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Vegetarian Breakfast: Easy Pizza Recipe

Updated on January 6, 2013

Easy Breakfast Pizza

Serve individual slices with a variety of healthy toppings.
Serve individual slices with a variety of healthy toppings. | Source

Breakfast Pizza

If I were to name two of the top foods on a kids list of favorites they would be: pizza and peanut butter and jelly; and yes, I do consider the ‘PB & J’ combo all one. In this meatless recipe I take those two favorites and combine them to make a cool, vegetarian breakfast alternative.

I am the type of parent who sees nothing wrong with serving pizza for breakfast. Thus, when slumber party girls wanted to finish off the pizza from the night before I said, “…with my blessing”. Devouring the remains of pizza always made room in the refrigerator and saved me the temptation of those unnecessary calories.

There’s not a thing nutritionally wrong with serving pizza in the morning, in my estimation and, unless your child is obese and does not burn calories off easily, any active child will be finished with the 400 plus calories that a piece of pizza might hold within a few hours of her daily routine.

Family Pizza

Serving pizza at breakfast as an alternative to more traditional breakfast foods serves three purposes:

1. It provides important nutrition at the start of the day

2. It encourages the fussiest of eaters to eat before school

3. It offers a vegetarian recipe for those families who are looking for meatless alternatives.

Not only is this an easy, no fuss way to start the day, but by eliciting your son or daughter’s active participation it builds the skills of decision making, choice selection, and ownership. After all…if they are dissatisfied with their breakfast after they helped to make it they can’t blame mom or dad.

In researching breakfast pizza I noted there are two main categories and variations of these recipes listed. The first is the good old-fashioned eggs and sausage baked on pizza dough. While that may satisfy most Americans, who devour this classic breakfast staple, any vegetarian will ignore it. The second breakfast pizza recipe was a standard cream cheese on cookie dough with fruit topping. How many calories would one have to consume in this version and call it healthy?

I was pleased to note that there did not appear to be any semblance of my creation of Breakfast Pizza using refrigerator dough and a combination of a kid proof favorite: peanut butter and jelly. Add the fruit and nut toppings for extra nutrition and everyone is happy!

Time Saver Tips

While the dough is baking in the oven chop the fruit and nuts for the topping and set the peanut butter and fruit jams out on the table.

Zap ¼ C. of cold peanut butter in the microwave for 10 second intervals until spreadable, but not runny, for an easy-to-spread first ingredient.

Perfect Pizza with options and test kitchen notes

This is my version of breakfast pizza and, since I had never made it before or found a similar recipe, I had to go through a trial and error period. Here are some options and notes I’d like to share with you regarding the outcome of my tests.

1. Rolls:

Option #1 Bake the rolls separated and ready to add ingredients hot out of the oven.

Option #2 Bake the rolls with the ingredients added and rolled up crescent shaped.

Option #3 Roll the dough onto the baking sheet like a rectangular pizza shape.

Option #4 Use a commercial premade pizza crust.

2. Peanut Butter: Allergy alert-skip this ingredient if allergic to nuts.

Option #1 spread the peanut butter pre baking.

Option #2 spread the peanut butter post baking.

Option #3 Use only an organic brand, (usually requires refrigeration).

Option #4 Make your own peanut butter

Option #5 Use a nonorganic commercial brand

Option #5 Substitute other nut butters as an alternative, such as almond.

3. Jelly Toppings:

Option #1 your homemade fruit jam or jelly—homemade is always preferred, right?

Option #2 Store bought ‘Fruit only’ jam or jelly

Option #3-whatever jams and jellies you have on hand

Here are some helpful hints I discovered through creating this healthy version of Breakfast Pizza. For those who avoid white flour products substitute wheat dough, even if it does not come in a ‘crescent’ shape, and let your child knead that dough into his own, individual pizza pie.

Notes: The first pizza I made was with the commercial precooked dough that you heat in the oven. This did NOT pass the taste test either for my nephew or me. I found the dough to be tough and chewy-a real disappointment. It led me to further shopping and experimenting until I found the right product to use.

I knew that the bakery product I was looking for had to be light, versatile and tasty. I chose to skip substituting a refrigerated roll out pizza dough, and selected a crescent roll because it was already precut into ‘pizza’ shaped wedges that kids could easily identify with.

In my test kitchen I split the rolls in half between: baked with peanut butter spread before placing in the oven vs. spreading peanut butter after baking. What I discovered was baking the roll with peanut butter dried the peanut butter out too much.

