These breakfast recipes for autistic kids are simple and autistic-friendly, so your child is sure to love them.
- Easy breakfast recipes for autistic kids
- 1. Overnight French Toast
- 2. Freezable, Dippable Applesauce Waffles
- 3. 3-Ingredient Banana Oatmeal Bars
- 4. Blue Pancakes
- 5. Biscoff Rice Flakes Porridge
- 6. Banana Milkshake (no ice cream)
- 7. Air Fryer Baked Eggs with Cheese
- 8. Mini Gluten-Free Cinnamon Pancake Bites
- 9. Maple Sweetened Banana Muffins
- 10. Flawless Cheese and Bacon Turnovers
- More Easy Recipes for Autism, Picky Eaters and Sensory Issues
Easy breakfast recipes for autistic kids
The recipes in this list meet the following qualifiers:
- Would I eat it? (Assuming I’m not allergic.)
- Are these simple? I considered ingredients as well as prep, cook, and bake time.
- Could a single mom with an elementary age child and a baby or toddler make this for a restless, hungry autistic child?
- Is it before-school-friendly? (If you couldn’t make it before school — quickly — what’s the point?
Use stale bread, which soaks up the egg and cinnamon mixture so the French toast tastes better. Prepare these the night before and fry them in the morning. Pair with fruit and top with powdered sugar for a delectable morning treat.
Pair these make-ahead, freezer-friendly waffles with your favorite syrup or waffle sauce. Reheat frozen waffles in the microwave, toaster or a toaster oven for a quick, healthy breakfast.
This recipe might completely replace your frozen waffle game, since these waffles can be frozen.
Make these oatmeal bars ahead of time, like at the beginning of the week, so you and the family can grab their breakfast and go. These bars are also great for snacking. Substitute the peanut butter with a nut-free spread if you’re allergic.
Create vibrant, blue pancakes with the special ingredient (spirulina) and tell me how it tastes. Not recommended for people who have mold or yeast allergies (like me). If ever there were true “mermaid pancakes”, these would be it.
If your autistic child isn’t into the idea of mermaid pancakes, try Blue’s Clues or Bluey.
Have you heard of Biscoff cookies? Okay, what about for breakfast? Imagine telling your kid that cookies are for breakfast. I would probably add more cookie to this, so it tastes entirely like Biscoff and feels like a creamier Biscoff cookie butter.
Treat yourself and your little one(s) to a banana milkshake for breakfast. There’s no ice cream in this, so if you feel that ice cream shouldn’t be had before dinner, it’s safe.
Add more banana slices for the autistic children who like hidden texture. They’re usually the same ones who layer their ice cream toppings or mix mashed potatoes with literally any other food on their plate.
(The “hidden texture” sensory input should not be taken advantage of just because you think it’s easy and anything qualifies as a “hidden texture”. The hidden texture must be pleasant to the person experiencing it.)
If you’re squeamish about cooking eggs, or want to spend less time standing near a hot stove, try making them in an air fryer.
Eggs were one of my favorite foods as a kid, especially the ones where the yolk was a little runny, but I wasn’t a fan of how they cook on the stove. From a sensory perspective, air fryer baked eggs look more likely to provide a reliable texture once you get your air fryer timing right (since all appliances vary).
If your child is able to work with an air fryer based on their developmental milestones, then this is also a meal/snack you could teach them to make themselves.
Okay, I thought these were just mini muffins at first. They’re actually pancakes in easy-to-hold, bite-sized form. Best of all: They’re dippable! I think I love the mini muffin-like concept wayyy more than pancake coins I buy from the freezer section.
Instead of cooking the pancakes on the stove, they’re baked in the oven. These gluten-free pancake bites are also egg-free, and you can replace the “egg” ingredients for your own faux egg of choice. This is a great opportunity to work flaxseed or chia seeds into the pancakes (though autistic kids might not enjoy the random crunch chia seeds provide).
If you want muffins…try these. They look like an autistic bread lover’s dream — so pull-apart-able! My mouth is watering just from thinking about pulling off the tops with my fingers and eating them.
If your autistic child also has a mold allergy or gluten intolerance, oat flour is a good 1:1 replacement. I discovered years ago that oats and wheat aren’t the same. Quick oats can be blended (via food processor) to make oat flour, if you’re pressed for cash.
While everyone is different, oats are considered safe for severe mold allergies. Whole wheat is considered higher in mold than white wheat or all-purpose flour. So, your kid can still enjoy these muffins.
When I first saw “flawless” in the title and then the picture, I thought, “No way this fancy photo is gonna be easy to make.” But it is.
I could even involve my youngest niece in making these, and they’d still turn out beautiful.
These cheese and bacon turnovers are freezer-friendly, meaning you can make them ahead and reheat in the oven or air fryer. They remind me of croissant hot pockets.
I’m sure the bacon could be replaced with diced ham or other meats, or maybe even jam (jam and cheese are a wonderful combination) if bacon doesn’t meet your needs.
What does your child eat for breakfast? Share in the comments.
P.S. These morning recipes are great for autistic adults, too.
More Easy Recipes for Autism, Picky Eaters and Sensory Issues
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