26 Quick Breakfasts for Busy Mornings

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Lemon blueberry ricotta pancakes

The Spruce / Leah Maroney

In the land beyond store-bought cereal, boring toast, and calorie-dense pastries from the coffee shop, is a world of tasty breakfast foods that can give you a great start to your day (or end it, we aren't judging). These easy recipes—most of which are ready in 30 minutes or less—will give you the boost of energy you need to get through the day without spending all morning in the kitchen.

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    Spinach and Feta Breakfast Wrap

    Spinach and feta wreakfast Wrap

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    Cook up a healthy portable breakfast in minutes with this easy Greek-inspired recipe. Soft-scrambled eggs are tucked into rolled tortillas, along with lightly sauteed spinach, salty feta cheese, and tangy black olives.

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    Eggs in a Basket

    Eggs in a basket

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    Whether you call it eggs in a basket or toad in a hole, this fun recipe with an egg nestled inside a pan-grilled slice of toast is so easy to make, even kids can do it. If a cookie-cutter isn't handy, use the top of a glass to make the hole in the bread.

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    Vegan Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

    Vegan quinoa breakfast bowl

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    Start your day off right with a vegan breakfast bowl that's high in protein and easy to assemble. It includes fluffy quinoa cooked in soy or almond milk, then topped with sliced banana and coconut for tropical flavor and creaminess.

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    Chorizo and Avocado Breakfast Tacos

    Chorizo and avocado breakfast tacos

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    Every day is a good day to cook up Tex-Mex breakfast tacos. Scrambled eggs are layered inside warm flour tortillas with crumbled sausage, tater tots, avocado, cheese, and salsa for a colorful breakfast or brunch.

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    Strawberry Smoothie

    Strawberry smoothie

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    Whip up a filling strawberry smoothie in minutes for a great start to the day. Use frozen or fresh strawberries to make the blended breakfast beverage, which also includes yogurt and fruit juices.

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    Perfect Fluffy Scrambled Eggs

    Perfect fluffy scrambled eggs

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    In only 10 minutes, fluffy scrambled eggs can be yours for enjoying alone, over toast, or stuffed into a croissant. Simply follow the cooking instructions in this foolproof recipe and you'll get them to the perfect texture every time.

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    Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

    instant pot boiled eggs on a board

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

    For a set it and forget it breakfast, make hard boiled eggs in your Instant Pot. There's no guesswork and in about 15 minutes, you'll have perfectly cooked eggs. Enjoy a few for a quick breakfast bite, then cut some up to enjoy with your lunchtime salad or sandwich. Or use them to make kimchi eggs.

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    Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

    Vegan Lemon and Poppyseed Muffins

    The Spruce Eats / Elaine Lemm

    The quickest breakfast is one that's already made! These delicious lemon poppy seed muffins are perfect for a grab-and-go bite as you're headed out the door. It's an easy recipe that's also healthy and vegan. Take 30 minutes over the weekend to bake them, and they'll be ready to satisfy your morning hunger for the entire week.

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    Banana Bread Bars

    Banana Bread Bars

    The Spruce Eats / Pete Scherer

    These banana bread bars replicate the flavor of banana bread, but in a convenient snack bar form. Dates, walnuts, and cinnamon complement the banana while toasted wheat bran provides a bread-like flavor. They keep in the refrigerator for up to a week, so you'll have a healthy breakfast ready to warm up or grab on your way out the door.

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    The Ultimate Smoked Salmon Bagel

    The Ultimate Smoked Salmon Bagel

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    In about the same time it takes to make buttered toast, you can put together an open-faced breakfast bagel sandwich. With smoked salmon, cream cheese, pickled onions, dill, and capers, the combination of ingredients packs a lot of flavor into every bite.

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    Scrambled Eggs With Cream Cheese

    Scrambled Eggs with Cream Cheese
    Photo: Pete Scherer.

    For fans of soft, creamy scrambled eggs, this recipe will become the standard. A bit of cream cheese combined with the beaten eggs adds a subtle tanginess while contributing a luscious texture. This is a quick preparation, so make sure you have your toast and other accompaniments ready.

