Let’s talk about breakfast. You’ve heard it before: The first meal of the day is the most important. The reason it’s so vital to start smart in the a.m. shouldn’t come as a shock — your body needs energy to kick-start your day. Some people turn to major meal prepping, while others opt for a delivery service. But for your busiest days, a recipe with a short cook time (or no cooking at all!) is the key. Check these healthy, easy breakfast recipes that all take five minutes or less to throw together.
11 5-Minute Recipes for Breakfast On-the-Go
While the thought of a smoothie bowl is likely to conjure food blogger visions of food art, it doesn’t have to be a complicated process to assemble. Keep it simple by combining a few frozen fruits such as blueberries, a banana and raspberries, with peanut butter for added protein that will fuel you. Sprinkle with granola and fresh berries for a breakfast that’s Instagram-worthy and filling. Photo and recipe: Jennifer Parsley / Parsley Vegan
Mix the oats, egg, almond milk and mashed banana in a microwave-safe bowl to start. After two to three minutes, the oats will bake into a light, whipped consistency. Drizzle maple syrup and cinnamon on top to infuse heartwarming flavor. Then stir in blueberries at the end for a hit of juicy, fruity antioxidants. Photo and recipe: Kim Lee / Kim’s Cravings
Who can say no to matcha’s extraordinary health benefits? It’s rich in powerful antioxidants, and thanks to its powder form, it’s extremely easy to mix with other ingredients. To prepare these no-bake, paleo bites, just combine unsweetened shredded coconut, almond flour, maple syrup, coconut oil and matcha in a food processor. Once the mixture is smooth, roll the “dough” into bite-size balls. Photo and recipe: Erika Bragdon / Living Well Mom
When it comes to speedy breakfast making, the microwave is your friend. For this savory meal, roughly chop the meat and veggies before mixing and adding them to the mug. After just about a minute of cooking, the result is a fluffy, filling dish that you can enjoy on your commute. Photo and recipe: Beth Moncel / Budget Bytes
As an excellent source of fiber and carbs, oats will give you the energy boost you need first thing in the morning. Combined with cinnamon, which packs flavor, these satisfying bites are like having pie for breakfast. Photo and recipe: Holly Sander / Taste and See
Everything is better with a sunny-side-up egg on top! But avocado is the real star of this dish, delivering good-for-you fats. Add a dash of hot sauce and ground black pepper, and you’ve got a deliciously satisfying meal in less than five minutes. Photo and recipe: Gina Homolka / Skinnytaste
Sure, these sweet fruity cups might feel a bit like dessert, but that shouldn’t stop you from having them for breakfast. Opt for the microwave to bake the cookie shell — an on-the-go edible cup — and in the meantime, you can chop your fresh fruit. Add a small dollop of jam in the oat cups before adding a scoop of yogurt. Top with fruit and a dusting of cinnamon for a final touch. Photo and recipe: Jo Hodson / Including Cake!
These mini powerhouses will fuel you through your day, thanks to the protein powder, almond butter and chia seeds. Enjoy some of these bites with a cup of Greek yogurt for an even more satisfying and quick breakfast on the go. Done and done. Photo and recipe: Deryn Macey / Running on Real Foods
A bowl of quinoa is just what you need to get moving in the morning because it’s full of fiber and protein. Paired with cherry tomatoes and spinach and topped with a fried egg, this hearty bowl makes for a balanced meal and will keep you satisfied until lunch. Photo and recipe: Alyssa Rimmer / Simply Quinoa
When you need something in a pinch, overloaded toasts are the way to go. These open-faced sandwiches feature peanut butter — which offers eight grams of protein per two tablespoons — plus crisp, fiber-rich apple slices and crunchy granola piled on top. Photo and recipe: Christine McMichael / Jar of Lemons
This breakfast wrap has an energizing mix of protein, fiber, healthy fats and antioxidants. Add as many mix-ins as your heart desires, since the fluffy eggs make up the actual “wrap,” instead of a tortilla or pita. Photo and recipe: Lindsay Livingston / The Lean Green Bean