30 Grab and Go Breakfast Ideas for Schools

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it is often a busy time for parents trying to get out of the door to work and school. 

These easy grab and go breakfast ideas are great for students of all ages. Even mom and dad will be wanting to grab their own! 

1.Overnight Oats

This quick, tasty breakfast can be made in bulk for a whole week of breakfast oats. One great part of overnight oats is the ability to make so many recipes.

They can be made with fruit, peanut butter, almond milk, and many other alternatives. 

Overnight Oats

Overnight oats can be made with traditional oats or quick oats and seasoned with cinnamon, honey, and so many more options. 

Overnight oats can be made in Tupperware, disposable plastic cups, or glass mason jars and eaten with a disposable spoon. 

Make themed oats like s’mores, banana pudding, and the apple pie cup listed above. Oats do not have to be boring. The better they taste, the more kids will eat them. 

2.Breakfast Burritos

Breakfast burritos are packed with high protein from eggs, sausage, bacon, cheese, and any other additions.

Top it off with some delicious pico de gallo to add some spice and flavor in a small container. These can be made ahead of time and frozen in freezer bags to grab before school. 

Breakfast Burritos

On top of being easy to make and take, they are also budget friendly. One bag of tortillas goes a long way in creating breakfast for the family. 

3.Breakfast Roll ups

Roll ups have endless options from sliced bread covered in nutella to egg, cheese, and ham rolled in a tortilla. Making these in bulk allows for the whole family to grab one while walking out the door.

Depending on the ingredients, no heat is required on many of the roll up options helping to cut down on the amount of time it takes to get ready before school. 

When making nutella roll ups, make them an even tastier treat with white powdered sugar on top.

Breakfast Roll-ups

Roll ups are another budget friendly option with bread and a container of nutella or other ingredients. 


Muffins are a fan favorite for elementary students who may be picky eaters, and it can be a fun way to get baking in the kitchen together.

Muffins can be a sweet treat with chocolate chips or made healthier with blueberries, cranberries, and many versatile ingredients. 

Pick out the best berries in the market and make the muffins from scratch, or pick up an easy premade muffin package for an even faster baking experience. 


Bake them together with the kids for a fun memory in the kitchen. These little moments are so precious while the kids grow too fast. 


Whip up some creamy eggs, sharp cheddar cheese, and a handful of iron rich spinach for a delicious quiche to slice and grab before school.

Not only is this packed with protein, but it is also a great choice for high school students who enjoy a healthier alternative for breakfast. 


Have leftovers? Quiche makes for a fantastic brunch or lunch choice as well. Eating leftovers helps when budgeting especially with hungry teenagers. 

6.Protein Box 

Protein boxes have many options to make them gluten free, allergy friendly, or healthy for weight loss.

Some options include a boiled egg, greek yogurt, oats, nuts, fruit, and so many more. Get creative and pack the family’s favorites in these yummy protein boxes.  

Protein box

7.Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches

Breakfast sandwiches are a traditional breakfast found at many fast food places because they are quick to make and taste great!

Make them ahead of time and freeze for easy options throughout the week. 

Freezer Sandwich

Breakfast sandwiches can be made with biscuits or English muffins for less messy options in the car.

Egg and cheese are not for everyone, but for those that love them, they bring extra calories to fill up bellies for a day of learning. 

8.Egg Cups

If you meal prep before the week begins, egg cups should be in your prep list of easy options.

Grab a muffin tin, eggs, and ingredients such as sausage, cheese, bacon, tomatoes, and more. Mix it all up and pour into the muffin tin to make individual egg cups. 

Breakfast Egg Cups

I like to make these with my child so he can help with mixing up the ingredients in a big bowl together and pour it into the pan with me. It makes for a messy but fun time together.

9.Oatmeal Bars

Bite into a chewy bar filled with cinnamon, spice and everything nice from a freshly baked oatmeal bar. 

Oatmeal bars

Oatmeal bars can be mixed with Chia seeds, nuts, berries, and many other ingredients to give high amounts of grain for daily nutrition as well as fiber.

These are a low fat option without taking away delicious taste from spices like cinnamon or vanilla extract.

Bake oatmeal bars in the oven for some great, chewy bars for everyone to enjoy.

10.Breakfast Quesadilla 

Skip taco Tuesday and instead opt for breakfast quesadillas! They can be made with corn or flour tortillas with eggs, cheese, sausage, or bacon. 

Breakfast Quesadilla

Throw in some fresh ingredients like spinach, tomatoes, and cilantro to make a colorful and flavor packed breakfast quesadilla. 

