When you’re hustling in the morning to leave your place and make it into work on time, breakfast is an easy thing to forget about.
We don’t need to tell you that breakfast is important. You already know that and that’s why you’re here.
The problem comes down to convenience. Very few people want to spend 30 minutes preparing breakfast each morning, so they end up just skipping it.
But there’s something worse than skipping breakfast – eating breakfast junk food like sugar-laden toaster pastries, danishes, or coffee drinks.
Yes, not all breakfast foods are created equal. That’s why we’ve curated this handy guide with 39 healthy breakfast ideas for work that will help make your mornings magical.
Many of these take just minutes to prepare. Others you can prep the night before so you can grab them on your way out the door. All of these are delicious, healthier options that will help you stay focused and productive at work.
Special thanks to healthy food blogger Alexandria McInnes (aka @namasteslimmer) for lending her expertise.
1. Cherry Tomato Avocado Toast
Avocado toast is so simple, you can make it in your office kitchen.
The toast (make sure it’s whole wheat) gives you the complex carbs you need, and the avocado dishes out some great healthy fat. Not a fan of toast? Try baked whole wheat Methi Puri a delicious alternative from India.
Food blogger Alexandria McInnes (aka, @namasteslimmer), shows us a twist:
- Toast a large piece of Gluten Free Super Seeded Multi Grain Bread.
- Add 1/4 cup of mashed avocado.
- Top with 1 sliced yellow cherry tomato.
- Add a splash of balsamic and chili flakes for heat.
2. Broiled Grapefruit
As mentioned above, your brain runs on glucose. But the refined sugars found in foods like pastries will send you towards a mid-morning crash.
What you want are complex carbs, and this simple, delicious breakfast has them in spades.
- Turn on broiler.
- Cut grapefruit in half.
- Mix 1.5 Tbsp. coconut sugar with 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Mix together.
- Smooth a thin layer of coconut oil over grapefruit and sprinkle with cinnamon mixture.
- Place grapefruit on foil lined baking sheet and broil for 2 – 3 minutes until sugar is bubbling. Enjoy!
3. Bounce Balls
No preparation required for this delicious grab and go breakfast snack created by husband and wife team Paula and Andy Hannagan. Bounce Balls are 100% natural, gluten and GMO free, and contain up to 9 grams of protein. Try these and you’ll see why their motto is eat good, feel good, do good.
Flavors include superberry, cacao mint, coconut and macadamia, and peanut cacao.
4. Frozen Banana and Peanut Butter Smoothie
Smoothies are a great way to get all the nutrients you need in the morning in one go. Prep this sweet and creamy concoction the night before so you can hit the blender before you hit the ground running in the a.m. The protein-rich hemp seeds also make this a great post-workout drink.
Check out Deliciously Ella for the full recipe.
5. Berry Chia Parfait
This antioxidant-rich treat is all about the berries. It starts with a foundation of berry smoothie, followed by a layer chia seed pudding, and topped with more fruit, granola, and delicious Dang coconut chips.
This one’s a little extra work, but it’s well worth it.
Check out the full recipe from blogger Joleen Cuisine.
6. Raw Buckwheat and Blueberry Porridge
This is another great recipe to make the night before, so you can just grab on your way out the door.
Buckwheat definitely deserves the “superfood” status. It’s a cheap, versatile, and gluten-free source of protein. It’s also iron rich and known to reduce lipid levels in the blood, which is great for your heart.
Deliciously Ella has the full recipe.
7. Seven Sundays Cocoa and Coconut Muesli
Muesli is based on raw rolled oats, making it a great source of complex carbs.
Unsweetened cocoa powder and protein-rich sliced almonds and pepitas mean that this decadent tasting breakfast is actually good for you.
Add milk (or your favorite non-dairy milk) and enjoy!
8. Chia Pudding
Who knew that the pottery that grows was really a world-class superfood in disguise? Chia seeds are whole grain, and therefore a great alternative to processed grains.
Chia seeds and coconut milk make for a Paleo-friendly pairing in this satisfying breakfast treat high in anti-inflammatory omega-3s. This is another recipe you can make the night before to save yourself time in the morning.
