Mornings can be difficult, and sometimes it can be hard to find the motivation, creativity and time to come up with good breakfast recipes. Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day, and it’s important to make your first meal of the day both a nourishing and tasty one! I’ve pulled together 10 of my most beloved breakfast recipes that are delicious and take no time to make. These breakfast recipes are packed with nutrients and are sure to give you enough energy to tackle whatever the day throws at you.
1.) Overnight Oats
Overnight oats, as the name suggests, are prepared the night before so you have a delicious and nutritious meal waiting for you in the morning! Packed with protein, vitamins and minerals, this easy breakfast recipe is sure to start your day off right!
First, add 1/2 cup of oats, some pecan nuts, hazel nuts, flaxseed, chia seed, protein powder (optional), and 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract to a jar.
Then add cinnamon for flavor and milk (or almond milk if you prefer). Make sure you add enough milk so that it completely covers the mixture and there’s no dry oatmeal left. Mix it all in a bowl, then pour it into a jar with a tight-fitting lid, and refrigerate overnight.
In the morning, you can either eat this straight out of the fridge, or heat it up in the microwave and enjoy hot. Add some banana, blueberries, and apples for some sweetness. Top up with more cinnamon or brown sugar if you’d like.
2.) Scandinavian Muesli
A Nordic favorite, this recipe is super quick and easy to make. Not to mention nutritious and sure to kick start your day.
Boil 1/2 cup of oats together with 1 cup of milk over medium heat in a saucepan. Once it starts to boil, turn the heat down, cover and let simmer until the milk is almost absorbed and the oatmeal is soft (usually takes about 15 minutes). Stir in some brown sugar, and feel free to add in some butter and salt.
Serve into a bowl, and then top with some berries, apples and nuts. Finish it off by sprinkling some cinnamon on top for flavor. This breakfast recipe can also be turned into a refreshing parfait, simply substitute the oatmeal out for yogurt instead!
3.) Avocado Toast with Egg
Some may call this recipe “basic,” but I call it “timeless.” It remains a favorite for a reason, and it’s a light and healthy breakfast option that’s perfect for hot summer mornings.
Start off by toasting the bread until crispy and firm.
Remove the pit from the avocado, and scoop out both halves into a bowl. Mash the avocado with a fork until it’s at a consistency you like. Squeeze 1/4 of a lemon into the mashed avocado. This will add some flavor, and it also helps to prevent the avocado from browning. Add some salt and pepper for more taste.
Spread the avocado on rye or whole grain toast. Add some cherry tomatoes and basil on top for a nice and refreshing flavor. Also feel free to add red pepper flakes or garlic on top if you’d like, but this is completely optional. Finish off the toast by adding a light drizzle of balsamic vinegar.
Once you have your avocado toast all set, now it’s time to make the egg to go on top. You can cook your eggs anyway you like, but I think a sunny-side-up egg goes best with this recipe. For the perfect sunny-side-up egg, pour some olive oil into a small saucepan and heat it over medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot, crack an egg directly into the pan. Cover the pan with a tight lid and cook uninterrupted, for about 1 1/2 – 2 minutes.
Once the egg is done, use a spatula to place it directly onto your avocado toast.
4.) Breakfast Sandwich
An egg breakfast sandwich is a great way to start the day. They offer lots of nutritious calories, and they’re fast and easy to make.
Start by cutting a brioche bun in half, and spread butter on one half and garlic aioli sauce on the other half.
Place some butter into a medium-sized pan, and turn the heat to medium-high. Place 4 slices of bacon into the pan, and keep flipping the bacon until it is sizzling and crispy. Remove the bacon from the pan and place onto a paper towel, and set aside.
Next, crack an egg into the same saucepan. How you cook the egg is up to you, but for this recipe I prefer an over-easy fried egg that is nice and runny. Crack and egg into a pan and wait for 30 seconds, then carefully flip it over for another 30 seconds. Sprinkle some salt and pepper on top, and then remove pan from heat.
Now you’re ready to assemble the sandwich! Start by laying some lettuce on one half of the bun. Next, add a couple slices of fresh tomato, then add the bacon and egg on top. Place the other half of the bun on top, and enjoy!
5.) Scrambled Eggs and Lox Bagel
You don’t have to be a New Yorker to enjoy this NYC favorite. This savory recipe is an energizing and indulgent brunch item, great for late and lazy weekend mornings.
Beat 2 eggs, 1/4 cup milk, and a pinch of salt and pepper into a medium bowl until smooth and well blended.
Heat 1 tbsp of butter in a large nonstick pan over medium-heat. Pour in the egg mixture. As the eggs start to set, gently drag the mixture across with a spatula until large, soft curds form. Continue cooking until there is no liquid egg left.
Spread each bagel half with an onion cream cheese smear. Dice up a few chives and add them on top of the cream cheese spread. Serve the egg mixture on top, and then evenly layer some salmon slices on top of the eggs. Sprinkle some capers on top of the salmon for garnish and added flavor.