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    Avocado and Poached Egg Toast

    Avocado and poached egg toast

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    Breakfast in a hurry doesn't have to mean skipping out on flavor. You can make this popular avocado toast for one topped with a perfectly poached egg and a drizzle of hot sauce on busy mornings and still have time for a second cup of coffee.

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    Savory Oatmeal


    The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney 

    For an alternative to creamy grits, try this easy-to-make hearty bowl of savory oatmeal with bacon, eggs, and cheese. Quick in the kitchen and light on the wallet, the comforting flavor calls to mind your favorite weekend diner while the fiber keeps you full until lunch.

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    Banana Oatmeal Cookies

    Banana Oatmeal Cookies

     Kristina Vanni 

    Fill the cookie jar with these healthy breakfast treats and you will have something nutritious to grab when you're on the go. Kids won't even realize they're getting heart-healthy ingredients when eating these banana oatmeal cookies with walnuts.

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    Huevos Rancheros

    Huevos rancheros

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    Enjoy a Mexican style breakfast at home with this recipe for huevos rancheros ("rancher's eggs"). It comes together quickly on your stovetop with fried eggs and a flavorful tomato-based salsa on top of warm corn tortillas.

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    Overnight Chia Seed Oatmeal

    Overnight chia seed oatmeal

    The Spruce / Laurel Randolph

    With just a little prep work the night before, you can wake up to a wholesome oatmeal breakfast. Creamy rolled oats are dressed up with dried fruit and nuts, fresh banana slices cinnamon, vanilla, and chia seeds loaded with omega-3.

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    English Muffin Bread

    English Muffin Bread

     Kristina Vanni

    English muffin bread is easier to make the traditional, individual English muffins and makes a great make-ahead breakfast. Serve slices warm with butter, jam, or even a soft-boiled or fried egg for a makeshift eggs benedict.

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    The Perfect 5-Minute Omelet

    The perfect 5-minute omelet

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    If you've always wanted to know the secret to making a two-egg breakfast omelet, look no further than this essential recipe, which walks you through every step in making a beautiful omelet with tips for variations.

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    Air Fryer Bacon

    air fryer bacon

    The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

    Bacon cooks until perfectly crisp with minimal clean-up in the air fryer. You can set the timer on the appliance and prepare any other breakfast dishes while the it cooks, making air fryer bacon good for a busy morning.

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    Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

    Blueberry lemon ricotta pancakes

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    Cook up a quick, elegant breakfast for Mother's Day (or just your everyday breakfast) with this recipe for blueberry lemon ricotta pancakes. Ricotta in the batter gives the flapjacks a light and fluffy texture, with a tangy, cheesy flavor that complements the fruit beautifully.

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    Croque Madame

    Croque Madame

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    The croque madame adds a poached egg and a scoop of rich and creamy bechamel sauce to the traditional croque monsieur. The end result is a grilled ham and cheese sandwich that comes together quickly for a tasty morning meal.

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    Chocolate Banana Smoothie

    Chocolate banana smoothie

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    Trick your tastebuds with this easy chocolate banana smoothie recipe that tastes just like a rich milkshake, but is secretly more nutritious. Soy milk, bananas, yogurt, and Nutella combine to make a breakfast drink full of protein, fiber, calcium.

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    Homemade Blueberry Scones

    Homemade blueberry scones

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Buttery, warm scones are a wonderful breakfast treat for special days. Bake up a batch of homemade blueberry scones in under 30 minutes with a simply delicious recipe that uses pantry ingredients and fresh or frozen fruit.

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    French Toast

    French toast

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    Every home cook needs to know how to make French toast and this essential recipe walks you through the basic steps. Feel free to add a teaspoon of vanilla extract or replace some of the milk with cream, for a richer eggy batter.

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    Chocolate Chip Pancakes

    Chocolate chip pancakes

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    Treat your family to homemade chocolate chip pancakes any day of the week. Add mashed bananas to the batter if you'd like and serve with warmed maple syrup. The cooked pancakes freeze well too for easy reheating in your toaster on busy mornings.

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    Buttermilk Waffles

    Buttermilk waffles

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    Buttermilk adds a light, fluffy texture and tangy flavor to classic breakfast waffles. Serve them with maple syrup and top with your favorite seasonal fruits for a stomach-warming treat.