Back to school breakfast ideas can be hard enough, but when you add the necessity of gluten-free into the mix, it can be down right frustrating. But finding healthy gluten-free options isn’t all that hard. With a little forethought you can even serve up something hot in a hurry.

Cold Cereal:

  • Although I’m not a huge fan of cold cereal for breakfast. Mainly because I don’t think that they keep you or your child full enough to last until lunchtime. That being said, there are some really good gluten-free brands out there to choose from. Kay’s Brand are says that they are low glycemic, gluten free and packed with protein. If so, the protein would help to keep you feeling full longer. They have at least three different kinds. Ener-G foods also offer gluten-free cold cereals.
  • Gluten-Free granola or granola bars, for breakfast. You can whip up my healthier version pretty quickly. You can find the recipe here

Hot Cereal:

  • You can make hot cereal for breakfast also. There is quite a choice out there. Millet, grits, cream of Buckwheat, (sounds like it has wheat in it, but trust me it is completely gluten-free), quinoa, gluten-free oatmeal and teff. Just to name a few.

Pancakes or Waffles:

  • You can go with ready made frozen gluten free waffles, like Van’s Toaster Waffles, or you can make your own with a good gluten free pancake and waffle mix and a waffle iron. Just make more waffles than you plan to eat and freeze the rest in a Ziploc bag. When you’re ready to have them, just plunk them into the toaster or toaster oven frozen, heat and eat.
  • Another choice for pancakes is buckwheat pancakes. They are delicious and have more health benefits than regular gluten free options. Here is an article I wrote last year and my recipe for buttermilk buckwheat pancakes.


  • Fresh eggs in all forms are an extremely healthy breakfast. Omelettes filled with anything from spinach, mushrooms, ham, cheddar cheese, broccoli, onions or whatever you like are a very filling way to start the day.
  • Omelettes not your style? How about an egg muffin? These make ahead “muffins” are healthy, nutritious and loaded with veggies. Here’s my recipe for sausage egg muffins. What makes them nice is that they are make ahead and so a “grab and go” easy breakfast for those mornings when you or the kids are eating on the run.

Gluten-Free Breads, Muffins, and Bagels:

  • Although, again, like with the cold cereal, I don’t think that these kinds of breakfasts will stick with you or your child until lunchtime. But…adding in some healthy fats like avocado, peanut butter or other nut butter will help them “stick to your ribs”. I have a great recipe for Paleo Banana Muffins here: Muffins
  • Do you miss those breakfast sandwiches from “Golden Arches”? I’ve got a copycat recipe for a gluten-free version here: Gluten-Free Egg MacMuffins


  • Let’s not forget about smoothies. They can be loaded with your full daily requirements of fruits and veggies. You can find several of my smoothies recipes here: Smoothies

I hope these ideas help to get you and your children eating a nutritious breakfast before you head out the door.