Want all the best ways to start the day? These healthy and easy breakfast recipes deliver, from oatmeal to smoothies to scrambles.
Looking for all the best ways to start the day? Start here. It’s hard to find great breakfast recipes that are simple, healthy, and actually fill you up. So many recipes are full of too much sugar, or don’t have enough protein to stick with you through the day.
Here are all the best breakfast recipes, organized by type! These ideas cover quick and easy concepts for busy mornings, and recipes for special meals and lazy weekends. Either way, they’re nutrient-packed and irresistibly delicious. Ready to get cooking?
First up in our breakfast recipes: the quick and easy Breakfast Sandwich! Does it really take 5 minutes? You bet it does. (A BuzzFeed writer actually tried it and timed it!) Top your English muffin with a quick fried egg, pesto, and sauteed arugula. It’s simple, but the combination of flavors is perfection. It’s one of our favorite quick breakfast recipes. Or, try some of the other options below!
There’s no breakfast better than oatmeal, in our minds! So let us introduce you to a daily staple around here: this delicious peanut butter oatmeal! Here’s the thing: oatmeal can be gloppy, gooey, or under-seasoned. But cook up a pot the right way, and it tastes like a dream! Check out all these creamy oatmeal variations (or keep scrolling for other types):
This breakfast scramble is the ideal breakfast recipe, and unlike most…it’s loaded with vegetables! Eating more veggies to start the day is starting to trend. Why not re-imagine breakfast? Let’s infuse veggies into the first meal of the day, too. You can make this scramble two ways: with eggs or tofu, depending on your diet. It’s full of savory flavor…and loaded with nutrients, too.
Here's a breakfast recipe trick: mini frittatas! Basically a muffin made of egg, they’re easy to meal prep and grab as you’re headed out the door. Refrigerate or freeze ’em, and you can eat off them all week. The best part: they’re so tasty! They’re filled with colorful veggies and crunchy pecans for added protein and nutrients. These are best as a make-ahead option.
Here’s a perfect breakfast recipe that works for all those in between moments, too. These easy no bake Oatmeal Bars! These were big winners in our house and quickly solidified themselves into the weekly repertoire. These breakfast bars star peanut butter, honey, and Old Fashioned oats, and they’re a healthy breakfast or snack you can feel good feeding yourself or your family.
There's nothing better than pancakes for a special weekend breakfast! One of our favorite variations is our Amazing Oatmeal Pancakes, made in a blender with 100% oats. It's hearty and filling, but it tastes fluffy and incredible: almost like vanilla cake! (It's true.) But we've got pancakes for every season. See below!
Looking for the epitome of an easy breakfast recipe? Try overnight oats! There’s no cooking involved here: in fact, you can mix up a jar in just 2 minutes! Leave rolled oats in the fridge overnight with milk, and it magically makes them into a sort of porridge. Eat them cold topped with berries or nut butter and they’re absolutely fantastic!
One of our favorite breakfast recipes of all time: baked oatmeal! It requires a little more effort than the creamy version, but you can make a big pan and eat off of it all week. This banana baked oatmeal is cozy-spiced, wholesome and filling, made with good-for-you ingredients: mostly oats and bananas. It happens to be a gluten free and vegan recipe, but it pleases absolutely everyone. Or try one of the variations below!
There's no easier breakfast recipe than toast! Enter...the ever popular avocado toast. There's really nothing better than a mashed ripe avocado on a piece of thick, crunchy toast. If you'd like, top with a poached egg for extra protein. Or eat it plain as a plant-based option!
Here's a seriously easy...and delicious...savory breakfast idea: Breakfast Tacos! Did you know that eggs can taste like taco meat? Yes, somehow the spiced scrambled eggs filling channels the flavor of taco meat plus chorizo. We've used this trick over and over...it's in our list of essentials every cook should know.
Smoothies are great for breakfast: and you can pack them with protein using Greek yogurt and add-ins like nut butter and protein powder! There are all sorts of variations, whether you like fruit flavors or bright green veggie-based smoothies. Browse our collections below!
