We've all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but if that’s the case, why do so many of us often skip it? Probably because making and eating breakfast takes time, and time is something the majority of us don’t have when we’re trying to run out the door in the morning. However, with a little advance planning and culinary know-how, you can stock your freezer, fridge, and pantry with the most delicious on-the-go breakfast items.
From breakfast burritos and smoothies to classic muffins and quiches, here are 19 of the best on-the-go breakfast recipes for work.
If McDonald’s Egg McMuffins are your jam, you have to try this recipe from The Kitchn for a homemade variation. Scrambled eggs are cooked in a baking dish in the oven and then cut with a circular cookie cutter to the exact size of an English muffin. Top with bacon and your favorite sliced cheese, then store in the freezer until you need an on-the-go breakfast.
Breakfast Egg Cups
For a balanced meal that’s just a nutritious as it is convenient, whip up a batch of these healthy egg cups from Fed + Fit. They’re packed with protein, vegetables, and healthy fats, and you can make them in bulk using a muffin tray.
Though this recipe calls for spaghetti squash, spinach, and chives, you can swap out these veggies for whatever ingredients you prefer, such as kale, onions, shallots, or mushrooms.
Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit Sandwiches
A twist on a traditional egg-and-biscuit sandwich, this recipe by Foodie Crush uses hard-boiled eggs instead of scrambled or baked. Stack cheese, slices of hard-boiled eggs, and bacon inside of a biscuit, and you're left with the perfect on-the-go breakfast.
Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake Muffins
Indulge your sweet tooth and bake a batch of chocolate chip coffee cake muffins from Half Baked Harvest. Not only do they taste delicious, but they’re also perfect for eating on the go, whether that’s in your car or on the walk to work. You can also make a large batch and freeze them so you have a backup breakfast for busy mornings.
No-Bake PB&J Energy Bites
Minimalist Baker's no-bake peanut butter and jelly energy bites are the perfect on-the-go breakfast. They’re full of protein, healthy fats, and fiber to keep you full and energized throughout your morning, plus they’re bite-size and easy to make in advance. All you need are seven simple ingredients and 15 minutes to make them—no oven required.
Sausage, Spinach, and Pepper Omelette in a Jar
My Life Cookbook's recipe for eggs baked in a jar is genius. The steps are exactly the same as making a quiche, but instead of pouring the egg and vegetable mixture into a pie crust, you pour it into a mason jar. Cover and refrigerate until you’re ready to bake it, then cook and take to work.
Scrambled Tofu Breakfast Burrito
Minimalist Baker's tofu breakfast burrito is completely vegan and makes for an easy, healthy, on-the-go breakfast. The burritos are made with scrambled tofu, roasted vegetables, and avocado, and take about 30 minutes to finish cooking. You can make a few at a time and store them in the freezer to eat throughout the week.
Apple and Cheddar Scones
Another baked good that’s easy to eat on the go, these apple-and-cheddar scones from Spoon Fork Bacon will change up your breakfast routine and can be frozen and saved for later. You’ll definitely want to bake these in advance, but you’ll happy you did when it comes time to quickly grab one in the morning while you’re heading out the door.
Spinach Breakfast Egg Muffins With Artichokes
If you like spinach-and-artichoke dip, you’ll love this easy, healthy breakfast recipe from Food Faith Fitness. It calls for ground turkey, eggs, spinach, and artichoke, and takes around a half-hour to make. Whip up a large batch in a muffin tin and save leftovers for later.
2-Minute Green Smoothie
Likely one of the first breakfast items that come to mind when you think of foods you can eat on the go, a smoothie is a quick, easy morning solution. This Half Baked Harvest recipe takes just two minutes to blend up and can fit in a to-go cup to drink on the way to work. Combine avocado, spinach, banana, mango, hemp seeds, maca powder, and unsweetened nut milk to make it at home.
Sugar-Crusted Banana Bread
Who wouldn’t want to start the day with a thick, warm slice of dense, moist banana bread? Hummingbird High's recipe takes the traditional breakfast cake to a whole new level by adding a little bit of dark rum and a crunchy raw-sugar topping.
Cherry, Berry, and Banana Overnight Oats
Make these overnight oats before you go to sleep, and wake up with breakfast that’s ready to eat. Foodie Crush's recipe calls for oats, cherries, berries, bananas, and almond milk. Make yours right in a mason jar so it’s ready to go with you wherever you’re headed in the morning.
Salami Egg Bowls
Counting carbs? Going gluten-free? This easy salami egg bowl recipe from She Knows is for you. Large slices of salami act as a cup for baked eggs. Sprinkle with whatever cheese and herbs you have on hand.
Sweet Cottage Cheese Toast With Grapes
When you’re in a pinch, lather some cottage cheese mixed with honey on a slice of bread, then top with halved grapes and chopped almonds for a healthy and creative toast recipe, courtesy of Sugar Salted. It might be a little messy to eat in the car, but it’s a quick meal that can go with you out the door.
Mediterranean Mini Frittatas
Foodie Crush's mini frittatas are bursting with Mediterranean flavors. Pour a mixture of eggs, milk, artichokes, kalamata olives, sweet red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, and cheese into mini muffin tins to bake ahead of time and enjoy on the go.
Mushroom, Goat Cheese, and Rosemary Quiches
For a fluffier, more popover-like breakfast dish, make these mushroom, goat cheese, and rosemary crustless quiches from Bowl of Delicious. If you like extra protein with your breakfast, add in some crispy chopped bacon.
Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies
Cookies for breakfast? It's not too good to be true. These carrot cake breakfast cookies from A Couple Cooks are not only easy to eat on-the-go, but they're also vegan! Coconut oil subs for butter in this easy recipe.
Blueberry Overnight Oats
Whip up these blueberry overnight oats from Feed Me Phoebe the night before, then in the morning, all you have to do is grab them from the fridge. You'll love the berry compote on top—even though the recipe is low on sugar, it adds natural sweetness.
Coconut Almond Breakfast Pops
Half Baked Harvest's breakfast popsicles aren't just convenient for busy mornings, they're also so much fun to eat. Make these on a Sunday and eat them during the week—if they last that long, that is! Bonus: They're also healthy, made with just Greek yogurt, almond milk, maple syrup, berries, and granola.