Perfecting the morning routine is a constant moving target, especially for those of us trying to juggle a hustle (well, that's most of us really). If you’re anything like me, you live by this step-by-step regime to get out the door on time every day and breakfast is often forgotten about, or it's a rushed crumbling commute-croissant. I’ve promised myself time and time again I will dedicate at least 20-minutes to getting a breakfast packed with protein, that’ll give my energy a boost, and won’t leave my stomach rumbling long before lunch-time.
In an attempt to hold myself to this, I headed to the nooks and crannies of the web to bring together 15 healthy breakfast recipes that only take 20 minutes to make, so you and I can hold each other to this a.m. procession. They say it takes 21 days to form a new habit so let's get started.
The Recipe: Bacon and Broccoli Potato Frittata
The Hero Ingredient: Frittatas are an easy universal favorite—once you get them down you can never go back. This one, however, is especially delicious due to the dose of broccoli adding some green into the mix. Next, to the smokey bacon flavor, this is a truly hearty way to start your day.
Pro Tip: Heidi Larson of Foodie Crush suggests playing by the recipe’s rules when it comes to the onions and potatoes, as they will “always give a more robust and savory bite”, however you can really take it into your own hands when it comes to swapping in sausage for bacon or zucchini for broccoli.
Why We Love It: It’s an all-in-one skillet egg dish. Need I say more? The minimal clean-up, maximum deliciousness is appreciated.
The Recipe: Easy Vegan Cookie Dough Breakfast Toast
The Hero Ingredient: The core of this recipe is the reduced-sodium chickpeas. A great source of healthy protein, the chickpeas and your choice of nut butter are the glue that holds this toast together.
Pro Tip: For an even easier breakfast treat, Taylor Kiser of Food Faith Fitness suggests making a batch of the bread dough and keeping it in the fridge for busy mornings when you’re on the go.
Why We Love It: This one’s new to me, but I am all for a sweet bite to kick off my weekend mornings. This is a great quick brunch to throw together for kids or guests. Getting creative with your toppings is where the fun really comes into this meal.
The Recipe: Egg and Spinach Baked Avocado
The Hero Ingredient: In this dish, the avocado acts as an appetizing base to build this warm breakfast on. Kankana Saxena of Playful Cooking knows this recipe to be the “perfect no carb, heart-healthy good fats meal.”
Pro Tip: Saxena goes on to emphasize the joy of toppings when it comes to enjoying these in full-flavor. Her go-to is spinach as her green, and either prosciutto, smoked salmon or bacon as a protein. Regardless, she never skimps on the parmesan, the saltiness of the cheese meets the creaminess of the avocado making for “a great palate pleaser.”
Why We Love It: I love a breakfast recipe that I can improvise on the fly, no matter what’s in your pantry or fridge, if you’ve got eggs and an avocado you’re good to go.
The Recipe: Poached Eggs With Hummus, Avocado, and Dukkah
The Hero Ingredient: If Dukkah is as new to you as it was to me, get excited about a blast of flavor you’ll be trying to incorporate into all your meals. This Egyptian-style condiment is brimming with flavor from the pine nuts to the coriander and black sesame seeds. It instantly uplifts any dish.
Pro Tip: When taking a stab at notoriously finicky poached eggs Stuck in the Kitchen's Sarah Tuck guides us to a “reasonably large” pot so that our eggs have room to set.
Why We Love It: This is an insanely easy recipe, but it brings great flavor and diversity to your breakfast table. When you’ve hit your cap on American-style breakfast turn to this recipe.
The Recipe: Green Chilaquiles with Fried Eggs
The Hero Ingredient: The winning element of this dish is definitely the flawlessly cooked tortilla chips, or what Kate Ramos of Hola Jalapeno calls “the perfect soft-to-crunch ratio.”
Pro Tip: This dish would not be even half as impactful without its flavorful additions. Ramos reiterates that garnishes are essential to nailing this classic Mexican delight. Her favorites are “some form of salty cheese, something spicy, and some onions.”
Why We Love It: Chilaquiles is one of my ultimate brunch cravings, I’m thrilled to see it so simple and speedy to recreate. Looks like I’ll be hosting brunch this weekend.
The Recipe: Sweet Potato Pancakes
The Hero Ingredient: These fluffy pancakes are yet another magical use for the nutrient-rich, unrivaled sweet potato—I swear they can do just about anything. Mixed with the cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla extract they are the canvas for a perfect morning pick me up.
Pro Tip: If you’re not so sweet-toothed, these pancakes can be seasoned in a variety of ways to add a savory kick. Jennifer Sattley of Carlsbad Cravings likes to play around with pumpkin spice, curry powder, turmeric, cayenne and green onions. "There are so many possibilities," she writes.
Why We Love It: This is the perfect healthy take on a homestyle classic, and I love the way you can change up the flavors so your family never gets tired of it.
The Recipe: Country Breakfast Egg Skillet
The Hero Ingredient: The key to making a simple dish memorable and repeatable are the add-on ingredients that often allow your creativity to transform flavors. This calls for onions, bell peppers (optional) and cajun seasoning (optional). Using the eggs and potatoes as the foundation, begin to build on that with your favorite tasty veggies and spices.
Pro Tip: Chelsea Lords of Chelsea's Messy Apron suggests ham as your added protein as it has less fat and doesn’t take any extra prep time. You can also add whatever protein substitute you prefer.
