For most of us, breakfast ideas don’t come to mind quickly first thing in the morning when we’ve just rolled out of bed or we’re hurrying off to work. If you need a little help coming up with recipes that are both satisfying and nutritious, this list of my very best breakfast recipes should do the trick.
Grab your cup of coffee, and then scroll this list to take the whats-for-breakfast stress out of your mornings.
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With 67 options, you’re sure to find something for everyone in the family, because we’ve included everything from special holiday breakfast casserole recipes to on-the-go quick breakfast ideas for kids, protein lovers, light eaters, and even over-sleepers (I am a snooze-button gal myself).
You’ll make these recipes on repeat. We’ve included so many easy and healthy breakfast ideas here, from simple egg Omelettes to make-ahead recipes like Overnight Oats and one-minute recipes like Green Smoothies. There are both sweet and savory breakfasts, and we broke it down into 12 simple categories depending on what you’re craving. This list will keep breakfast more exciting.
Meal Prep for Healthy Breakfast Ideas
Although we love our decadent, maple syrup breakfast food from time to time (and we’ve included plenty of those options here), this list includes well-rounded, healthy breakfast recipes as well. We’re talking dishes full of the ideal breakfast foods to start your morning: whole grains, protein, and healthy fats to wake you up and keep you running until lunch.
Breakfast foods usually keep and freeze well, and so I reheat them without much fuss. They taste so much better than store-bought options that have loads of preservatives, salt, and refined sugars that make me sluggish and crash. Plus, I can make the food exactly how I like it with any dietary changes I want.
You’ll find meal prep, make-ahead, and reheating information along with each recipe, but here are a few of my tried-and-true tips on making these healthy breakfast ideas part of your routine, too:
- Portion Control – Freeze and store in individual portions
- Plan Ahead – Double (or triple!) the recipe to have plenty of leftovers and less time cooking
- Make It Easy – Include reheating directions directly on the storage container
- Fast – Use microwave, toaster, and air fryer reheating options
- Pantry Options – Stock unique pantry staples, like jams, honey butter, hot sauces, or flavored cream cheese to keep pre-made meals interesting
- Diet-friendly Swaps – Include diet-friendly breakfast substitutions, like gluten-free breads, low-carb veggie swaps for potatoes, and high-protein keto breakfast ideas containing eggs, meat, and cheeses
- Meal Prep – set aside time to cook and store several recipes at once to enjoy weeks of easy breakfast options
I find that make-ahead breakfast recipes are the secret to having a great start to our day. Whether I’m prepping a breakfast casserole the night before a special occasion or providing ready-to-go healthy choices in the morning, make-ahead breakfasts make less work and rush in the morning when I’m trying to get myself and the kids out the door. Add these make-ahead recipes to your weekly meal plan so you’re not tempted to skip breakfast.
- Homemade Granola
- Overnight Oats Recipe
- Breakfast Burritos
- Banana Bread
- Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches
- Breakfast Quesadillas
- Zucchini Bread
- Classic Scones
Veggie and Potato Breakfast
One of my goals is to add more vegetables to my breakfast routine, like sneaking spinach into my omelets or using bell peppers to cook eggs in rather than toast, or topping my omelette with fresh tomatoes. Here are some veggie-forward easy breakfast ideas, so you can squeeze an extra serving into your day:
- Zucchini Fritters
- Potato Latkes
- Breakfast Potatoes
- Bell Pepper Egg-in-a-hole
- Air Fryer Roasted Potatoes
Egg-cellent Egg Breakfasts
When I think of breakfast foods, eggs come to mind first, and for good reason! This superfood hits all the “musts” for breakfast: filling, versatile, nutritious, and yummy. There are so many ways to make them that they never get boring and can be made to store nicely in the fridge.
- Perfect Omelettes
- Boiled Eggs
- Poached Eggs
- Eggs Benedict
- Scrambled Eggs
- Egg Muffins
- Egg White Omelette
Fruit-Based Breakfast Ideas
Fruit is the perfect breakfast companion as the ‘something sweet’ to the heartier breakfasts, giving color and interest to otherwise brown food (hey, we eat with our eyes first!). Fruits also give us that natural sugar we seem to crave in the morning, as well as numerous vitamins and minerals. If you have a reluctant breakfast eater, I bet these recipes will sway them to look forward to mornings.
- Baked Apples
- Baked Pears
- Apple Rice Pudding
- Sautéed Apples
- Blueberry Lemon Dutch Baby
- Apple Pancakes
One-Pan Breakfast Ideas
I just love that regardless of the cuisine, breakfast seems to have the most rustic recipes, and these one-pan breakfast recipes prove the point perfectly. They are impressive in themselves and cook up fast, but require minimal dishes, can be made on a budget, and usually include the phrase “throw everything in the same pan and stir.” Easy, tasty, filling and beautiful.
