12 Kid-Friendly Gluten-Free Breakfasts (AIP)

gluten-free breakfast


Feeding littles one isn’t always easy especially if your children have food allergies or intolerances. With these 12 gluten-free & kid-friendly breakfast recipes, you’ll be armed with a rotation of nutritious options this school year!



The modern day lunchbox is changing. Food allergies in youth are on the rise. More and more doctors are also recommending healing diets like AIP, GAPS & SCD for children with gut issues, autism, and behavioral disorders. This means “gluten-free” and “dairy-free” are becoming just as ubiquitous as “nut-free” in schools.


I know feeding children with special dietary needs can be challenging. I also feel passionately that children thrive in inclusive environments. Starting in grade school or even earlier, children become aware of differences between them and their classmates. Even though your child may have dietary restrictions, they can still go to school with a breakfast that looks similar to their peers.


The below list includes nutritious and tasty AIP breakfast recipes that can be prepared in advance as a grab n’ go option, quickly reheated in the morning or whipped up in 2 minutes or less (like the Instant Breakfast cereal!) I didn’t include any smoothies on this list but of course those are great options for kids. I find the blend of pineapple, kale, cucumber, avocado and banana to be particularly kid friendly! You can even add some Vital Proteins Collagen for a boost of protein.






Grain-Free Coconut Granola Bars

How amazing do these granola bars look!? I’m so impressed with Michelle from Unbound Wellness’ recipes and her saliva-inducing photos. These bars feature her grain-free granola and lots of coconut butter full of fiber, healthy fat and no-sugar-added sweetness. Keep on ice if packing for future consumption since coconut butter and oil melt below 75 degrees. Want to add some extra protein to your kid’s breakfast? I suggest these AIP-Friendly grab & go options: US Wellness Meats Turkey Jerky, Epic Bison, Bacon & Cranberry Bars and Wild Zora meat bars.


Photo by Michelle Hoover of Unbound Wellness





Vanilla Energy Bites by Autoimmune Wellness

Energy bites without a date in sight by Mickey Trescott! These bites are made with dried apple rings and apricots – notable kid favorites. They have a little lemon and vanilla twist to keep kids’ and adults’ mouths happy though! Pack a few of these in a baggie for a quick bite or pair them with some bacon or sausage or a greens & fruit smoothie for a more well-rounded meal.

Photo by Mickey Trescott of Autoimmune Wellness




Blueberries & Cream Gummies

These gelatin-filled protein gummies from Living Loving Paleo have a nice dose of antioxidants from the blueberries to prime the immune system to fight all those back-to-school germs. Gummies should be kept refrigerated or on an ice pack for the best taste, but you can also serve them at room temperature. They’ll be a bit less firm though out of the fridge. Does your kid have another favorite berry? You can replace the blueberries with his or her choice. Just avoid tropical fruits like mango, pineapple and papaya which have enzymes in them that prevent the gelatin from thickening.




Co-Yo Coconut Yogurt with Berries & Coconut Flakes

No recipe required for this easy protein and fat-filled breakfast! Co-Yo is the absolute creamiest, thickest coconut yogurt on the market! They have some incredibly delicious fruit flavors but check the label first to see if your family is okay with some of the additives (not AIP). The plain flavor is AIP-Friendly! Check their store locator to find a retailer near you!

Photo credit: Co-Yo

co-yo yogurt




Breakfast Sausage Chicken Poppers

Sometimes making mini versions of foods is all it takes to make them desirable to children. Homemade ground meat sausages are also great options for kids with textural aversion to stringier meats. Michelle from Unbound Wellness has also managed to pack these little poppers with spinach, apple and sweet potato too plus bacon for extra flavor!




Berry Collagen Protein Bars

Do you have a hard gainer in your house? These coconut-filled and fueled bars will get their taste buds excited! Anne from Grassfed Salsa says these bars are so good they could almost be considered candy! But don’t fear – you won’t be sending your kid to school with a sugar-spiked nightmare breakfast. In fact, these are low in sugar, high in fiber, protein and fat. If you have a choosy eater on your hands, they may love this handheld breakfast bar!


