25+ Back to School Breakfast Ideas

With school started up again, mornings are much busier than they are during the summer. I find that it helps to have a breakfast plan, which often includes having breakfast foods in the freezer or making it the night before so it’s ready to go in the oven in the morning. Here are over 25 breakfast ideas to help you with back to school mornings.

25+ Back to School Breakfast Ideas at The Happy  Housewife

Waffles, Pancakes & French Toast

These breakfast foods can be made ahead and frozen. See my tips for freezing pancakes and waffles (the tips would apply to French toast too).


Granola, Bars, and Other

Egg Based



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Apple Butter Stuffed French Toast

Apple Butter Stuffed French Toast at The Happy Housewife
By contributing writer Andrea Green

French toast is one of my favorite breakfasts to make. Adding apple butter to make Apple Butter Stuffed French Toast makes this French toast taste just like fall.

My oldest daughter does not like eggs. French toast is my way of sneaking an egg in because it seems that after having an egg at breakfast, they don’t get hungry again as quickly. Have you found that?

When you stuff your french toast with apple butter, you don’t need to add any maple syrup on top. I did shake a little powdered sugar over the top to make it look pretty. But trust me, it is plenty sweet without it.

You’ll get an extra boost of fall flavor by adding apple pie spice to the egg batter. If you don’t have any on hand, it is easy to mix up a batch of homemade apple pie spice. Or, to be really simple, just add some cinnamon.

I like to use whole sweeteners in my recipes, so I use maple syrup in the batter. Feel free to substitute sugar if that’s what you have on hand.

Apple Butter Stuffed French Toast
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup (may substitute sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 8 slices bread
  • 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • ¼ cup apple butter
  1. In a shallow bowl or pie plate, whisk together milk, eggs, maple syrup, vanilla and apple pie spice.
  2. Place 4 slices bread in egg mixture and allow to sit for 1 minute before turning over and soaking the second side for 1 minute.
  3. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a skillet over medium heat.
  4. Add soaked bread and cook until golden brown, about 4 minutes per side.
  5. Remove bread and cover to keep warm. Repeat with remaining 4 pieces of bread.
  6. Spread 4 slices of bread with apple butter then top with remaining 4 pieces. Serve warm.

Are you a french toast fan?

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Earlier this year I was visiting Epcot with my family and my daughter and I passed a cronut stand. We intrigued by the name and decided to order one, even though we really had no idea what it was, except it smelled absolutely amazing!

What came out was a deep fried croissant covered in cinnamon and sugar. It was so amazingly delicious my daughter and I quickly ate it before we met up with the rest of the family so we didn’t have to share.


Two adults shoving deep fried croissant in their mouth as they walked through the World Showcase to avoid having to share.

It was just that good.

Since then, it’s been on my list of thing I want to try to make at home. I felt the family needed a chance to taste these delicious treats and I didn’t want to be greedy. ;-)

We usually do something to celebrate the last day of summer (before we start school) so I thought the best way to tell my kids summer was officially over was with plate of delicious, melt in your mouth cronuts.

It worked. They were so happy, they didn’t even care that their days of sleeping until 10:30 and staying up way too late were coming to an end. They were eating cronuts.

Easy Recipe for Homemade Cronuts | The Happy Housewife

Here’s the really cool part. All you need is a tube of crescent rolls, oil, and a sprinkling of sugar.

Recipe type: Breakfast
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Serves: 8
These deep fried crescent rolls are a fun breakfast treat!
  • Crescent rolls
  • Canola oil (or any other frying oil)
  • Powdered sugar
  • Granulated sugar
  • Cinnamon
  1. Heat oil in a heavy pan to 350 degrees.
  2. Open the can(s) of crescent rolls.
  3. Divide each crescent triangle in half.
  4. Either create donut shapes or "holes" with the crescent dough.
  5. Drop dough into the hot oil.
  6. Fry approx 90 seconds on each side or until golden brown.
  7. Place on a paper towel to drain.
  8. Top with powdered sugar or a mixture of cinnamon and granulated sugar.

Here’s a little fried food tip. Place a paper grocery bag on the counter and then cover with paper towels. This keeps your counters from getting super greasy and gross. It also makes clean up a breeze!

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You can also use a sifter to sprinkle powdered sugar on the cronuts.

Yummmmm. I don’t eat sugary, fried food very often, but when I do I go crazy. :-)

The best part about this treat is that all the kids can help.

Warning: Do not let your kids fry the cronuts! You all probably know that already, but people have done crazier things. 

Five year olds however, are just the right age for shaping.

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Sometimes they drop them on the floor and try to pick them up really quickly before mom notices and makes them throw it away.

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Our circle cronuts didn’t want to stay together.

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We gave up and made holes. Much easier and you can eat more and it doesn’t count.

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Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie for Back to School Mornings at The Happy HousewifeBy contributing writer Tessa

With the start of school just around the corner (or here), finding some quick super nutritious breakfast options is forefront on many mom’s minds. Breakfast is so important as a foundation for building a successful learner!

Smoothies are a great way to get a lot of nutrition into a convenient, very quick breakfast.

I developed this smoothie while on vacation. I did not have a high powered blender, so I needed things that would effortlessly blend in a basic blender. I also wanted to include as many good foods as I could to nourish my little one’s bodies.

Protein is a key ingredient in a balanced, before school meal. Our brains need protein to focus and regulate our moods. This is especially true in kids with ADD, so a typical breakfast cereal or pop tart is simply not going to cut it!

Banana tip: When I have bananas that get over-ripe, I peel them, break them into pieces, and freeze them for later use in smoothies and baked goods.

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie for Back to School Mornings at The Happy Housewife

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
Serves: 2
  • 2 cups any milk (I used unsweetened coconut milk)
  • 2 ripe bananas, frozen or not
  • 3 tablespoons any nut butter (peanut, sunflower, and almond are all tasty!)
  • ⅓ cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ Haas avocado
  • 2 tablespoons gelatin, optional (additional protein - 6g/tablespoon)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Dash of sea salt, optional
  • Handful ice cubes, optional
  • Honey, maple syrup, or stevia drops to taste (this will depend on the sweetness of your bananas)
  1. Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.

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