72 Family Breakfast Ideas to Start a Special Day

It occurred to me the other day that my family naturally spends time together each morning over breakfast. Dinner together has always been a challenge because I don’t plan well, don’t cook well, sports is during that time, and work schedules often interrupt a traditional sit down affair.

But breakfast is there each morning as a time to catch up, make plans and giggle. This uneventful moment reoccurs each day without much fanfare, but is the glue that holds my family together!

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In 2014, I want to shine a light on those little snippets of life that make family memories and for my family that starts with breakfast. We have early rising children. My three boys roll out of bed at a crazy-early hour. This is a curse on weekends, but a blessing on weekdays.

They are independent getting ready for school and packing their own lunches and usually end up with quite a bit of down time in the morning to pick at each other.  That is where more attention to breakfast can actually be a double bonus.  It can give them something to do to decrease the fighting and increase the helping while spending time together as a family.

I asked my husband what he had for breakfast as a child and to my surprise I found out that his mother cooked breakfasts each weekday! I look back on my own childhood and vividly remember every Sunday morning we had a special home-cooked breakfast. These are the type of memories I want to share with my kids.

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Family Breakfast Ideas

So! I thought it would be fun to find some breakfast inspiration. Some ideas to share that will help take away excuses NOT to celebrate this family gathering daily. Please suggest your favorite breakfast ideas in the comments below if I missed it!

1. Easy Breakfast Cookies Recipe

Yep, this Breakfast Cookies is one of our favorites for obvious reasons. This is my grandma’s recipe for cookies that just can’t be separated from a bowl with milk!

2. Sausage & Egg Grilled Cheese Recipe

Looking at this Sausage & Egg Grilled Cheese just makes me hungry. My family would adore this from The Taylor House.

3. Family Breakfast Activity: Cooking with Kids

Teach Kids to Cook. Spend breakfast time cooking together. Love these tips for cooking with kids from Creative with Kids.

4. Potato Breakfast Casserole Recipe

This Potato Breakfast Casserole is a great one because it can be partially made the night before and then just popped into the oven when you get up in the morning.

5. Fun Activity: Breakfast Picnic

Have a fun Breakfast Picnic with the whole fam! They will surely love it.

6. Yummy Granola Bars Recipe

If time is limited, this Granola Bars is a great grab and go breakfast! Make them together for even more fun.

7. Ham and Eggs Casserole Recipe

This yummy Ham and Eggs Casserole breakfast recipe can feed a crowd.

8. Silly Breakfast Prank Idea

Do a silly Breakfast Prank. Breakfast can be filled with a little silliness by doing this simple prank on your kids. You may want to have an alternative for eating this morning!

9. Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole Recipe

This Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole is so smart from The Taylor House! Cook overnight and have a freshly made breakfast in the morning.

10. Crockpot Hash Brown Casserole Recipe

Crockpot Hash Brown Casserole – Here is another yummy recipe that can be started the night before from Crystal and Company.

11. Scrambled Eggs & Cheese Egg Rolls with Sausage Gravy

I really don’t need to explain why you need this Scrambled Eggs & Cheese Egg Rolls with Sausage Gravy recipe from Living Locurto!

12. Fun Pancake Letters

This Make Pancake Letters recipe is super fun for a letter learning lesson or on someone’s birthday to spell out their name in pancakes!

13. Easy Egg Tacos Recipe

This Egg Tacos recipe is a great breakfast recipe because you can freeze it and heat it up in the morning.  It also is very portable is a family member is in a rush.

14. Sweet Cereal Bracelet

Use breakfast time to have a little fun and make a Cereal Bracelet. You may be surprised how thankful you are to find you are wearing a snack about 11 am.

15. Protein-Packed Breakfast Scramble

This Protein-packed Breakfast Scramble is a favorite recipe from Martha Stewart.  It takes just 10 minutes to prep, so there will be time left to inhale it!

16. Yummy Lemony Pancakes

With an unexpected ingredient, these Kinda Lemony Pancakes are sure to please the entire family.

17. Lumpy Pumpkin Bites Recipe

Lumpy Pumpkin Bites. Curious? C’mon, admit it, you need to know what these are!  What a fun idea from 3 Boys and a Dog.

18. Nutella-Stuffed French Toast Recipe

Nutella-Stuffed French Toast is another super good idea for breakfast from Living Locurto!

