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Easy Breakfast Recipes

Updated on June 11, 2015

Breakfast - The Most Important Meal of the Day

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Breakfast choices vary, of course, but most often include some type of cereal, eggs prepared a myriad of ways and/or pancakes. Sausage or bacon is often served, as well.

There are dozens of recipes for egg dishes, pancakes (or flapjacks, as they're sometimes called), and there are even cereal recipes to help make the most important meal of the day worth the effort.

Obviously, breakfast should be a HEALTHY meal, as well as good tasting. However, I'm not going to state the obvious...be sure to include fruit, protein, etc. This page is strictly about breakfast recipes. Here I will present some tried and true recipes that I've made for years. They're all winners with my family and friends.

By the way, there are two absolutely delicious French toast recipes at this link for Holiday Recipes. You'll want to try Eggnog French Toast and Orange Tipsy French Toast.

Crunchy Granola

Not just for breakfast, actually...

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This is a cereal all kids love.

Ingredients

1/2 pound melted butter

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup water

7 - 8 cups uncooked oatmeal

1 cup wheat germ

1 cup coconut

1/2 cup almond slices

Method

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. In dutch oven or heavy saucepan over low heat stir the butter, sugar, salt, vanilla and water until mixture dissolves. Add the remaining ingredients and stir until moistened. Spread in a shallow ungreased pan and bake for two hours, stirring every half hour with a fork. Serve plain or with milk as a cereal.

Here are a few other delicious ways to use granola:

Mix with raisins, dates or dried fruits as a snack

Sprinkle over ice cream or stewed apples as a dessert. Store in plastic bag or container, well sealed.

Mix Your Own Cereal Como

If you've got children...or even if you don't!

A quick and easy way to create a yummy breakfast is to mix different cereals together in each bowl.

Try to use non-sugared cereals that are whole grain. Add some fruit like bananas or berries and perhaps some chopped nuts, raisins, dates, craisins or coconut and you will never miss the sugary stuff.

Much healthier and, once they're mixed, you will have a delicious, wholesome breakfast that will keep you and your kids going until lunch.

Throw caution to the wind! Use your imagination!

Eating Your Cereal In Style - Give a gift of vintage or collectible cereal bowls

Breakfast cereal takes on a whole new appeal when it's served in a classy bowl.

Try bidding on these before the auctions close!

Granola Bites

A healthy breakfast to go

This recipe came from a magazine ad for Jif peanut butter. It's easy to make and easy to grab on the go.

I will tell you that it's a little messy and you do need to prepare them in advance but when all is said and done, it's worth it.

Makes about 36 (1") Granola Bites. 4 Granola Bites per serving.

Granola Bites

2 Tablespoons toasted sliced almonds

1-3/4 cups quick-cooking rolled oats

1/3 cup unsweetened, dried apples,

(finely chopped)

1/3 cup unsweetened, dried apricots,

(finely chopped)

1/3 cup unsweetened, dried blueberries,

cherries and/or cranberries

2 Tablsespoons raw sunflower seeds

2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes, preferably organic

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup Jif creamy peanut butter

1/4 cup honey

1/2 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract

Place almonds and 1/4 cup oats in bowl of food processor; process to fine crumbs, about 15 seconds; place crumbs into a medium bowl; set aside.

In a large bowl, combine remaining oats, dried fruits, sunflower seeds, coconut and cinnamon.

Add peanut butter, honey and extract; combine well until mixture begins to stick together.

Using gloves or moist hands, form mixture into 1" balls, coat lightly with almond-oat crumbs and place in an airtight container, separating layers with parchment paper or plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight to allow oats to absorb moisture.

Cream Cheese Danish
Cream Cheese Danish

Cream Cheese Danish

From The Gooseberry Patch Comfort Foods Cookbook

This recipe will fool everyone...they'll think you spent hours creating this delicious Danish coffee cake. However, it takes only minutes to assemble. A last minute breeze!

Cream Cheese Danish

Ingredients

2 8-oz. pkgs. cream cheese, softened

3/4 cup sugar

1 egg yolk, beaten

2 teaspoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 8-oz. tubes refrigerated crescent rolls

2 cups powdered sugar

4 to 5 Tablespoons milk

Method

Blend together cream cheese and sugar; add egg yolk, lemon juice and vanilla. Set aside. Layer one tube of crescent rolls in the bottom of a greased 13"X9" baking pan; press together. Spread cream cheese mixture over top; layer remaining rolls on top of cream cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees F. for 15 to 20 minues, until golden. Let cool.

Mix together powdered sugar and milk to a thin consistency; drizzle over top. Cut into slices to serve. Makes 15 to 20 servings.

