36 Quick and Easy Breakfast Ideas for Your Busiest Mornings

These simple breakfast recipes are perfect for busy mornings.

instant oatmeal with cranberries and pecans, quick and easy breakfast ideas
Mike Garten

We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but that doesn't mean you always have time to whip up something delicious in the morning. Enter: these easy, quick breakfasts that'll make even the busiest morning a little more delicious. Maybe you’re sick of your go-to bagel or granola bar and need new, fun and fast breakfast ideas. Or maybe you've got a little more time in the morning and just want to spice things up. Here, we've got all the a.m. inspo you need, whether you’re craving healthy muffin recipes, easy egg recipes or refreshing smoothie recipes to power-up your day.

We rounded up the best tasty and filling recipes that will get you pumped to get out of bed for your morning meal (yes, even on Mondays), including make-ahead options, genius ideas for breakfast sandwiches, and sweet (but secretly healthy!) options that make breakfast taste like dessert. Craving savory? We've got new ideas for everything from eggs to bacon to sausage. If you're feeling sweet, fresh fruit, homemade jam and breakfast baked goods are also all covered here. Best of all, many of these quick breakfasts take fewer than five minutes to pull together, or feature five ingredients or less. And since you’re saving so much time on breakfast, you’ll be able to cook one of our favorite healthy lunch ideas or easy dinner recipes later on in the day. Win, win!

pb chocolate sheet pan pancake, easy breakfast
Mike Garten
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PB Chocolate Sheet Pan Pancake

Don't spend all morning flipping pancakes, just make one supersized cake and slice!

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easy gruyère, bacon, and spinach scrambled eggs
Mike Garten
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Gruyère, Bacon and Spinach Scrambled Eggs

The simplest way to fancy-up your morning eggs? Throw in a few tasty add-ins that barely take any time at all.

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RELATED: 60 Easy Egg Recipes for Your Best Brunch Ever

easy blueberry banana nut smoothie
Mike Garten
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Blueberry-Banana-Nut Smoothie

With frozen berries and almond butter, this is like PB&J in smoothie form. Yum!

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easy sheet pan sausage and egg breakfast bake
Mike Garten
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Sheet Pan Sausage and Egg Breakfast Bake

A hearty breakfast that easily feeds a family of four, all on one sheet pan? Yes, please.

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easy instant oatmeal with cranberries and pecans
Mike Garten
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Instant Oatmeal with Cranberries and Pecans

Make this store-bought staple at home for fresher flavors and add-ins that you can customize.

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easy old bay scrambled eggs
Mike Garten
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Old Bay Scrambled Eggs

Make our Best-Ever Scrambled Eggs, but before scrambling, whisk 1 tsp Old Bay seasoning into eggs, then scramble as directed. Fold in 1 cooked diced russet potato and 4 oz thinly sliced kielbasa (both browned). Sprinkle with chopped parsley.

blender pancakes
Mike Garten
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Blender Pancakes

For faster flapjacks (without the whisk and bowl), blend the batter, add the mix-ins and get flipping.

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avocado toast easy breakfast dish
Mike Garten
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Smashed Avocado Toast with Egg

The secret to making the best avocado toast out there? Smash the avocado with lemon juice, salt, and pepper, and top with a hard-boiled egg and thinly sliced radishes.

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easy zucchini bread
Mike Garten
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Easy Zucchini Bread

Make this spiced loaf on the weekend to enjoy sweet slices all week.

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RELATED: 50+ Zucchini Recipes That Are Easy, Healthy and Delicious

trout scrambled eggs
Mike Garten
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Trout Scrambled Eggs

Make our Best-Ever Scrambled Eggs, folding in 1/4 cup crème fraîche, then 1/2 cup flaked smoked trout and 1/2 small red onion (thinly sliced). Dollop with additional crème fraîche.

coconut raspberry smoothie bowl
Mike Garten
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Coconut Raspberry Smoothie

This creamy smoothie is made in an immersion blender for faster prep and easy cleanup!

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breakfast burrito   easy healthy breakfasts
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly
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Make-Ahead Breakfast Burrito

Spend time prepping these burritos on Sunday and then reheat them during the work week.

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RELATED: A Beginner's Guide on How to Meal Prep Like a Pro

make ahead smoothies
Mike Garten
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Make-Ahead Smoothies

Just pull out these pre-made mixes from the freezer, add liquid, and blend.

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classic omelet and greens
Mike Garten
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Classic Omelet and Greens

Sneak some spinach into your morning meal for a boost of nutrients to start your day off right.

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spinach and prosciutto frittata muffins   easy healthy breakfasts
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly
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Spinach and Prosciutto Frittata Muffins
tropical smoothie bowl easy healthy snacks
Mike Garten
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Tropical Smoothie Bowl

This bowl is begging to be Instagrammed and takes all of 10 seconds in the blender.

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jammy egg toasts
Mike Garten
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Jammy Egg Toasts

Spoon shallot vinaigrette on top for a little fancy flavor.

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nectarine bruschetta
Mike Garten
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Nectarine Bruschetta

Simple and sophisticated, this fruity toast is perfect for breakfast.

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Quick and Easy Scrambled Eggs

While it seems like a simple dish, mastering the perfect technique of a great pan of scrambled eggs is key. Just add cheese or veggies for a hearty breakfast in a snap.

Get the recipe for our Easiest Scrambled Eggs »

quick breakfasts   make ahead egg sandwiches
Mike Garten
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Make-Ahead Egg Sandwiches

You don't need to spend half an hour in the kitchen in the morning in order to eat yummy egg sandwiches for breakfast. Instead, make this egg, spinach and English muffin recipe the night before.

Get the recipe for Make-Ahead Egg Sandwiches »

RELATED: 31 Best Make-Ahead Meals to Fill up Your Fridge and Freezer

blueberry muffins
Mike Garten
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Best Blueberry Muffins

Buttermilk is the secret ingredient when it comes to making these fluffy breakfast-ready muffins.

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pepper and egg easy breakfast
Mike Garten
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Flower Power Sunny-Side Eggs

Think of this dish like eggs in a hole, but with more veggies.

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very berry quinoa muffins
Mike Garten
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Very Berry Quinoa Muffins

Made with part almond flour, fresh raspberries and sweetened with honey, these are the delicious, healthy muffins your morning needs.

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migas recipe for breakfast
Mike Garten
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Migas

A popular dish in Spain, Portugal, Mexico and Texas, where it is a part of Tex-Mex cuisine, this dish was invented to use up leftovers in the morning for breakfast.

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greek yogurt pancakes
Mike Garten
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Greek Yogurt Pancakes

Pancakes aren't just for weekends! Make a double batch on Saturday and freeze for a quick morning meal all week.

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chia seed jam
Mike Garten
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Raspberry Chia Jam

No need for canning equipment or hard-to-find ingredients, this jam can be made with just a handful of items that you probably have in your house right now. Really!

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pumpkin chocolate chip bread
Mike Garten
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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

Make this over the weekend and wake up to a sweet, chocolatey treat every morning.

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RELATED: 47 Sweet and Savory Pumpkin Recipes to Make This Fall

shakshuka
Mike Garten
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Shakshuka

Just wait 'til you break this one out at the breakfast table: sweet tomatoes, runny yolks, and plenty of toasted bread for dipping.

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best ever granola   easy healthy breakfasts
Mike Garten
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Best-Ever Granola

The name says it all: This is the best granola to pair with yogurt, fruit and more.

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chard and gruyère eggs in the hole
Mike Garten
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Chard and Gruyère Eggs in the Hole

Amp-up the kid-friendly classic with earthy greens and nutty cheese. Now adults will love it, too!

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