46 Easy Breakfast Recipe Ideas

July 17, 2018
by Nicole Gulotta for Thrive Market
46 Easy Breakfast Recipe Ideas

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so don’t make it an afterthought! We’ve cooked up a range of options—from smoothies to eggs—to make your morning mealtime easy, healthy, and something so good that it might even entice you to get out of bed.

46 Easy Breakfast Recipes

From perfectly cooked eggs to on-the-go smoothies, and even Paleo and gluten-free options, these dishes will start your day off right.

Egg Recipes for Breakfast

Need easy breakfast ideas with eggs? We’ve got ‘em, so get cracking.

Waffle Sandwich With Sausage and Egg

Meet the ultimate breakfast sandwich! A homemade sausage patty and sunny-side up egg are layered between savory sausage and pepper waffles. If this sounds like a lot of work, a hearty dry mix makes it easy to whip up the waffles and turbo-charge your morning.

Shakshuka

We’re all about a dish that can work from breakfast to dinner. For a savory a.m. meal, simmer Moroccan-spiced tomato sauce with eggs until the whites are just set, and serve with grilled bread to make it extra hearty.

Grilled Goat Cheese Egg In a Hole

Say “I love you” with this homemade breakfast that fries an egg in the middle of buttery brioche toast. We use a heart cookie cutter, but a circle works, too. Speed up the cooking process by making the caramelized onion and kale filling the night before so you’ll be good to go come morning.

Egg and Spinach Breakfast Muffins

Ever wonder what to do with leftover pancake mix? Whip up these muffins marrying a sweet batter base with savory spices, eggs, cheese, spinach, and bacon. For a vegetarian option, just skip the bacon!

Crispy Fried Eggs With Olive Oil

Keep things simple with one of our favorite ways to fry an egg. Rich olive oil helps create crisp, slightly browned edges while the yolk stays perfectly runny. Serve over toast for a quick yet filling breakfast.

Boiled Eggs With Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus Soldiers

This classic British breakfast serves soft-boiled eggs alongside sticks of buttered toast. We bring the freshness to our dippers by using spears of asparagus wrapped in bacon—the perfect early start for gluten-free and Paleo eaters!

Sweet Potato Spanish Omelette

The traditional tortilla española—or Spanish tortilla—is a simple, Paleo-friendly omelet made with caramelized onions and potatoes. Up the flavor quotient by using vibrant sweet potatoes and adding a medley of spices.

Smoothie Recipes

Smoothies aren’t just a quick fix for breakfast on the go—they’re blank canvases for flavor, color, and superfood ingredients to nourish your body. So whether you’re on team cup or team bowl, you can rest assured that there are a million different ways to make a smoothie.

Acai Beauty Bowl

You’ll love every bite of this nourishing smoothie that’s blended with acai, blueberries, and filling peanut butter. A scoop of plant-based beautifying powder made with wheatgrass, alfalfa, and adaptogenic herbs will help you glow from the inside out.

Warm Cacao Smoothie Bowl

Laird Hamilton knows a thing or two about catching a wave, and his line of superfoods helps you power up before a day at the beach. Blend up almond butter, almond milk, and cold-pressed cacao creamer for a comforting bowl of goodness.

Tropical Turmeric Smoothie Bowl

This breakfast will give you major vacation vibes! The golden hue comes from a mix of sunny foods like mango, orange juice, and turmeric. It’s finished with superfoods like goji berries, hemp seeds, and bee pollen to make your morning extra wholesome.

Blue Spirulina Smoothie

Bring a little magic to your kitchen with a gorgeous blend of banana, coconut milk, almond butter, mushroom powder (an organic blend of black, red, purple, and white funghi), and blue spirulina extract (made from the blue-green algae spirulina).

Mermaid Smoothie Bowl

We can’t know for sure, but we’re betting mermaids eat a steady diet of tropical fruits and sea algaes. This ocean-inspired smoothie bowl is brimming with spirulina and chlorella algae powders, protein powder, alkalizing greens, and sweet fruits like pineapple and grapes.

Mango Rose Smoothie Bowl

Everything's coming up roses thanks to this beautiful bowl that’s absolutely Instagram-worthy when served inside a coconut. Tropical flavors are highlighted here thanks to kiwi, banana, and coconut water, and matcha powder turns it a pale shade of green.