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1 cup light or full-fat coconut milk
- 1/2 Tbsp. honey
Mix chia seeds, coconut milk, and honey together in a small bowl or glass. Let it set in refrigerator overnight.
Remove from the fridge, and make sure your pudding looks thick and the chia seeds have gelled. Top with fresh fruit and nuts, and enjoy immediately.
It really is that easy.
9. Blueberry Chia Overnight Oats
Overnights oats are a cool and refreshing twist on hot cereal. Best enjoyed on those warm summer mornings. This recipe from Earnest Eats only takes about a minute to prepare:
- Fill Earnest Eats Superfood Blueberry Chia Hot & Fit Cereal Cup with almond milk (or your choice milk) just enough to cover the grains.
- Cover cup and store in fridge overnight.
- Top with fresh berries before serving (optional)
10. Mayan Brekkie Bake
Earnest Eats provides another gem with this baked breakfast goodness.
- 1 1/2 cups Earnest Eats Mayan Blend Superfood Hot Cereal
- 1/4 cup organic cane sugar
- 1/4 cup organic raisins
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 organic eggs
- 1/2 cup organic milk
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Combine first 6 ingredients in a large bowl, then whisk together eggs, milk and oil in a small bowl.
- Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients until evenly blended.
- Pour into a lightly greased 9×5 bread loaf pan and bake for 20-22 minutes until set.
- Cool before slicing into 8 squares
11. Munk Pack Oatmeal Squeeze
Another great quick and healthy option, Munk Packs power your mornings with clean energy form hearty oatmeal and real fruit.
Munk Packs are minimally processed, and free of the sugars and fillers you find in most breakfast bars and snacks. Their convenient pouch packaging means you can eat on the go as well.
12. Paleo Carrot Cake Donuts
I’ll admit it, I LOVE donuts. I just don’t love the way they make me feel afterward, nor am I crazy about the effect they have on my mood and mental state.
These Paleo Carrot Cake Donuts provide all the decadence of a traditional donut, without the crash (or the guilt).
This one comes from Thunderbird Bars, the Austin-based makers of pure, clean, and sugar free energy bars.
For the donuts you’ll need :
- 3/4 cup almond flour
- 2 Tbsp. coconut flour
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. Himalayan sea salt
- 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. Ginger
- 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
- Pinch of clove powder
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
- 1/2 cup shredded carrot
- 1/2 cup chopped dried figs
- 2 eggs
- 6 Tbsp. coconut oil
- 6 Tbsp. honey or maple syrup.
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Sift all dry ingredients together in one bowl, and combine all wet ingredients in another.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry, mix thoroughly, and then fold in the shredded carrots and figs.
- Pour batter into donut mold (fill each mold 3/4 full).
- Bake for 18-20 minutes or until donuts are golden and a toothpick comes out clean.
- Remove from oven and allow to completely cool before frosting.
For the frosting you’ll need:
- 1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight and drained
- 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
- 4 Tbsp. coconut butter
- 2 Tbsp. water to thin, if necessary.
- Process all ingredients in a food processor or high-powered blender.
- Once donuts are cool, dip each one into frosting and return to cooling rack to let frosting set.
- Top each donut with crushed walnuts and shredded coconut, if desired. Makes eight donuts.
13. 7 Grain Goat Cheese Crackers
Here’s another quick recipe from Namasteslimmer’s Alex McInnes that you can prepare in a pinch.
Take 4 Wasa Crisp’n Light 7 Grain Crackers, and top with 2 tbsp Honey Goat Cheese, and finish with sliced strawberries, mango, or blueberries. Easy, delicious, and very nutritious.
14. Greek Yogurt Bowl of Beauty
This nutritious and satisfying treat is as simple as it gets. Take 6 oz of nonfat plain Greek Yogurt and top with strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and kiwi. Sprinkle in 1 tsp of Health Warrior black chia seeds and Justin’s Honey Peanut Butter Blend. Bam! Breakfast bliss in a bowl.
15. Egg Whites and Canadian Bacon Omelette
A lighter take on a traditional favorite. This one’s quick and easy too: 1 Egg Beaters SmartCup, 3 Slices of Hormel Foods Thick Cut Canadian Bacon, 1 wedge cut up of Laughing Cow Swiss Garlic Herb Cheese, 1 mini avocado. Add a hot sauce drizzle and sprinkle of cilantro and pepper for added kick.