I used the last four triangles baked for about 8 minutes and spread them with peanut butter after baking. I found that taking the ‘pizza wedges’ hot out of the oven and adding the rest of the ingredients worked the best.

As far as the actual shape of the pizza-if you add the ingredients to the crescent roll and then roll it up into the crescent shape, per the instructions on the can of dough, it defeats the purpose of it appearing like a piece of pizza-the triangular wedge that kids love to hold in their hands…it just becomes a breakfast roll. The most satisfying choice of these options, which was a hit in my house, was the ‘everyone-can-make-their-own-pizza’ wedge after the dough was baked. The important thing is to teach your child is the value of breakfast and thinking outside of the ‘cereal’ box.

The Breakfast Pizza that failed

Taste Test Failure:  Pre-made commercial pizza pie.
Taste Test Failure: Pre-made commercial pizza pie. | Source
Failure: chewy, tough...disappointing.
Failure: chewy, tough...disappointing. | Source

Easy Breakfast Pizza

5 stars from 5 ratings of Breakfast Pizza

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: 8 individual pizza wedges per can of dough


  • 1 can (8 oz) crescent rolls, option: wheat roll dough
  • 1/2 C peanut butter, option: other nut butter
  • 1/2 C Jams, preserves, or jellies, any flavor, any type
  • 1/4 C Fresh fruit: strawberries, bananas, etc, chopped
  • 1/3 C Nuts: walnuts, pecans, hazlenuts, etc, chopped

Pictures of Breakfast Pizza making process

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Two of the many varieties of Breakfast Pizza to enjoy.  Peanut butter with a variety of jelly & jamChop fruit and nuts.  Dried fruit can also be used.Unroll crescent rolls to a triangular shape.Spread peanut butter on hot roll.Breakfast Pizza (crescent roll) success!
Two of the many varieties of Breakfast Pizza to enjoy.
Two of the many varieties of Breakfast Pizza to enjoy. | Source
Peanut butter with a variety of jelly & jam
Peanut butter with a variety of jelly & jam | Source
Chop fruit and nuts.  Dried fruit can also be used.
Chop fruit and nuts. Dried fruit can also be used. | Source
Unroll crescent rolls to a triangular shape.
Unroll crescent rolls to a triangular shape. | Source
Spread peanut butter on hot roll.
Spread peanut butter on hot roll. | Source
Breakfast Pizza (crescent roll) success!
Breakfast Pizza (crescent roll) success! | Source

How to make a perfect pizza

  1. According to package directions set the oven temperature (usually 375 degrees but oven temperatures vary)
  2. Roll out 8 individual crescent rolls on an ungreased cookie sheet. They should look similar to a pizza wedge. They will all fit on a standard sized baking sheet, however, you may want to divide the dough and cook half at a time if you will be assisting young children in the 'make-your-own-pizza' step.
  3. Bake dough according to package directions, usually between 11-13 minutes. I baked mine less (about 8 minutes) because of my oven temperature so be sure to adjust accordingly. Nobody likes burnt pizza-especially as a morning send off!
  4. While dough is baking set out a variety of jams and preserves and the peanut butter. If using refrigerated peanut butter zap in the microwave to make for easy spreading.
  5. Select and chop a variety of fruits and nuts. Suggestions: strawberries, bananas, dried cherries or cranberries, walnuts, pecans, toasted almonds or hazelnuts.
  6. Remove dough from oven and place on individual plates. Assisting younger children as needed, spread about 1 T. peanut butter on the hot wedge. This is the 'foundation' and they can build their pizza from there.
  7. Add 1 tsp of jam or preserves to the peanut butter
  8. Top with a sprinkling of fruit
  9. Finish off with a sprinkling of nuts. Take a bite and enjoy!

Make-Your-Own-Pizza Topping Ideas

Jam or Jelly
Peach Jam
Strawberry Preserves
strawberry and banana
Raspberry Jam
toasted almonds
Grape jelly
dried cherries
Peanut Butter
Any flavor jelly
Peanut butter with any nut

Crescent Roll without any toppings

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 roll
Calories 110
Calories from Fat63
% Daily Value *
Fat 7 g11%
Saturated fat 2 g10%
Unsaturated fat 5 g
Carbohydrates 11 g4%
Sugar 2 g
Fiber 0 g
Protein 1 g2%
Cholesterol 0 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


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    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Au fait. Yes, I agree that some things can be eaten at any time of the day and I'm living proof of that...even the non nutritious ones, lol

      BTW I appreciate those gold stars, ha ha Thanks for those and the votes.

