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Gluten Free & Dairy Free Breakfasts for Kids

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If your kid has always eaten like the typical American kid for breakfast and you suddenly have to eat gluten and dairy free, you might be at a loss on what to feed them for breakfast. Plenty, if not all, standard American breakfasts are made up of primarily gluten and dairy. So, what do you feed them now? There are a lot of substitutes out there, but the price of them adds up quickly. Here, I’d like to mention a few ideas you could try that have worked for us. 

Hearty Options

My kids and I prefer a hearty breakfast, and I mean hearty. It needs to be full of protein, healthy fats, and preferably some fruits and vegetables too. That is a tall order for picky kids and a rushed morning, but we do our best. Our options have varied a lot over the years, but here is a brief list of our current go to options for quick and filling breakfasts.

  1. Sausage and egg scramble – grind up some breakfast sausage, toss in eggs whisked with salt, pepper, and dairy free milk
  2. Oatmeal Cookies
  3. Baked Oatmeal
  4. Oatmeal (I try to load it with healthy fats, protein, and grated or mashed veggies) and fruit
  5. Premade Muffins with sausage, scrambled eggs, or bacon
  6. Sausage, sweet potato, and apple hash with eggs
  7. Really, anything I can premake (muffins, waffles, pancakes, baked oatmeal) and freeze to serve with a protein and fruit
  8. Smoothies (with fruit, veggies, protein, and healthy fats) with a muffin or protein


Quick and Light Options

Some kids might not want or need something so heavy in the morning or you might just need something really quick. These are also great alternatives if your kid has been having things like cereal, breakfast bars, pop-tarts, donuts, etc. We also like these to go along with some protein as a treat or even for snacks sometimes.

  1. GF/DF Cereals
    1. Chex – honey nut, cinnamon, chocolate, and peanut butter are all gluten and dairy free (and top picks around here)
    2. Cheerios – so many to choose from
    3. Homemade or store-bought granola
    4. Any specialty gluten free cereal you want to try from brands like Van’s, Kashi, Mom’s Best, etc. There are a few really good ones, but they are usually much more expensive than conventional cereals. In my opinion, many of them taste like cardboard covered in sugar and spices which isn’t worth the price to me. I frequently find these in the clearance section and buy them then to try out.
  2. Frozen GF Waffles or Pancakes – I like to get these when they are on sale or less the $2 for a box of 8. I usually get them from Kroger or Trader Joes.
  3. Garden Lites muffins by the brand “Veggies Made Great”
  4. Gluten Free Cereal Bars – my kids love the gluten free version of “Nature’s Bakery” fig bars
  5. Peanut Butter toast on GF bread


More Adventurous Options

  1. Breakfast Casserole – This is great to make at the beginning of the week and then eat on throughout the week. In a greased 9×13 pan, just throw in potatoes as a base (diced sweet potatoes, diced potatoes, hashbrowns, etc.), any meat (breakfast sausage crumbles, diced bacon, ham, even just ground beef), veggies if tolerated (onions, diced peppers, broccoli, spinach), and eggs whisked with milk.
  2. Add veggies to the sausage/bacon and egg scramble
  3. Potato Toasts (sweet or white) topped with whatever you want
    • Smashed avocado and smoked salmon
    • Smashed avocado and boiled egg
    • Just ghee or vegan butter
    • Honey
    • Smashed avocado and any leftover meat
    • Cream Cheese alternative


I hope this helps you brainstorm some good breakfast ideas that will work for your family. If you have more suggestions you would like to add or questions, please comment below. We can all benefit from new and fresh meal ideas as well as clarification.


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