- Roasted Potatoes and Kielbasa
- Hashbrown and Egg Breakfast Casserole
- Sausage Potato and Egg Skillet
Breakfast Sandwiches and Wraps
These breakfast tacos and sandwiches may seem decadent, but the homemade version is way better than store-bought. You can make any breakfast sandwich or wrap even healthier by using whole grain wraps and bread (or start with Homemade Tortillas and English Muffins). In addition, try swapping out ingredients like bacon for lean protein like chicken, turkey, or egg whites. Avoid processed meats, and sneak in a veggie or two, and you have a hearty breakfast you can feel good about.
Healthy Breakfast Smoothies
Supercharge your morning with delicious, energy-packed breakfast smoothies. Unlike store-bought smoothies that are packed with refined sugars and empty carbs, these smoothie recipes have natural sugars, protein, and even surprise veggies that sustain you for hours without a sugar crash. Gather the ingredients and freeze them in a single container, so you can grab a serving, put it in the blender, and have a delicious healthy breakfast ready in 2 minutes.
- Green Smoothie
- Strawberry Smoothie
- Blueberry Pear Smoothie
- Mango Pineapple Smoothie
- Green Smoothie Bowl
Classic Breakfast Recipes
Whether it’s one of our kids’ birthdays, a special occasion, or just a lazy weekend morning, these recipes bring my family to the table. The dishes aren’t fussy and don’t create a lot of mess, so we can sit together enjoying the company and slowing down a bit—exactly how we like to start the day.
- Steel Cut Oats
- French Toast
- Sausage Gravy
- Baked Bacon or quick Air Fryer Bacon
- Dutch Baby Pancakes
- Easy Crepes
Pancakes and Waffles
Pancakes and waffles are well-loved in our home because they also keep well so you’ll be happy to have leftovers. Make a double batch, so you can pop them into the toaster for a quick breakfast on busy mornings.
- Lemon Ricotta Pancakes
- Whole Wheat Blueberry Waffles
- Banana Pancakes
- Buttermilk Pancakes
- Pumpkin Waffles
- Fluffy Waffles
- Blueberry Pancakes
- Cottage Cheese Pancakes
- Greek Yogurt Pancakes
Breakfast Muffins and Quick Breads
Homemade muffins and quick breads are so much better than store-bought ones because you can control the ingredients and amount of sugar you use. They are great for grabbing as you walk out the door, or on the other hand, if you have a little more time, warm them up in the toaster. I like to spread it with butter, jam, peanut butter or nut butter to make it more filling.
- Blueberry Scones
- Zucchini Muffins
- Banana Muffins
- Cranberry Bread
- Fluffy Biscuits
- Blueberry Muffins
- Cinnamon Muffins
Special Occasion Breakfasts
Special Occasions call for serving something a little sweet, decadent and special. These Holiday Breakfast ideas are perfect for serving a crowd if you have guests, but are simple enough for just two to enjoy breakfast together. So add these recipes to your Easter or Christmas breakfast menu for a sweet start to the special day.
- Wheat Berry Pudding (Kutia)
- Quiche Lorraine
- Bread Pudding
- French Toast Casserole
- Overnight Cinnamon Rolls
With this roundup of our best breakfast ideas, it’s easy to start your day off on the right foot. Bookmark this page so you have quick access to these delicious, easy, and healthy breakfast recipes. P.S. If you are a fan of breakfast, you’ll love the breakfast chapter in Natasha’s Kitchen Cookbook.
More Breakfast Ideas
Check out these recipes for even more breakfast inspiration.
- 12 Healthy Smoothie Recipes
- 15 Recipes with Hard Boiled Eggs
- Spicy Sausage Asparagus Quiche
- Guacamole Brunch Sandwich
- Spicy Ratatouille Brunch Skillet
Tell us in the comments which recipes are your favorite breakfast ideas, and then be sure to share and tag us on social media—I love to see your creations!
67 Best Breakfast Ideas – Classic Omelette Recipe
- 2 large eggs
- Pinch fine sea salt
- 1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella, low moisture, part-skim
Optional Omelette Fillings:
- Sautéed diced bell pepper and onions
- Fresh spinach, coarsely chopped
- Sautéed mushrooms
- Crispy Air Fryer Bacon, chopped
- Ham, diced
Optional Omelette Toppings:
- Chives or parsley, chopped, to garnish
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Baby tomatoes, halved
- Avocado, diced
- Once your fillings and toppings are prepared, beat the eggs and salt in a small bowl until foamy.
- Heat the butter in a small non-stick skillet or pan over medium heat, swirling as it melts. Once bubbling, add the eggs and reduce the heat on the stove to low.
- Working around the pan with a spatula, pull the cooking eggs from the outside of the pan to the middle, while the liquid fills into the space the eggs left behind. Continue around the pan until the eggs are almost set, but still shiny.
- Once the eggs are freely sliding around the pan, fit your spatula underneath the eggs and flip it over. Immediately turn off the heat.
- Add your cheese and toppings, and then fold the egg omelette in half and transfer to a plate.
2. Reduce the heat to low as directed and be sure not to overcook the egg. Cooking low and slow ensures the eggs remain moist and yellow in color. Do not brown the egg or it won’t taste as good and the omelette will be dry.