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25 Easy Breakfasts for Hectic School Day Mornings

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Mornings don’t have to be stressful
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After cramming pencils into backpacks, preparing lunch for the day, getting your little ones dressed and doing anything else you need to cross off your back-to-school checklist, who has time to make breakfast? Believe it or not, the most important meal of the day doesn’t need to be complicated or time-consuming. In fact, these recipes for homemade granola bars, breakfast casseroles, egg cups and more can be made the night before or easily assembled the morning of for those hectic weekday mornings.

Strawberry Granola Bars

Strawberry Granola Bars
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Granola bars are one of the easiest breakfasts to meal prep. Once assembled, baked and stored in the fridge to cool, they can be sliced into bars and served for breakfast all week long. It’s also more cost-effective than buying a box of granola bars, plus they use fresh fruit. That’s a win-win if you ask us!

For the Strawberry Granola Bars recipe, click here.

Chipotle Sweet Potato Breakfast Egg Cups

Chipotle Sweet Potato Breakfast Egg Cups
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One of the 101 best ways to make eggs, these easy egg cups will give your kids the comfort of Saturday morning bacon and eggs without any of the stress. A sweet potato mixture is used as the “crust,” an egg is cracked into the center and the entire dish is baked for about 15 minutes. Omit the chipotle powder if you want to keep it mild.

For the Chipotle Sweet Potato Breakfast Egg Cups recipe, click here.

Baked Cinnamon Oatmeal

Baked Cinnamon Oatmeal
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Baked oatmeal is a TikTok trend that’s here to stay. Baking the oatmeal amplifies its flavor and makes the dish more firm. The dish is great to have for a quick and nutritious breakfast that will satisfy even the pickiest of eaters.

For the Baked Cinnamon Oatmeal recipe, click here.

Avocado Toast

Avocado Toast
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Avocado toast is a go-to choice when it comes to quick breakfasts. Simply mash up an avocado with salt and pepper and spread it over a slice of toast. If you have extra time, add a fried egg on top.

For the Avocado Toast recipe, click here.

French Toast Sticks

French Toast Sticks
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Few things bring back memories of childhood more than French toast sticks. Make a big batch over the weekend and store them in the freezer until you’re ready. Serve them with a side of syrup for dunking.

For the French Toast Sticks recipe, click here.

Overnight Breakfast Bowl

Overnight Breakfast Bowl
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Reserve 10 minutes in the evening to make this overnight breakfast bowl with yogurt and muesli cereal, and you’ve got a nutritious breakfast come morning. Top the dish with fresh fruit, chia seeds, honey or anything else you fancy.

For the Overnight Breakfast Bowl recipe, click here.

Smokey Egg Muffins

Smokey Egg Muffins
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This dish combines the ease of baking muffins with the savory flavors of an egg sandwich. Like muffins, you can bring these smokey egg cups into the car or school bus.

For the Smokey Egg Muffins recipe, click here.

Cinnamon Swirl Loaf

Cinnamon Swirl Loaf
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If your kids have a sweet tooth, make this cinnamon swirl loaf as a back-to-school breakfast treat. It’s baked with a butter-sugar sauce that makes the bread super moist and sweet. Each morning, just cut some slices for you and your little ones, heat them in the microwave and serve. 

For the Cinnamon Swirl Loaf recipe, click here.

Banana Yogurt Muffin

Banana Yogurt Muffin
Recipe courtesy of West of the Loop

Make a batch of these banana muffins before the week starts and grab one when you and your family are ready for breakfast. You can store them in the freezer and leave out overnight or zap in the microwave to quickly defrost in the morning. This recipe uses protein-dense yogurt to make the muffins rich and creamy.

For the Banana Yogurt Muffin recipe, click here.

Egg, Canadian Bacon and Cheese Muffin

Egg, Canadian Bacon and Cheese Muffin
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If you’ve got a McDonald’s breakfast lover in your household, give them a little treat before school by making this fast-food copycat Egg McMuffin sandwich. If you don’t have Canadian bacon, normal bacon, sausage rounds or just egg will do just fine.

For the Egg, Canadian Bacon and Cheese Muffin recipe, click here.

Tropical Smoothie Bowl With Dairy-Free Yogurt

Tropical Smoothie Bowl With Dairy-Free Yogurt
Recipe courtesy of West of the Loop

Hang on to the flavors of summer a little longer with this tropical smoothie bowl. The bright dish is loaded with protein from the yogurt, granola and banana and can be sweetened with mango and pineapple.

For the Tropical Smoothie Bowl with Dairy-Free Yogurt recipe, click here.

Baked Blueberry Oatmeal

Baked Blueberry Oatmeal
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This baked blueberry oatmeal is made with honey, frozen blueberries, cinnamon and brown sugar. You can get creative with it by using nuts for extra protein and adding in other frozen fruits, like strawberries or cherries.

