Five Minute Breakfast Ideas!


I dig breakfast more than most. I’m the girl that wakes up early to make pancakes on a random Wednesday morning. But, you know, sometimes I need it to be fast and delicious…super fast.

I also don’t want it to create a mess or dishes. That’s for pie and cake. When I make a pie and make a mess, that’s expected. Dishes aren’t appropriate for a Monday morning breakfast.

So…I wanted to share with you a few of the things I’ve been eating for breakfast during the week. No pancakes, no elaborate egg sandwiches, just a few ideas that’ll take you five minutes or so.

The first one is my new obsession: Quinoa Oatmeal. I’ll make a big batch of quinoa and put it in a tupperware in the fridge.

When I’m ready for breakfast, all I do is heat it up with a splash of almond milk, spoonful of honey, dash of vanilla and cinnamon and top it off with some fruit and yogurt. Delicious. Warm. Crunchy. I’m in luuurve! Carrot and Grapefruit Juice

Carrot and Grapefruit Juice!! All sorts of delicious. And surprisingly filling. Citrusy, sweet carroty, and healthy, obvi.

Broiled Grapefruit with brown sugar and a teeny-tiny bit of ground ginger. It’d been wanting to try it ever since Joy posted it. This week I finally got around to it. It’s a little citrusy, a little spicy and whole lot of sweet…all in a good way. 

This doesn’t take five minutes–it takes two minutes…if even that. Muesli with almond milk and raspberries. Totally not a recipe.

I’m digging muesli way more than granola these days–it’s less sweet and apparently a bit healthier? P.S. I totally eat this for dinner, too.

Peach and Banana Yogurt Smoothie. I did a really bad job with selling the peach part in that picture, didn’t I?

But you can see it peaking through the almond milk at the very bottom. Do you see the orange?! Barely, right…sorry! But it’s there. It tasted peachy, and all banana like.

I think a scoop of protein shake would make this a total winner.

What’s your fav fast breakfast meals?



P.S. I included a few loose recipes after the jump!

Quinoa Oatmeal

Print this recipe!

1/4 cup of cooked quinoa*

1 tablespoon of honey

1 tablespoon of almond milk

1 dash of cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon of vanilla

1 tablespoon of yogurt

3 or 4 peach slices

*For Quinoa

1 cup uncooked quinoa

2 cup water

1/2 teaspoon of salt

*Start by rinsing the quinoa under cold water. Add the cleaned quinoa and two cups of water to a medium pot and bring to a boil with a tightly covered lid. Cook for 15 minutes, or until all of the water is absorbed. Remove quinoa from heat and allow to sit five minutes with the lid on. Fluff quinoa gently with a fork. Let cool before transferring to a tupperware.

Add quinoa, honey, cinnamon, almond milk, vanilla to a small bowl (or saucepan) and reheat. Top with a tablespoon of yogurt and a few slices of peaches (or your favorite fruit).

Peach and Banana Yogurt Smoothie

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Yields 1 smoothie

1/2 peach, sliced

1/2 banana

2 tablespoons of plain yogurt

Small handful of ice

1/4 teaspoon of vanilla

1/4 cup of almond milk

In a blender, add all of the ingredients and pulse for a minute, or until completely blended. That’s all!

Broiled Grapefruit with Brown Sugar and Ginger

Recipe by Joy the Baker

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Yields 1 serving

1/2 grapefruit and segmented with a grapefruit knife

1 to 2 Tablespoons brown sugar, you can eyeball it

a few sprinkles of ground ginger

Set the oven to broil and place a rack on the top shelf of the oven. You want the grapefruit to be as close as possible to the broiler heat.

Halve and segment one half of grapefruit. You may need to trim the bottoms of the grapefruit so it sits up straight.

Place in a broiler safe pan and sprinkle with brown sugar and ginger. Place in the oven under the broiler. Bake for 5 to  7 minutes, keeping an eye on it as it cooks. Feel free to rotate the pan as the grapefruit browns.

Remove from oven and serve warm or at room temperature. Be sure to squeeze all the juice out when you’re done eating. It’s the best part!

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  • Reply Casey June 29, 2011 at 5:17 am

    I have a newly found obsession with quinoa… I never thought of it for breakfast! SO having that tomorrow!

  • Reply Tami Anderson June 29, 2011 at 7:45 am

    I am so broiling my grapefruit. Sometimes you want a healthy, no mess breakfast but you want it to be hot! This seems perfect!

  • Reply Molly @ Toffee Bits and Chocolate Chips June 29, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Yum! Breakfast is probably my favorite meal of the day. I love quinoa for breakfast like oatmeal with dried fruit and toasted nuts. Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  • Reply Amy @ A Little Nosh June 29, 2011 at 8:54 am

    I’ve never actually had meusli. I think the name turns me off. And the fact that I can’t spell it. But it has delicious ingredients, so what’s not to like. I resolve to buy some muesli this week!

