Breakfast may be heralded as the most important meal of the day, but it’s also one of the most difficult to prioritize. Who has time to maximize sleep, meditate, cook, shower, and get out of the door looking and feeling like a rockstar in the morning?! Kudos if you do; no shame if you don’t.
If you fall into the latter camp, these no-cook, easy breakfast ideas are for you. Made with only a handful of ingredients, requiring no stove or blender time, and still super healthy and delicious, these no-fuss dishes will at the very least make breakfast your favorite (and fastest) meal of the day.
Chia pudding may sound decadent, but it’s actually healthy. Even better: It takes mere minutes to assemble. Prep the night before by mixing chia seeds, almond milk, and vanilla extract in a glass container. Come morning, the pudding will be thick and creamy. To make it a full meal, layer with coconut yogurt, sliced figs, and gluten-free granola. Super fast, super simple, and since it’s in a jar, you can eat it on the go.
Open-face sandwiches are a speedy breakfaster’s dream come true. We all know avocado toast, but this recipe opts for cottage cheese. Avocado lovers, don’t despair yet: The whole-grain toast is also topped with tomato and, of course, avocado, then lightly seasoned with salt and pepper. We love using lemon pepper to give it a little extra somethin’.
Yes, breakfast cookies are a thing. And yes, we love them and can vouch for their nutritional value. For a fuss-free morning, make a fresh batch at night (or on the weekend), and it’ll be as easy as picking them up and chewing come morning. Start by combining the wet ingredients—honey, peanut butter, and vanilla extract—and slowly work in the dry. We love adding all kinds of extras, like chopped nuts, cacao nibs, goji berries, and pumpkin seeds.
Cereal is a busy morning go-to, and while we get why (it really doesn’t get easier), we prefer making our own. This muesli is made with rolled grains, chia seeds, hemp seeds, and cardamom, and is topped with sunflower seeds, freeze-dried berries, pepitas, and almond milk. Go wild with add-ins, experiment with fruits, try a little sweet… options are endless, and they’re all just as easy as cereal—and way better for you.
We like to call this Adult Toast. Thick bread is topped with goat cheese and bursting berries. The recipe calls for simmering the berries, but it’s jsut as simple (and flavorful) to smash them with some vanilla extract and top sans extra sugar. Feel free to substitute any seasonal, squishy fruit and use any kind of bread.
The only thing better than piping hot apple crisp is a healthier version that you can eat for breakfast. Don’t believe us? Try this recipe. Toss oats, cinnamon, maple syrup, unsweetened almond milk, and a dash of vanilla into a mason jar. Then shake it, let set, and top with chopped apples in the morning. If you’re hankering for heat, feel free to pop in the microwave. Simple but unforgettable.
Whether you’re running a marathon or not, bagels can be a great way to fuel for the day (or soak up last night’s happy hour). This recipe spices up the classic cream cheese sandwich by going open-face and layering with sliced avocado, chopped pistachios, and a drizzle of honey. If you’re looking for something a bit lighter, give the second half to your partner or roommate—or simply make one slice.
We’re all about making our own granola. It’s cheaper, healthier, and way more delicious. These breakfast bowls are loaded with Greek yogurt (hello, protein), fresh fruit, nuts and seeds, homemade granola, and a drizzle of honey or maple syrup. If you don’t have time to make granola in advance, feel free to use store-bought. Just keep an eye out for the amount of added sugars.
Bananas look good dressed up in pretty much everything—and by look, we mean taste. These fun sushi-inspired rolls are dunked in peanut butter and coated in mini chocolate chips and nuts. To make it even easier, slice the banana, top it with your nut butter of choice, and dunk the nut butter-covered side in your favorite topping.
Once you master the base of overnight oats, you can manipulate the flavor and texture as much as you please. We love that this recipe goes heavy on the chia seeds, adding extra texture and a bit of protein and fiber too. The cacao nibs give a nice crunch and fresh fruit and granola give it a great look—not that we need to Instagram everything.
Salads are good any time of day—even breakfast. To start your day on a smoky, citrusy note, try this light, protein-packed mix. Start by making a small pile of greens; top with smoked salmon, sliced oranges, and avocado; and lightly drizzle the homemade dressing. As with all of these recipes, we recommend doing any heavy(ish) lifting the night before—in this case, whisking a few ingredients together for the dressing.
Greek yogurt isn’t the only option for protein-packed, breezy breakfast bowls. This recipe uses kefir, yogurt’s tangier, slightly sweeter cousin. Use an unsweetened variety to keep sugar in check, and also because the added fruit will give it plenty of flavor. Blend the banana and berries the night before to keep things cook free, or simply add the fresh fruit as a topping. We love topping with granola for extra fiber and a bit of crunch too.
For a more savory breakfast, opt for cheese—cottage cheese. Top the chunky goodness with halved tomatoes, pepitas, a dash of pepper, and touch of olive oil. This dish is also great for those who love heat because it’s extra tasty with hot sauce. Spice things up even more with flavored salts or peppers, like truffle salt or citrus pepper.
It’s hard to beat nut butter-infused oats in the morning. This recipe uses mashed banana, Greek yogurt, and peanut butter to pump up the oats, and the result is heavenly. Top with sliced banana, a dollop of peanut butter, and chopped nuts if you want. If peanut butter isn’t your jam—or rather, your nut butter of choice—use cashew or almond butter. You can use any fruit as well.
Breakfast cookies, apple cookies… we’re clearly all about that cookie. Though these apple slices may look like a snack for kids, they’re just as good as adults—if not better. And don’t worry about slicing perfect O’s. These are just as beautiful, and just as flavorful, sliced as wedges and topped with your favorite nut butter and fixings. We’re big fans of shredded coconut, cranberries, walnuts, and almond butter.
Wasabi cream cheese is kind of genius. Simply mix 1-2 teaspoons of wasabi paste with plain cream cheese and voilà, a spicy, creamy spread is at your disposal. The wasabi adds the perfect bite to the bagel and lox, and the pickled ginger and scallions give just the right crunch and hint of added flavor. We know: Bagels and lox will never be the same.
Sometimes the easiest way to feel like a kid again is to eat like a kid again. This wrap can be thrown together in a jiff and eaten just as fast (so long, slow mornings). Simply spread nut butter on a whole-wheat wrap; layer with sliced apples, granola, and dried berries; roll; and eat. It’s crunchy, healthy, fun, and most importantly, fast.
Ricotta for breakfast? We didn’t believe it either—until we tried this dreamy breakfast bowl. The fun twist on yogurt uses part-skim ricotta as a base and is topped with cherries, pistachios, and a drizzle of honey. If it feels a little too heavy, top a portion of the cheese on an English muffin or toast, and save the rest for later.
Now this is a freezer meal we can get behind. All you need are popsicle molds, yogurt, berries, granola, and a little breakfast spirit. Perfect for hot days or mornings when you’re in serious need of a pick-me-up, these pops taste like a serious treat. Have fun mixing in different fruits and using spices to flavor your yogurt.