With 20 weekdays in the average month, you’ve got a lot of rushed mornings to get through. This list of easy breakfast ideas is designed to take the guess work out of morning meal-planning. Read on to leave the “what’s for breakfast?” stress behind.
Tips to get the most out of these easy breakfast ideas
Tip 1: I’ve left these easy breakfast ideas intentionally non-specific, so you can play around with different flavor combos to find your favorites. Try swapping in seasonal ingredients when possible to keep things fresh and budget-friendly.
Tip 2: Many of these easy breakfast ideas can be made ahead in batches and refrigerated or frozen until you need them – try making enough for the whole week on Sunday night.
Tip 3: There’s nothing wrong with eating the same thing every day. If you find something you like, feel free to keep with it for a few weeks (or even a few months) until you move on to another option. I tend to stick with oatmeal or egg dishes in the colder months and smoothies or yogurt parfaits in the warmer months. Find what works best for you.
20 Easy Breakfast Ideas
- Smoothie – Blending together milk or yogurt, fruit (fresh or frozen), greens, and healthy fat (like coconut oil, pumpkin seeds, flax, or walnuts) makes for a quick, nutritious, and refreshing breakfast on the go. If you’re feeling adventurous, try adding turmeric to boost both the health benefits and flavor.
- Breakfast sandwich – So. Many. Possibilities. Start with a bread; add your egg, your cheese, and a delicious cured breakfast meat of your choice. With so many options to choose from, you could make one of these every day for a month and not make the same one twice.
- Quiche – quiche is something that sounds difficult to make but isn’t. Whip some eggs, add basically whatever you want to them, pour the mixture in a store-bought pie crust, and bake. You can go as fancy or as plain Jane as you want with the flavor combos, and it’s a great way to use up leftover ingredients from another recipe. Smoked salmon and sweet corn quiche is a personal fave.
- Yogurt parfait – Fruit, yogurt, and granola or cereal. Easy, delicious, and guilt-free.
- Breakfast burrito – Who doesn’t love burritos? Egg, onion, green pepper, black beans, salsa, and a smidge of cheese = yum. (Plus, these freeze especially well.)
- Oatmeal – The add-in possibilities are endless. I love adding canned pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice to mine in the fall. Or try a savory oatmeal recipe to keep things interesting.
- Cereal – Hey, it’s a classic for a reason. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t eat a big old bowl of cereal sometimes.
- Breakfast wraps – Toss some deli meat and/or fresh veggies in a wrap and add some hummus, guacamole, or the dressing of your choice. Basically, these are lunch wraps that you eat for breakfast, because you are an adult and can do whatever you want.
- Waffles – If you’re blessed enough to own a good waffle maker, you should use it! You can add the maple syrup and butter directly into the batter, or whip them together into a semi-solid dipping sauce, to keep these babies travel-friendly for mornings on the go. Waffles reheat well, so make a pile on Sunday night & it’ll last through the week.
- Potato waffles – Yes, this is a thing, and yes, I use my waffle maker a lot. The next time you find yourself with leftover potatoes, or maybe some hash browns, go ahead and mix them up with a few eggs and literally any type of savory topping – bacon, sausage, cheese, chives, bell peppers, onions, salsa, ALL OF IT – and throw it on the waffle maker. Potato waffles are creamy, cheesy, carby goodness on the inside and crispy, handheld convenience on the outside. You’re welcome.
- Baked eggs – For the lazy person in all of us. Whip up some eggs with whatever you like to have in your eggs, pour them into a muffin tin, and bake at 375 degrees for 15ish minutes. Boom: easy grab-n-go breakfast for days. (These also freeze super well.)
- Fresh fruit or fruit salad – Okay, so you may be thinking this sounds like a snack, but eating fresh fruit for breakfast on occasion is actually a great idea. First of all, it’s easy and fast for those days when you’re just not feeling it. Second, most fruits are good sources of fiber, which will keep you feeling full. Finally, most fruits have a high water content, which is perfect for early mornings when people are usually at their most dehydrated point of the day.
