5 Breakfast Ideas for Easy Mornings
It’s been a fantastic summer around here, but I’m looking forward to settling back into routine as the new school year begins. I think a big part of easing into a routine is having a solid breakfast plan. Let’s talk about adding some easy breakfast ideas to your game plan today!
Oliver and I are not in a stage of life right now that includes hectic mornings. We typically have time for me to actually cook a hot breakfast each morning, whether that’s stovetop oatmeal or scrambled eggs or avocado toast. And tea. Always tea.
But some mornings we love the convenience of breakfasts we don’t need to put much thought into. We achieve that in a couple different ways:
- Make-ahead breakfasts: Meal prepping is big these days. As our schedules fill up, we have to find creative ways to make better use of our time. A great way to do that is to make a “batch” of breakfasts you can eat throughout the week.
- Quick breakfasts: In our case, this is mostly smoothies, though I’d typically consider scrambled eggs or fried eggs to fit into this category as well. We find that things like cereal and granola bars just don’t have as much staying power as we’d like. If I have a bowl of cereal for breakfast at 7 a.m., I’m typically reaching for a snack by 9:00. A smoothie (especially if I have it with a hard boiled egg or some other form of protein) tends to keep me full quite a bit longer.
Ready for some easy breakfast ideas? Here we go!
Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Muffins
I used to make something along these lines all the time in college so I could grab one or two in the morning before heading to class. It only takes about ten minutes to get the ingredients ready to pop in the oven, and the muffins will stay tasty for a few days. Make a double batch if you’re feeding a lot of hungry bellies!
These are similar to the banana muffins, but you’ll get just a little bit of veggie power added into the mix! I’ve always loved zucchini bread, and these muffins are a great little spin off of that idea.
Muffaletta Breakfast Casserole
If savory breakfasts are more your style, this breakfast casserole is just for you. It’s based on the classic New Orleans muffaletta sandwich, and it’s another great option for baking ahead of time and eating throughout the week. If you really want to focus on the grab & go quality, try baking this in a muffin tin so you won’t even have to get out a knife in the morning. Note: You might want to reduce the cooking time by a bit if you do it this way.
For an option you can throw together in the morning rather than prepare ahead of time, smoothies are great! This smoothie is actually the very first recipe I ever posted on the blog, so check out that post even if only for a walk down memory lane. 🙂
And here’s one more smoothie because the options are just endless. This one is extra fun because it packs in a little caffeine with the matcha! If you’re looking for an extra energy boost from your smoothie, consider trying it.
For a little extra help planning ahead, check out my meal planning resources page!
Those muffins are everything I need in my life right now. 😛 Thank you for the quick recipes. Always come handy for a lazy cook like me.
I could definitely go for some of the muffins right now too! It’s been a while since I’ve made the zucchini ones!
MUFFINS – yassss! That sounds so good right now! I usually have some eggs or a smoothie, so I’m definitely going to check out the smoothie recipe
I’ve really been loving smoothies in this hot weather the last few weeks!
Ooh those muffins sound so good! I’m usually a grab + go girl in the mornings so this sounds like a perfect recipe for me!
Yay! I’m so glad it’s helpful for you, Rachel!
All of these sound delish!! The Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Muffins caught my eye the most though. Definitely want to try them out super soon!
I’ve been making those really often recently!
These all look so delish! Both oatmeal muffins look amazing!
Thanks so much, Ashley!
Patricia @ Grab a Plate
Yum! My favorites: Muffaletta Breakfast Casserole and Pineapple Matcha Smoothie! I can’t wait to try both of them, especially as they have me drooling!
I’ve been having a lot of smoothies lately, and I need to grab some frozen pineapple so I can make that matcha smoothie again!
So many great options here! We’re a huge scrambled eggs and pancakes kind of family haha to most mornings, that’s what we have! Avocado toast is another winner in our home.
We love all of those things too!
Yum the peanut butter banana oatmeal muffins sound perfect! I also like the sound of the pineapple matcha smoothie. I will try this when the school year starts. I never have as much time to eat as I wish I did!
I’d love to hear how they turn out, Melissa!