Go for these healthy breakfast ideas to start your day right! These easy breakfast recipes are full of nutritious ingredients.
Are you stuck in a rut in the mornings? It can be hard to find wholesome options to start the day. But never fear: we’ve got answers. Here at A Couple Cooks, we’ve got all the best ways to incorporate healthy breakfast recipes into your life! Maybe it’s a cozy bowl of oatmeal topped with peanut butter and jelly, or a breakfast scramble full of colorful vegetables. There are so many tasty ways to incorporate whole foods into your morning!
It doesn’t matter how you eat, there are options for everyone! The recipes below are all vegetarian, and many are gluten-free or vegan as well. Now let’s get to it!
And now…the best healthy breakfast recipes to try!
Here’s the ideal healthy breakfast recipe, easy and full of irresistible flavor: banana baked oatmeal! This incredible recipe is wholesome and filling, and it’s made with good-for-you ingredients: mostly oats and bananas. It happens to be a vegan baked oatmeal, but it pleases absolutely everyone. Make up a big pan and eat off of it all week! Topped with a little nut butter and banana slices, it’s a decadently wholesome treat.
Want to eat more breakfast vegetables? You’re not alone. Eating more veggies to start the day is starting to trend. So why not re-imagine breakfast? Let’s infuse veggies into the first meal of the day, too. Try this Breakfast Vegetable Scramble! You can make it two ways: with eggs or tofu, depending on your diet. It’s full of savory flavor…and loaded with nutrients, too.
Another great healthy breakfast idea: Greek Yogurt Parfaits! Layer yogurt, berries and peanut butter granola or homemade granola in a glass, and looks loads fancier than it actually is. Make it day of, or it's also a quick make-ahead breakfast!
Looking for a savory brunch recipe to impress? Try a crustless quiche! This concept is our favorite for entertaining: it’s deliciously savory and hearty, with lots of protein to keep bellies full all morning. Even better: it’s so easy to whip up! No need to bother with a quiche crust: just whisk together the filling and pop it in the oven.
These healthy banana bread muffins have a secret: they're made of 100% oats and no flour! Throw bananas, oats and a few other ingredients into a blender and whiz. Then bake and you'll be amazed at the fluffy texture when they come out of the oven. These babies are fan favorites! Top with almond butter and they're a filling way to start the day (hey, it's basically just like oatmeal).
Here’s a make ahead healthy breakfast that fits in the palm of your hand: these Magic Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies! Yes, it’s magic: oats, nut butter, applesauce, and maple syrup transform into cookies that you can eat for breakfast. There’s none of those traditional cookie ingredients: no flour, no butter, no oil, and no refined sugar. How is it possible? You’ve got to taste.
Want a knock-out vegan breakfast idea? Look no further than this easy tofu scramble. It tastes extraordinarily similar to the flavor and texture of scrambled eggs: and it’s so hearty and satisfying! It’s hard to find healthy vegan breakfast ideas that are savory (so many are sweet), and this one is perfection. Even better: it takes only 10 minutes to make!
Need easy breakfast ideas? Here’s a quick and satisfying way to start the day with veggies and protein: this Healthy Breakfast Sandwich! It’s easy to load up mornings with sugar (granola, muffins, pancakes…you know the heavy hitters). This savory idea always satisfies. The spinach feta filling is full of hearty flavor, and it’s topped off with mashed avocado for more healthy fats.
Here’s a healthy breakfast idea that’s a bit unexpected, but surprisingly satisfying…Cottage Cheese Breakfast Bowls! Sure, cottage cheese and pineapple or melon seems a little retro. So let’s dust off the concept and make a modern way to start the day. Top this high protein cheese with fresh berries or apple, cinnamon and drizzle of honey.
Here’s a customizable make-ahead recipe that works for healthy breakfast, lunch and snack: Egg Muffins! Bake up scrambled eggs in muffin tin cups with healthy veggies, then refrigerate them for meals all week! It's ideal as a grab-and-go breakfast. The filling is packed with good stuff: loads of spinach, cottage cheese for healthy protein, and jarred red pepper. They’re easy to whip up and so full of flavor!
Have you tried savory oatmeal? If not, it's high time to start. This savory breakfast idea will surprise you. It makes a pot of chewy toasted oats that are irresistibly tasty, topped with a fried egg and garlicky sautéed kale. The egg yolk makes a creamy sauce that covers everything in goodness. Eating a veggie-filled healthy breakfast just got easier.
Need a savory healthy breakfast idea? We’re all about simple around here, especially recipes that are low effort and high impact. Salmon toast is just that: a simple toast of artisan bread loaded with fluffy whipped ricotta, smoked salmon, capers and fresh dill. Each bite is a burst of smoky, creamy, rich, briny, salty and fresh!
A great savory breakfast recipe: the Breakfast Quesadilla! Wow, is it satisfying. Scrambled eggs, black beans and melty cheddar cheese sandwiched between toasted tortillas and dipped into in guacamole? It’s basic in all the right ways, and at the same time a revelation in each bite.