Photo by Grassfed Salsa


Six Varieties of Allergy-Friendly Toast

Have a crunchy-lover in your house!? You’ll be in good company on Meatified’s site! And they’ll love Mission Heirloom’s Yucan Crunch which you can lightly toast in your oven and top with an array of nutritious goodies. Rachael gives you 6 tasty ideas in her post including a nut-free take on PB & Honey! Think of your kid’s favorite sandwich topping and stack away on these grain-free crunchy crackers! I lightly toast these in a 350 degree oven for a few minutes. If you really want to pack some nutrients in before 8 am, I highly recommend layering avocado, sauerkraut and bacon crumbles!


You can buy Yucan Crunch on Amazon now! Each pack comes with 4 HUGE crackers (think each the size of the biggest slice of pizza you’ve ever seen) so a 4-pack comes with a total of 16 crackers. It usually lasts me a couple months.




Instant Breakfast Cereal That Tastes Like Cracklin’ Oat Bran

Meet the world’s first AIP cereal… Instant Farina! Made from coconut, fibrous konjac root, tigernuts (not actual nuts, they’re tubers) and cinnamon, it tastes super similar to Cracklin’ Oat Bran, one of my childhood favorites! Just mix with water or coconut milk, let sit for 2 minutes and breakfast is on the table! Check out my recipe for Warm Banana “Oatmeal”! I find this cereal gets things moving, if you know what I mean, so it may be a good choice if you have a kiddo with chronic constipation. You can get Instant Farina on Amazon or Wild Mountain Paleo.


Warm Banana Cereal

Warm Banana Cereal by Grazed & Enthused



Baked Veggie Nuggets

Can’t get your kids to eat breakfast at lunch or dinner? Maybe tried some veggie nuggets in the morning! Most kids are obsessed with at least one condiment, right? Serve these with their favorite homemade mayo, ketchup, mustard or avocado dip! It’s an unconventional way to get veggies in your kids before 8 am, that’s for sure. Another winner from Unbound Wellness!



Sweet Potato Hash Browns 

Little crispy piles of sweet potato goodness by Downshiftology… these hashbrowns are cooked in healthy avocado oil (or ghee if tolerated) and seasoned with salt and pepper. Omit the pepper to keep it AIP compliant. Instead, sprinkle with ground cinnamon to add a little extra sweetness!



Cassava & Plantain-Free Banana Waffles

Oooh! AIP-compliant waffles by The Sweet Pea Blogger made without plantain or expensive cassava flour! These banana-bread style waffles are made with ripe bananas, coconut milk, coconut flour and tapioca. In my experience, you can substitute arrowroot for tapioca if that’s what you have on hand. The baking soda-cream of tarter combination helps these rise and stay fluffy out of the iron.



Flourless, Sugar-Free Waffles

These plantain-based Paleo waffles have absolutely no added sweetener or flour which makes them a very affordable breakfast option! You can find plantains at your store for usually $1 each (even Walmart carries them) whereas a bag of Paleo flour can cost up to $20 depending on the type! Instead of drizzling these with maple syrup, cook down some blueberries or strawberries in a small saucepan on the stove. This allows them to release their juices and thicken into a jam consistency. The perfect low-sugar gluten-free breakfast for your little waffle-lover.


Paleo Flourless Lemon-Poppyseed Waffles (AIP version)



Mother’s Day is one of my favorite holidays. I bet you’ve never heard someone say that before. Some people criticize it for being invented to boost the economy (it does cause us to spend several billion dollars a year in the U.S. alone on flowers!) or Hallmark sales. If that’s the case – GENIUS. Because we all need to be reminded how grateful we should be for the woman who has influenced us like no other person on this planet. And if that means spoiling her rotten even just one day a year, so be it.


Since this is my first Mother’s Day as a mommy to a human (fetus, soon to be air-breathing baby), I wanted to celebrate myself. I often look for excuses to celebrate myself. Nothing wrong with that, right? And my mother will be a thousand miles away so she will be receiving a sweet card and phone call until I can spoil her in person.I have been getting great use out of my Presto Belgian Waffle Maker.


I usually wake up two Sunday mornings a month feeling waffle-frisky and ready to put my Vitamix Professional Series 300 to the test with my rotting plantains. It’s an excellent way to avoid my internal desire to start each morning with exercise, which happens 5% of the time. I’ll make AIP waffles (been working on getting a non-gooey one after trying some other recipes that were way too gummy in the center), bacon, and broth-braised greens. Then I yell at my husband from downstairs that he needs to wake up so he can eat his waffles and bacon warm. So spoiled.


