Back to School Breakfast Ideas and a Recipe for Vegan, Nut-free Granola

TBP Vegan, Gluten-free Granola

Granola Source: Kim Lutz

We are still enjoying summer. There are many more days of freedom and fun ahead. As a mom, though, I’m starting to think (a little bit) about Back to School.

I know that I will want my kids to have nutritious breakfasts to start the school day out strong (especially if they end up only eating a bit of lunch so they can hurry out to recess!).

I load them up with fruit and vegetable smoothies, like Creamy Carrot and Sweet Potato Smoothie and power-packed muffins, like Strawberry Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins.

TBP Carrot Sweet Potato Smoothie

Smoothie Source: Kim Lutz

One of our favorites, though, for getting the day off to a good start is granola. This version is fruit-sweetened and nut-free, getting its crunch from pepitas and hemp seeds, instead.

TBP gluten-free, vegan coffee cake

Coffee Cake Source: Kim Lutz

Other Quick & Healthy Breakfasts:

Fruit-Sweetened Vegan Granola

Makes about one quart


  • 2 cups rolled oats (also called old-fashioned oats, be sure they’re gluten-free if needed)
  • 1/3 cup shelled pumpkin seeds (pepitas), finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup shelled hemp seeds (hemp hearts)
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 1/4 cup date paste (medjool dates, pitted, soaked in water for 15 minutes or more, then pureed)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup raisins or other dried fruit


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Combine oats, seeds, apple juice, date paste, coconut oil, and cinnamon.
  3. Spread on a baking sheet in a thin layer. (If you put down parchment paper first, you will be able to enjoy every crumb.)
  4. Bake 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.
  5. When cool, combine with raisins.

What do you like for breakfast?

Kim Lutz is a vegan mom to two boys, and lives with her rocker husband, dog and cat. She is the author of Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen and Gluten-free Vegan Recipes and the gluten-free, allergen-free, vegan website, Kim is the co-author with Megan Hart, MS, RD, LD, of two other cookbooks.

Read all of Kim’s posts here.

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