Carrot Creamsicle Smoothie

Ever try those orange- and vanilla-flavored popsicles as a kid? Well, meet a grown-up version! One sip of this creamy, coconut-infused smoothie will transport you to a warm, sandy beach, and you’ll get a dose of vitamins A and C from the carrots, too.

Pomegranate-Strawberry Smoothie

The lovely pink hue is perfect for Valentine’s Day, but you can enjoy this beverage any time! The pastel-hue comes from pomegranate powder and frozen strawberries, and hemp hearts add a bit of nutrition.

Beet-Ginger Smoothie Bowl

Bring on the beets! You won’t even taste ‘em (but you’ll drink up the nutrients) when you blend this veggie with raspberries, pomegranate seeds, cacao nibs, frozen pineapple, and coconut water.

Energizing Chocolate Pear Smoothie

Not a morning person? Perk up with this drink made with bittersweet chocolate and fragrant pears. It’s a classic dessert combo, but just add almond butter and chia seeds for a breakfast win-win.

Coconut-Pineapple Smoothie

If you like piña coladas and getting caught in the rain, you'll love this coconut-pineapple smoothie! The tropical combo uses just five ingredients—pineapple, banana, coconut milk, coconut water, and chia seeds—and is frothy and delicious.

Oatmeal Breakfast Recipes

Not to nix this breakfast standby, but it can be a little … bland. Liven up your bowl with new flavors that’ll become fast favorites.

Chai Granola Oatmeal

All the comforting flavors of hot chai tea infuse in this bowl. It’s spice forward (think cinnamon, cardamom, and allspice) and just the right amount of sweet thanks to honey and applesauce.

Gluten-Free Strawberry Oatmeal Cakes

This 30-minute breakfast is great for brunch or the weekend, and it’s one of those dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan recipes that definitely doesn’t skimp on flavor. You can serve them on top of yogurt, or break them up in a bowl of your favorite dairy-free nut milk. Freeze some for later too—it’ll make weekday mornings extra speedy.

Carrot Cake Oatmeal

Dessert for breakfast? Sort of. This thick, spiced pudding cake has all the flavors of the classic dessert (carrots, apples, and raisins all make an appearance) and maple syrup does the heavy lifting when it comes to adding sweetness. Prep it in the evening, then just pop it in the oven when you wake up the next morning!

Tropical Overnight Oats

For a stress-free breakfast, get ahead of the day by doing most of the leg work the night before. The oat-standing ingredients include rolled oats, honey, mango, pineapple, and shredded coconut for added texture.

Quinoa Porridge

You can still enjoy a warm breakfast sans oats. Switch up your routine with this gluten-free quinoa porridge topped with almond butter and raspberry preserves. It cooks in just 20 minutes!

Apple Pie Overnight Oats

One of the secrets to stellar oats that are soft and creamy is letting them soak overnight. We amp things up with crisp apple, apple juice, fall spices, pecans, and just the right amount of honey.

DIY Instant Oatmeal

Instant oatmeal is the ultimate convenience. DIY this popular breakfast by creating a customizable mix using healthier ingredients that you can portion out for breakfast on the run.

Vegan Breakfast Recipes

Start your morning the vegan way with everything from cookies to French toast.

PB&J Maca Smoothie Bowl

Get jamming with this peanut butter and jelly smoothie that’s blended with a superfood boost. Maca powder is known for lending energy support, and it’s fermented for easy digestion and mixed with fragrant cardamom.

Superfood Breakfast Cookies

A breakfast cookie that’s both crunchy and chewy? Sign us up! Each bite packs essential nutrients from goji berries, pumpkin seeds, and flax, but you’ll feel like you’re treating yourself, too.

Banana Bread Granola

Popular blogger Joy the Baker has turned a favorite loaf into perfectly spiced granola. You can bake a big batch and store it for weeks. Just add a splash of your favorite nut milk for a nourishing morning meal that requires absolutely no cooking.

Vegan French Toast

Feeling a little decadent? You’ll love this French toast that’s made with almond milk instead of cow’s milk. Top it with a dollop of coconut whipped cream (here’s a DIY recipe!), fresh fruit, and sliced almonds for a weekend-worthy breakfast.

Banana Whole-Wheat Waffles

No lazy Sunday morning would be complete without a stack of waffles. It’s easy to make this fave dish vegan by loading the batter with easy swaps like nut milk for buttermilk, and ground flaxseed and water for eggs. Just add syrup!