“I get to sleep in on Sunday mornings while my spouse cooks me bacon and homemade, shit-free waffles.” – A quote I will never get to say. It’s okay. He cleans the dust off the fans twice a year.


I really like that waffle maker because my waffles don’t often stick (an inherent problem with AIP waffles), it’s really easy to use and clean, and it reminds me of staying in Holiday Inns when I was little that had the Belgian Waffle station where I got to use my tiny 6-year-old biceps to flip a large industrial machine that would soon churn out noxiously sweet bread-y breakfast treats. My boyfriend in college (he sucked by the way, I hope he reads this) went to a different school that had a waffle maker in their cafeteria for unlimited use. We used to make waffles the sizes of our torsos every weekend morning, skip lunch, then eat “Pizza the Size of Your Face” (not my quote) for dinner. No wonder I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s less than a year later. Terrible relationship stress + gluten the size of my entire body = autoimmune disease.


Well, this went from an intended sweet post about Mother’s Day to something really un-sweet, so let’s reel it in. Make your Mommy waffles, bacon and vegetables this Mother’s Day (and every other weekend). Give her beautiful flowers – who cares if it’s expected? Flowers are nature, and nature makes people happy. Make your Mommy (or yourself happy) with waffles, bacon and flowers. The end.


These waffles are not gooey in the middle at all. In fact, they’re perfectly bread-like and fluffy throughout with a crispy crust that my family and friends love! If yours end up any other way, it’s likely your plantains were way too ripe (the starch had turned into sugar already – no good)! Err on the side of using less ripe plantains rather than too ripe plantains. You can always add a tablespoon of coconut or maple sugar, if the batter doesn’t taste sweet enough with this change.


Preventing Waffles from Sticking

  • Don’t be chintzy on the olive oil! Coat both sides of your waffle maker in all crevices very well with olive oil using a pastry brush (not a paper towel).

  • If you open your waffle maker and it seems like the waffle will stick and pull apart, gently release one side of the waffle with a fork without fully opening the waffle maker. Press each half into each other and no one will know the difference.

  • Waffle completely split in half despite your best efforts!? It happens to me sometimes too! Remove one half and fold it on top of itself like a sandwich. Do the same with the other half. Again, no one will know the difference other than you will be serving them two separate waffle halves!


Mmm… fluffy and crispy AIP waffles! I love these with stewed blueberries!

16 reviews

Paleo Flourless Lemon Poppy Waffles

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:20 Serves 4


  • 3 large yellow plantains (minimal to moderate spotting okay)
  • 1/4 cup organic extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds (omit for AIP)
  • optional: food-grade lemon essential oil


  1. Peel and slice plantains. Place in a high-speed blender along with the remaining ingredients except the poppy seeds. Blend until smooth and scraping down the sides as needed. If you would like a stronger lemon taste, you can add a few drops of lemon oil.pan>

  2. Stir in the poppy seeds until well combined.pan>

  3. Pre-heat your waffle iron. Once heated, brush with additional olive oil on both sides of the waffle iron to prevent sticking.pan>

  4. Scoop about a heaping 2/3 cup of batter into center of waffle iron.pan>

  5. Cook in waffle iron for 5 minutes (timing really depends on your unit) until cooked through and bread-like in the center. Remove from waffle maker with a fork once the exterior is a crispy golden brown and pulls away easily from the iron. Transfer to a wire rack. You can keep them warm in a 275 degree oven while you cook the rest!pan>

  6. Repeat steps 3 through 5 until all batter is used up. See below for serving suggestions.pan>


Orange Cream Healing Smoothie (Paleo, AIP)

orange cream smoothie paleo



The question I get asked the most about the autoimmune protocol is, “What do I eat for breakfast!?” Inevitably, my answer is always bacon and leftovers from dinner. There’s a fifty percent chance the questioner will frown at me with that answer. Some of us just don’t like leftovers in the morning. My husband is included in this curious subsect of the population who must eat traditional breakfast food before 11am. Even if he skips breakfast and we go out for lunch, he will STILL order breakfast. It bugs me to death when it’s 1 pm, and he’s asking if there are still breakfast tacos on the menu. Eat your dang lunch and move on with your day, man!