19. Breakfast Quesadillas

These Breakfast Quesadillas are packed with lots of yumminess! I adore them from Iowa Girl Eats.

20. Family Activity: Shop Together

Shop Together. Use the grocery store visit as a learning experience as you shop for future breakfasts with your kids.

21. Easy Breakfast Pizza Recipe

This yummy Bubble Breakfast Pizza is from The Taylor House…too good to miss.

22. Cool Pumpkin Snake Pancakes

These Pumpkin Snakes pancakes from Kiddie Foodies are rolled into the shape of my least favorite animal, but are so cute to eat!

23. Healthy Egg Breakfast Recipe

This Healthy Egg Breakfast is one from The Taylor House that I want to eat, but I think the kids might like it too if there were some ingredient options.

24. Creepily Yummy Banana Spiders

Since we are eating creepy food, how about these precious Banana Spiders?

25. Sweet Dessert for Breakfast

Make these cereal-based treats Dessert for Breakfast for everyday breakfast fun from Yahoo Shine.

26. Cute and Yummy baby Frittatas

This kid-friendly Baby Frittatas breakfast idea from Hallmark is something I can’t wait to try. Just looking at it make my mouth water!

27. Cute Teddy Bear Pancakes

Teddy Bear Pancakes is a super cute breakfast recipe idea from Kiddie Foodies that is shaped like teddy.

28. Fun Oatmeal Mickey Mouse

I know you are thinking that oatmeal doesn’t really “form” into anything, but you will be proved wrong when you see Creative Kid Snack’s version of this Oatmeal Mickey Mouse icon.

29. Healthy Fruit Kabobs

This adorable Fruit Kabobs idea uses pinwheels as the base for some yummy fruit-on-a-stick.

30. Gluten-Free Pancake Recipe

This Pancake Recipe without Gluten, Dairy or Eggs is a tried and true recipe from Creative with Kids that can help the entire family eat together even if some members have dietary restrictions.

31. Baked Egg Sandwich Recipe

OK, this Baked Egg Sandwich is so cute, you just have to see it!  It is a baked egg sandwich shaped into a teddy bear from Kiddie Foodies.

32. Cinnamon Roll Snail Recipe

This Cinnamon Roll Snail is the perfect kid food that parents want to eat too from Living Locurto.

33. Nutty Chimp Bread Recipe

This Nutty Chimp Bread version of monkey bread looks delicious. I can’t wait to try this easy recipe from 3 Boys and a Dog.

34. Peanut Butter Hand Pie Recipe

This Peanut Butter Hand Pies recipe is something I could eat these any time of day, but breakfast sounds like a good start!

35. Cutely Shaped Pancakes Recipe

This Shaped Pancakes smart idea comes from Learn Play Imagine.

36. Mini Muffin Recipe Ideas

These Mini Muffin Ideas will be healthier if you choose one of these 4 ideas to cut the sugar in your favorite muffin recipe.

37. Healthy Muffin Tin Omelet Recipe

My family adores this Muffin Tin Omelets recipe and creates an omelet bar so each can have just the right amount of ingredients!

38. Snowflake Pancake Recipe

I love this Snowflake Pancakes idea for snowflake pancakes from Having Fun at Home.

39. Very Hungry Caterpillar Recipe

Inspired by the book, Karla M Curry created this Very Hungry Caterpillar – a sweet breakfast menu that would satisfy even a very hungry eater!

40. Healthy Breakfast in a Jar

I love this Strawberry Breakfast Parfait Breakfast in a Jar from The Taylor House that is stored in a jar. You could make a whole bunch for each family member ahead of time.

41. California Breakfast Casserole Recipe

This California Breakfast Casserole looks over-the-top amazing from Key Ingredient!

42. Fun French Toast Sticks Recipe

This French Toast Sticks is so fun from Weelicious.

43. Colorful Paint Your Pancakes Recipe

We love that this Paint your Pancakes breakfast brings in art…what will you paint?

44. Cool Shamrock Eggs Recipe

It doesn’t have to be St. Patrick’s Day to enjoy this Shamrock Eggs festive breakfast!

45. Blueberry Grover Recipe

This adorable Blueberry Grover idea from Creative Kid Snacks is just too cute not to try at your house!

