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20 Mother's Day Breakfasts Easy Enough for Kids to Make

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Here's the thing about publishing heavenly Mother's Day brunch ideas on a blog read by moms: Someone else should be reading those posts so they can make us breakfast. What are we supposed to do -- email a link to the post to our husband and kids? Well, yeah, probably, but that's kind of a bummer and they're definitely not mind-readers. And anyway, maybe our people aren't so adept at cooking and barely know how to boil an egg, let alone whip up eggs Benedict.

Sigh. What would be nicer and more relaxing than sleeping in and waking up to the smell of fresh coffee and even fresher pancakes? (When does that ever happen?) If anyone wants our two cents, we would say that's the best way to start off Mother's Day -- actually scratch that. It's the correct way. What's a mom to do?

There's only one real solution.

So let's reel back the day's ambitions ... way, way back. Here are some breakfast ideas for people who barely have a grasp on how the toaster works. People who maybe know where you keep the milk. People who are capable of opening a package. Let's start there, with 20 realistic Mother's Day breakfast ideas our kids can actually serve us in bed (and not burn down the house). Don't worry, they're still delicious recipes! 

(And most importantly, make sure the kiddos use a tray so nothing spills!)

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1Coffee or Tea

One of the most important things to must figure out in advance is if mom likes coffee or tea, and how does she like it? Find out and have Dad help make it.

2Ready-to-Bake Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon rolls are as easy as can be -- and they smell dang good. All the kids have to do is turn on the oven, put the rolls on a baking sheet, bake for a set amount of time, and then frost. Using the oven is a little scary for some kids, so Dad supervision is important. Also, hopefully it would occur to someone to use a timer so as not to burn the cinnamon rolls.

3Fruit, Granola & Yogurt Parfait

All the kids have to do is scoop out some yogurt into a small glass or bowl, add some granola, and top with some berries. It's better if the berries have been washed and the leaves are removed, but Mama's not picky. Serve with a spoon, though.

4Lox & Cream Cheese on a Bagel

Okay, so slicing open the bagel is dangerous, so Dad will probably want to help out with this one. But once this baby is cut in half, just spread a nice, THICK later of cream cheese and top with a few pieces of lox, which is a kind of cured salmon. Those green things are capers, and it's better to get the salted kind, but they have to be rinsed -- you know what? Skip the capers. Just do the lox and and cream cheese and it's all golden.

5Bellini or Mimosa

A bellini is peach nectar with prosecco or any white wine (this is no time to be particular). Dad definitely knows how to open a bottle of sparkling wine, so he can help with that part. This is the fancy cousin to the mimosa, which is orange juice and sparkling wine -- and I certainly wouldn't turn a mimosa down if no one could find any peach nectar.


Donuts will definitely do. All they have to do is buy them, take them out of the bag or box, and put them on a plate. Ta-da!

7Fruit Skewers

They don't even have to use cute skewers like these. Even some cut-up fruit in a bowl with toothpicks on the side would work -- as long as the fruit is ripe!

8English Muffin Mini-Pizza

Just spread pizza sauce, top with grated mozzarella (or whatever cheese can be found), and toast in the toaster oven until the cheese is clearly melted. Yum.

9Puff Pastry Chocolate Croissants

Are the kids ready for a challenge? Okay, this is the most advanced idea. They can make chocolate croissants using puff pastry. Just cut into triangles, place some chocolate chips on the dough, roll up, and bake in a 350-degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or follow the proper baking instructions.

10French Toast Roll-Ups

How decadent are these French toast roll-ups? Have the kids assemble them with this recipe by The Girl Who Ate Everything! They can smear in whatever filling they want inside, like cream cheese or Nutella. Next, they just roll them in a cinnamon sugar mixture. Then have Dad do the actual frying part.

11Frozen Waffles

Before cringing at the sound of "frozen waffles," bear with me! First have the the kids heat up some waffles in the toaster. Then they can add delicious toppings, like ice cream or fresh fruit, that'll make us even forget how they came from the freezer. 

12Cinnamon Toast

Who doesn't love cinnamon toast? The kids do, and so do we. Plus, the recipe is so simple! Have the kiddos toast bread, add butter, and then sprinkle on cinnamon and sugar. 

13Frozen Bananas

For those who are in a warm climate by the time it's Mother's Day, how about some frozen bananas? Have the kids make these the night before, including the chocolate-dipping and everything. 

15Apple Donuts

Have dad help core out some apples and slice them into "donuts." Then have the kiddos decorate the slices with nuts and peanut butter. Healthy!

17Blueberry French Toast Casserole

For the French toast taste without having kids dealing with hot oil and skillets, opt for a French toast casserole, like this one by Super Healthy Kids. It takes just 10 minutes of prep, then have Dad help them bake it in the oven. 

18Breakfast Popsicles

Okay, we get that these two words don't exactly sound that appetizing, but stick with us. Breakfast popsicles are actually just like yogurt pops with fruit and maybe granola frozen inside them. Sounds yummy now, right? Follow this recipe by The Kitchn.

19Breakfast Roll-ups

Thanks to prepared croissants or some other kid of puff pastry, kids can assemble these yummy savory roll-ups. Have Dad make a batch of scrambled eggs, if a kiddo doesn't know how, and some frozen but cooked sausage, but have the kids assemble the roll-ups. Dad, obviously, can handle the oven.

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