Nothing like a harmless marriage rant to start off a blog post. Now bacon, breakfast sausage, and hashes are all allowed on the autoimmune protocol, but sometimes our tongues don’t want to taste the savory first thing in the morning. For me, if my morning starts early enough and I have to be somewhere by 9 am, I really am less likely to go for a big savory breakfast. If I exercise in the morning (yeah, right) on the other hand, then I will include animal protein on my morning plate. But the majority of my mornings, especially during pregnancy, are for the palatable, quick, easy, and nourishing. 


I start my morning with a large glass of room temperature water and a small mug of warm lemon water to get hydrated right away. Then I make my husband his sausage & eggs and protein smoothie (pea protein – ew) and brew a French press. Some days I have a cup, others I don’t. I just go by my mood. So far I’ve had 3 beverages then. After I clean up his breakfast, I make my own smoothie. It invariably contains banana, a dark leafy green, avocado, cucumber, and some berries with collagen. But there have been MANY mornings I craving orange juice to no end during my pregnancy! I am not going to taint a delicious orange smoothie with greens just for the sake of it. So no greens here! Eat some later!


This smoothie does contain a hefty scoop of collagen protein which you can always add more of if you want to brave the risk of having your smoothie taste like animal. VITAL PROTEINS is the best pasture-raised, grass fed collagen protein on the market that I have found. I switched over from Great Lakes last year and have never looked back. A large canister lasts me f-o-r-e-v-e-r and I even got my MIL on the collagen train. She said she noticed a difference in joint pain after just one container and ordered a second immediately!


So what are the benefits of being on the Collagen Train? Frequent inclusion of collagen in the diet has positive effects on metabolism, bone growth, joint health, gut repair, and digestion!


To up the benefits of this smoothie, I wanted to include a good dose of citrus! Citrus is, in my opinion, not given enough credit in the healthsphere. It is not only high in vitamin C but also in folate and thiamin, as well as rich in flavonoids which are antioxidants that can neutralize the bad effects of oxidation in the body. Banana and coconut give this smoothie a creamy texture while providing additional nutrients, so eat up folks! Fruit can and always will be considered a health food in my book, and it certainly has its place in a healing anti-inflammatory diet!


Remember those Orange Julius smoothies? These are SO much better!


5 reviews

Healing Orange Cream Smoothie

Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:00 Serves 1


  • 1 medium banana, refrigerated whole or chopped and frozen
  • 1 medium Navel orange, peel and pith removed with a knife
  • 2 small Cuties, Halos, mandarins, clementines, or tangerines, peeled and segmented
  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 3 tablespoons coconut cream
  • 1 scoop Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla powder for AIP
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • Garnish optional: orange zest, shredded coconut, crushed unsweetened banana chips


Blend all ingredients together in a Vitamix until smooth. Top with garnishes!



The Healing Kitchen Sneak Peek Recipe: Carolina BBQ Pulled Pork


It’s here, it’s here, it’s finally here! Our big announcement for The Healing Kitchen. I’ve been talking about it pretty consistenly the past couple months, but I haven’t had the ability to share that much from the book with you guys yet! Well, the time is here and you don’t have to continuously re-read the Amazon description over and over again trying to find hidden clues as to what’s inside. I know you’ve been doing that. And I know you’ll definitely want to pre-order our labor of love once you see what’s in store for you & your kitchen! In fact, it’s at it’s lowest price yet so do yourself a solid and guarantee yourself The Healing Kitchen in time for the holiday season!


Well, you ask impatiently, WHAT IS INSIDE!? 


  • Over 175 autoimmune protocol compliant recipes ranging from Kitchen Basics, Breakfast Favorites, Soups & Salad, Easy Peasy Mains, Simple Sides, Satisyfing Snacks, Thirst Quenchers, and Timeless Treats! 


  • An insane introduction that includes why you should be eating a nutrient-dense diet to feel better, how to do such a thing, and some really, really awesome infographics, charts, and tables like the ones below. I mean, how cute are those nutrient superheros below!? And did you ever wonder what exactly is so nutritious about spinach or beef or kale or mushrooms!? You’ll find out which foods are highest in individual vitamins and minerals so you can customize your healing protocol to the areas you need to focus on most! That’s just a tidbit of the knowledge explosions in the intro… there is so much more for you & your loved ones to learn!