6.) Single-Serve Spanish Omelette
This simple potato and egg dish is perfect for the cook with more time in the morning and offers a leisurely start to the day.
Wash and peel 1 large potato. Slice into thin, 1/4 inch pieces. Then, thinly slice 1/2 an onion into approximately the same size as the potatoes. Pour 2/4 cup olive oil into a frying pan over medium heat. Salt the potatoes and onion, and then add them to the oil. Cook the potatoes until golden brown, but still soft. Do not completely fry them. Once the potatoes are finished cooking, drain them in a colander and set aside.
Crack 2 eggs into a bowl and sprinkle salt and pepper for flavor. Beat them until they are light and frothy. Combine the potato mixture and eggs together. Coat a small frying pan with olive oil, then place the potato and egg mixture into the pan until the pan is almost full.Cook the mixture over medium-high heat for about 3 minutes. Gently push the sides of the mixture inwards until it forms a round shape.
Once the bottom begins to brown and become firm, it’s time to flip the omelette. The easiest way to do this without breaking the omelette is to place a plate on top of the pan, flip the pan over the plate so the omelette becomes inverted. Then slide the omelette back into the pan. Cook for another 2-3 minutes, until the other side begins to brown again.
Plate the omelette and allow to cool for 5 minutes before enjoying.
7.) Açaí Smoothie Bowl
This one is for all the smoothie lovers out there. A blender and some nutritious toppings transform this smoothie into an energizing bowl, and the Açaí powder is packed with antioxidants, calcium, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and other vital nutrients!
Here are the ingredients you need: 1 banana, a handful each of raspberries, blackberries and blueberries (preferably frozen), 1 tbsp of Açaí powder, chia seeds for protein, a tbsp of almond butter, and 1/2 cup almond milk.
Place all the above ingredients together in a blender, and blend it all up until it’s smooth and there are no chunks left. Serve the mixture in a bowl, and feel free to top up the mixture with anything you like, such as granola, nuts, seeds, coconut shavings, and even chocolate chips!
8.) 60 Second Omelette with Spinach
This is what I like to call a 60 second omelette, because it really takes only one minute to make! It’s perfect if you’re pressed for time in the morning.
In a bowl, crack 2 eggs and add 1 tbsp of water. Add some salt and pepper, and whisk until light and foamy.
Heat a small skillet to medium-high heat, and add 1 tbsp of butter. Spread the butter around the pan, and make sure it completely coats the bottom of the pan. Pour the egg mixture in and let it sit for 5-10 seconds. Cheese is completely optional, but if you’d like to add cheese, now is the right time to do that.
Lift the pan and tilt it until the egg is evenly distributed, and then set it back down again for approximately 10 seconds. Shake the pan occasionally to make sure the remaining liquid egg cooks.
Once the egg starts to set around the edges, grab your spatula and gently start to loosen the edges. Grab the skillet by the handle and tilt the pan so the omelette slides down to the lip. Then, transfer the omelette onto a plate by flipping the omelette over onto itself (don’t beat yourself up if it breaks though, practice makes perfect!).
Sprinkle some chives or fresh parsley on top. If you want some added nutrition, feel free to sauté some spinach and mushrooms for a side, or even incorporate it into the omelette itself!
9.) Breakfast Bars
These oatmeal breakfast bars are packed with protein and fiber, and will keep you full until lunch. And the best part is that the leftovers from each batch can be conveniently stored for another breakfast!
Mix the following ingredients into a bowl: 2 cups Old Fashioned Oats, 3/4 cup dried cranberries, 1/2 cup chopped almonds, 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, 1/4 cup sunflower seeds, 1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional), 1 tsp brown sugar, and 1 tsp cinnamon.
In a large bowl, mash a banana with a fork until smooth and no lumps are left. Add 1 1/2 cup of almond milk and 1 tbsp of honey, and mix together. Slowly add the dry ingredients to this mix until well incorporated.
In an 8 x 11 baking dish, lightly coat butter across the bottom and around the edges. Pour the mixture into the baking dish and spread evenly. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F, and bake for 30-40 minutes. Let cool and cut into bars.
10.) Nut Butter Toast
If you’re pressed for time, or do not have a ravenous appetite in the morning, this light and simple breakfast recipe is easy to digest while also providing enough calories and nutrients to help get your day started.
Cut an English muffin in half and toast both sides. Then, spread nut butter evenly onto both sides of the English muffin.
Next, cut up a banana and green apple into chunks. Place them evenly across each piece of the English muffin, and then finish by sprinkling cinnamon on top. The cinnamon is optional, but I find that cinnamon gives the overall breakfast a nice, warm and sweet flavor.
What’s your go-to breakfast? Have you tried any of these recipes? Feel free to let us know in the comments below!
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Allison Havermale grew up in sunny San Diego, California. She is a senior at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, and is majoring in English Language & Literature. She has a passion for food, literature, traveling, fashion, and beauty, and is hoping to pursue a writing career in one of those fields. When she’s not reading or writing, you can usually catch her at the beach or grabbing brunch with friends!