By Ariel Knutson
Why is the “most important meal of the day” often the hardest to make time for? In between getting ready for work, dropping kids off at school, or just simply getting an extra hour of much-needed sleep, it’s easy to let breakfast fall by the wayside. But it doesn’t have to be this way! If you have 15 minutes — often less — you can make something ultra-delicious that will keep you full for hours. Here are 7 easy breakfast recipes I rely on when I’m short on time in the morning (and no, none of these options are cereal).
1. Tropical Acai Bowl from Cookie + Kate
This restaurant-worthy breakfast looks like it should take a long time, but it’s lightning-fast thanks to a few smart freezer ingredients. All you need is a some frozen fruit (mango, pineapple, banana, and acai puree), lime juice, water, and whatever toppings you want (I love granola and almond butter). I make this recipe a lot when it’s cold and wintery and I’m in need of a warm vacation ASAP. It’s not the same, but it helps me start my day on the right note.
With a little foresight, overnight oats are the ultimate breakfast-saver. As the name implies, this breakfast comes together the night before. All you need to do the morning off is add some toppings. I particularly love this peanut butter banana version from Fit Foodie Finds, because it packs in a lot of protein with peanut butter, Greek yogurt, and chia seeds. Make a big batch of this on Sunday and it will last in your fridge for up to four days.
3. Avocado Egg Salad from Isabel Eats
Avocado toast is always an easy breakfast option, but sometimes you need something a little more filling to get you to lunchtime. Enter: egg salad! This creative mashup feels bright and flavorful and not heavy at all because it includes fresh dill, chives, and lemon juice.
Pro Tip: The avocados add plenty of fat to your breakfast, so you can use light mayo instead of regular mayo.
This healthy breakfast smoothie has just six ingredients: spinach, almond milk, banana, medjool dates, almond butter, and ice, but it tastes robust. The addition of dates (one or two based on preference) adds a complex sweetness that blends well with the spinach. If you want to make it a little more filling, you can toss a small amount of rolled oats or protein powder into your blender along with the rest of the ingredients.
5. Protein Pancakes from Pinch of Yum
Supercharge your morning with a big plate of protein-packed pancakes! I love that the batter comes together quickly in the blender, and that the recipe has no refined sugar or grains thanks to the addition of banana and oats. The pancakes get their protein punch from protein powder and egg whites. Top them with whatever you like — but chocolate and peanut butter are always a winning combination.
Your scrambled eggs need an upgrade, but it doesn’t have to be anything complicated. I love this Mediterranean-ish combination of spinach and feta, because it’s a simple way to add greens into my diet first thing in the morning. This scramble is also a great base for a bunch of other healthy add-ins I always have around, like avocado and tomatoes.
You’ve probably had a breakfast taco before, but what about a breakfast quesadilla? This is a great option if you’re cooking for a couple people in the morning and need something quick and tasty. This recipe from Tastes Better from Scratch is filled with scrambled eggs, cheese, and bacon. You could also make the quesadillas in advance, freeze them, and then reheat in the oven for an even faster option. Just make sure you top with plenty of salsa and guacamole before serving!