46. Southwest Breakfast Casserole Recipe

If beef for dinner just isn’t enough at your house {like it isn’t at mine}, then this easy Southwest Breakfast Casserole recipe from A Day in the Motherhood will be a family-pleaser!

47. Lazy Woman Bread Recipe

This Lazy Woman Bread is a super easy bread recipe that can be made all at once or a little at a time.  Perfect for your breakfast schedule…mmmm, fresh bread!

48. Breakfast Granola Cups Recipe

Yum.  Yum.  Yum.  This Breakfast Granola Cups is a unique idea from Quick and Easy Recipes is sure to be a hit!

49. Strawberry Shortcake Crepes Recipe

Strawberry Shortcake Crepes are a favorite at our house and I can’t wait to try this version from The Taylor House.

50. Apple French Toast Overnight Casserole Recipe

This Apple French Toast Overnight Casserole is so easy to pull together the evening before and yummy to eat the next day.  What a great breakfast recipe from 3 Boys and a Dog.

51. Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pancake Recipe

One Creative Mommy has a delicious recipe for Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pancakes {Gluten-free} that is shaped into a pumpkin!

52. Sweet Breakfast Sundaes

These Breakfast Sundaes look so good and taste even better from Recipe.com.

53. Breakfast Doggie Bag

Like even the finest restaurants, you can send a Breakfast Doggie Bag along with a family member for a mid-morning snack.

54. Yummy Oatmeal Smoothie Recipe

We love this Oatmeal Smoothie recipe from Healthy Mama Info that combines some of our favorite breakfast foods into a delicious smoothie.

55. Easy Homemade Syrup Recipe

Your family will never want store-bought again, so choose this delicious Homemade Syrup recipe from Our Best Bites carefully!

56. Yummy Edible Books

Eat Edible Books for breakfast!  This crazy and cool idea is from Red Ted Art.

57. Bird’s Nest Breakfast Cups Recipe

Eggs and Bacon never looked so fancy, yet this Bird’s Nest Breakfast Cups from Taste of Home is both fancy and easy to make.

58. Pancake Topping Bar

Your favorite breakfast restaurant will not be able to compete against your homemade Pancake Topping Bar!

59. Play a Table Game Recipe

You will never look at waiting with a child the same after you see these amazing Play a Table Game ideas from Family Chic from Camilla Fabbri that turns the breakfast table into a game table.

60. Easy Oatmeal Recipe

This Easy Oatmeal is something I made daily and here are some tips on how to make it quick and easy…and yummy!

61. Cute Snowman Pancake Recipe

These Snowman Pancakes had me at bacon scarf…

62. Fun Questions at the Table

Get kids talking with some questions they won’t mind answering.  Love these breakfast ice-breakers Table Talk from Ooph.

63. Lemon Poppyseed Jam-Filled Muffins Recipe

These Lemon Poppyseed Jam-filled Muffins look amazing from 3 Boys and a Dog.

64. Family Eggs Benedict Recipe

This easy Family Eggs Benedict recipe has a secret weapon – the Poach Pod!

65. DIY Homemade Placemats

Almost any artwork can be turned into a placemat!  Each member of the family can create their own Homemade Placemats.

66. Yummy Waffle Recipe

I have tried many, many recipes. I am a waffle connoisseur. This is My Favorite Waffle Recipe

67. Peanut Butter Smoothie Recipe

This Peanut Butter Smoothie is just full of yummy!

68. Ovaltine Fruit Dip Recipe

This Ovaltine Fruit Dip chocolate-y drink doesn’t just have to go into milk. It can be the main ingredient of a fun fruit dip for breakfast.

69. Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins Recipe

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins – Oh…and they are healthy!  Check out this yummy idea from Luv a Bargain.

70. Fun Dinner Games

Modify these fun Table Entertainment dinner games for breakfast and you will start the day informed!

71. Easy Skillet Breakfast Recipe

One of our favorite breakfast spots has the most amazing Easy Skillet Breakfast meals. I can’t wait to try this from 3 Boys and a Dog to see if I can make something as yummy at home.

72. Heart Egg in a Basket Recipe

This Heart Egg in a Basket is simply the cutest idea, ever! Go check out how Reclaiming Provincial is serving eggs.

Which yummy breakfast recipe are you making today? Share in the comments!

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