Easy Breakfast Ideas

We know, mornings are hard. But that doesn’t have to mean no breakfast! These easy breakfast ideas will save you on busy mornings.

You’re busy. We’re busy! We totally get it. Mornings can be one of the hardest times to stick to healthy eating, especially if you’re running out the door. So, we’ve compiled a few of our very favorite easy breakfast ideas to make your mornings easier!

Now, let’s be honest. Eating breakfast is going to require some prep. Many of these recipes are batches that you’ll only have to cook one time: then you’ll have a bunch on hand for breakfasts throughout the week. Others are breakfasts you can whip up in a few minutes! But either way: we promise this list has no homemade pancakes or waffles. Those are for weekend brunches: which are also really fun too. (Here are 35 brunch ideas for weekends.)

DIY Instant Oatmeal

Instant oatmeal | Easy breakfast ideas

First up in our easy breakfast ideas: homemade Instant Oatmeal! How fun is this? You actually make your own instant oatmeal mix with oats, nuts, dried fruit and spices, and put it in a big jar. It takes about 5 minutes to put together. Then on busy mornings, you combine with water and microwave for 2 minutes. What’s better than a 2 minute breakfast?

Almond Butter Toast with Strawberries

Almond butter toast

Next up in our easy breakfast ideas: almond butter toast! We know this is uber simple. But sometimes it’s easy to forget about the simplest of ideas when you’re in a rush. We love nut butters for breakfast and lunch because they are packed with protein and super filling. Try our Homemade Almond Butter recipe to put this toast over the top. You can top with any berries or sliced fruit you have on hand: and a little drizzle of maple syrup makes it extra special.

5-Minute Pesto Arugula Breakfast Sandwich

5-Minute Pesto Breakfast Sandwich | Easy breakfast ideas

Does this breakfast sandwich really take 5 minutes? You bet it does. (A BuzzFeed writer actually tried it, timed it, and wrote about what she thought!) Here we’ve got a fried egg, purchased pesto, and quick sauteed arugula, topped on a toasted English muffin. It’s simple, but the combination of flavors is perfection. It’s one of our favorite easy breakfast ideas when we have a few extra minutes. (5, in fact!)

Healthy Granola Recipe

Healthy granola recipe

This easy breakfast idea is perfect for whipping up in advance of your busy mornings! Make it the night before, and you’ll have a huge jar of granola that keeps on giving throughout the week! Many granola recipes are packed with sugar and oil, but this one is lightly sweetened with maple syrup and designed to have less calories per serving by using puffed rice and oats! Also, it’s seriously delicious. Serve it up with yogurt or almond milk (our 2 year old eats it every day!).

Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies

Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies | Easy breakfast ideas

Here’s another easy breakfast idea that you can make in advance: 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.

Homemade Acai Bowl

Acai bowl | Easy breakfast ideas

If you have a few extra minutes in the morning, you can blend up this acai bowl recipe for a seriously delicious easy breakfast idea! Now, you might have time to style all the toppings as beautifully as above. But, you can throw on a few berries and a drizzle of almond butter and you’ll be in business. One idea is to make the acai bowl puree in advance and store it in the freezer: then you can defrost gently when it’s time for breakfast.

Toasted Oatmeal

Toasted oatmeal

This toasted oatmeal recipe is a fan favorite easy breakfast idea: because it tastes incredible and only requires a bit of time! You’ll need a little more time than the recipes above, but most of it is hands off time. I like to make a big batch and store it in the refrigerate for eating throughout the week. Toasting the oats before making the oatmeal gives them a nutty flavor: you’ll never be able to go back to your old oatmeal again!

Turmeric Egg Avocado Toast

Turmeric Poached Egg Avocado Toast | Easy breakfast ideas

Here’s another fancy toast recipe: this time, avocado toast with a poached egg! Of course, a fried egg would be even quicker (though not as bright yellow!). Top your toast with mashed avocado, egg, and some sesame seeds: it’s a nutritious breakfast in a flash!

Healthy Banana Bread Muffins

Banana bread muffins | Easy breakfast ideas

Another of our easy breakfast ideas to whip up in advance: these “famous” healthy banana bread muffins! These muffins have been super popular with our followers on Instagram because they’re so simple and healthy! Simply throw oats, bananas, eggs and maple syrup in a blender (and a couple spices), and blend them up! They come out fluffy and just the right amount of sweetness. We store ours in the refrigerator and eat off of them all week!

Chocolate Blueberry Smoothie

Chocolate blueberry smoothie

And last in our easy breakfast ideas, our chocolate blueberry smoothie! It takes just 5 minutes to whiz up in the blender, and it tastes a little like a healthy chocolate milkshake. The blueberries and bananas blended with cocoa powder and maple are so, so good: and packed full of nutrients to start your day.

Looking for more easy breakfast ideas?

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Best Instant Oatmeal Recipe

This Instant Oatmeal recipe is DIY genius for a quick healthy breakfast: it’s cheaper, healthier, and tastier than store bought packets!

5 Minute Pesto Breakfast Sandwich

This pesto-slathered healthy breakfast sandwich can be whipped up in minutes and offers a delicious spin on breakfast.

Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies

These carrot cake breakfast cookies are a portable breakfast or snack similar to a Cliff bar: they’re vegan and even work as a wholesome dessert!

Healthy Granola Recipe

Want a healthy granola recipe that’s actually healthy? Here’s a healthy homemade granola that’s low calorie and still nutrient dense.

Chocolate Blueberry Smoothie

This blueberry smoothie is a healthy chocolate banana smoothie made with blueberries: it’s a naturally sweet way to curb your sweets craving!

Avocado Toast with Turmeric Egg

This gorgeous avocado toast with turmeric egg can be whipped up in no time for a healthy breakfast, lunch or dinner.

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

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

Cookbook Author and photographer

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.

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