For the Baked Blueberry Oatmeal recipe, click here.

Asparagus-Feta Frittata

Asparagus-Feta Frittata
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Work some veggies into your back-to-school breakfast recipes! This asparagus-feta frittata is fluffy, eggy and delicious — and another meal you can make the night before and warm up before serving. Feel free to swap the veggies and cheese to suit your family's preferences.

For the Asparagus-Feta Frittata recipe, click here.

Nectarine and Berry Parfaits

Nectarine and Berry Parfaits
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Make a bunch of these nectarine and berry parfaits and store them in mason jars in the fridge. While they're more of a dessert than a breakfast, you can offer them as a morning treat or swap the whipped cream for yogurt. Adjust the no-bake recipe to align with seasonality. For example, when fall arrives, swap the nectarines for apples.

For the Nectarine and Berry Parfaits recipe, click here.

Sourdough Whole Wheat Pancakes

Sourdough Whole Wheat Pancakes
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Waking up to the smell of pancakes wafting throughout the house is the best way to start the first day back to school. Top these pillowy sourdough pancakes with cranberry apricot compote or maple syrup if you’re short on time. To really save time, make a double batch over the weekend then freeze pancakes in a zip-top bag. On schoolday mornings all you have to do is pop the pancakes in the toaster oven and they'll be as good as fresh off the griddle.

For the Sourdough Whole Wheat Pancakes recipe, click here.

Breakfast Casserole With Sausage

Breakfast Casserole With Sausage
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Few meals are more comforting than a casserole. This one can be prepped the night before and popped into the oven the next morning. It also holds up well so you can serve it throughout the week. Line a baking dish with potato rolls, then layer with cooked sausage, cheese and egg mixture. Top the dish off with extra cheese for a crispy, golden brown top.

For the Breakfast Casserole With Sausage recipe, click here.

Blueberry Overnight Chia Seed Pudding

Blueberry Overnight Chia Seed Pudding
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If you don’t mind its viscous texture, chia seed pudding is a great, protein-rich breakfast option. For this recipe, the seeds are left to soak overnight in blueberries and milk. Top with bananas and flaxseed for an extra layer of flavor and texture.

For the Blueberry Overnight Chia Seed Pudding recipe, click here.

Pesto Eggs

Pesto Eggs
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Another viral TikTok trend, these pesto eggs come together in just eight minutes. Add some pesto to a pan instead of oil or butter and cook eggs. Scramble them, make an omelet, serve them sunny side up — it doesn't matter.

For the Pesto Eggs recipe, click here.

Chorizo Bread Pudding

Chorizo Bread Pudding
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Whether you’re serving it as an easy back-to-school breakfast or delicious brunch dish, this chorizo bread pudding will be all the rage. Salty, slightly spicy chorizo is added to an egg mixture with mushrooms, onion and goat cheese and poured over a casserole dish lined with bread. You can swap the chorizo for a milder sausage if you like and omit or change up the goat cheese for picky eaters.

For the Chorizo Bread Pudding recipe, click here.

Impossible Easy Vegetable Pie

Impossible Easy Vegetable Pie
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No need to make a crust from scratch for this recipe; it forms on its own as the pie bakes. Loaded with veggies and eggs, this "pie" is the perfect way to start your kid’s day on the right foot.

For the Impossibly Easy Vegetable Pie recipe, click here.

Classic French Toast

Classic French Toast
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The best part about French toast is that it can be made with pantry staples like cinnamon, salt, vanilla and bread. This recipe serves four and is ready in 45 minutes. If you have leftovers, store the French toast in a bag and freeze for later use.

For the Classic French toast recipe, click here.

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Chocolate Zucchini Bread
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Zucchini and chocolate may seem like an odd flavor combination, but it’s delicious. Put the summertime squash to use before it loses its freshness by baking it into a delicious bread. Cut a slice and serve it with a pat of butter before school.

For the Chocolate Zucchini Bread recipe, click here.

Dutch Baby

Dutch Baby
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Although this dish goes by many names — Dutch baby, German pancake, hootenanny or pannecocken — one thing remains the same: its deliciousness. Unlike a regular pancake cooked on the stovetop, a Dutch baby puffs up in the oven. This also means there's no standing at the stove flipping pancakes, so you can finish packing those lunchboxes while it cooks.

For the Dutch Baby recipe, click here.

Savory Oatmeal

Savory Oatmeal
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Oatmeal doesn’t have to be sweet; you can also make the nutritious breakfast savory. Pile it with mushrooms, eggs, kale and more of your kids’ favorite breakfast toppings.

For the Savory Oatmeal recipe, click here.

White Chocolate Blueberry Banana Bread

White Chocolate Blueberry Banana Bread
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