  • Reply Katrina June 29, 2011 at 11:09 am

    I love smoothies for breakfast too! I also love making oatmeal in the slow cooker and heating it up in the morning – so fast!

    • Reply Adrianna June 29, 2011 at 11:28 pm

      Slow cooker…way genius.

  • Reply NicoleD June 29, 2011 at 11:43 am

    I don’t like creating dishes first thing in the morning, either. Love these ideas!

  • Reply Stephanie June 29, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Really? The quinoa for breakfast doesn’t make you think it’s dinnertime? I am curious about that one . . .

    My breakfast obsession right now involves sesame and honey.

    Method: Toast a piece of bread. While it’s toasting, combine a bit of tahini and a bit of honey in a small bowl. Slather toast with butter. Slather toast with tahini-honey. Eat. Sigh. Eat more.

  • Reply Kristin Collins June 29, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    omg i want to eat all these things! Amazing Quinoa Oatmeal!!!!

  • Reply Sarah June 29, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    I freeze bananas that are in the Over-ripe cart at the store. When they’re frozen, I cut off the peel, throw them in a blender with enough milk to make rolling hills (learned that term working at Orange Julius!) and you have a smoothie! Works with other frozen fruit also! I love that my blender doesn’t sound like

  • Reply Sarah June 29, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Oops! Anyway, my blender doesn’t sound horrible grinding up ice since the fruit is already frozen!

  • Reply bianca June 29, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Such a great post- so many people neglect breakie thinking they dont have the time- WRONG!

  • Reply nina June 29, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    My favorite fast breakfast meal is vanilla breakfast pudding. Takes a little prep but makes busy mornings very easy.

    2cups granola, 2 ripe bananas
    Spread granola evenly on the bottom of a 8×8 baking dish, then slice bananas and spread evenly over granola. set aside.
    In blender add:
    1cup cashews, 1/2cup honey, 1Tbs. vanilla extract, 1/2tsp salt, 4-6Tbs tapioca starch, 4 cups water or soy milk
    Blend until very smooth. Pour into a pot and cook on Med-Med high until thick. Pour pudding over bananas. Cover & refrigerate until chilled. serves 2-4 people. depends on how big of eaters you have.
    Note: the recipe says 2 sprinkle more granola on top before refrigerating, I dont but you can. also have made this w/out bananas still very good. I double this recipe & put it in a 10×13 we eat it 3 times. (3 of us). hope u try it . I love it and find it sticks w/me till lunch. Also travels well if in a hurry.

    • Reply Adrianna June 29, 2011 at 11:29 pm

      This sounds super delicious! Thanks for sharing, Nina!

      • Reply nina July 2, 2011 at 11:26 am

        it is very tasty! hope you get a chance to try it.

  • Reply Sophie June 29, 2011 at 7:53 pm


    What brand or type of Quinoa are you using? I have cooked with the most common, cream colored version, but it looks like maybe you have used red or black quinoa in your recipe picture? I would love to try another variety!!

  • Reply Rita in mi June 29, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Baked oatmeal! So not a five minute breakfast (I usually bake the night before and reheat in the morning though). I’ve had the best time coming up with new variations. That peach smoothie sounds awesome, I will def be giving it a try!

  • Reply Chris @ TheKeenanCookBook June 30, 2011 at 8:04 am

    How is the Quinoa Oatmeal? I’ve had quinoa with my lunch or dinner dishes but never considered it with oatmeal, I usually just do some cut up apple.

  • Reply Susan June 30, 2011 at 8:21 am

    What a useful post! I can’t wait to make the Quinoa Oatmeal and I think I might just add some blueberries!

  • Reply [email protected], Read, Rant! June 30, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    I’m going to have to try this Quinoa, I sooo need a super healthy super fast breakfast routine, and apparantly quinoa is all the rage these days. hrmmmm….

  • Reply Jaclyn July 6, 2011 at 11:37 am

    I love finding new breakfast recipes. The broiled grapefruit looks so tasty.

  • Reply Pooja July 11, 2011 at 3:29 am

    So I’ve been soaking steel cut oats overnight, microwaving them in the morning, then throwing in blueberries (yay for summer!), walnuts, flaxseed and soy milk, super yum! BTW love the new website! Also, no idea about corn on the cob churros, maybe fat churros, skewered and eaten as if corn on the cob?

  • Reply Sara September 13, 2011 at 7:23 am

    Your quinoa meal looks great! Gonna try it tomorrow, never saw these brown quinoa though.
    I usually use both quinoa and oats together. Boiling them easily and adding fresh banana on top aaand; almond paste. Additionally I add coconut flakes and sesame seeds.

  • Reply Lily December 26, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    I think I’ll try the peach smoothie. It sounds delicious.

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