Turn them into a vegetarian breakfast choice by skipping the animal products and instead choosing ingredients like bell peppers, quinoa, and onions. 

11.Smoothies and Smoothie Bags

Smoothies are great to make ahead in the blender and set aside in individual to-go cups in the refrigerator, or make individual smoothie bags filled with the fresh ingredients to toss in the blender for a quick morning breakfast.

When elementary students refuse to eat their leafy greens but love fruity flavors, a smoothie is a great way to sneak in those secret greens like spinach and kale masked by fruit such as bananas, mangos, berries, and other fruits.

Many high school students as well as middle school students participate in sports. To keep their bodies in shape, it is important to get all of the necessary vitamins for energy and immune support. Smoothies make a great option for these students.

12.French Toast 

Whether you make French toast into sticks or the whole slice of bread, French toast is a yummy alternative for breakfast.

Using whisked eggs to soak the bread before frying makes the bread much lighter and fluffier while adding protein to the mix.

French Toast with Cinnamon

When time is shorter than usual, grab some frozen French toast sticks to heat up before school.

Frozen French toast sticks are delicious, and no one can turn down a quick 30-60 seconds of heating up breakfast.

13.Waffle Sandwich

Have you ever heard of chicken and waffles? These waffle sandwiches take this idea on the go.

Waffle Sandwich

Make homemade waffles, or opt for frozen waffles for this easy recipe. No judgment here!

Then put some fried chicken tenders in the middle with a little bit of syrup soaked into the waffles. 

Ta-da! Chicken and waffles to go! 

14.No Bake Granola Balls

Having a breakfast option that does not need to be baked makes for one fast an easy breakfast choice. We like those kinds of breakfast options. 

Mixing up these ingredients is simple while full of possibility. Choose from some common favorites such as: 

  • Flax seed
  • Oats (old fashion or instant)
  • Chocolate chips
  • Honey
  • Nut butter (peanut, almond, etc.)
  • Chia seeds
  • M&Ms
  • Coconut flakes
  • Raisins
  • Nuts
  • Vanilla extract

Find which ingredients are best and the most friendly with the family’s dietary needs to mix together and form into shapes of a ball for a simple breakfast that can double as a great snack for later.

15.Pancake Bites

Miniature Pancakes are both adorable and easy for small hands to take to-go. These can be made the traditional way in a skillet on the stove, or for a bulk option, make them in muffin tins. 

Mix up the pancake batter and drop in additional ingredients such as chocolate chips or berries to amp up the flavor inside. Looking to get creative and a bit less messy?

Feel free to mix the syrup directly in the batter for the taste it gives without have sticky syrup on the go.

Alternatively, disposable dip cups make for an easy syrup container without chasing down tupperware later.

16.Gluten Free Coffee Cake

Coffee cake may sound like a pass for students because of the word coffee, but rest assured this caffeine free cake is free of coffee.

It was created to be dipped into coffee for a lovely pairing. Dip this in your coffee 

While it is traditionally baked with flour and butter, this cinnamon goodness can be made with gluten free butter as well as dairy free smart butter for a gluten friendly and dairy free option. 

17.Gluten Free Monkey Bread

Like most recipes, monkey bread can be made with gluten-free flour for a breakfast for all of your little monkeys in the house. 

Pull apart this crazy bread, and pack it into containers to go for a fast, heat free breakfast. Stopping to warm up breakfast while walking out the door or trying to get ready adds more time to the morning routine. Skip the step with this idea. 

18.Gluten Free Applesauce Pancakes

A great benefit of pancakes is being able to make many of them for now and freeze some for later to make meal prep easier other days.

Applesauce is a great addition to gluten free pancakes to substitute flour, but it also adds a cinnamon and apple taste to the pancakes making them extra delicious. 

Applesauce brings both delicious smells and taste, but it also makes the pancakes fluffy and moist.

For these delicious pancakes, opt for dairy free milk or use cow milk to create a yummy breakfast for any elementary school students that may have allergies.

19.Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls

For the sweet tooth in the family, make cinnamon rolls for a quick breakfast before school. For a gluten free option, here is a recipe to try out.

Pair the cinnamon up with a tall glass of milk from cows, coconuts, almonds, or your choice of dairy free milk for a boost of calcium to start the day. 

20.Dairy Free Sweet Potato Muffins

Muffins are traditionally made with various sweet ingredients or even bran for some great fiber, but have you tried sweet potato muffins?

Experts say we eat with our eyes, and a pleasing, bright orange muffin made from fresh sweet potatoes is sure to do the trick of pleasing the eyes. 

