8 Easy Breakfast Ideas

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What are some things that you want to improve on this year?  Are there areas of your day to day life that just get a little crazy if you are not in your groove? Me too! I know exactly what you’re talking about!

Over the next few weeks I am going to share with you some tips that I work hard to implement at our house so that I can stay in my groove.

Breakfast is likely the natural place to start. I really like to give my kids a hot meal in the mornings before I take them to school. I always hope that what I feed  them for breakfast will stick to their bellies and keep them full until lunch.

Believe me, I fail. And when I do, my mom groove goes right out the window. If we oversleep in the mornings, or if the kids are not cooperating, or if I have not made an effort to plan ahead a little, we end up resorting to cold cereal (which is not horrible, my kids do love it) or swinging by the donut shop on our way to school (ugh!!).

The solution? Make a list of easy, hot, breakfast ideas that are made without tons of effort (as I am usually directing chaos in the mornings in between breakfast duty). Like my meal planning, I need for breakfast to be quick and easy.

1) Cheese Toast– super simple! Pop it in the oven, manage the chaos of the morning routine, come back in about 5-7 minutes and breakfast is done. (Melted cheese does not photograph well, does it?)

2) Malt-o Meal– all of my children LOVE this! It cooks in minutes, the longest part is the water boiling. And how long does it really take 2 cups of water to boil? This is high in folic acid and keeps their bellies full for a long time.

3) Oatmeal– this is a flexible hot breakfast option. You can add lots of things to it (nuts, dried fruit, flavors, etc.) and you can buy instant/quick cooking oats. And you have options when it comes to cooking methods- stove top or in the microwave.

4) Frozen Pancakes– my kids love these. I heat them up in the oven because I can do many at one time and the oven prevents them from getting soggy while cooking, unlike the microwave. Pop them in and walk away for 5-7 minutes. I like to purchase the pancakes with blueberries added and then I spray them with butter (love the simplicity of spray butter). The butter and berry combo make for a yummy semi-sweet breakfast that does not require any syrup.

5) Frozen Waffles– again, I love to buy them with berries and heat them in the oven opposed to the toaster. In the oven I can cook 6-8 at a time (or the whole box if I use two cookie sheets). Spray with butter once done and they are an easy on-the-go breakfast. For a little added sweetness without the syrup, some of my kids like to top their waffles with peanut butter (protein) or Nutella.

6) Instant Grits– I love these. They cook fast and you can add cheese or bacon bits for a more protein packed hot meal. You can also add a little butter and sugar for a sweeter tooth.

7) Muffins– mix them up the night before and store them in the fridge. You can even line your muffin tins the night before, too. Then fill your muffin tins in the morning and pop them in the oven to bake. While you’re managing the morning routine, breakfast is cooking. You could also batch cook a bunch of muffins and store them in a ziplock bag once cool. Then pop them in the microwave for a few seconds when you’re ready to eat them.

8) Scrambled Eggs– another flexible hot breakfast item that can easily be partnered with any of the breakfast ideas I have listed. You can add things like cheese or veggies. And, for a super quick method, you can make them in the microwave.

It is also easy to add a banana, apple slices or orange slices to any of the ideas I have listed.

Start your day off with your mom groove going and it will likely carry on through the day! After all, good makes more good. Does that make sense?

What are some simple, hot, breakfast ideas you would like to share?


  1. I've done applesauce in the crockpot over night and served it on oatmeal to cut down onthe sugar.
    I've missed your posts so I will be busy reading up!
    I posted a great tip on my blog today….check it out!

  2. Cheese toast? I've never tried that! Sounds like something my family would love.

  3. Priscilla - Wheelchair Mommy says:

    How on EARTH could I forget CHEESE TOAST! I used to eat this almost every single day as a kid.


  4. Our Journey says:

    I like to do oatmeal in the crockpot overnight and it's hot and ready first thing in the morning. I also like to make one-eyed sailors 🙂 I cut the holes in the bread the night before with a cookie cutter then just put them on the baking pan in the morning, crack an egg in each and then put them in the oven while I get other things ready/done. Super simple, yummy and healthy too!

  5. Tiffany @ Eat at Home says:

    What a great list! We usually go for toast or bagels around here. Cinnamon sugar toast is a favorite around here too. Just be sure to keep the cinnamon stored in a different place than the cumin!

  6. You can always make your own waffles or pancakes and freeze leftovers, just another way to cut down on preservatives and help the budget.

  7. Ladies, you are all making me hungry!

    I am making cinnamon toast first thing in the morning.

    Great list Crystal. I had nit heard of cheese toast. Sounds like a Blake food. I will show him tomorrow.


  8. LivingSoAbundantly says:

    I like the idea of making the muffin mix the night before and popping it in the oven the next morning! 🙂

  9. Great ideas, we love pancakes and waffles with chocolate chips. We also do grits and eggs alot too.

  10. one of my kids' favorite breakfasts:

    whole grain bread toasted
    spread with natural peanut butter
    slice banana on the top
    drizzle a little honey all around
    top with a tablespoon of wheat germ(very healthy and keeps the honey from dripping off)

  11. How about French Toast? You can make a bunch of it in the oven. (In fact, try to find day-old Challah bread on sale–makes amazing F.T.!)Just prep it in the way you like, then put the pieces on a cookie sheet sprayed with non-stick spray. Cook about 7 minutes on one side and 3 or so on the other. (At 350 degrees.) Then you can freeze them just like you do your waffles and pancakes.
    BTW, if you have a Trader Joe's near you, try this with their Texas Toast Bread. It's reaallly gooood!

  12. thanks! I'm guilty of skipping breakfast myself far too often. I'm trying to find easy things I can eat in the morning to start my day off right! 🙂 I like to make extra when we have pancakes or french toast and freeze the leftovers. They are great to pop in the toaster and eat on the run.

  13. I'm SO happy to find your blog today. I just signed up for emails, and I can't wait to read more!! 🙂


  14. Oh I love your ideas! I do grits, or Peanut butter on English muffin or oatmeal!!

  15. Making french toast in the oven is such a great idea! And I love Texas size toast too! (great for your cheese toast as well)

    Apple sauce over oatmeal is so smart! Natural sweetness is perfect!

    And cheese toast in the bomb! You've gotta try it! It reminds me of childhood… they used to serve it at school for breakfast all the time.

  16. Good tips! I'm constantly looking for breakfast tricks.
    Mrs. Petrie @ casapetrie.com/blog/

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