  • 12 oustanding meal plans with shopping lists and photos that will have you eating super delicious food all week long, with boredom nowhere in sight. There are even ones for people who only have 20 minutes or less, those who want simple recipes with 5 ingredients or less, hate leftovers but don’t mind if they’re reinvented in a new dish, and who are trying to please kids too!


  • Time-Saving, Unique, and Crowd-Pleasing Recipes that won’t have you running around town trying to find obscure ingredients or spending $50 on one meal. Break out that slow cooker or Instant Pot for some seriously delicious BBQ Pulled Pork, Mojo Pulled Chicken, Hawaiian Pulled Pork, and Pork & Beef Carnitas that requires less than 15 minutes of hands-on time and will feed you for days and days! Obviously, I really love pulled meat and you soon will share my love for the most economical way of getting your protein each meal! And bored of your current vegetable routine? We’ve included a wide variety of easy-to-find and affordable veggie dishes that guarantee each meal will be a colorful plate of healing goodness. 


  • ​Tons of sauces and dressings to jazz up a meal such as Pronto Pesto, Cilanto Chimichurri, Sweet Marinara Sauce, Bolognese Sauce, Garlic Sauce, Garlic & Dill Ranch Dressing, Caesar Dressing, and Honey Balsamic Dressing – seriously those are just some of them!
  • Ethnic meals to open up your palate and keep things interesting at dinner time including Speedy Shangai Stir Fry, Teriyaki Chicken & Fried Rice, Lebanese Beef & Rice Stuffing, Antipasto Salad, and Garlicky Greek Lamb Skillet including ways to put recipes together to make Greek Gyro Wraps and Venezualan Arepas!
  • Snack time! Snacking doesn’t have to be unhealthy. In fact, it can and should include power foods like smoked salmon, liver, granola (two kinds!), snack bars, tapenade, hummus, baba ghanoush, crackers, and gummies galore! That’s some seriously delicious snacky hour. 
  • Desserts, duh. Obviously we didn’t leave you hanging in the treat section, but this isn’t like your typical Paleo cookbook. Let’s face it, baked goods aren’t the healthiest, even if they’re Paleo, and this book isn’t about re-making the chocolate chip cookie so you can eat 5 of them while watching Thursday night television. We are about HEALING, people. And thank goodness you can still do that with treats! Some of my favorites? Warm Bananas with Date Caramel Sauce, Caramelized Figs with Lemon & Vanilla, Ganache-Stuffed Dates, and Friendship Cake with Whipped Cinnamon Honey Frosting! Wowza!




How handsome are our Immune System Superheros? They will save the day, especially if you include their nutrient-packed food recommendations a few times a week! If you’re a nutrient nerd like we are, I know you’ll be super excited about these guys! And The Healing Kitchen includes recipes for all of those superhero foods!






 We’ve redefined “food groups”! Just look at the abundance of goodies you get to enjoy on a healing protocol… when people say it’s a restricted diet, obviously they’ve never seen this infographic. I love how we identified foods under each groups and let you know what nutrients those foods are highest in them too!




Hey, cutest kitchen in the world. Wondering what a “healing kitchen” really looks like? Well, there’s no formula of course but we do give you a run-down on what should be your pantry and fridge staples to ensure you have the ability to eat nutritious foods three times or more a day! This is an excellent resource to help you stock your kitchen easily so tasty meals are always at your fingertips. 




 Twelve meal plans are going to get you through 3 months of eating without you giving it a second thought! We’ve given you the choice of doing a big grocery shopping at the beginning of the week OR you can also follow our guide and head to the store mid-week as well to re-stock on the latter half of the week’s fresh food! The meal plans are super varied so you won’t be eating the same thing week after week, and while we make use of leftovers, you’re also not going to be eating the same thing for lunch and dinner all week. That would have made designing these meals plans for you MUCH easier, but we went the extra mile to make sure they’re doable and enjoyable! We’ll even have two batch cook videos available for you all before the book releases so you can follow along with us in our own kitchens!

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