50+ Breakfast Recipes to Power Your Morning – A Couple Cooks
Want all the best ways to start the day? These healthy and easy breakfast recipes deliver, from oatmeal to smoothies to scrambles.
Looking for all the best ways to start the day? It’s hard to find great breakfast recipes that are simple, healthy, and actually fill you up. Many recipes are full of too much sugar, or don’t have enough protein to stick with you through the day. So here we’ve put together our best breakfast recipes, organized by type! These ideas cover quick and easy concepts for busy mornings, and recipes for special meals and lazy weekends (and don’t forget breakfast for dinner). Either way, they’re both nutrient-packed and irresistible. Ready to get cooking?
And now…the best breakfast recipes to try!
First up in our breakfast recipes: a quick and easy Breakfast Sandwich! Does it really take 5 minutes? You bet it does. It’s simple, but the combination of flavors is perfection. It’s one of our favorite quick breakfast recipes. Or, try some of the other options below!
Here’s a breakfast recipe trick: mini frittatas! Basically a muffin made of egg, they’re easy to meal prep and grab as you’re headed out the door. Refrigerate or freeze ’em, and you can eat them off all week. The best part: they’re so tasty! They’re filled with colorful veggies and crunchy pecans for added protein and nutrients. These are best as a make-ahead option.
All frittata recipes Pecan & Veggie Mini Frittatas Asparagus Frittata with Feta Kale Artichoke Veggie Frittata
Here’s a perfect breakfast recipe that works for all those in between moments, too. These easy no bake Oatmeal Bars! These were 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 or snack you can feel good feeding yourself or your family.
Looking for the epitome of an easy breakfast recipe? 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!
All fast oatmeal recipes Overnight Oats Best Instant Oatmeal Recipe
It’s cinnamon-scented, crispy on the outside and custardy on the inside: try our best French toast recipe! It’s basic, but it can taste like a luxurious morning of hotel room service if it’s done right. Here we’ve cracked the code to the very best way to make this classic breakfast recipe.
Try a make-ahead crustless quiche for breakfast! 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. This crustless spinach quiche is a bit of a miracle: even our spinach-fearing 4 year old loves it!
Here’s a deliciously comforting recipe that makes your kitchen smell like a cozy diner: Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole! It’s beautifully hearty, pairing cheesy hash browns with chili powder, garlic powder and cumin for massive savory flavor. Because it’s easy to make ahead, it’s super unfussy and low maintenance.
Here’s a 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.
Want a hearty, savory breakfast recipe? Try this amazing Breakfast Skillet! Cheesy hash browns topped with runny egg yolks and salsa? Yes please! Even better, the spices in the potatoes mimic breakfast sausage (hello, fennel!) so the entire vibe is extremely hearty and satisfying.
What’s better than crispy, crunchy hash browns for breakfast? Homemade hash brownsare incredibly delicious, and they’re not much harder than cracking open a bag of frozen ones. These hash browns come out browned and crispy, with flecks of tender moist shreds that combine into a texture that tastes like a cozy hug. You can make them in a skillet or in the oven. Add an egg and enjoy!
All hash browns recipes: Homemade Hash Browns Oven Hash Browns Sweet Potato Hash Browns Poached Eggs and Potatoes
Smoothie bowls are a great way to load up a smoothie with protein-packed toppings! Of course, our favorite smoothie bowl is the popular Acai Bowl. 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!”
All smoothie bowl recipes Easy Smoothie Bowl Homemade Acai Bowl
We’d be delivered without mentioning savory oatmeal as a breakfast recipe! This unique method of serving oatmeal is a veggie-packed way to start the day. Top the bowl with a fried egg and garlicky sauteed kale, and the yolk makes a creamy sauce that covers everything in goodness. It’s no secret that we’re oatmeal obsessed around here…and eating a veggie-filled healthy breakfast just got easier.
So here’s a make ahead breakfast recipe that fits in the palm of your hand: these Healthy 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.
Here’s another great make-ahead breakfast recipe: breakfast cookies! These “cookies” are healthy, made with oats and nuts and lightly sweetened with maple syrup. It’s basically like taking your bowl of oatmeal, to go! You can pop them in the freezer for long term storage and then just grab one on your way out the door.
The tofu scramble deserves its own feature…because it’s a truly delicious plant based breakfast recipe! There’s lots more to breakfast than just eggs. This recipe works for eaters of all kinds. You’ll be surprised at how much the texture and flavor mimics a scramble…but it’s 100% plant based! It’s hard to find vegan savory breakfast ideas, and this one is perfection. Even better: it only takes 10 minutes to make.
Omelettes are a quick and easy breakfast recipe that are sometimes overlooked! In just 5 minutes, you have a filling, flavor-packed meal. Make it with cheese as the filling or add sauteed mushrooms, greens, or other veggies.
All omelet recipes Classic Omelet Omelette with Greens
More breakfast ideas…by type
Looking for more breakfast ideas? We’ve got you. There are lots of ways to slice and dice what you need in the morning. Here are a few more ideas listed by type:
This healthy breakfast sandwich is an easy way to start the day with veggies and protein! The spinach feta filling is hearty and satisfying.
1 whole grain English muffin (or bagel thins: we like gluten-free O’Doughs)
1 egg (or 2 eggs, for a more filling sandwich)
3 pinches kosher salt, divided
1 drizzle olive oil
1 ½ cups baby spinach (or chopped spinach)
1 pinch garlic powder
1 tablespoon feta cheese
1 slice tomato
1/4 ripe avocado, mashed
Toast the English muffin.
Meanwhile, whisk the egg and add 1 pinch salt and fresh ground pepper. Add a drizzle olive oil to a very small nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the spinach and 1 pinch each salt and garlic powder, and cook until it is wilted, about 2 minutes. Spread the spinach to cover the bottom of the pan. For in egg, adjusting it with a spatula so it covers the entire bottom of the pan. Sprinkle with the feta cheese and cook, without flipping, for about 2 minutes until mostly set. Once mostly set, fold the egg in half, then in half again to make a wedge.
Mash the avocado with another pinch salt, and spread it on the top half of the English muffin. Add the last pinch of salt to the tomato slice. Place the eggs on the bottom of the English muffin, then add the eggs, tomato, and top half of the English muffin. Enjoy immediately.