For a recipe that is not only dairy free but also vegan, check out this recipe here.

Sweet potatoes are full of magnesium, vitamin A, and folate to fill the body with necessary nutrients to get through the day with a healthy start. 

21.Dairy Free Breakfast Pizza 

Crescent rolls are not always made with butter! It is quite a shocking revelation for many, but palm oil is often used in place of butter because of its longer shelf life.

Find crescent rolls that are dairy free to stack up the breakfast ingredients for a yummy breakfast pizza that will please students who crave pizza for breakfast.

Top the pizza off breakfast meats like sausage and bacon, or make it a vegetarian pizza loaded with veggies and herbs.

One great benefit to breakfast pizzas is being able to tailor each personal pizza to each individual’s preferences.

22.Yogurt Parfait

Whether you opt for traditional yogurt or greek yogurt, parfaits make a great breakfast on the go.

Yoghurt Parfait

They can be prepared in Tupperware containers or in disposable containers to reduce the risk of chasing down containers from kids or them being accidentally thrown away at school. Likewise, disposable spoons can easily be packed in a bag to go. 

Make parfaits ahead of time with your child’s favorite flavor of yogurt and add in some color with fresh blueberries, strawberries,  or even mandarin oranges.

Don’t forget the crunch! Granola or oats add the right amount of crunch to make a tasty parfait. 

23.Cheddar Bacon Biscuits

If you like the delicious flavor of cheesy, bacon biscuit sandwiches but dislike the mess it can make, these are for you. 

Mix up biscuit batter, shredded cheese, and bacon to make the biscuits without the hassle.

Serve them up fresh and warm to take out of the door, or store them to quickly reheat in the microwave for a convenient breakfast. 

24.Pigs in a Blanket

Pigs in a blanket are easy to make and reheat well. Make them large with big sausages, hot dogs, or mini cocktail sausages and rolled up in crescent rolls. 

This gets the day going with iron and protein from the meat and leaves them filled up for class.it’s hard to focus on school and learning with a rumbling stomach.  


From plain bagels to everything bagels covered in amazing smelling and tasting seasonings on top, bagels are sure to make for an easy breakfast before school. 


Smother them in cream cheese, butter, or top them with eggs, cheese, and bacon or sausage for an enhanced bagel experience. 

26.Avocado Toast

Avocados are high in healthy fat and protein while staying lean and healthy. Put a little green in the day with slices of toast covered in avocado spread.

I have a picky eater who likes white bread, but if you’re looking for healthy ideas, I prefer whole wheat toast topped with natural grains. 

Other bread options could be gluten free, sourdough, rye, or even crackers! Get even fancier with a little spritz of lime juice for extra tangy flavor. 

27.Apple Slices and Nut Butter 

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, or so they say. Did you know an apple can wake you up more than a cup of coffee? 

Make slicing apples even easier with an apple slicer that cuts apple slices while removing the core.

Pack some nut butter of choice for protein such as almond or peanut butter or caramel for a nut free option. 

28.Protein Shake 

Time can be in a crunch while rushing around the house to get to school on time. When this happens, but your student needs high protein without a big heavy meal, protein shakes are a great option. 

They can also help with weight loss when it is a priority. Protein shakes are quick and easy to make in the blender or a shaker bottle with protein mix, milk or water, and ice. 

Using a banana in a protein shake adds great vitamins, and it makes the shake a thicker consistency like a milkshake.

When protein shakes taste too much like protein, add in sugar free pudding mix for a huge boost of sweetness to disguise the protein taste.

If using a blender, make cleanup even faster by blending up warm soapy water. 

29.Frozen Yogurt Bites

Mix together all of the family’s favorite berries and yogurt to drop right onto parchment paper and freeze for an easy out the door breakfast. 

These yogurt bites make tasty treats for young students to easily hold in their hands without having to hold too many things. 

Make these with different yogurt flavors and types including Greek or traditional yogurt. 

30.Breakfast Cookies

Cookies for breakfast? Sign us up! 

Hear me out, cookies aren’t always a sugary treat served for dessert, but those are certainly delicious as well. 

Breakfast Cookies

They can also be baked with oatmeal, apples, cinnamon, raisins, and many yummy ingredients for a filling cookie that includes grains for the day.

Try them out and see how much students like middle school snackers like them.

Breakfast Doesn’t Have to Be Complicated

Kids are often difficult to get up and get ready for school in the mornings on top of getting yourself ready for the day.

Adding a sit down breakfast time is nearly impossible for many families to squeeze in before school. 

These 30 grab and go breakfast ideas can help speed up the morning process with their convenience and versatility. 

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