When it comes to breakfast, the options are endless. Pancakes or waffles? Bacon and eggs? Muffin, followed by a pastry? So why limit chowing down on delicious breakfast foods to the morning hours? Here are 30 healthier snack options to keep filling those breakfast food cravings all day long.
Better Breakfast Snacks
Smoothies are a perfect on-the-go snack any time of day. Blend 1 frozen banana, 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter, 1 cup soy or almond milk, (which keep longer out of the fridge than regular milk), a couple dates, and a few ice cubes. (Add a scoop of your favorite chocolate or vanilla protein for an extra protein boost.) If this is a morning snack, keep it in a tight-sealing container and throw it in a gym or work bag. For an afternoon boost, prep it the night before and freeze, remove in the morning, and it will be thawed and ready to enjoy after lunch.
This one’s perfect to try out as fall sets in. The best part? Pumpkin is a bonafide superfood rich in beta carotene, which is essential for eye health. This vegan recipe is gluten free, soy free, and full of perfect pumpkin flavor. Topped with an optional coconut whip, if you have time to whip that up, this recipe is a dream for a filling breakfast. Make the pumpkin pie puree the night before and save it in the fridge so all you have to do in the morning is grab some granola, layer it, and go.
Yes, it’s possible to make really good scrambled eggs in the microwave. And it’s easy! Beat an egg and some egg-whites, throw in a microwave-safe container. For extra flavor, add your toppings of choise: a handful of your favorite veggies (cherry tomatoes and spinach leaves work well), a sprinkle of cheese, or some avocado. Zap the mixture for 30 seconds, stir, and cook another 30 seconds, or until eggs are solid. Throw a top on the container to eat later, or store the raw mixture in a fridge until ready to heat and eat.
Who doesn’t love a burrito? Breakfast burritos are a great, easy snack to keep on hand. Scramble 2 egg whites, ¼ cup black beans, 2 tablespoons salsa, and 2 tablespoons shredded cheese, and wrap in 1 small whole-wheat tortilla. Make a bunch, wrap in foil, and keep in the freezer for whenever the craving hits. Protein from the eggs and black beans keep you fuller longer, and the spicy salsa keeps things interesting. Try assembling and wrapping each half separately for more snack-friendly portions.
An oat-based muffin packed with healthy carrots and zucchini, lightly sweetened with raisins and just a pinch of sugar makes a perfect breakfast or snack. Use a mini-muffin tin for smaller portions, and eliminate or cut back on the brown sugar or choose a healthier substitute to cut back on sugar.
Take a classic baked loaf and make it into adorable oatmeal cups with this recipe! Adding shredded zucchini l is a great way to fit in an extra serving of veggies. Make these baked oatmeal cups in advance, save them in the fridge, and snack on them later (or make them at night to grab for breakfast on your way out the door!).
One of the easiest, healthiest, and tastiest snacks (or breakfasts) out there is a classic fruit and yogurt parfait. The best part? It can really be made with any toppings you like. This recipe uses strawberries, which are great, but the fruit selection is totally up to you. Try choosing fruits that are in season locally for the most flavorful options (try our stone fruit salad for summer, and opt for apples come fall).
Here’s a new way to enjoy quinoa—make mini quinoa breakfast quiches! This recipe is perfect for basically anyone with special dietary requirements: it's gluten-free, vegan, and low calorie. How could it go worng? The sweet raisins combined with savory quinoa will make the perfect quick breakfast bite, or afternoon snack, so make a big batch to munch on later.
Here’s a simple and delicious smoothie recipe for the morning rush. You can easily add any combo of fruits, veggies, and milk (even protein powder!) you want, and this recipe keeps it simple with a berry combo. It packs in plenty of nutrients with spinach, too, so you'll definitely get your share of veggies with this breakfast hack.
Stuck with last night’s leftovers? No problem. If you have some leftover tofu and veggies (like peppers and kale), you're good to go for this easy scramble. Combine your ingredients in a pan, scramble in eggs, and throw some potatoes on the side for maximum taste.
Finally, a muffin without all the carbs. Plus, these guys are simple to make. Preheat the oven, sautee your veggies, whisk eggs, and throw them all in a muffin tin together. Bake for 20 minutes, and there you have it: the perfect breakfast muffins with all the taste and none of the unnecessary carbs (if you'd rather save those for later).
Spice up a plain old fruit cup with a scoop of superfood quinoa. Toss the whole shebang around until the quinoa is evenly distributed through the fruit. Add a scoop of plain yogurt and a drizzle of honey for a little extra body.
Cooking quinoa in milk (cow, soy, or almond) and adding some sweet spices and fruit makes for a great substitute for classic hot breakfast cereals. Plus, it’s high in protein and essential amino acids like lysine, which is essential for tissue growth and repair. Simply cook quinoa according to package instructions, but substitute milk for water, and add whatever toppings your heart desires.