Maple Almond Butter

Some mornings, all you have time for is a bite of toast. Make it filling by spreading on your very own DIY almond butter. Sweetened with maple and infused with flavor-enhancers like cinnamon and sea salt, you’ll thank yourself for making this in advance the next time you need to get out the door in a hurry.

Quinoa Breakfast Bars

A no-bake breakfast that’s filled with good-for-you ingredients? Yes, please! Quinoa offers protein, and you’ll love the added crunch from almonds and pumpkin seeds. Fruits like dried figs and cranberries round out the texture for a perfect on-the-go bite every time.

Easy Paleo Breakfast Recipes

You might not wake up in a cave, but you can still light your morning fire by enjoying one of these Paleo-friendly recipes.

Italian Breakfast Scramble

This Mediterranean-inspired meal comes from Dr. Mark Hyman, and uses fresh ingredients like tomatoes, zucchini, and basil to make every bite flavorful and nutritious. You might even feel like you’ve flown to Italy, even if it’s just for the morning.

Paleo Coconut Porridge

Talk about a comforting bowl! Shredded coconut, chia, and hemp seeds give this hot cereal a similar texture to oatmeal, with added fiber, too. If you mix up the dry ingredients in advance, you’ll be ahead of the game when you’re ready to eat.

Prosciutto Egg Cups

Here’s a crowd-pleasing brunch perfect for the Paleo set. It brings together baked eggs, melted gruyère, and crispy prosciutto for a fancy-looking yet simple meal. Just layer all the ingredients in muffin tins, pop in the oven to bake, and they're done!

Paleo Breakfast Pizza

Nix the cold takeout pizza for breakfast and whip up this healthier version instead. The savory crust mixes coconut flour, coconut milk, onion powder, and baking soda for a little lift. On top, try juicy tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach, and a touch of crumbled bacon.

Paleo Breakfast Sausage

Maple and fennel might not seem like a match made in flavor heaven, but the sweet and savory combo totally works! We make these DIY sausages with pork, spices, and fry them up with coconut oil.

Gluten-Free Breakfast Recipes

Give up gluten—but not flavor—with easy-to-make GF dishes that’ll satisfy you every time.

Hemp Heart Zucchini Muffins

This all-star muffin is filled with hemp hearts, sprouted brown rice flour, and shredded zucchini. The veggie adds moisture and its neutral flavor pairs perfectly with spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. Enjoy one warm out of the oven, and freeze the rest for later!

Golden Milk Chia Seed Pudding

You’ll be puddin’ protein front and center (20g per serving) when you make this chia seed breakfast. It’s rich and creamy, and delivers key nutrients like B12, calcium, and magnesium. The seeds are sort of magical—they’ll plump overnight and you’ll be good to go for a quick meal tomorrow.

Chocolate Protein Powder Pancakes

Start the day with a shortstack! The pancake batter is stirred up with cinnamon, apples, and chocolate protein powder to keep you fueled until lunch.

Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffins

Buttery ghee and delicate almond flour team up to make the blueberry muffins that your dreams are made of.

Purple Pinole Breakfast Bowl

Here’s the ultimate power breakfast! Pinole is a purple maize hot cereal, and the velvety porridge delivers complex carbs and protein that’ll help keep your energy levels up all morning. Sticking with the purple theme, we top our bowl with blueberry jam, blackberries, and blueberries.

Homemade Cherry Pop Tarts

Who needs store-bought toaster pastries when you can make these gluten-free tarts at home? The ingredient list is surprisingly short, and each bite is filled with sweet cherry jam.

Gluten-Free Millet Bowl

If you haven’t met millet, prepare to be pleasantly surprised. This gluten-free seed cooks up to a soft and creamy porridge when simmered with almond and coconut milks. Cinnamon and cardamom make each bite extra flavorful, and you can top it with just about anything you like!

Brown Rice Porridge With Roasted Blueberries

Here’s another unique porridge option—brown rice! Think of it like a lighter version of rice pudding with all the richness of the classic dessert, but without any refined sugar or dairy. Blueberries make a juicy topping, but use any fruit that’s in season.

Honey-Macerated Strawberries With Yogurt

When you’re in the mood for something light (or are serving a smoothie alongside) give these macerated berries a try! The technique couldn’t be simpler—just soak strawberries in honey laced with mint, ginger, and cardamom to help draw out their juices. Serve over yogurt for breakfast (or even ice cream for dessert!).

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