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18 Quick, Easy & Interesting Breakfasts

18 Quick, Easy & Interesting Breakfasts


Oh, breakfast. We know you’re the most important meal of the day, yet it’s so hard to make time for you. Most people don’t have time to chop up all the veggies for a tofu scramble or whip up some pancakes or put together an elaborate breakfast casserole. Instead, we go for yogurt, cold cereal, toast, a piece of fruit, or even nothing at all. And while the those are perfectly fine breakfast options (save for the skipping it all together one, of course!), they sure do get old after awhile. But, really, what other options do we have for a quick, easy, nutritious, and interesting breakfast? It sure seems like such a thing doesn’t really exist. Or does it? We did some serious digging to find some fantastic breakfast ideas for when you’re in a time crunch. Click through to check out some of them.

What do you typically eat for breakfast? Tell us about it in the comments!

Earlier: 8 Typical Breakfasts Around the World

This is my go-to quick breakfast. With so many options to personalize your yogurt parfait, it’s a lot harder to get sick of it!

1. Yogurt, Fruit and Granola

1/2 cup plain, vanilla or Greek yogurt
1/4 cup fruit, chopped — berries, bananas, peaches, whatever you have on hand
1/4 cup granola
Optional: nuts or seeds, honey or maple syrup to taste


1. Scoop yogurt into a cereal bowl. Add granola and mix lightly. Top with fresh fruit and serve.

More Breakfast Parfaits:
Almost Apple Pie Parfait
Tropical Yogurt Parfait
Cherry Yogurt Parfait

Another simple, yet satisfying, breakfast option. With protein, fruit, and whole grains, how can you go wrong?

2. Whole-Grain Toast with Banana and Nut Butter

2 slices whole-grain bread
Almond or peanut butter
1 banana, sliced

1. Lightly toast bread. Spread nut butter on toast and top with banana slices.

Other Tasty Toast Options Beyond Jam:
- Tofu spread & sliced fruit
- Cream cheese & berries
- Slice fruit & honey
- Sauteed kale
- Ricotta & cherry tomatoes

Related: 10 Breakfast Cereals to Avoid

The next time you make brown rice, quinoa, or millet for dinner, set some of it aside for the next day’s breakfast. This delicious and interesting breakfast shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes to prepare!

3. Leftover Breakfast Rice

1 cup leftover brown rice
1 cup soy or cow’s milk
1 Tablespoon butter
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
Fruits, raisins, and nuts for topping

1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, heat rice in milk and butter.
2. When most of the liquid has been absorbed, stir in brown sugar. Remove from heat.
3. Top with sliced fruit, raisins, nuts, and whatever else you desire.

Recipe adapted from: Instructables

More Great Breakfast Grains:
Apple-Almond Quinoa
Quinoa Pudding
The Healthiest Quick Oatmeal

Super tasty, super quick, and, best of all: super cute! The end product of these eggs looks like a flower!

4. Eggs in Bell Peppers

1/2 bell pepper, cut into 1/2″ thick “rings,” with inner membranes removed
2 eggs
1 Teaspoon olive or vegetable oil

1. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Place pepper rings in skillet and cook for about 2 minutes on each side.
2. Crack egg into the middle of the pepper rings.
3. Cover and let cook for about 3 minutes. If you like harder eggs, 5 minutes should do the trick.

Serve with: fresh fruit and toast.

Recipe Credit: Weelicious

More Ideas:
Buttered Eggs
Egg-Free Omelettes & Scrambles

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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3:58AM PST on Feb 23, 2015

I tried the leftover breakfast rice recipe and it was surprisingly good

11:31AM PST on Jan 13, 2014

oatmeal, knackerbroth,cereal killers eh crackers, croisant depends what i've in my house!!

6:45AM PST on Jan 9, 2014

These seem much better than packaged cold cereals! Thank you for sharing.

10:23AM PST on Feb 22, 2013

I like to have my breakfasts already made for the morning since i'm usually rushing.

2:37AM PST on Feb 2, 2013

It's important to start a day with eating something good

8:26AM PST on Jan 23, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

11:13AM PST on Jan 11, 2013

i liked most of those ideas, not sure on the last one though! i've had soya yoghurt with museli or made my own granola bars in a batch and had those

10:14PM PST on Jan 9, 2013

Thanks, these are great and so do-able. I'm going to try one each day this week.

5:35AM PST on Jan 8, 2013

@Kathy P, I think the count the options they add below...which isn't exactly the same thing because you don't have recipes for those, but I guess they think you can improvise easily.
For breakfast, I try to eat whole wheat...or whole grain bread if I can get it with any combination of things: plantain, cheese, eggs etc
I've had the 'yogurt with fruit' (but not granola which I usually use eat as a snack) breakfast, plain yogurt that is, it's not something I'm used to, but it certainly felt healthy to eat it.

2:54PM PDT on Sep 29, 2012

will try some.

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