Healthy Breakfast Ideas at Home

Posted on Aug 24 2012 - 11:30pm by Demelza Young


Treating yourself to a breakfast out can be nice on occasion, but what about all the days you decide to eat at home?  Will you be forced to resign yourself to another tasteless frozen waffle or a soggy bowl of cereal?  When you think of breakfast foods, you might think of the stereotypical options like toast or pancakes, but that doesn’t mean you need to stick with those choices.  It’s easy to get creative in the kitchen and cook yourself up something that you can get excited to wake up and eat in the morning.

One of the most common excuses people who eat out for breakfast often make is that they simply don’t have time to cook themselves a “proper” breakfast.  However, it might surprise them to know that, in the time it takes them to drive to a fast food restaurant and wait in line for their order (or even less!), they could actually be making themselves a tasty and healthy breakfast at home.

If you are the type of person who enjoys sleeping in, there are plenty of healthy breakfast ideas for you, too!  Some make-ahead options include crockpot oatmeal, muffins (two of my absolute favorite recipes are this chocolate chip zucchini bread and this blueberry muffin one, but if you prefer savory options you might consider something like ham and cheddar or even an egg mug recipe), and—one of my brother’s personal favorites—quiche.  If you often find yourself scrambling to get ready in the morning, you could easily make many of these recipes over the weekend and still have leftovers to enjoy all week long.

If you get excited about traditional breakfast items like pancakes and waffles, you might consider taking a breather from your usual recipe and enjoy some variations such as strawberry shortcake, cookie dough, or apple pie pancakes (all of which have been devised by healthy dessert blogger Chocolate Covered Katie).  If you’re looking for something to sip on the go, you might like a breakfast smoothie such as these apple pie or oatmeal cookie smoothies.

Want something fun to make for your kids (or even just yourself)?  Frozen banana pops are a delight for all ages.  Just slice a banana into quarters, dip the pieces into yogurt, and roll in crushed breakfast cereal or even nuts and freeze them for a couple of hours or overnight.  If you wanted, you could even make a breakfast banana split or “build your own sundae” breakfast bar.  Arrange a selection of sliced fruit, yogurt, whole grain cereals, and/or whole grain pancakes or toast, and let everyone mix and match to create their own toppings.  If you’re looking for some easy cleanup, lay everything out on paper plates.  Baked donuts can also be a great, healthy treat.

If you’re someone who simply isn’t very hungry in the morning but still would like to something in your stomach, try making your own granola or breakfast bars.  You could also pair a piece of fruit with something like cheese or nut butter (bananas and apples are both good choices to pair with either option).


Demelza Young is an alumni of Northern Kentucky University. She currently enjoys volunteering her time in her local community, reviewing online content with her cat, and sharing quality recipes.

28 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Candy Olivares August 25, 2012 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    Wonderful idea. We don't take the time to have a nice breakfast during the week. We love to do it on the weekends so we can all enjoy it as a family together. 🙂

  2. Pynk August 25, 2012 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    The cookie smoothies sound simply sinful! Will definitely be testing these recipes out.

  3. Jennifer Williams August 25, 2012 at 9:29 pm - Reply

    Okay, after the really horrible frozen waffle I had this morning, I am glad I saw this post and will be trying some of these recipies out.

  4. Malia August 26, 2012 at 2:10 am - Reply

    I want to try the chocolate chip zucchini bread!  I've had zucchini muffins but never with chocolate chips.

  5. Tamara August 26, 2012 at 2:13 am - Reply

    Thank you for these ideas, they seem quick and easy too. with back to school next week this is just what we need to get them off to a good start.

  6. Angie August 26, 2012 at 9:08 am - Reply

    Thanks for all the great recipes! YUM! Great post 🙂

  7. Sue Invegas August 26, 2012 at 9:26 am - Reply

    Some great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  8. MamaBreak August 26, 2012 at 10:16 am - Reply

    I love breakfast! What great ideas!

  9. Melinda Dunne August 26, 2012 at 10:38 am - Reply

    I eat Yogurt every single day and it gets old. I love the breakfast sundae idea!

  10. Alaina Bullock August 26, 2012 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this!  I can always use some great ideas to help me eat healthier!

  11. Patty A August 26, 2012 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    Got any recipes for the granola bars?

  12. Melanie S August 27, 2012 at 7:56 am - Reply

    An oatmeal cookie smoothie?  Oh, yes please!

  13. Billie Hillier August 27, 2012 at 9:47 am - Reply

    Great post with ideas – keep them coming!

  14. julieann r August 27, 2012 at 10:13 am - Reply

    I like the blueberry muffin recipe link….thanks!

  15. Ashley S August 27, 2012 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    Always been a fan of the blueberry muffins 🙂

  16. Bridgette Butcher August 27, 2012 at 12:54 pm - Reply

    Yummm! Thanks for sharing!

  17. Angela Harris August 28, 2012 at 8:13 am - Reply

    Great post thank you for sharing!

  18. Bre Dale August 28, 2012 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    sounds delicous, breakfast is really important

  19. Shan August 28, 2012 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    Happy to have a couple new ideas, thanks so much! I too, am one that likes to make sure everyone is full of goodness to start their day 🙂

  20. Sheila M Bell August 28, 2012 at 5:11 pm - Reply

    All the experts say that we should all eat breakfast but it is so hard to find different ideas for healthy starts.  Thanks so much for sharing this!

  21. jheylo August 28, 2012 at 9:43 pm - Reply

    i want to enjoy my breakfast and if eating outside would make it more relaxing, i'll no doubt go for it hehehhe. sometimes i don't like my cooking and so eating outside would surely add my apetite hehehe.

  22. Michelle Sutter August 30, 2012 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    What a wonderful post thank you for sharing! I love all the recipe ideas but I think we're going to try the frozen banana pops first  as that sounds so easy and yummy too. Bananas are a favorite in this house. I'm always looking for healthier yet yummy food options this is wonderful! Thanks.

  23. Ragini Sharma August 31, 2012 at 3:38 am - Reply

    Very nice recipe..

  24. Faith Young September 5, 2012 at 6:16 am - Reply

    Considering my usual breakfast is coffee…these all sound like a treat!

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