16. Peanut Butter Whole Wheat Waffle + Strawberry or Banana
This richly satisfying breakfast treat is great for on the go eating.
Heat one Trader Joe’s whole wheat waffle in toaster. Cover with smooth peanut or almond butter and top with your choice of fruit. Banana is a great compliment to the nutty butter. Also, be sure to try this other fun waffle recipe for your next breakfast.
17. Sweet Potato, Black Bean and Egg Breakfast Burrito
If you associate breakfast burritos with greasy spoon diners and massive food comas, you haven’t tried this healthy version made for endurance athletes. The sweet potatoes taste great and are packed with nutrients.
Bonus – these burritos are freezer friendly. Make them in batches and you’ve got breakfast for the entire week.
Full recipe at Endurance Zone.
18. Apple Oatmeal with Blueberry Compote
The best thing about this quick dish is that while it’s easy to make, it looks like it was hard to make. A great way to impress your friends during the autumn and winter months.
- 1/2 a punnet of blueberries (about 100g)
- 40g of porridge oats (quick cook oats)
- 200ml of brown rice milk or any other plant based milk
- 1 grated red apple
Delicious Ella has the full recipe here.
19. Healthy Banana and Almond Granola Clusters
Sweet creaminess and crunch that will trick you into thinking you’re indulging – when you’re really not! This little dish has plant protein, omega 3 acids, vitamins and wonderful fibre filled complex carbohydrates for days. Feel full, satisfied, and bursting with energy.
- 1 cup of almonds
- 1/2 a cup of walnuts
- 1 cup of oats
- 1/2 a cup of sunflower seeds
- 1/2 a cup of pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup of flaxseeds
- 3 very ripe bananas
- 2 Tbsp. of manuka honey
- 2 Tbsp. of almond butter
For the smoothie bowl:
- 1 ripe banana
- 1/2 cup each of blueberries, strawberries and raspberries
- 1 handful of spinach
- 1 Tbsp. of almond milk or water
Full recipe over at Deliciously Ella.
20. Mango Pancakes
This fresh, energizing remix of the classic pancake is packed with whole grains and complex carbs.
- 2 ripe bananas
- 4 slices of mango
- 1 cup of blueberries
- 1 1/2 cups of oats
- 3 Tbsp. of nut butter
- Coconut oil (for greasing pan)
- 2 cups of water
- A pinch of salt
Full recipe here.
21. Gluten Free Strawberry French Toast in a Mug
This amazing breakfast is easy enough to whip up in the office kitchen.
- Load up your mug up with fresh strawberries.
- Soak a piece of Gluten Free Bread in a mixture of egg (one), a splash of Oganic Valley French Vanilla Half & Half, vanilla extract, and cinnamon.
- Cut up the soaked bread on top of the strawberries in mug.
- Microwave for 2 minutes 30 seconds.
- No need for syrup, the strawberries provide all the sweet goodness you’ll need.
22. Fried Egg and Chicken Sausage Hash
This EGGcellent breakfast is packed with protein – and flavor.
Combine 1 Aidell’s Organic Smoked Chicken Sausage, diced Shallots, Peppers, 1/8 Cup Trader Joe’s Shelled Edamame, 1/2 oz sliced Spicy Gouda, and leftover Mango pico de gallo in a pan and sautee. Top with fried egg and drizzle with Sriracha for extra oomf.
23. Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
Here’s a creative way to use that leftover quinoa in the fridge:
Combine 1/2 cup quinoa mixed with 1 Tbsp. Organic Valley French Vanilla Half & Half. Top with 1 Tbsp. shredded sweetened coconut, mixed berries, kumquats, and kiwi. Voila!
Photo and recipe courtesy of @namasteslimmer.
24. Gluten-Free Chickpea Flour Waffles
These waffles made out of chickpea, buckwheat, and tapioca flour, are 100% gluten free and packed with protein, making them a healthier, satisfying waffle choice.
- 1 cup chickpea flour
- 1/2 cup buckwheat flour
- 2 Tbsp. tapioca flour
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1-5 Tbsp. honey
- About 1/4 cup oil to grease the waffle iron
Full recipe at SitBackWithMe.com.