Why We Love It: On mornings you don’t have a ton of time to whip up something with protein to take you and your loved ones through the day, so this is the ideal recipe. Toss in vegetables that need to be put to use and you’ve got a morning feast in 15 minutes or less.
The Hero Ingredient: This recipe is an indulgent treat that’s simple to recreate. The caracara oranges or grapefruit, depending on your preference, are a blast of flavor when mixed with the gentle sweetness of the honeycomb and ricotta.
Pro Tip: You may be inclined to opt for low-fat ricotta for this recipe but Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest makes the point that foods are healthiest in their purest forms. In her own words, “go for the full-fat baby.”
Why We Love It: I imagine treating myself to this bowl when I’m about to take on a big day and need an extra dollop of self-love. I love how opulent yet healthy the Half Baked Harvest recipe is.
The Recipe: Simple Vegan Tofu Scramble
The Hero Ingredient: If you’ve overdone it on egg recipes or they aren’t in your list of food preferences, tofu is the ideal substitute. It still lends you the protein you seek and will surely be a filling start to your day.
Pro Tip: While you can add whatever vegetables you’re currently craving, the Ethical and Chic blog opts for scramble favorites: red bell peppers, red pepper flakes, mushrooms, black salt.
Why We Love It: On sleepy mornings when the last thing you can do is master breakfast, this easy dish is foolproof and will hold you over until lunchtime.
The Recipe: Vanilla Ricotta Banana Toast with Pistachio
The Hero Ingredient: The ricotta cheese and vanilla bean paste are the true heroes of this recipe. The pistachio is the perfect splice of salty to keep you on your toes.
Pro Tip: For even more crunch add a sprinkling of hemp seeds, ”finishing the toast off with some crunch” says Jessica Merchant of How Sweet Eats.
Why We Love It: I love how extremely simple this toast is. It's like starting your day off with dessert. I can’t wait to devour a pair of these toasts with my morning coffee.
The Recipe: Peanut Butter Breakfast Smoothie
The Hero Ingredient: The peanut butter in this blended meal makes for a milkshake-like experience, rich and velvety but much healthier.
Pro Tip: According to Lauren Nolan of LakeShore Lady this recipe is easy to make paleo. Simply substitute the peanut butter with almond butter and the cocoa powder with cacao powder.
Why We Love It: It wouldn’t be a true easy breakfast recipe round-up without a good smoothie thrown in the mix. I’m always looking for new ways to breathe excitement into my smoothie game, and this one hits the spot.
The Recipe: Yogurt Waffles
The Hero Ingredient: Organic whole milk yogurt is the chefs secret to making these waffles crisp on the outside, fluffy on the inside, and overall unforgettable.
Pro Tip: Melanie Bauer of Melanie Makes let’s us in on her trick for eating these multiple days in a row. She freezes the leftovers so they can easily be thrown into the toaster the following day and “also make for an awesome lunchbox treat.” Genius.
Why We Love It: These waffles only take a whopping eight minutes to make. While being insanely tasty, they will soon be a priority in your morning routine.
The Recipe: Savory Breakfast Salad
The Hero Ingredient: It may sound a little unconventional, but this recipe calls for blueberries, sweet potato, and avocado. The sweet potatoes are a great energizing start to the day while being gentle on the digestive system.
Pro Tip: If you’re looking for an even more savory option, Dana Shultz of Minimalist Baker suggests replacing sweet potatoes with three to five baby yellow or red potatoes.
Why We Love It: I love this for mornings when you only want a little something light. Ingredients can be edited seasonally and are full of those healthy omega fats.
The Recipe: Savory Breakfast Grain Bowl
The Hero Ingredient: This bowl is brimming with pretty much everything your body needs to gracefully take on the day—the egg and quinoa provide sustenance and protein in a mouthwatering combo. Slice up some cherry tomatoes, greens and avocado to make it thoroughly nourishing.
Pro Tip: If you’re not a breakfast eater because mornings are a blur, this bowl is for you. The Spoon Fork Bacon blog categorizes this recipe as one to make ahead, and also take on the go.
Why We Love It: There are some days you need a little extra support to get up and out the door, and ensure everything on your to-do list ticked off—this grain bowl is for those mornings.
The Recipe: Peach Crumble Shake
The Hero Ingredient: This shake is the perfect medium between breakfast and dessert—with a healthy twist. Peaches combined with rolled oats recreate a pie-reminiscent taste we can't resist.
Pro Tip: While you read through this recipe you may be caught in a double take when you see it calls for lemon. Laura Wright of The First Mess knows that this “seems weird, but is necessary" because it draws out the “oat-y, sweet flavors."
Why We Love It: Reveling in pie season through the warmer months is one of my guilty pleasures, this year however I will be quick to switch this yummy smoothie in to hit that craving early in the day.
The Recipe: PB & J Pancake Dippers
The Hero Ingredient: There are two heroes in this story—the creamy, savory peanut butter and the nostalgic raspberry preserves for dipping. Together, they remind you why half your childhood was spent binging PB&J sandwiches, only this time with a much more adult take.
Pro Tip: Peanut butter is known for being brain food and Tiffany Azure of Creme de la Crumb says this is a great school-day start for children set for “a busy day in the classroom.”
Why We Love It: I can really get behind how easy and healthy this recipe can be. If you have a few extra minutes you can even create a fresh berry preserve in your food processor.