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—myself included—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 of the house 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 portable breakfast items. From breakfast burritos and smoothies to classic muffins and yogurt parfaits, here are 17 on-the-go breakfast ideas you can enjoy on your commute to work—or once you arrive at the office.
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If McDonald’s Egg McMuffins are your jam, you have to try this recipe 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. They’re packed with protein, vegetables, and healthy fats, and you can make them in bulk using a muffin tray. This recipe calls for spaghetti squash, spinach, and chives, but you can swap out these toppings for whatever ingredients you prefer.
Bacon Egg and Cheese Biscuit Sandwiches
A twist on a traditional egg-and-biscuit sandwich, this recipe 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 in your sweet tooth and bake a batch of chocolate chip coffee cake muffins. Not only do they taste delicious, but they’re 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
These 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
This 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
This tofu breakfast burrito is completely vegan and makes for an easy, healthy on-the-go breakfast. They’re 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 will change up your breakfast routine, and can be frozen and can be 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. 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 comes to mind when you think of foods you can eat on the go, a smoothie is already a quick, easy morning solution. This 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? Certainly not me! This 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. This 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 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 sweet cottage cheese mixed with honey on a slice of bread; then top with halved grapes and chopped almonds for a healthy and creative toast. 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
These 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. If you like protein with your breakfast, add in some crispy chopped bacon.
Spend a Sunday making this healthy, homemade granola. It will only set you back about five minutes, and you’ll be left with a delicious snack to eat on the go as a dry cereal or on top of a smoothie bowl or yogurt. Simply use a food processor to blend together ingredients like walnuts, dates, hemp seeds, chia seeds, coconut, oats, and cinnamon.
Breakfast Meal Prep Essentials
No more excuses for skipping breakfast. Be inspired by these on-the-go breakfast ideas, and try your hand at a few new recipes. Who knows—it might make your morning just a little bit easier.
This post was originally published on March 8, 2016, and has since been updated.