31 Super Easy (& Nutritious) Breakfasts for Hectic Mornings

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and in hopes of starting the new school year off right (or at least postponing the cereal route for a month or so), we found kid-approved, easy breakfast recipes you can make ahead of time. From overnight oats to super simple smoothies, these easy breakfast ideas are sure to make the morning routine a little bit more interesting. Read on to find your new favorite recipe. 

5-Ingredient Cereal Bars

These cereal bars from Weelicious are a snap to make with only five ingredients! We especially like that they can be thrown into lunch boxes as well as being a quick bite in the morning. 

Banana Bread

Warm up a few slices of this yummy banana bread, slice up some fruit and you've got a great make-ahead breakfast meal. This recipe is a favorite with Red Tricycle's Editorial Director, get the how-to here

Enchilada Breakfast Casserole

Made with chorizo or sausage, enchilada sauce, cheddar cheese, eggs and green bell peppers, you'll be hitting all the food groups with this Tex-Mex inspired breakfast casserole. Make it the day or weekend before and you'll have plenty for the week! Grab the recipe from Food Fanatic here

Breakfast Pasta

Pasta for breakfast?? You bet, with this recipe from The View from Great Island. Since noodles take on just about any flavor you want, go heavy on the bacon and eggs for an early morning meal. You can whip it up the night before and pop it into the microwave or in the oven on low before the kids get up. Grab the recipe here

Easy Oats

Ever heard of overnight oats? They’re a healthy, super easy breakfast that you can whip up the night before in less than five minutes. We’ve got the rundown on how to make them, including a basic recipe that’s easily customizable and lots of inspiration for mix-ins and toppings. Click here for all the details.

Apple Cinnamon Muffins

We love these apple cinnamon baked oatmeal cups from Pumpkin ‘n' Spice—they’re filled with healthy ingredients like oats and applesauce, and they’re the perfect size for little hands. Breakfast-on-the-go just got way more delicious. Click here to get the recipe.

Egg-cellent Breakfast Muffins

Sick of scrambled eggs? Dinner at the Zoo has the solution. These cute little egg muffins are kind of like handheld omelets, and you can make a large batch and eat them all week long. You can even sneak some veggies into the mix! Get the recipe here.

Go-Go Granola

Sometimes you just need great granola on a busy morning. This recipe fits the bill. It takes less than five minutes to whip up and is extra yummy with a dollop of yogurt. Adjust the add-ins to suit your family’s tastes, and you’re all set! Get the recipe here.

Best Breakfast Burritos

Spice up your mornings with a truly tasty burrito. These wraps from Life Made Simple are easy to make and easy to customize for everyone in the fam. Did we mention they’re freezer-friendly and great for an on-the-go breakfast? Get the recipe here.

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Green Monster Smoothie

Not only can you prep all the ingredients for this smoothie ahead of time, but you can also feel good about those ingredients. (Think healthy superfoods like spinach, oranges, pineapple and banana.) Get the recipe here.

Pancakes, Please!

Looking for a better batter for your pancakes and waffles? This recipe from Kristine’s Kitchen Blog uses unsweetened applesauce instead of a ton of butter. The result is super tasty and bit healthier than your average pancake, too. And your leftovers will freeze beautifully! Get the recipe here.

Kid-Friendly Croissants

Here’s the scoop on these pretty-as-a-picture sandwiches from Damn Delicious: they’re filling, delicious and totally microwavable! You can also customize the fillings to suit your kids’ fave flavors—but ham and cheese are always a classic. Get the recipe here.

Frozen Yogurt Pops

Think outside your usual yogurt cup and give this idea, courtesy of Boulder Locavore, a whirl. Sporting granola, Greek yogurt and fresh fruit, these breakfast popsicles are a great way to start the day—especially if it’s gonna be a hot one. Get refreshed and get the recipe here.

Cookies for Breakfast

Your little cookie monsters will be thrilled to have cookies for breakfast—and you’ll like that these cookies from Kristine's Kitchen Blog are actually an incognito healthy breakfast. They’re full of fresh carrot and apple, free of refined sugar and freezer-friendly too! Get the recipe here.