- Turkey sandwich (or your deli meat of choice) – Everyone loves breakfast for dinner, right? So why not lunch for breakfast? It’s a brave new world. Throw some sliced avocado on there to achieve the protein/fiber/healthy fat trifecta that’ll keep you satisfied all morning long.
- Good ole PB&J – Speaking of sandwiches, it’s peanut butter jelly time. It may not be the healthiest option, but you can’t deny that a proper PB&J sammy makes you feel like a kid again. It’s cheap, easy, yummy, and fun, plus you probably already have all the fixins on hand. So why not indulge from time to time?
- Breakfast casserole – In my family, we only ever had breakfast casserole on Christmas morning, so fixing one on any old Tuesday feels a little like sacrilege. But breakfast casseroles are delicious, deeply satisfying, and convenient! Make one Sunday night and you don’t have to think about breakfast for the rest of the week. You can also freeze them ahead for those weeks when you know your daily routine will be blown to bits.
- Omelet – This is yet another great way to use up random ingredients you have on hand, because in my experience, there is virtually no wrong way to make an omelet. Pro tip: make a mega-omelet on Monday morning and divvy it up for breakfast through the week.
- Banana or zucchini bread – Again, maybe not the most nutritious option, but these breads are easy to make, freeze well, and are a great way to use up bananas and zucchini. Try replacing the oil with unsweetened applesauce and halving the amount of sugar you put in to up the healthiness factor.
- Breakfast flatbread – Wanna feed the whole family in 10 minutes using whatever you have on hand? Throw any veggies you’ve got on a flatbread or two, sprinkle with some cheese, crack a few eggs on top, and bake at 400 degrees for 8 minutes. (If runny yokes gross you out, pierce the egg yolk with a fork a few times. This will cause it to set while cooking.) You’re basically eating pizza for breakfast!
- Fruit and cottage cheese – There are two kinds of people in this world: people who eat fruit with their cottage cheese and people who do not. And, I guess, there’s a third kind of people who don’t eat cottage cheese, but I digress. Whichever camp you fall into, fruit and protein make a great breakfast combo, and this one couldn’t be easier. If you’re one of those third kind of people, try another protein-rich dairy item like string cheese or yogurt with your fruit.
- Fried egg on toast – Is it technically a breakfast sandwich? Mayyybe. But this gets its own spot on the list because it is my go-to for frazzled, frantic mornings when I’m starving. This cheap and filling dish couldn’t be easier. 1) Crack an egg into a pan. 2) Sprinkle it with a little S&P. 3) DO NOT TOUCH IT. (I pierce the yoke with a fork because runny yokes are disgusting, but that’s just me.) 4) Toast exactly one slice of bread. 5) Slather some butter on the toast. 6) Place the egg on the toast. 7) Profit.
+2 Bonus Ideas:
- Crustless quiche bites – Since you’re already well on your way to becoming a quiche expert, you may as well learn an even easier variation on the quiche. Mix up your egg mixture like you would for any quiche, but forget about the pie crust and pour it into a muffin pan instead. These baked quiche bites freeze really well, so you could make three or four dozen at a time and eat them for months. How much easier can breakfast be, hmm?
- Convenience items – I’m typically not one to promote pre-made food. It’s usually more expensive and less nutritious than anything you can make yourself. However, if time restrictions mean you’re swinging through the drive-thru or, even worse, skipping breakfast entirely most mornings, convenience items can help you bridge the meal-planning gap. If you stock up during a sale, they’re not even that pricey. Think pantry items like toaster pastries & granola bars, or frozen items like breakfast burritos, egg sandwiches, waffles, or pancakes. Look for low-sugar, high-protein and –fiber options as much as possible.
What’s your favorite breakfast hack? Tell me in the comments! And don’t forget to sign up for e-mails for even more life-simplifying tips.