25. Coconut Rum Granola Breakfast Bowl
First off, no, you won’t be stumbling into work with this one. The alcohol will burn off, but the coconut rum flavor will remain. All in, this takes about 35 minutes to prepare and cook. Makes 3 cups.
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup almonds, chopped
- 1/4 cup quinoa
- 2 Tbsp. honey
- 3 Tbsp. coconut oil
- 2-3 Tbsp. Rum (optional)
Recipe at The Baking Noob.
26. Oat Scrambled Eggs
Ok, this one might sound a bit weird, but hear me out. Not only does this taste amazing, but you get complex carbs and a heaping dose of protein. Plus it only takes about five minutes to prepare.
- 2 eggs
- 3 tablespoons of oats
- Splash of milk
- 1 tsp. coconut oil
- 1 tsp. of toasted pumpkin seeds, salt and pepper, cucumber and greens of your choice.
Full recipe at Very Breakfast.
27. Berry Coconut Breakfast Smoothie Bowls
This flavorful delight only takes about 15 minutes, making it perfect for those mornings when you’re running behind.
- 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
- 1 cup coconut water (or you can use almond milk)
- 2 cup frozen mixed berries
- 2 large frozen bananas
- 1 Tbsp. flaxseed meal (or ground chia seed)
- 2 Tbsp. honey (use agave or maple if vegan),
- 3/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
Full recipe at GringaLicious.
28. Breakfast Couscous
Another great way to repurpose your leftover couscous. Combine with honey, yogurt, raisins to give this pasta breakfast makeover.
- 80g couscous
- ½ tsp. cinnamon
- A spoonful of raisins or sultanas
- A few chopped almonds
- 1/3 cup whole milk
- A small slice of butter
- 2 tsp. runny honey plus more to serve
- Greek yogurt to serve
29. Coconut Crepes with Lime Sugar and Yogurt
For the Crepes you’ll need:
- 1 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup water
- 200ml coconut milk
- 150g all purpose flour
For the Lime sugar you’ll need:
- 1/2 cup sugar
- Zest of 1 lime
Full recipe at The Baking Noob.
30. Tropical Green Smoothie Bowl
I like this one, not just because green is our company color, but because the tropical flavors makes me feel like I’m vacation on a beach somewhere.
- 1/2 cup frozen mango
- 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
- 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 cup spinach
- Mint leaves
- 1 cup coconut water
Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and mix until smooth. Top with kiwi slices, shredded coconut, or chia seeds and enjoy!
31. Gluten Free Jumbo Banana Muffins
Substitute rice flour for the base of these healthier muffins. They’re big, so consider cutting in half.
32. Banana Chai Breakfast Panzanella
Got some of those stale gluten free banana muffins hanging around? Repurpose them in this brilliant dish from Alex McInnes.
- Take 1 chopped banana muffin, spray with coconut oil spray and bak at 350 for 20 minutes.
- Panzanella created with 2 tbsp Sugar Free Chai Mix and equal parts skim milk.
- Top with Nectarines, Kiwi, and Blueberries.
- Add in two Tbsp. Pinapple Greek Yogurt and dusting of cinnamon.
33. Boca Burger Flavor Bomb
This one is vegetarian, delicious, and loaded with high quality protein.
Scramble 1 boca burger patty with 1 tbsp. Lentil Curry Hummus. Add in Sriracha, jalapeño, and tomato for a heat kick.
34. Breakfast Banana Split
This recipe starts with Quaker Real Medleys SuperGrains Granola, a delicious blend of seven super grains, seeds, fruits & nuts which provides fiber, ALA omega-3 and whole grains.
- 1.5 cups Quaker Real Medleys Supergrains Granola
- 1 cup plain greek yogurt
- 1 Banana, and fresh fruit for topping
Full recipe over at Xoxobella.
35. Great Grains Granola Snack Mix: Cranberries Nuts + Seeds
Post’s granola is lovingly crafted from whole grain rolled oats, honey roasted peanuts, soy nuts, roasted chickpeas, dried cranberries, almonds, and pumpkin seeds.
