Are you struggling to come up with easy breakfast meal ideas? You almost certainly are. But it doesn’t have to be this way – if you think a bit outside the box, breakfast need not be a nightmare or a bore. Because let’s face it – cereal gets old pretty quickly if that’s all you’ve got. With how hectic people’s lives seem to be, it’s no wonder many of us find ourselves reaching for the same things time and time again.
With that in mind, I’ve put together a list of seven simple meal ideas for breakfast that will hopefully help you get out of your breakfast rut and start enjoying this important meal once more. In addition to being quick, they’re also healthy – so there’s no need to feel guilty about enjoying them!
1. Overnight Frozen Yogurt
This is a simple one – buy some yogurt, pour it into a container with a lid, and let it sit in the freezer overnight. That’s it! In the morning, you can enjoy it frozen or take it out of the freezer for 10 minutes beforehand so that it softens. Either way, this recipe couldn’t be much easier or quicker. And because yogurt is packed full of healthy probiotics, this breakfast option will leave you feeling nice and refreshed too.
2. Muffin Tin Pancakes
Pancakes are often thought of as a weekend luxury (unless they’re DIY). However, they don’t have to be. They’re delicious and easy enough to make every morning if you want to! All you need is a muffin tin, one egg per pancake (so four for a whole batch), one cup of flour, half a cup of milk (or milk alternative), and whatever other mix-ins or flavorings you enjoy. Mix all those ingredients in a bowl until they form your desired consistency (a bit thicker than standard pancakes works best), pop them in the oven at around 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes, then take them out again when they’ve turned golden brown. You can try countless flavor combinations with this recipe to make it your own. Blueberries (frozen if you don’t want purple pancakes) are delicious here.
Bonus Tip: Try out this egg waffle recipe if the kids are famished!
Here are some more pancake recipes you can try:
3. Homemade Breakfast Bars
Who doesn’t love granola bars? It’s a convenient, tasty breakfast option that can be found pretty much anywhere these days. But it doesn’t have to stop there. By making your granola bars, you can create different flavor combinations using ingredients that are as healthy as they are delicious. And from start to finish the whole thing shouldn’t take more than half an hour.
4. Breakfast Quesadilla
Take two pieces of bread, spread some cheese between each one, and stick them together in a quesadilla maker for around 3 minutes. This will give you something kind of like scrambled eggs, sandwiched between crunchy bread slices …yum! You can season this however you like (pepper is delicious), add cheese, add vegetables, add bacon…the sky’s the limit!
5. Protein-Packed Oatmeal
Oatmeal is a delicious and filling breakfast option that doesn’t have to be boring. There are plenty of ways to perk it up on top of just adding some fresh fruit on top. You can blend this one in a blender for a few minutes before you eat it if you want a warm milk-like substance instead of actual oatmeal (not including the water). This lets you get creative with your flavor combinations – throw in some cocoa powder and peanut butter for an indulgent chocolate peanut butter oatmeal concoction, or grate in some ginger and add some cinnamon for something more adventurous.
6. Smoothie Bowls
Smoothie bowls are another great option for those who want to switch up their standard breakfast routine. They’re like thick smoothies that you eat with a spoon (rather than drink through a straw), and because of this, they can be topped off with all sorts of yummy ingredients: granola, fresh fruit, chocolate chips…the list goes on! All you need to do is blend your chosen smoothie recipe in your blender before transferring it into a bowl or other dish, then topping it off as desired. This is a perfect idea if you are finicky about certain foods, because once it’s blended together, you won’t even know the difference!
7. One-Bowl Pancakes
Pancakes made from one bowl? That’s right! This easy-peasy recipe will have you waking up to a stack of pancakes in no time. All you need is a cup of self-raising flour, two eggs, half a cup of milk, and some neutral oil for frying (e.g., grapeseed or sunflower). Blend everything in a blender until it forms a smooth batter, then transfer the whole thing to a pan on your stove at medium heat. Wait until each side turns golden brown before flipping them over and repeating on the other side, then serve with whatever toppings take your fancy – syrup works particularly well here!
So there you have seven simple breakfast options that can be prepared quickly and easily for busy mornings when you want to make sure you get off to a good start and don’t end up running late. All but one (the protein-packed oatmeal) of these recipes can be completed in half an hour or less. So what are you waiting for? Give them a try today!