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      C E Clark 

      6 years ago from North Texas

      Refrigerated crescent rolls are so versatile aren't they? You can do so many things with them. I like pizza for breakfast too, and even casserole leftovers. Before microwaves (as a kid) I used to eat these things cold from the frig. for breakfast.

      I don't think it matters what time of day you eat certain foods. I think what matters is a nutritious healthful diet.

      Voted up, useful, and gave you 5 more stars!

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Christy, thanks for your comments. I's a great incentive to get fussy eaters to the breakfast table and whatever it takes that works is fine with me, LOL

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      Christy Birmingham 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Denise, you are combining some of my faves here. I think I could have pb & j every day LOL. I can totally see how kids would like to start their days with this dish. Vote up!

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi vespawoolf-thanks for your comments here. As for the PB & J breakfast-my thoughts exactly! Thanks for the vote and share.

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      Vespa Woolf 

      7 years ago from Peru, South America

      I'm happy to benefit from all your experimentation! This sounds like a great breakfast for picky eaters. How could a kid turn down pizza with pb & j? Thanks so much for sharing your creation with us! Voted up.

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi ishwaryaa22-Oh, your version of Breakfast Pizza sounds sooo healthy. I use an organic peanut butter, myself. Sometimes I will buy the 'Simply Fruit' jam, but not always. Thanks for the votes and sharing.

      Hi Sasha-thanks for the comments and share. :)

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      Sasha Kim 

      7 years ago

      I've never seen pizza look so good ^_^ A fantastic way to get kids excited about breakfast too. Wonderful hub Denise! Voting and pinning

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Nancy-so glad your experience with this food has been positive. Thanks for your comment.

      Diana Lee-I totally agree about the importance of breakfast, which is why we parents have to think outside of the box. Thanks for your feedback.

      Hi Mom Kat-thanks for taking a peek and I noted your hub as well. Sounds like a winner in your house!

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 

      7 years ago from Chennai, India

      Wow! An engaging recipe hub! I am a big fan of savory pizza! This is sweet pizza with healthy toppings. I have a sweet tooth & I like to give it a try. Fresh homemade pizza dough with organic peanut butter, organic strawberry jam and freshly chopped nuts+fruits sound ideal for me! Rated your recipe 5 stars! Way to go!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Awesome. Voted up, pinned & shared

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Hello d.william-thanks for your comments. I hope you do try it sometime.

      Hi Rema-you're welcome. Let me know if you have difficulty finding the wheat dough.

      Thanks Danette, for your great feedback and the rating.

      Hi Rose-Yeah, I was having so much fun coming up with different flavor combos. :)

      Hi Ruby--haha say 'Yes' to pizza in the morning for breakfast.

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Oh Jools, LOL you have me laughing out loud at your comment. Gotta love the energy and strategy of youth. Well, at least she isn't engaged in what some of the guys do to get rid of hangovers: get hooked to an IV and force fluids thru their veins!

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Randi-what a great idea...I wish I had some of those crescent rolls right now (at 1:30 a.m. as I am writing) to fix myself a little snack, haha. Thanks for stopping by.

      Hello Eddy-A recipe book...something tells me you have a collection going and it's called: The Hubpages Cookbook, haha. Thanks for reading and commenting.

      ChitrangadaSharan-Pizza=Family Favorite in my house also. Hope you have a chance to share this version with your family. Thanks for commenting.

      Ruchira--it's Sunday morning...did you try it on Saturday? haha. Thanks for stopping by.

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Cardisa and Frank--Ok, "let's kick it, then" haha I also LOVE pizza for breakfast so any kind will do for me. Thanks for stopping by (and the 5 stars Frank) :)

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      Mom Kat 

      7 years ago from USA

      These sound like really fun cooking projects to do with the kids. I too have my own version of breakfast pizza. It's in a hub called: "Great Breakfast Ideas For On The Go" if you want to check it out.

      I think I might try these out with the kids on a non-school day after I make sure I've got all of the ingredients :)

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      Diana L Pierce 

      7 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      This is a great idea. Breakfast should always be considered the most important meal of the day.

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      Nancy Yager 

      7 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      These are delicious. My niece used to make them for me.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Well finally I get an ok to eat left-over pizza for breakfast..Ha..Thank's for the recipe for peanut butter and jelly pizza. Cheers

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      Rose Clearfield 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Peanut butter and jelly for breakfast...what a great idea! You can customize this so many different ways, too.

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      Danette Watt 

      7 years ago from Illinois

      Great idea! I can see young children having fun putting this together (and maybe "old" children too? :) ) I gave it 5 stars for a number of reasons - it's original, healthy, quick and you can vary the ingredients. Most of all, I appreciate the tests you did beforehand to share with us what worked and what didn't. Voted up, awesome, interesting and useful.