What’s more – instead of artificial sweeteners, the folks at Great Grains gently crack the whole wheat berry and add a mix of grains to give their flakes a naturally hearty flavor, then add fruits and nuts for added sweetness.
The finished product is crispy, tasty, and less processed whole grain cereal, and every serving contains 9g of protein and 4g fiber.
36. Pumpkin Spiced Baked Oatmeal
Miss your favorite autumn Starbucks flavor? Fret not, Earnest Eats is about to hook it up:
- 2 cups Earnest Eats Hot & Fit American Blend Hot Cereal
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup almond milk,
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 cup organic canned pumpkin
- 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
- Sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice
- Sprinkle of cinnamon
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray your pie dish with cooking spray.
- Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl.
- Pour oat mixture onto greased pie dish.
- Bake in the oven for about 35-40 minutes or until the top of the oatmeal looks golden and crispy.
- Let it cool for a few moments and serve while still warm.
37. Overnight Oats with Crunchy Sunrise Topping
Another overnight oats recipe. And why not? It’s easy, delicious, and best of all, great for you.
- 2 cups Nature’s Path Old-Fashioned Organic Oats,
- 2 cups almond milk
- 1 Tbsp. honey
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 2 bananas, mashed
- 1 cup Nature’s Path Sunrise Crunchy Vanilla
- 1/4 cup chopped toasted walnuts
- Combine oats, almond milk, honey and cinnamon; cover and refrigerate overnight.
- Stir mashed bananas into oats mixture; spoon into bowls. Toss granola with walnuts; sprinkle over top.
38. Love Crunch Caramel Apple Smoothie Bowl
Nature’s path has a great recipe for a caramel apple themed smoothie bowl. It only takes about 10 minutes, so you can make it before you head to the office or on your morning break.
For the date caramel, you’ll need:
- 1 cup soft pitted dates
- 2 tsp. coconut oil
- 2 tsp. coconut milk
- 1.5 tsp. maple syrup
- 2 pinches cinnamon
For the Banana Smoothie Bowl, you’ll need:
- 3 frozen bananas
- Roughly chopped
- 1 Tbsp. date caramel
- 2 Tbsp coconut milk
- 2 tsp. maple syrup
- 1/8 tsp. vanilla
- Pinch cinnamon
For toppings, go with:
- 2/3 cup Love Crunch Apple Crumble Granola
- 1/3 apple, thin sliced cinnamon sticks
- Pinch cinnamon
- 2 Tbsp. extra date caramel (or more!)
- In a food processor, combine dates and coconut oil. Process until smooth, using a spatula to pull the date mixture away from the sides as needed.
- Once smooth, add the coconut milk and maple syrup. Transfer to an air tight food storage container.
- In a high speed blender or food processor, blend frozen bananas, date caramel, coconut milk, maple syrup, and cinnamon until smooth. The mixture will be very thick.
- Serve the banana smoothie base in a bowl and top with small spoonfuls of date caramel.
- Gently stir the dollops of date caramel into the smoothie.
- Top with thin sliced apples, cinnamon, and Love Crunch Apple Chia Crumble Granola.
- Eat with a spoon (or your fingers, we won’t judge).
39. Avocado Toast with Hemp Plus “Bacon”
Our friends at Nature’s Path have one more avocado toast idea to get you fueled up for the day. This one has a cruelty free “bacon” add on that you won’t want to miss.
- 1 cup Nature’s Path Hemp Plus Granola
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp. ancho chili powder or smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp. onion powder
- 2 avocados, peeled and pitted
- 1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
- 1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper
- 4 slices whole wheat bread, toasted
- 12 heirloom cherry tomatoes, halved
For the Hemp Plus “Bacon”:
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Toss together granola, olive oil, brown sugar, chili powder, garlic powder and onion powder.
- Transfer to parchment paper–lined baking sheet; bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until mixture is fragrant and golden. Let cool completely.
For the Avocado Toast:
- Mash together avocados, lime juice, salt and pepper; spread evenly over toast and top with tomato halves.
- Sprinkle 2 tbsp Pumpkin-Flax “Bacon” over each toast.
- Sprinkle over salads and soups if desired.
So there you have it, 39 amazing healthy office breakfast ideas that will help fuel a focused and productive day.
What are your favorite ideas? Share with us in the comments below.