A Breakfast Poll

What's your favorite breakfast food?

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Pancakes
Pancakes

Homemade Pancakes

A recipe from The Bed & Breakfast Cookbook

Well, you can buy excellent pancake mixes of all kinds. Swedish pancake mixes, buckwheat pancake mixes, buttermilk pancake mixes...you name it and you can buy a mix. And there's nothing wrong with that - they're easy and delicious.

BUT...if you have the time, homemade pancakes are not all that difficult, either. And they're yummy, yummy, yummy!

Here's a recipe that I like and I think you will, too. It's from the Millbrook Inn in Waitsfield, Vermont.

PANCAKES ala MILLBROOK

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

2 Tablespoons sugar

4 teaspoons baking powder

2 eggs, lightly beaten

2-1/2 cups milk

1 Tablespoons butter, melted

Method

Mix flour, salt, sugar and baking powder in a large bowl. In another bowl, whisk eggs and milk together with a wire whisk. Stir in butter. Pour wet ingredients (eggs, milk, and butter mixture) over dry ingredients (flour, salt, sugar and baking powder) and mix with a wooden spoon until just blended.

The batter should be lumpy. Pour 1/4 cup batter per pancake onto a hot griddle. Cook until cakes are full of air bubbles on top and lightly browned on the underside. Flip over to brown the other side.

Serves 6

Here's another pancake recipe from a New York Times column. It's hearty and delicious

WHOLE GRAIN PANCAKES

Serves: 6

Prep/cook time: 30 - 40 minutes

Ingredients

Butter, as needed

1 cup whole-wheat flour

1/2 cup buckwheat flour

2 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon ground coriander or cardamom

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 large eggs, separated

1 cup milk.

Method

Melt 3 tablespoons butter. In a large bowl combine flours, sugar, baking powder, spices and salt.

Beat egg whites with an electric mixer or a whisk until stiff peaks form, but do not over beat. In separate bowl beat milk, yolks and melted butter until foamy, a couple of minutes.

Add milk mixture to flour mixture and give a couple of good stirs, but do not over mix. Fold in egg whites and stir until batter is just evenly colored and relatively smooth; it's o.k. if there are some lumps.

Heat a large skillet (preferably cast iron) or griddle over medium heat until a few drops of water dance on its surface. Add butter as needed (or use a thin film of neutral oil, such as grape seed or corn). When skillet is hot, spoon batter into pan. Cook until bubbles form and pop, about 2 minutes; you may have to rotate cakes to cook them evenly, depending on your heat source and pan. Then carefully flip pancakes. Cook until well colored on the other side, another minute or two more. Serve or keep in warm oven for a few minutes.

Lighter cakes: Use 2/3 cup white flour in place of 2/3 cup of the whole-wheat flour. This makes separating the eggs optional.

Savory cakes: Omit sugar and increase salt to 1 teaspoon; replace cinnamon with cumin. Serve like bread with soups or stews.

Serve with: Syrup and butter, creme fraiche, jam, caramelized apples or dried or fresh fruit compote.

The Bed and Breakfast Cookbook

Pamela Lanier is an expert on Bed and Breakfast inns throughout the world. She has written many books about traveling with Bed and Breakfast Inns as destinations.

So she's uniquely qualified to judge the culinary offerings at these cozy retreats and has coaxed many recipes from the owners. Lucky for us!

Bed and Breakfast Cook Book: Recipes for Breakfast, Brunch and Teatime
Bed and Breakfast Cook Book: Recipes for Breakfast, Brunch and Teatime

This is such a great book and not just for entertaining. I've tried dozens of these recipes and they've all been excellent. There are egg dishes, muffins and coffee cakes. There are bagels and salads and casseroles and pies. All suitable for breakfast and brunch menus.

The Orange Tipsy French Toast recipe is to die for! And there's a homemade Sausage recipe that is a hit with my guests.

 
Maple Syrup & Pancakes
Maple Syrup & Pancakes

Homemade Syrup

Two wonderful syrup recipes

These next two recipes are from the Gooseberry Patch Comfort Foods cookbook. If you've ever had any cookbooks from the Gooseberry Patch series, you'll want this one.

This photo is courtesy of Flickr photographer Jemasmith

BLUEBERRY-MAPLE SYRUP

Makes about 2-1/3 cups

Ingredients

1 cup suger

1 cup water

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon lemon zest

2 Tablespoons lemon juice

2 cups blueberries

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/8 teaspoon salt

Method

Stir together sugar, water, cinnamon, lemon zest and lemon juice in a saucepan over medium heat; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring often, for 5 minutes, until thickened slightly. Add berries; simmer for an additional 10-15 minutes, until berries pop. Remove from heat; stir in syrup and salt.

