9 Time-Saving Breakfast Ideas

22 January 2015


We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but most mornings there is so little time!  Between getting ready for work and organising the kids it can be a big ask to organize a healthy breakfast too.

So here are 9 ideas for breakfasts which will save you time in the morning and ensure the whole family has a great start to the day.



Pre-baked breakfasts are fantastic: you can make a whole batch over the weekend and store them for days, and they're always ready to grab-and-go.  They can be packed full of nutrition using grains, nuts, seeds, fruits and veges.  Use the recipes below as a guide and have fun customizing!


Don't have time for the regular sit-down breakfast?  Here are some morning-saving alternatives


Flour-free Banana Muffins

This recipe for healthier breakfast banana muffins uses fibre-filled oat bran in place of flour, and the sweetness of ripe bananas means there's no added cane sugar.  The added scoop of protein powder is a great way to get more protein into your diet, but you can also add nuts and seeds to boost this.  Freeze any that won't be eaten within two days.  Simply defrost overnight for breakfasts later in the week.

Savoury Breakfast Muffins

For those without a sweet tooth (or trying to wean the kids off sugary hits), these are great.  This savoury muffin recipe is gluten free and sneaks pumpkin, leeks and leafy greens into your morning ritual.  Freeze any that won't be eaten within two days.  Simply defrost overnight for breakfasts later in the week.

Baked Oatmeal Slice

Like a little slab of superfood-packed porridge, this baked oatmeal slice recipe is highly adaptable and is great for lunch and snacking too.



Whether you're following a raw diet or just like raw food in the morning, there are still plenty of options.

Soaked Muesli

These are great ideas to ensure you have a balanced meal in the morning.  You can include whatever you like, but here's a guide that ticks a lot of nutritional boxes: throw 1/3 cup of oats into a jar with 1/2 cup liquid (water/milk/dairy alternative), 2 tablespoons of nuts and seeds, and a serving of fruit (mashed banana, grated apple, berries, dried fruit etc).  Give it all a stir and leave covered overnight.


Avocadoes are nutritional champions.  Packed with good fats, vege proteins and more, these tasty morsels can help start your day right.  Try them:

  • In a smoothie in place of a banana
  • On toast, or raw crackers
  • Simply halved and eaten with a little salt, pepper and lemon juice on top

Chia Pudding

This chia pudding recipe makes a breakfast that could easily pass for a dessert!  It only takes a minute to assemble the night before and is ready to eat first thing in the morning. 




Slow cookers aren't just for winter casseroles: the recipes below can be thrown together in minutes at night and with the flick of a switch will be warm and ready when you wake.  These will keep for a week in the fridge so left-overs will make life even easier! 

Slow Cooker Porridge

As a basic rule, use 2 cups of coarse rolled oats and 4.5 cups of liquid (water/milk/dairy alternative).  Cook these in a pre-greased, covered slow cooker for approx 7 hours on low.

This base recipe can be added to however you want.  Using different milks will mix up the flavour, as will adding sweeteners, fruits, nuts or spices.

Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats

Steel cut oats are another great option for a protein and complex carbohydrate-filled breakfast, and have a little more texture when cooked than the porridge recipe above.

This slow cooker steel cut oats recipe uses coconut milk and a dash of vanilla for a sumptuous morning meal.

Slow Cooker Breakfast Quinoa

Spices and fruits add plenty of flavour and sweetness to this superfood gluten free breakfast quinoa recipe.


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