ADHD Diet – Breakfast Food – Free Recipe

August 22, 2012

We’re here with help for parents who need a few breakfast food ideas for their ADHD child. It is hard for ADHD children to watch other kids eat a sugared up breakfast of pancakes, waffles, sweetened oats, and even donuts without being able to eat them themselves.

They even serve these types of foods in the school cafeteria for breakfast. Our kids school breakfast menu consists of Pop-tarts, pancakes with syrup, pancake dipped sausage on a stick with syrup, and french toast. What kind of school breakfast food is that anyway?


Since we need an ADHD diet in our house, we stick to natural sweeteners. Although some natural sweeteners still have an adverse affect on our little ones: pure sugar cane, turbinado sugar, sorghum, and even molasses all have been crossed off our ADHD diet list.

We have realized over the years that protein is a must! Especially if the plate you set before your ADHD child has plenty of carbohydrates. Why? These carbohydrates convert to sugar in the body, but the protein tends to help ‘cancel’ it out so to speak.

Breakfast Food

Alright, lets get to the breakfast food that our ADHD children can eat. Keep in mind, you may have to test out how much of the natural sweeteners your child can handle as different children react differently to each sweetener. It is a trial and error process.

Peanut Butter Pancakes

To make pancakes for one, you will have to mix up the batter by eye-balling it as it is too hard to have exact measurements for two small pancakes. Try to get the freshest ingredients with the least amount of artificial anything.


  • 1 medium egg
  • self-rising flour (about 1/4 to 1/2 cup)
  • milk
  • peanut butter, 1 or 2 teaspoons
  • agave nectar, 1 to 2 teaspoons (found in the pancake or syrup aisle)
  • a pat of butter


Spray a small frying pan with non-stick cooking spray or you can use a small pat of butter to coat the pan with. Turn heat to medium-high.

While the pan is heating up, place the egg into a small bowl. Sprinkle in flour. Add enough milk to make the batter not too thick and not too thin. (I had to figure it out as I went.) Stir together until most of the lumps are out and the batter is smooth.

ADHD Diet – Pancake Batter
Photo taken by Drywontonmee

Pour a small amount of batter into the pan. You will know when it is ready to flip when the pancake is full of holes where the bubbles have popped.

Free Pancake Recipe for ADHD Diet
For smaller pancakes, simply use a smaller pan.
Photo taken by Biso

While the pancake is cooking, add the peanut butter, butter, and agave nectar to a small pan and heat on medium heat until melted. Stir and set aside.

When you have finished cooking the pancakes, pour peanut butter mixture beside the pancakes and let the child dip in it or you can pour it directly overtop of the pancakes.


Nuts and bananas can also be added to the batter for a different flavor.
Photo taken by Brandon Martin-Anderson

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