Try this next syrup on your Holiday hotcakes!

PUMPKIN-MAPLE SYRUP

1 cup maple syrup

1-1/4 cup canned pumpkin

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Combine all ingredients together in a small saucepan. Mix well and warm through over low heat. Makes about 2 cups.

Comfort Foods Cookbook from Gooseberry Patch

Comfort Foods Cookbook (Everyday Cookbook Collection)
Comfort Foods Cookbook (Everyday Cookbook Collection)

Like the syrup recipes I've included here? This is the cookbook with the recipes plus lots of other delicious easy-to-make breakfast treats.

 

German Pancake Recipe

German Pancakes are known by lots of names...mostly ethnic in origin. Dutch Babies is one such name.

You can top them with syrup or berries or whatever you fancy. They're delicious and very simple to make. Kids just love them.

Flickr Photo Courtesy of Aaron Schmidt

German Pancake

Place 2 Tablespoons butter or margarine in a pie pan and place in the oven which has been preheated to 375 degrees F. until it has melted.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl beat:

2 eggs

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup flour

1 Tablespoon sugar

Dash salt

Carefully pour into melted buter in the center of the pie pan (it's very hot, remember!) and bake for 10-15 minutes until pancake is very high and puffy around the edges. It will be flat in the center.

This looks really great when you take it from the oven, but it drops as it cools. But so what...it tastes great served with syrup or honey or a fruit topping.

Healthy Make-Ahead Pancakes

This YouTube video is excellent. The healthy pancake recipe that is demonstrated is full of protein and fiber and can be made in large batches, frozen, and reheated whenever you like.

Plus, you get a link to a great website for free recipes.

Sunday Scrambled Eggs

From Great Good Food by Julee Rosso

Flickr Photo Courtesy ofTerri Tu

Although this recipe is called Sunday Scrambled Eggs, you can (obviously) make them any time. Since they're so easy, they are a good choice for any busy morning.

SUNDAY SCRAMBLED EGGS

Serves 1

3 Jumbo Eggs

2 Tablespoons butter

1 Tablespoon fresh herbs (chives, dill, parsley)

Salt and pepper

1. In a small bowl, break the eggs and blend will with a fork.

2. In a small skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat until it bubbles but doesn't brown. Add the eggs, cooking very quickly, swirling them with a fork. Repeatedly allow them to almost set, then swirl them again. While still wet, remove from the heat, add the herbs, and blend well. Serve immediately.

Try adding shredded cheese to the top of the eggs right before they're finished. Cover the skillet with a lid and turn off the heat. The cheese will melt beautifully.

This is a great basic recipe that lends itself to all sorts of variations...you could sauté a little onion or mushrooms (or both or whatever you like) in the skillet before adding the egg mixture. Or, as I like to say, "Just wing it!"

Easy Breakfast Sausage Recipe

Many people think breakfast isn't breakfast without breakfast sausage. There are lots of really good sausages at the supermarket and specialty meat markets but have you ever tried making your own? It's not hard and the results are quite rewarding.

Flickr Photo Courtesy of princess_of_llyr

I got this recipe from somewhere on the internet several years ago...it's excellent. Easy to make and it has a nice little bite to it from the red pepper flakes.

2 teaspoons dried sage

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram

1 Tablespoon brown sugar

1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1 pinch ground cloves

2 pounds ground pork

In a small bowl, combine the sage, salt, ground black pepper, marjoram, brown sugar, crushed red pepper and cloves. Mix well

Place the pork in a large bowl and add the mixed spices to it. Mix well with your hands and form into patties.

Sauté the patties in a large skillet over medium high heat for five minutes per side, or until internal pork temperature reaches 160 degrees F. (70n degrees C)

Makes 6 servings.

Food Processors - A Must for Every Kitchen

The ingredients for the Healthy Pancake Recipe in the YouTube video are combined in a food processor for ease and speed.

As always, I appreciate your feedback. And if you have a favorite breakfast recipe, do share.

If you've got a lens with yummy breakfast recipes, let me know and I'll add it to my featured lenses module.

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      Cheryl Kohan 6 years ago from Minnesota

      @Adriana Daniela: Thanks for visiting this page, Adriana! We love breakfast at our house especially in our cold Minnesota winters! We need that inner fuel for energy!

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      Adriana 6 years ago from New Market

      I couldn't function without my breakfast!

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      Cheryl Kohan 6 years ago from Minnesota

      @JenniferAkers LM: So glad you like this lens, Jennifer! I like the fruit chopped up in the granola, too.

