33+ Easy Breakfast Ideas: Tasty Recipes By Category (30 mins or less)

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What better way to start the day than with a delicious breakfast meal? Whether you’re looking for a quick, easy solution for your kids’ school mornings, or just want to make something simple for yourself before work, having a few go-to breakfast ideas on hand can help you get started quickly in the morning.

We’ve compiled a list of our favorite breakfast ideas for every occasion. No matter the time of day or what season it is, these recipes are perfect for getting you out of bed in the morning and into a good mood so that you can start your day off right!

Also looking for some lunch and dinner ideas? Here are more than 30 Lunch and Dinner ideas to try.

Collage of Breakfast Ideas including, chilaquiles, oatmeal, egg McMuffin, and blueberry pancakes
Featured top to bottom: Chilaquiles, Instant Pot Oatmeal, Egg McMuffin, Blueberry Pancakes
Featured in this post
  1. Start the Day with a Powerful and Healthy Breakfast
  2. Quick and Easy Breakfast Ideas With Only 2 Ingredients
  3. Breakfast Sandwiches and Toast
  4. Healthy Breakfasts with Eggs
  5. Sweet Breakfast Ideas Including Pancakes, Waffles, and French Toast
  6. Breakfast Breads, Muffins, and Rolls Breakfast Ideas
  7. Grab and Go Breakfast Ideas
  8. Easy Breakfast Ideas – Breakfast Quesadillas Recipe

Start the Day with a Powerful and Healthy Breakfast

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it’s easy to get stuck in a breakfast rut. Sometimes you just need a few ideas to get the wheels turning.

Here are more than 33 tasty and filling breakfast recipes for you to browse.

We are sharing easy breakfast recipes in six categories:

  • Quick and Easy Breakfast Ideas (just two ingredients!)
  • Breakfast Sandwiches
  • Egg Breakfasts
  • Sweet Breakfasts
  • Breakfast Breads
  • Grab-and-Go Breakfasts

Each recipe here is a tried and true family favorite your family will love. In addition, we’ve included a recipe for our hearty Breakfast Quesadillas. 

Quick and Easy Breakfast Ideas With Only 2 Ingredients

When you need to come up with something quickly, these two-ingredients breakfast ideas are lifesavers! Keeping some of these ingredients on hand for those mornings that are rushed is always a good idea.

It only takes a few minutes to throw these morning meals together, yet they are still filling and will hold you over until lunchtime.

  • Instant Pot Oatmeal. It only takes 2 ingredients and 3 minutes to feed the whole family nutritious and filling old-fashioned oatmeal.
  • Avocado Toast. This healthy toast will keep you full until lunch. Of course, you can add an egg for an extra protein kick.
  • Scrambled Eggs. Whisk eggs with a little milk and fry them up in a skillet. For another extra delicious scrambled egg dish, try our French-style Scrambled Eggs.
  • Yogurt with Fruit or Granola. Use Greek yogurt for extra protein with your favorite berries (raspberry, strawberry, blueberry, blackberry) sliced bananas, or peaches. For a little crunch, add some granola or nuts.
  • Toad in the Hole. This is a fun breakfast idea for cooking toast with an egg. Cut a small circle in the center of piece of bread, butter both sides, then place it in a small skillet. Crack an egg into the hole. The bread is toasted and the egg is cooked all at once.
  • Cottage Cheese with Fruit. Top a bowl of cottage cheese with sliced peaches, pears, pineapple, and berries for a quick and refreshing breakfast.
  • Bagel and Cream Cheese. With so many bagel and cream cheese options, you can mix and match flavors every morning for a month! One of our favorites is an everything bagel that is toasted and topped with whipped cream cheese.
  • Bananas and Peanut Butter (or Nutella). Place 1 tablespoon of peanut butter in a small bowl and use it as a dip for a banana or apple slices for a fast breakfast. Crunchy peanut butter or Nutella are also delicious.
  • 2 Ingredient Pancakes – Pancakes that come together with just bananas and eggs. Source: thebigmansworld.com

Breakfast Sandwiches and Toast

Breakfast sandwiches may be one of the best breakfast ideas out there! They are hearty and easy to eat, especially for kids.