Cottage cheese pancakes? Yes, this protein-packed pancake uses half the flour as a regular pancake recipe, relying on eggs and cottage cheese instead. Might sound a little off, until you take a bite. It's tender, fluffy, and vanilla-scented: in fact, it tastes like a cross between pancakes and French toast! Each pancake has 8 grams of protein, approximately 15% of your daily need.
Here’s the tastiest, best drink that happens to be healthy, too: a peanut butter smoothie! You can swear off milkshakes for good, because this smoothie is just as satisfying. It’s got the best pure peanut buttery flavor, and the silkiest, creamiest texture. Even better: all you need is 3 ingredients (plus ice)! It’s easy to make vegan or plant-based, and it’s the perfect healthy breakfast or snack.
Ready for your new go-to granola recipe? This maple pecan healthy granola has been a favorite at our house for years. Now: most granola is not healthy. Store-bought and homemade granola recipes can be full of sugar and oil, and very high in calories. Here's a recipe that's actually healthy: and perfectly crunchy, warmly spiced, and just the right amount of sweetness.
Another great healthy breakfast recipe: acai bowls! This traditionally Brazilian treat is a frosty purple smoothie topped with a confetti of beautiful toppings. They're a total treat! One reader told us: “Made your acai bowl recipe and OH MY! I’ve never had one I’ve enjoyed as much as this. It was so perfectly balanced, and my husband loved it too!” Or, try it with mixed berries in this Easy Smoothie Bowl.
Another classic breakfast recipe? The omelette! This recipe makes the most delicious omelette you’ve ever had: classic French style, with a golden exterior, soft interior, and loads of savory flavor. Here’s our adaptation of Julia’s Child's classic technique. Add sauteed veggies to the filling for a healthy spin!
Are you a steel cut oats fan? These chewy oats have a porridge-like texture and feel like a cozy hug in the morning. They’re a fun way to mix up the standard Old Fashioned oats, and may have some slight benefits over them: though both are an incredibly healthy way to start the day! You can make a big pot of steel cut oats in 25 minutes and eat off of the leftovers all week!
Don't have time in the morning to make healthy breakfasts? Make up a batch of pecan energy bars! The sweet flavor is reminiscent of pecan pie, and they’re full of superfoods like pecans and chia seeds.
Want to load on the nutrients for a healthy breakfast? This glowing green smoothie recipe is the perfect immunity-boosting drink with a sweet tart flavor! It stars green apples, loads of spinach, and protein-packed nuts. The tangy is balanced with sweet, and it has a loose but creamy texture that’s easily drinkable and a vivid, glowing green color.
Most pancakes aren't healthy breakfast recipes. Let's face it: they're mostly flour and sugar. But these pancakes are different! These healthy banana oatmeal pancakes are just that: made mainly of oats and bananas (no flour!). They'll keep you full for hours.
Last up in our healthy breakfast recipes: avocado toast! Here's a nutrient dense way to start your morning. Top your toast with mashed avocado, optional egg (fried, poached, or hard boiled), and a sprinkle of sesame seeds. It's deliciously wholesome, with no added sugar.
Ready for a healthy start to your mornings? TryScrambled Eggs with Cottage Cheese! This healthy cheese adds an irresistibly savory flavor and fluffy texture to the eggs. Even better, it adds a pop of protein and helps to stretch the serving size without adding extra eggs. By adding the cheese, you can get away with 1 egg per serving and 9 grams protein.
Here’s a healthy breakfast idea that's perfect for mornings and all those in between moments, too: no bake Oatmeal Bars! These are big winners in our house and quickly solidified themselves into the weekly repertoire. These breakfast bars star peanut butter, honey, and Old Fashioned oats, and they’re a healthy breakfast you can feel good feeding yourself or your family.
Looking for the epitome of an easy and healthy breakfast idea? Try Overnight Oats! There’s no cooking involved here: in fact, you can mix up a jar in just 2 minutes! Leave rolled oats in the fridge overnight with milk, and it magically makes them into a sort of porridge. Eat them cold topped with berries or nut butter and they’re absolutely fantastic.
A few more breakfast ideas…
Need a few more healthy breakfast recipes? Here are some more non-recipe ideas for busy mornings:
Butter an 8 x 8″ or 9 x 9″ pan. In a medium bowl, mix together the rolled oats, pecan pieces, baking powder, cinnamon, allspice, and kosher salt.
Dump the dries into the prepared pan.
Mash the bananas. In the same bowl, whisk together the bananas, milk, maple syrup, and vanilla. Drizzle the milk mixture over the oats. Stir lightly with a fork to make everything gets evenly incorporated.
Bake 40 to 45 minutes until the top is nicely golden and the oat mixture has set. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes.
Before serving, spread the top with almond butter or peanut butter (or a combination) and top with banana slices. Store leftovers refrigerated for up to 1 week: reheat in a 300 degree oven or microwave until warm.
*Make ahead instructions: do not make the entire pan in advance and refrigerate overnight because the oats will absorb all the liquid. You can mix up the wets and dries separately and store in separate containers (with the wets refrigerated), then pour them together in the morning and bake.
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