done if they are fueled with more than a cup of coffee that is buried under all of that cream and sugar. Yes, they like their coffee the same way as their mother, while their dad prefers it to be black.
I wrote another article about breakfast for my friend Amy at Raising Arrows called Breakfast Ideas for Busy Families. I talk about meal prep on the weekends, planning, and what we’ve tried before. So if you are looking for more ideas, you could always check that out.
14 Cheap Healthy Quick Breakfast Ideas that Are Not Cereal
All of these recipes have some protein to in them. How much depends on how much not only is your child willing to eat, but how much you are wanting to use.
DIY Smoothie Bags by Divas on a Dime
This is something I do once a month. Not all of my children like smoothies especially for breakfast, but my youngest 4 really do. Having these bags premade changes everything. You or your child can just grab one from the freezer and mix it up with a little fluid added. It isn’t quiet, but it is fast and healthy.
Baked Oatmeal by Melanie Cooks
There are so many ways you can make this. Just add some extras and this can go from being “boring” to fabulous. It all depends on what you want, but honestly, our family loves this the way it is. It really does taste just like a cake.
Cinnamon Roll Muffins by Some the Wiser
I know this isn’t the healthiest choice, nor is fastest choice, but they SO make up for it in taste. You can make these the night before, and they are great cold, or even reheated, but there is something amazing about fresh out of the oven with the icing drizzled all over it. They go fast in our house so we always double the batch.
Overnight Casseroles by Pillsbury
Sausage, eggs, hash browns, cheese- do I need to say more. The simple fact that you can pull this together while making dinner, put in the refrigerator over night and bake in the morning makes it awesome in my book.
DIY High Protein Bars by Desserts with Benefits
If we are honest with ourselves, there is nothing that can replace a craving. Toss in that it has no BAD ingredients and is actually good for you, and you have a winner. We haven’t made these yet, but that is only because my teenage daughter hasn’t seen this yet. I think they will become a favorite for her to make. And isn’t it always easier to make something if you actually like it?
Homemade Breakfast Burritos by Butter Your Biscuit
This is another crowd pleaser in my house. My kids deck out their burrito anyway they like. The key to these is to make sure the wrap is warm before you put your fixing in it so it will wrap around it easily. Cheaper than what you get at McDonalds and so much better for you.
Breakfast Pizzas by Busy Budgeter
I don’t know why, but pizza is still one of my favorite foods, even at my age, and my kids love it. We are always trying to find new ways to have pizza. These fulfill the desire for pizza and the need to eat breakfast. And the fact that you can make them ahead of time and FREEZE them… YES!
Frozen Parfait Cups by Blogilates
Yogurt is a must have in my house. Most of my kids love it and it is a great way to get some extra probiotics into them. We also like to top it with fruit and granola. So why not make these ahead of time, freeze them and have them ready for breakfast?
Breakfast Sandwiches by Thirty Handmade Days
I could have given you ONE breakfast sandwich idea, but why do that when someone has already made a round up for us. There is SO much you can put on a breakfast sandwich, and depending on what bread you use you can even make it for special needs diets.
Homemade Granola Bars by Creations by Kara
This is something we make weekly here. If I’m lucky it will last the entire week, but sometimes my boys are “starving” and need something to tide them over until dinner. This is a great go to snack as well as breakfast.
Breakfast Quiches by My Recipe Confessions
We make these at least once every 2 weeks, and usually at the end of the pay period. We toss in whatever meat and veggies we have that need to be cooked. The kids love making them with their favorite ingredients. Not only are these healthy, but it makes cooking fun when we can make it your way.
Pancake Muffins with Sausage by Center Cut Cook
Pancakes and Sausage dipped in maple syrup- do I really need to say more? These are SO good, and my kids try to get me to make them several times a week, but that’s more syrup than I would consider healthy, even though I love pure maple syrup myself.
Peanut Butter & Banana Roll ups by Homemade Interest
I’m not a peanut butter fan, but many of my kids are. They love this quick and easy breakfast. Some will put apples instead of a banana on their roll up. It makes a great grab and go breakfast if you make sure to close the bottom up, because if you don’t someone will make a mess. You might want to bring baby wipes with you just in case. 😉
French Toast Sticks by Just a Taste
Maybe it is the kid in me, but there is something about dipping my food especially in a mixture of real maple syrup and butter.