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      JenniferAkers LM 6 years ago

      I lunch the homemade syrup recipe and crunchy granola (I think I'd have to chop up the dried fruit, as my son's not crazy about that) -- we love peanut butter! I'm on a Squidoo quest, and I'm adding yours. I like easy breakfast recipe, especially on hectic weekday mornings.

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      Cheryl Kohan 6 years ago from Minnesota

      @resabi: First of all, thank you very much for the blessing! I'm so pleased that you like this page. Breakfast is my favorite meal, too. Right now, I'm into the granola phase :-)

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      resabi 6 years ago

      Breakfast is definitely my favorite meal -- and your recipes sound delicious. Blessed.

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      Cheryl Kohan 7 years ago from Minnesota

      @Kimsworld LM: Thanks. And that Cream Cheese Danish is yummy.

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      Kimsworld LM 7 years ago

      All of your recipes sound so terrific. I am going to have to try the Cream Cheese Danish.

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      Cheryl Kohan 7 years ago from Minnesota

      @nelabai: Thanks for stopping by, nelabai. I'm glad you found this lens useful...happy eating!

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      nelabai 7 years ago

      Thanks, I am not much of a cook, so it helped me a lot :) 5*

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      Faye Rutledge 7 years ago from Concord VA

      Thanks for the wonderful recipes! I'm reading this lens while my breakfast of oatmeal w/ cranberries, walnuts, brown sugar & cinnamon awaits. :-)

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      poutine 8 years ago

      I think I'll try your "Cream Cheese Danish" easy recipe.

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      heipet 8 years ago

      Happy birthday Cheryl!

      This is a great lens. Even if I have only an apple and coffee for breakfast usually I love your recipes - and sometimes we do have prolongued weekend breakfasts where I will try some of them. Beautiful work - definitely 5 stars!

      Have a wonderful day,

      Heidrun from Germany

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      5* to your lens and a happy birthday to you!

      I've added it to My Cooking Lens Collection lens.

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      EpicFarms 8 years ago

      Some terrific ideas! Very nicely done (and now I'm hungry :o)

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      Tiddledeewinks LM 8 years ago

      I love searching the recipes on Squidoo. These look yummy,( although my kids are all vegetarian and eat the sausages made of meat substitutes).

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      Cheryl -- those Granola Bites look absolutely delicious -- too bad we don't yet have taste-a-vision -- maybe thefluffanutta can whip something up for us! You know, I never used to eat breakfast, but when I went on Jenny Craig, I started to have a breakfast each morning -- I feel better in the mornings now!

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      Tony Payne 8 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Great recipes. I never thought of making my own Granola. Must try that. 5***** I have added this to my "Best Breakfast" lens as a Featured Lens.

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      papawu 8 years ago

      I agree that it is the most important meal of the day. That is why I can eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! lol.

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      Deb Kingsbury 8 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Very well done! I'm lensrolling this to my huevos rancheros lens. Mine isn't quite as simple as these recipes, but it's really not much more complex once you've got it down. And those breakfast sausages of yours would make a nice side.

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      Cheryl Kohan 8 years ago from Minnesota

      I sure wish I'd thought of that! Maybe I can add another poll with other choices...I'll also update with some good vegetarian recipes as I have several that you might like![in reply to Graceonline]

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      Kathryn Grace 8 years ago from San Francisco

      I thoroughly enjoyed reading this lens. My mouth is watering. I wish your poll had a vegetarian option for the scrambled eggs and hash browns. That's my favorite, though if I were still a meat eater, I'd try that sausage recipe for sure.

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      Jimmie Lanley 8 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      Yummy! I've found that cooking something warm for breakfast really helps to get the family out of bed and off to a good start.

      Blessed by an angel.

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      RuthCoffee 8 years ago

      I'm a granola eater, I don't like cooked oatmeal so granola is the route for me!

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      seedplanter 8 years ago

      Cheryl, your granola recipe sounds like something we would like. I've been buying the double pack granola at Costco, but it's expensive. I'd much rather make my own every week. I love my granola with vanilla soy milk. Yum.

      A delicious lens!

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      Delicious breakfast recipes!

      Lensrolled to Flip the Pancakes and Sing about Waffles.

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      Delicious breakfast recipes!

      Lensrolled to Flip the Pancakes and Sing about Waffles.

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      Delicious breakfast recipes!

      Lensrolled to Flip the Pancakes and Sing about Waffles.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      I love breakfast and my husband and I shave breakfast on the weekends, but during the week it's a grab and go.

      Great lens

      Lizzy

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      Susan Deppner 8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Love the lens! Breakfast is my husband's favorite meal. I may just have to let him try the German pancake recipe this weekend.

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      TheresaMayhew 8 years ago

      I love breakfast and your lens is fun, informative, and I can almost smell the sausage!

      5stars. Is breakfast ready?