On a good week, breakfast looks something like this: eggs one morning, a smoothie the next, oatmeal to get through hump day, and maybe even some protein pancakes if we’re feeling ambitious. Those are the weeks we get a lot of sleep and make it to all our scheduled workouts… #goals.
On the not-so-on-top-of-our-game weeks, we get stuck in an oatmeal rut—and for good reason: It’s quick, easy, and can be topped with all kinds of sweet or savory ingredients to suit our mood. We’re all for convenience, but if you need to escape the oats, take a baby step and try one of these grain bowls instead. They’re almost as simple as oatmeal but are guaranteed to make your morning a little more exciting.
This bowl is about as close to having a (healthy) apple pie for breakfast as you can get. Quinoa packs the protein, while coconut milk, apples, cinnamon, and nutmeg give you that cozy hygge feeling. Top with chopped pecans for some crunch.
Is there anything prettier than poached eggs? Only when they’re layered with bright green garlicky spinach, curried sweet potato, and nutty farro.
Bulgur cooks pretty fast, so you can whip this up in the morning or make it ahead of time if you want to be extra efficient. No sugary jam here—this recipe calls for an easy homemade blackberry syrup made with berries, maple syrup, lemon juice, and vanilla.
Apple and cinnamon is a pretty classic oatmeal flavor combo and tastes just as good with chewy farro swapped in. Add pecans and cranberries on top for crunch and a little extra sweetness.
OK, sweet potatoes aren’t grains, but this breakfast bowl looked too good not to include. Skip the baking (because that takes too long) and microwave sweet potatoes instead by poking holes in them and wrapping in a wet paper towel, then mash up with half a banana and drizzle with almond butter, cinnamon, raisins, and nuts.
Make a parfait by layering Greek yogurt, quinoa, blueberries, and a little almond milk, then top with more blueberries, peaches, or a small scoop of granola. Pro tip: Use leftover quinoa (or cook it the night before) to make your morning a breeze.
If you prefer your breakfast savory, you need to try this bowl. Mashed chickpeas get a pretty yellow hue when mixed with turmeric and taste great combined with farro, sesame seeds, avocado, and jalapeños. It’s got a poke bowl-type flavor, minus the fish.