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.)
Here's an easy make-ahead breakfast idea: 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.
Next 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?
Next up in our easy breakfast ideas: almond butter toast! 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 or Homemade Nut Butter 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. (If you're into baking, try it with our Homemade Bread!)
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!)
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!).
These fluffy scrambled eggs come together in no time! Using goat cheese crumbles adds creamy pockets of rich goodness, and a tangy flavor. If you've got them on hand, add thinly sliced chives for a garnish. It all comes together in less than 10 minutes!
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.
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.
This toasted oatmeal recipe is a fan favorite easy breakfast idea: because it tastes incredible and only requires a bit of time! 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! Our favorite toppings: all natural peanut butter and strawberry jam. They'll keep you full all day long!
You'll be surprised how much this tofu scramble has the flavor and texture of scrambled eggs! It's a healthy, savory plant based breakfast that takes only 10 minutes to whip up. If you'd like, serve it with a veggie saute: red onion, peppers and greens sauteed until tender. Add toast and you've got a filling way to start the day!
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!
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!
And last in our easy breakfast ideas, our blueberry smoothie! This really is the BEST blueberry smoothie, we promise! This one hits all the right notes and takes only a few minutes to blend. It’s got the perfect creamy texture, tastes like pure blueberry, has no added sugar, and is full of real, whole food ingredients. And the best part? It’s got a hint of cinnamon, too.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, garlic powder, smoked paprika, kosher salt, and a few grinds of black pepper. Divide the mixture evenly into the muffin cups (fill them about halfway). Sprinkle the shredded Parmesan cheese evenly into each cup. Then top with the green onions, then the red peppers. Finish by adding the pecans, divided evenly between the cups.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown and puffed. (When you remove them from the oven, they’ll immediately start to deflate and will continue deflating as they cool.) Allow to cool for 5 minutes in the tin, then remove. Eat immediately, refrigerate up to 4 days, or freeze up to 3 months. They work great as an on-the-go breakfast or lunch, and are good at room temperature or cold (don’t need to be reheated).
*Jarred roasted red peppers are usually available near the olives and other canned vegetables.
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.