Gluten Free Breakfast Foods for Kids

Updated on February 7, 2017
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Breakfast continues to be most important meal of the day. Children need to go to school with healthy food in their stomachs to help them pay attention and do well.

Busy households need easy-to-prepare breakfast items that will be eaten without too much squabble. When my picky daughter was put on a gluten free diet, my husband and I groaned, thinking, "No bagels, no cereal, no muffins . . . what will we do? What can we get this child to eat?"

After a few bumpy mornings with gluten free duds, we found some options that she likes and that fit our quick morning routine!

Wonderful gluten free pancakes and waffles
Wonderful gluten free pancakes and waffles | Source

Ideas and Product Reviews

Fruit Smoothies

Simple to make and full of vitamin C and other nutrients, fruit smoothies are great morning options for those avoiding gluten. Just mix strawberries, bananas, gluten free yogurt and some orange juice in the blender for a delicious healthy beverage.

Chex Cereal

Most cereals are made with oats or wheat. Chex Apple Cinnamon, my daughter's favorite, is made with whole grain rice and has no artificial favors or colors. Chex cereal comes in six gluten free varieties. The Apple Cinnamon is sweet tasting, but only has 8 grams of sugar--not bad for a kids' cereal.

King Arthur's Gluten Free Muffin Mix

Finding gluten free breads and muffins that taste good is a bit of a challenge. The absence of gluten usually leaves the texture of these items a bit grainy. This particular muffin mix pleasantly surprised my whole family. It consists of rice and tapioca flours and is manufactured in a dedicated gluten free facility. Providing 12% of daily recommended dietary fiber (not including your add-ins), these muffins are healthy and delicious. Plus, you can add in your own ingredients like raisins, chocolate chips, nuts or berries. Make it the night before, so it is ready for your busy morning.

Kinnikinnick Gluten Free Chocolate Donuts

Frozen in a box, these donuts are no comparison to Dunkin' Donuts or Krispy Kreme, but for a kid who wants a special breakfast treat every now and then, it is a good option. Just pop the donut in the microwave for 20 seconds and enjoy! Caution--over cooking is not recommended. Be sure to serve it with yogurt or a fruit smoothie for added nutrition. This particular brand of donuts is found at Whole Foods in the freezer section.

Maple Grove Farms Gluten Free Pancake & Waffle Mix

We have been making waffles using Maple Grove Farms natural mix for years. I was so excited to find the gluten free version. It tastes slightly inferior, but not too different than the regular mix. I find the waffles a bit quicker to make on school mornings than pancakes, but both are good breakfast options. Leftover pancakes and waffles wrapped and stored in the refrigerator reheat nicely in the microwave too. Be sure to use pure maple syrup as many other varieties contain gluten used as a thickening agent.

Van's Gluten Free Waffles

If you are short on time, Van's frozen waffles are a good option. They come out of the toaster crunchy, not soggy. Though not quite as sweet as the traditional Kellogg's Eggo waffle, the flavor is good and the consistency is excellent. If shopping for this product in the frozen foods section of the grocery store, make sure you pay attention to the package. There are several varieties, but not all are gluten free.

Homemade Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

Another family favorite in my house is homemade banana chocolate chip bread. Made using gluten free flour, it is a delicious breakfast item we can all eat. Try the recipe at http://lauragspeaks.hubpages.com/hub/Gluten-Free-Banana-Chocolate-Chip-Bread-Recipe.

Gluten free banana chocolate chip bread
Gluten free banana chocolate chip bread | Source

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    Do you have a favorite gluten free food? Please share your tips!

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        liam joyce 3 years ago

        can you pls post me gluten free and dairy free products. my grandson is temporarily off almost everything. thanks.

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        LauraGSpeaks 3 years ago from Raleigh, NC

        @ThatMommyBlogger, would you believe the grocery store we used to buy them at stopped carrying them? We miss those donuts, but glad that they are still around in your area. Thanks for stopping by!

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        Missy 3 years ago from The Midwest

        We buy those donuts too, and they are amazing!

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        LauraGSpeaks 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

        angela_michelle--Chex is great breakfast food and just great for snacking. We have tried most of the different flavors and like them all. There are more and more GF options all the time!

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        Angela Michelle Schultz 5 years ago from United States

        I was kind of excited to see that there is a gluten free Chex... plus one is apple cinnamon. I have to admit, I've been wanting to know more about gluten and stuff. It's good to know I would have options if I do decide to live more gluten free.

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        Funom Theophilus Makama 5 years ago from Europe

        Thanks for the share and I was about to say exactly what crystaleyes said, but it is goos she has stated it very clearly. Your hub is very useful and definitely voted up

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        crystaleyes 5 years ago from Earth

        Great gluten-free breakfast options.. but gluten-free diet is recommended only during digestive ailments for those who have no wheat allergy, i think.... my kids have normal diet throughout the year.. I will use these options then.. thanks.. voted up

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        LauraGSpeaks 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

        GoodLady: I am so glad you found the information to be helpful. Thanks for sharing.

        Cycling: Celiac Disease is not a food allergy--it is an autoimmune disease that has serious consequences for a person's health, particularly the intestines, if ignored. There are blood tests and biopsies done to diagnose this condition. Many others suffer from various forms of gluten intolerance.

        It is quite different than exposing a child to germs so they boost their tolerance of viruses. In this case, if you keep giving a child with this condition food with gluten you can do damage to their body, in addition to them having chronic stomach pain. In most cases this condition is diagnosed by a pediatric gastrologist, not a nutritionist.

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        Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

        An excellent hub with some great information....very important for parents to read this hub and others like it. Well done!

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        Liam Hallam 5 years ago from Nottingham UK

        Is putting kids on a gluten free diet simply putting them inside a bubble? We never had gluten free years ago yet now almost everyone has a wheat allergy. It seems very easy for nutritionalists (a modern phenomenon which was previously never needed) to recommend such a diet when a child suffers digestive problems. It's like stopping your baby putting things in their mouth and sanitising everything around them- it develops your childs immunity and ability to respond to pathogens.

        In years time parents overcautious attitude could actually be having severely negative effects on their childrens later lives.

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        Penelope Hart 5 years ago from Rome, Italy

        You really have found some amazing alternative gluten free breakfasts that sound great. What a helpful useful list. Such a lot of research here. Voting up and sharing because this is such a useful Hub to any family.

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