The compote part might make this recipe sound complicated, but we've got your back. If it's not a slow weekend morning when you're ready to spend some time in the kitchen, use some substitutes (like regular jelly) to top these tasty PB waffles. Bonus points because they're gluten free AND vegan, so no one has to miss out.
Oatmeal is a great option for a hearty snack or breakfast, but what’s the best way to make it into a more convenient and portable snack? Bake it into squares! These tasty, easy granola bars will remind you of your morning oatmeal, but you can eat them anywhere you like.
This savory toast might look fancy, but it's super easy to make. Toast the bread of your choice, spread it with ricotta, and top that with honey, fig, and pistachio pieces. This combo will totally change your toast game (and you won't be able to go back).
Try taking oatmeal to a whole new level by making it savory. Prepare as usual with milk or water, but add a pinch of salt and pepper instead of any cinnamon or sugar. This blogger has tons of helpful tips, from the best microwave methods to suggestions for using store-bought easy oats.
Any way that fits a serving of veggies into a delicious baked good is a winner in my book. These zucchini and banana muffins are whole wheat and packed with nutrients, so you won't be skimping on any food group.
Cookies, for breakfast? Yes please! While Oreos or Chips Ahoy may not make a balanced breakfast, a homemade cookie made of banana, peanut butter, protein powder, and oats is a wholesome choice. Plus, you can pick and choose what you like to mix—go for almond butter and raisins in one batch, or peanut butter chocolate chip in another.
Fried eggs are great, but what about baking a whole egg with veggies and cheese and skipping the added oil? Try making a pan of these egg and cheese cups at the beginning of the week and bringing one along each day. (Pro Tip: If you use the individual silicone muffin molds, it makes the egg cups even more portable for on-the-go snacking.)
For anyone with a microwave or hot water at their disposal, these customized instant oatmeal packets are fantastic to have on hand. Instead of purchasing pre-made oatmeal packets, assemble your own in ziplock baggies using whole rolled oats or instant oats, dried fruit, brown sugar, or really, whatever you want to taste in your oatmeal the next morning (or later that week!).
This is the ultimate lazy-person breakfast. The night before, combine your ingredients (oats, milk, banana, nuts, whatever!) in sealed Tupperware container, or a cute, trendy mason jar. By morning, you’ll have delicious cold overnight oats! These can also be heated in the microwave for 1-2 minutes if in the mood for something warm. Added bonus: this recipe is PB flavored, and who doesn't love PB? But you can add whatever ingredients you want to the overnight oats base to switch it up.
This recipe is every bit as decadent (and easy) as it sounds. Combine almond milk, chia seeds, cacao or cocoa powder, and maple syrup in a container, let them to sit overnight, and be amazed when you pull it out in the morning. Your chia seeds will have soaked up the liquid to make a perfect texture for the whole meal.
Here’s one healthy way to have chocolate for breakfast: a bowlful of quinoa makes for a protein-rich filling breakfast, and the banana even adds a serving of fruit.
There are just five ingredients in this tasty, cool snack, and three of them are fruits (yum). Combine blueberries, pineapple, and mango with vanilla yogurt, top it with coconut, and you're good to go. To make it even easier on yourself, make your fruit salad mix in advance (and in bulk), store it in the fridge, and just top your yogurt with it every morning.
This is a perfect pick for apple season, Cut 1 apple in half and remove the core (plus a bit of the extra flesh around the core). Fill the middle with whatever you choose (we recommend cranberries, almond butter, and chia seeds). Wrap up the whole apple in plastic wrap or foil to save for later, or enjoy as is bite-by-bite.
If you're a fan of a good egg salad, this is the recipe for you. A typical version of this dish can really add up in unneeded fats, but by using egg whites and avocado, you're keeping all of the taste (and then some) without extra additives. Use it to top toast, make a wrap, or just eat on its own!
Try adding this superfood twist to the classic. All you need is chia seeds, a banana, some PB, and milk to combine all of the ingredients in overnight. With the sprinkle of chia, which is packed with vitamins and minerals (like six times more calcium than milk!), this is a perfectly balanced breakfast.
Muffins (or cake, if you want to be even more decadent) from the microwave? Yep, it's possible! All this recipe calls for is sugar, flour, baking powder, butter, milk, and blueberries. Combine them all in a mug, microwave for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes, and there you have it! Your very own mug cake and/or muffin.
By this point, I think the Greatist team believes quinoa makes anything better. So, muffins? It’s a no brainer. Try these strawberry quinoa muffins for an easily-packed snack or breakfast (or after lunch treat). Fruit + Quinoa + Oven = DELICIOUS.