A great make-ahead breakfast recipe is healthy granola! Serve it over yogurt, or with almond milk or oat milk. Our favorite maple pecan granola is low calorie and still nutrient dense...and full of toasty, cozy flavor. Or try muesli: it's similar to granola but with raw oats and less sugar.
Diner-style fried eggs are the perfect breakfast! There are 4 main ways to make them: sunny side up, over easy, over medium, and over hard. Of course, don't forget poached and boiled! Here are the methods so you can master all these techniques! Add toast, sautéed veggies, or hash browns (below) for a hearty breakfast.
What's better than crispy, crunchy hash browns for breakfast? Homemade hash brownsare incredibly delicious, and they’re not much harder than cracking open a bag of frozen ones. These hash browns come out browned and crispy, with flecks of tender moist shreds that combine into a texture that tastes like a cozy hug,. You can make them in a skillet or in the oven. Add an egg and enjoy!
Waffles earn you major points with your friends and fam as a special weekend breakfast recipe! This one is easy to make and full of flavor, perfect for Sunday brunch or any time you need to impress. The waffles are perfectly fluffy, full of big flavor with a short ingredient list. And the strawberry sauce…it’s thick and sweetened with maple, full of beautiful strawberry flavor. This recipe has a healthy spin: it’s not too sweet and the waffles made of all plant based ingredients.
Most muffins are glorified cake. (Yep, we said it!) But what about healthy muffins for breakfast? One of our most popular muffin recipes that works for anytime is these healthy banana bread muffins! They’re lightly sweet and made of 100% oats (no flour!) and bananas. They’re blender muffins so they’re easy to make at home: you can make them in advance and refrigerate prior to brunching. Browse the other tasty flavors below!
Smoothie bowls are a great way to load up a smoothie with protein-packed toppings! Of course, our favorite smoothie bowl is the popular Acai Bowl. This traditionally Brazilian treat is a frosty purple smoothie topped with a confetti of beautiful toppings. They're a total treat! One reader told us: “Made your acai bowl recipe and OH MY! I’ve never had one I’ve enjoyed as much as this. It was so perfectly balanced, and my husband loved it too!”
We'd be remiss without mentioning savory oatmeal as a breakfast recipe! This unique method of serving oatmeal is a veggie-packed way to start the day. Top the bowl with a fried egg and garlicky sauteed kale, and the yolk makes a creamy sauce that covers everything in goodness. It’s no secret that we’re oatmeal obsessed around here…and eating a veggie-filled healthy breakfast just got easier.
Here's another great make-ahead breakfast recipe: breakfast cookies! These “cookies” are healthy, made with oats and nuts and lightly sweetened with maple syrup. It’s basically like taking your bowl of oatmeal, to go! You can pop them in the freezer for long term storage and then just grab one on your way out the door.
The tofu scramble deserves its own feature...because it's a truly delicious plant based breakfast recipe! There's lots more to breakfast than just eggs. This recipe works for eaters of all kinds. You'll be surprised at how much the texture and flavor mimics a scramble...but it's 100% plant based! It’s hard to find vegan savory breakfast ideas, and this one is perfection. Even better: it takes only 10 minutes to make.
Omelettes are a quick and easy breakfast recipe that are sometimes overlooked! In just 5 minutes, you have a filling, flavor-packed meal. Make it with cheese as the filling or add sauteed mushrooms, greens, or other veggies.
Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Crack the egg into the pan and sprinkle with a few pinches kosher salt. When the whites are mostly cooked after a minute or two, flip and cook another 30 seconds, then remove from the heat.
Meanwhile, toast the English muffin. Spread both sides generously with pesto. When the egg is done, slide it onto one half of the English muffin.
Add a handful of arugula to the still hot pan and return to medium heat; add a pinch of kosher salt and cook for a few seconds until wilted down. Remove from the heat and place the arugula on top of the egg.
Top the sandwich with the other half of the English muffin and serve immediately.
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.