There are so many delicious toppings to choose from, and as a result, the possibilities are endless. All of your favorite breakfast foods can be piled onto an English muffin, whole wheat toast, croissants, or baked in a pastry shell.

Breakfast sandwiches can be eaten alone, however, adding some fruit on the side instantly creates a nice, sit-down morning meal or brunch.

  • Egg McMuffin (copycat recipe). Our version of an Egg McMuffin from McDonald’s restaurant is more customizable, less expensive, and we have to say, it tastes better.
  • Breakfast Monte Cristo Sandwich. Sweet and savory meet together in this easy to make, decadent breakfast sandwich.
  • Breakfast Hand Pies. These rich pastries filled with eggs, ham, and cheese are baked in the oven. In addition to being a great way to feed a crowd, they are also easy to eat on the run.
  • Light Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches. This lightened up version of an Egg McMuffin can be made in bulk and then frozen. It’s ideal for busy mornings.
  • Breakfast Croissant Sandwiches. Layer a fried egg with sausage or bacon on a flaky croissant for an appetizing and hearty breakfast. Don’t forget a slice of cheese for added yum!
  • Eggs Benedict. The secret to Eggs Benedict is in the creamy Hollandaise sauce. Although it sounds fancy, our simple recipe helps you make it perfectly every time.
  • Meat Lovers Breakfast Sandwich. 3 slices of toast loaded with sausage, bacon, and ham.

Healthy Breakfasts with Eggs

You just can’t go wrong serving eggs for breakfast. Eggs are low-carb, yet high in protein which sustains energy throughout the day. Furthermore, they are loaded with nutrients like vitamin D, folate, riboflavin, and selenium.

Eggs are also versatile and can be combined with a wide variety of ingredients to make a protein-packed meal. Serve with a side of hash browns or toast for a hearty morning meal.

Switch up your rotation by incorporating some breakfast ideas from another country. For instance, try our Chilaquiles recipe from Mexico or Shakshuka, an Israeli dish to add some flavor to the day.

  • Breakfast Casserole. This casserole is ideal for big families or groups. One casserole serves 12-15 people.
  • Chilaquiles. This popular breakfast enhances fried eggs by adding the flavors of Mexico, specifically fried corn tortillas, green salsa, and cilantro.
  • Breakfast Burritos. Give the morning some southwest flair. For example, add beans, potatoes or rice, salsa, and guacamole to the basic eggs and cheese filling.
  • Shakshuka. A savory recipe enjoyed in Israel with poached eggs, a rich tomato sauce, and fresh cilantro.
  • Omelets. Start with eggs and then add your favorite meats, cheeses, and veggies for a healthy and colorful omelet.
  • Eggs Over-Easy. This is a popular way to serve eggs. The egg whites are cooked through on both sides, but the yolks stay runny in the center. Source: thekitchn.com
  • Breakfast Quesadillas (see recipe below). A breakfast quesadilla is similar to a breakfast burrito, however it is easier to eat and has an added crunch to the outer shell.

Sweet Breakfast Ideas Including Pancakes, Waffles, and French Toast

A big pancake or waffle breakfast is always a favorite with kids and likewise, adults! Weekends are a great time to pull out the waffle iron or griddle and make up something special. Some hot maple syrup or a flavored syrup and sprinkled powdered sugar on top are just the ticket for a fun start to the day. Everyone will be asking for seconds when you make up one of these delicious recipes.