Banana Chocolate Oats

If you haven’t yet jumped aboard the overnight oats bandwagon, we’ve saved you a seat with this recipe from My Fussy Eater. It’s full of natural antioxidants and nutrients—not to mention chocolatey-banana goodness. And the prep time? Five measly minutes. Get the recipe here.

Gluten-Free Waffles

Wahoo for waffles! These treats from The Minimalist Baker are gluten-free and freezer friendly. Whip ‘em up in a snap, and save them for those busy weekday mornings when all you can handle is a toaster breakfast. Get the recipe here.

Greek Yogurt Bark

We can’t think of a better way to say “good morning” than with this pretty Greek yogurt breakfast bark from Go Eat & Repeat. It takes minimal effort and time and can work as a snack as well as a breakfast. Get the recipe here.

Toaster Puff Pastry

Sure, it looks impressive, but this idea from Menu Musings is actually easy to pull off. Make it ahead of time, and then pop it into the toaster oven in the morning. Voila! Get the recipe here.

Greet-the-Day Parfaits

Turn your little one’s morning into a parfait party. We’re digging this version from The Lemon Bowl because it's got kid-friendly flavors and heart-healthy, energy-boosting ingredients. Get the recipe here.

Homemade McMuffin

Give the Egg McMuffin a homemade twist with these breakfast sandwiches from Damn Delicious. Not only are they a make-ahead treat that can be frozen and then enjoyed on the fly, but they’re also easily customizable for tiny foodies. Get the recipe here.

Super Quick Smoothies

For an extra fast breakfast, stock these smoothie ice cubes from Simply Sophisticate in your freezer and pop them in the blender. You can even create different cubes to give everyone in the family their fave flavors. Get the recipe here.

Mini Muffins

There’s nothin’ wrong with these Apple Stuffin’ Muffins. Convenient, fluffy, and chock full of your fave fruit, they’re just what your mornings have been missing. Get the recipe here.

Apple Pie in a Glass

The kids will love this oat-filled smoothie from The Stay at Home Chef—it tastes like apple pie in a glass! The recipe keeps the sugar to a minimum, making it a healthy way to start the day. Click here to grab the recipe.

Muffin Tin Meat Muffins

We’ve seen a million twists on muffin tin eggs, but you’ll definitely want to try this one from The Cheerful Kitchen. With veggies, cheese and ground beef, it’s filling enough to keep little bellies satisfied until lunchtime. To grab the recipe, click here.

Peanut Butter & Granola

This granola from Joy Food Sunshine is super easy to make and will make your mornings a breeze. You can serve it up as cereal, sprinkle it over yogurt with some berries or just gobble it up by the handful. Click here to get the recipe.

Freezer Burrito

These breakfast burritos from The Suburban Soapbox can be prepared on the weekend and stashed in the freezer for up to a month. Just pop them in the microwave, and they’ll be your savior on stressful mornings. Snag the recipe by clicking here.

Oatmeal Banana Muffins

Make a batch of these oatmeal banana chocolate chip muffins from My Food Story on the weekend, and you’ll be set for the whole week. The chocolate makes them an instant hit with the kids, and the wholesome ingredients make them a win for parents too. Find out how they’re made by clicking here.

Berry Overnight Oats

This version of overnight oats from Sue Bee Homemaker is bursting with berries and adding a sprinkling of chia seeds ups the nutritional benefits even more. To get the recipe, click here.

Make-Ahead Breakfast Sammies

Skip the store-bought options and try out The Charming Detroiter’s genius make-ahead breakfast sandwiches instead. Your little foodies will have a new favorite breakfast. To get the recipe, click here.

Kiwi Raspberry Chia Pudding

For an impressive breakfast totally worth the (night before) effort, you’ve got to try this recipe from Seasonal Cravings. With layers of kiwi, raspberry and chia pudding, it’s as healthy as it is eye-catching. To find out how it’s made, click here.

Best Breakfast Casserole

You can make this breakfast casserole from The Cookie Rookie on the weekend, and the leftovers will be just as tasty heated up throughout the week. The dish is stuffed with kid-fave ingredients like ham, cheese and crusty bread to start your day off on a delicious note. Grab the recipe by clicking here.


—Abigail Matsumoto & Susie Foresman

Featured image: Charisse Kinion via Unsplash



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