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      Rema T V 

      7 years ago from Chennai, India

      Thank you very much Denise for answering my question. I am definitely going to try this out because anything with wheat flour is okay with me as I love its health content. I am surprised how I never got to read or hear about this anywhere. Thanks again Denise. It might take a while before I try it out but I'll make sure to let you know once I do.

      Cheers, Rema.

    • d.william profile image


      7 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Great hub. Great idea. Not just for breakfast and not just for kids. I will give these a try. Thank you so much for the idea and sharing with us.

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      Jools Hogg 

      7 years ago from North-East UK

      Pizzas for breakfast definitely get my vote! My daughter eats her leftover after-clubbing meals for breakfast whatever they are - pizza, curry, chinese, chips, kebab....she doesn't mind. Your pizzas at least have the benefit of being healthy Denise :o)...hers are to cure a hangover I think.

    • Ruchira profile image


      7 years ago from United States

      Awesome idea, Denise.

      Gotta try this on Saturday morning...voted up as awesome and sharing it across

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Sounds delicious! Pizzas are my all time family's favorite dish. A well written hub, thanks for sharing.

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      7 years ago from Wales

      Thank you for this gem Denise which I am saving into my recipe book.


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      Randi Benlulu 

      7 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      This sounds really yummy! I will definitely give it a try! I am thinking as a fun dessert, too! Thank you. Up, awesome and sharing!

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      Frank Atanacio 

      7 years ago from Shelton

      had to rate this a five pizza for breakfast awesome and I love Peanut butter.. so hey lets kick it!

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      Carolee Samuda 

      7 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi Denise, these are great but I prefer regular pizza for breakfast. I would love your ideas for a snack or even lunch. When I wake in the mornings I crave savory food, then I'll have the peanut and jelly

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Dianna-I LOVE eating cold pizza for breakfast, truth be told. Glad you liked my 'failed' photos, haha.

      Hi MelChi-thanks for the share. I was in conversation with my daughter about this breakfast idea. It actually came during a 'reflection' about alternative breakfast foods that kids would eat. Thanks for your comments.

      Hi Rema-Thanks for sharing! I'm so glad you are excited about the possibility of wheat flour pizza. Absolutely, 'YES' and it makes great pizza, just like wheat flour makes great bread. You should not have any problem finding wheat dough in the refrigerator section of the groc store, however, if you cannot...find a good pizza dough recipe and use that substituting the wheat flour for the white flour. Have fun and please let me know if you do try it. :)

    • remaniki profile image

      Rema T V 

      7 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi Denise,

      You have given a great vegetarian breakfast recipe here much to my delight. Thank you. Will definitely try it out. I am surprised by the fact that you can make pizzas with wheat flour. I would love it if I could use wheat flour for this. Have you tried it ? Does it taste good? Please let me know Denise.

      Sharing everywhere because this is one awesome recipe that anyone would love to eat and enjoy.

      Cheers, Rema.

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      Melanie Chisnall 

      7 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      I've heard of eating left over pizza in the morning, but never of morning pizza. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing with us, voted up and also sharing :)

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      Dianna Mendez 

      7 years ago

      Denise, I love eating cold pizza for breakfast. Your suggestions are better since they truly breakfast versions of pizza. I love your failed photo example. Funny.

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks, Novel Treasure. Yes, if you can't persuade a kid to eat traditional breakfast foods beat them at their own game...give them what they like: Pizza AND peanut butter and jelly. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Novel Treasure 

      7 years ago from US

      What kid is not going to love the idea of eating pizza for breakfast! What a really creative recipe. I'm all for eating breakfast for dinner, so why not twist it around and eat a traditional lunch or dinner food for breakfast. Great hub! voted up

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Janine-thanks for the share. LOL you crack me up! Just make sure you have the crescent rolls handy and I'm sure you have all of the rest of the toppings on hand, if your refrigerator is like mine!

      Hi rebecca-thanks for your comments. Secret: I'm now a much better cook, and very creative, than I ever was when I raised my two daughters. :)

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      7 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Yummy! Your breakfast pizza sounds really good..and it looks good too. Your family is lucky to have such a creative cook!

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      Janine Huldie 

      7 years ago from New York, New York

      Ok it is dinner time, but so wish it was breakfast to try and make these. Seriously these look so delicious and am definitely going to try them very soon. Thank you so much for sharing them here and have also voted, shared and tweeted too.


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