  • French Toast. This easy French toast recipe goes back to the basics with simple pantry ingredients. Everyone loves this yummy staple.
  • Crepes. You can fill crepes with just about anything, of course fresh strawberries are always a favorite, but you can also go with a more savory filling of meats and cheeses.
  • Easy Waffles from Scratch. Made from pantry ingredients, these waffles can be on the table in less than 15 minutes. Make up a bunch and freeze some for later.
  • Gluten Free Pancakes. Yes, gluten free pancakes are for real! This recipe is so good, you won’t miss the gluten at all.
  • Pancakes from Scratch. Ditch the bag or box of pancake mix and taste the difference when you make them yourself. You won’t regret it.
  • Whole Wheat Pancakes. These pancakes are wholesome, delicious, and easy to make in a blender! Bright blueberries add juicy pops of color and flavor in every bite.
  • Banana Pancakes. Cue up your favorite Jack Johnson tune and whip up a batch of these banana pancakes. The bananas caramelize as they cook. They are so sweet and flavorful.
  • Easy Pumpkin Waffles. All of the warm spices of fall mingle in these delightful pumpkin waffles. Once autumn arrives, these waffles are a must!
  • French Toast Bake. A delicious French toast casserole that you prepare the night before and bake in the oven. Source: Lilluna.com
  • Hawaiian French Toast. This copycat breakfast recipe from the Hukilau Cafe in Hawaii is loaded with coconut and macadamia nuts. Have you seen the movie 50 First Dates? Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore eat here in the movie.

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Breakfast Breads, Muffins, and Rolls Breakfast Ideas

For a taste of homemade goodness in the morning, breads are the way to go. Breakfast breads, muffins, and cinnamon rolls can be made ahead, saving time and energy in the mornings. And, baked breads just make you happy. They taste so good. Without doubt, each bite will put a smile on your face and you know it will be a good day!

  • Banana Bread. Is there anything better than the aroma of banana bread baking in the oven? A slice of this for breakfast and you know the day is going to be amazing.
  • Healthy Chocolate Chip Muffins. This is our healthier version of a Costco chocolate muffin. They taste just as good, however they are more nutritious and have less calories.
  • Pumpkin Bread. Our recipe for pumpkin bread can be made with or without chocolate chips. In short, your choice!
  • Healthy Banana Muffins. These muffins are loaded with taste even though they are low in sugar. A great way to start the morning.
  • Cinnamon Rolls. Homemade cinnamon rolls can be intimidating, but our step-by-step instructions make it so easy. Make a big batch for now and freeze some for later.
  • Bran Muffins. The batter for these muffins lasts for six weeks in the fridge. Make a big batch and you’ll have fresh, warm muffins in a snap. They are low in calories, in fact only 100 calories each.
  • Biscuits and Gravy. Bring classic Southern comfort food to your table easily and quickly. You’ll love the flaky biscuits and homemade sausage gravy.
  • Homemade Orange Rolls. Sticky cinnamon buns with and tangy orange cream glaze. Source: thestayathomechef.com
  • Coffee Cake. This easy coffee cake is made with a cake mix, and topped with a buttery, cinnamon and sugar topping.
  • Blueberry Coffee Cake. Try this delicious coffee cake that is swirled with sweet cream cheese and fresh blueberries, then finished with a sugary crumb topping.

Grab and Go Breakfast Ideas

We included some quick breakfast ideas above with only 2-ingredients. These breakfasts are also quick, but require a few more ingredients. Make one of these portable breakfasts and enjoy them on the car ride to school, on the commute to work, or as you watch the soccer game early Saturday morning. They also make great after school snacks.

  • Easy Breakfast Egg Muffins. Bake these high protein egg muffins while you are getting ready and then eat them in the car on the way to work, school, or to the gym.
  • Green Smoothie. Get your greens in as you start the day with this smoothie. Blend it up the night before and keep it right in the blender jar in the fridge until you are ready to go.
  • Hard Boiled Eggs. The incredible edible egg does not disappoint. Hard boil a dozen eggs and have them ready to go. Hard boiled eggs are good for up to a week in the fridge.
  • Granola Bars. No bake granola bars are a great energy source in the morning. For example, they are loaded with peanut butter, oats, almonds, and apples.
  • Peaches and Cream Oatmeal Smoothie. Have a long commute in the mornings? Sip on this smoothie and at the same time, enjoy the benefits of great taste and good nutrition on the ride to work or school.
  • Make Ahead Breakfast Parfait. These parfaits can be made ahead and kept in the fridge. They are easy to take along as you run out the door in the morning.
  • Overnight Oats. A healthy breakfast that can be made the night before, then ready to grab and go in the morning. Source: foodnetwork.com
Golden, crispy breakfast quesadillas filled with eggs, cheese, and bacon on a black tabletop.

