High-Calorie Breakfast Ideas for Toddlers

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A list of 12 high-calorie breakfast ideas for toddlers. Ideas for adding healthy fats and calories to your toddler’s breakfast to help with weight-gain.

Are you struggling with breakfast and wondering: How can I add calories to my toddler’s diet? What are high-calorie breakfast foods for toddlers?

I’m a mom of two boys and am here to help! My toddler has been a slow gainer for most of his life, so I am always looking for ways to add extra calories and healthy fats to his diet to help him gain weight.

Breakfast is a great place to add extra calories. Since it is the first meal of the day it is often one where you child is hungry and will eat a lot. They also might be a little more open to trying new foods since they are more likely to be hungry.

I’m sharing 12 high-calorie breakfast ideas for toddlers based on what my toddler actually eats throughout the week. These high-calorie foods are healthy choices for your toddler and great for the whole family.

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Disclaimer: please consult your child’s pediatrician for advice on your child’s weight or any additional questions or concerns you may have. I am not a doctor, dietician, or nutritionist, but I am a mom of two who has a low-weight toddler and these are the meal ideas I personally use to help him gain weight.

High-Calorie Food Ideas

Healthy high-calorie foods for toddler include healthy fats, whole-milk dairy, whole grains, and high-calorie fruit. I normally try to serve at least one high-calorie food for my toddler at every meal, if not two or three.

Here are some ideas for healthy high-calorie foods:

  • Avocado
  • Nut Butters (peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, ect.)
  • Eggs
  • Whole-milk dairy (we like to choose organic grass-fed when available: milk, yogurt, butter)
  • Cream cheese
  • Coconut cream
  • Coconut oil
  • Banana
  • Raisins
  • Whole-grain breads and bagels

Favorite Feeding Supplies

Here are some of our favorite feeding supplies that can make meal times with toddlers just a little bit easier:

Ingenuity Booster Seat: sitting at the table and sitting at the right height can make a world of difference in getting your toddler to sit through a meal. We love the Ingenuity booster seat. Its the perfect height and so durable and easy to clean.

Pillowfort Plates: these are our favorite plates. They have held up so well for more than a year and can go through the dishwasher and are microwave safe. We use them for every single meal!

Dinneractive Utensil Set: my toddler just got these for his second birthday and he loves them! They make meal time so much fun and are extremely cute. They come with a fork and a spoon and are made in a few different colors.

High-Calorie Toddler Breakfast Ideas

High-Calorie Toddler Breakfasts: fried egg, avocado toast, pb&j bagel, yogurt parfait with pb
  1. Fried Egg and Peanut Butter Toast: eggs can be a great healthy fat for toddlers. I cook our fried eggs in grass-fed butter which makes them extra tasty and calorie-dense. Side of peanut butter toast.
  1. Avocado Toast and Banana: smooshed avocado on whole-grain toast (we really like Dave’s Killer Bread). Sometimes I cut toast into strips, small squares, or simply halve or quarter the bread. Side of banana.
  1. PB&J Mini Bagel: bagels are calorie-dense foods. These mini bagels are perfect because they are toddler-sized! I topped with peanut butter and jelly, butter or cream cheese would be another high-calorie option. Side of avocado and grapes.
  1. Yogurt Parfait: choose whole-milk yogurt for the most calories. I stirred in some peanut butter and also added extra on top. Also topped with thawed frozen blueberries. This yogurt parfait is like pb&j in a bowl.
High Calorie Toddler Breakfast: cream cheese pinwheels, banana roll up, eggs and avocado, waffle with coconut cream.

5. Cream Cheese Pinwheels: pinwheels are a fun way to change up sandwiches or toast. Roll out a piece of bread and cut off the crust, spread with cream cheese (or avocado or nut butter), roll up tightly and cut into pinwheels. Side of diced peaches.

  1. Banana Sushi: like pinwheels but with a banana inside. Lay out a tortilla, spread with peanut butter, sprinkle with raisins, and lay down a banana, roll up tightly and cut into strips. How fun is this?!
  1. Cheesy Scrambled Eggs: scrambled eggs cooked in grass-fed butter and topped with cheese. I often add in veggies, too, such as broccoli, red bell pepper, or potatoes. Side of avocado and blueberries.
  1. Waffle with Coconut Cream: coconut cream is a fun and yummy way to add extra calories and healthy fat. I took a scoop from a can of coconut cream and briefly whisked with a fork. I stirred in some diced strawberries to make strawberry coconut cream. Add to the top of a whole-wheat waffle and add extra strawberries.
  1. Smoothie Bowl: take your favorite smoothie recipe and blend it up a little thicker to make a smoothie bowl. Here I used 1/3 cup frozen blueberries, 1 banana, 1/2 cup whole milk, 1-2 Tbsp oats, 1 Tbsp maple syrup. Topped with kiwi and mandarin orange. You can check out some more of our favorite smoothie recipes here: 18 Fun Toddler Snack Ideas
  1. Banana French Toast: French toast with banana right in the batter. Super sweet and yummy, they won’t need any syrup or honey. You can find the full recipe here: Easy Banana French Toast for Babies & Toddlers
  1. Pancakes with Yogurt: silver dollar pancakes with whole milk yogurt for dipping. Peanut butter would also be another high-calorie option for a spread. Side of blueberries.
  1. Waffle with Banana: whole wheat waffle with smooshed banana spread on top. Choose a fairly ripe banana so that it is sweet and easier to spread. Side of peaches.

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