Breakfast Quesadilla Recipe

In addition to our breakfast ideas, here is our promised bonus recipe for our delicious breakfast quesadillas. Much like a breakfast burrito, Breakfast Quesadillas are filled with egg, cheese, and your favorite meat.

From there, the possibilities are endless. Make it a vegetarian version by adding sauteed red peppers, bell peppers, or onions, or add all of those things even if you do like meat in your breakfast quesadillas. Unlike breakfast burritos, these are MUCH easier for kids to eat.

Whenever my kids attempt breakfast burritos, they always have the eggs spilling out the back, not so with these. Everything stays nice and put.

Personally, I like having the little crunch from the crispy shell. It just adds a nice dimension that a breakfast burrito doesn’t provide. Hope your family loves these as much as ours does! Enjoy!

Collage of Breakfast Ideas including, chilaquiles, oatmeal, egg McMuffin, and blueberry pancakes

Easy Breakfast Ideas – Breakfast Quesadillas

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My family LOVES breakfast quesadillas. Much like a breakfast burrito, they are filled with egg, cheese and your favorite breakfast meat.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Mexican/Spanish
Servings 2




  • In a large skillet, scramble the eggs (add salt and pepper to taste).
    eggs being scrambled in a pan
  • Spray skillet or griddle with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat. Place one tortilla on the skillet or griddle and heat on one side.
    single tortilla on a griddle
  • When tortilla is hot, flip and add half of the cheese.
    shredded cheese on a tortilla
  • Add scrambled egg and distribute evenly.
    cheese and egg on a tortilla
  • Add bacon over the top.
    open-faced breakfast quesadilla with bacon
  • Sprinkle on remaining cheese and top with remaining tortilla. Cook for about 1 minute or until cheese starts to melt, then CAREFULLY flip (you don't want all the egg falling out).
    layers of egg bacon and cheese on a tortilla
  • When the cheese is melted and the tortilla is golden brown, remove from pan. Cut into quarters with a pizza cutter and serve with sour cream and/or salsa.
    stack of breakfast quesadillas


Recipe tips

  • Bacon, breakfast sausage, and diced ham all work great in this recipe.
  • Hand shredded cheese from a block melts better and keeps the ingredients within the quesadilla when eating.
  • Serve with salsa, sour cream, and/or guacamole.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 245kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 11gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 178mgSodium: 414mgPotassium: 150mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 238IUCalcium: 56mgIron: 2mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I enjoy easy recipes because of time.
    Life has become so hectic there is not much time even to stand and stare.

    1. I couldn’t decide at first either. I eventually went with the breakfast casserole and it was delicious! You should definitely try that one out.

  2. 5 stars
    Yum!! Breakfast is the best! We could eat it all day long! The quesadillas are amazing! They are a favorite of ours!

  3. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for sharing this amazing recipe! Will surely have this again! It’s really easy to make and it tasted so delicious! Highly recommended!

  4. 5 stars
    Great idea and I never thought about quesadillas for breakfast. I am diabetic, so I used low carb wraps, fat-free, no cholesterol liquid egg substitue and chopped up frozen, microwaveable sausage patty to cut down on prep. Was great and reduced carb over regular flour tortilla.

  5. 5 stars
    Those breakfast quesadillas look so good!! I am excited to try some others! We can’t live without breakfast!

  6. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for sharing this amazing recipes! Will surely have this again! It’s really easy to make and it tasted so delicious! Highly recommended!

  7. 5 stars
    I made this for my siblings today 🙂
    I used homemade tortillas and didn’t any bacon in and it was still great! My brother loves it so thanks !