We all know that it’s the most important meal of the day but breakfast can be a challenge for many of us.
We have the best of intentions as we go to sleep but, when it gets round to the morning - as we dash around the house tracking down errant keys and pondering whether we need a coat – that ‘most important meal’ falls to the bottom of the priority list. And, more often than not, an overpriced coffee and a blackening banana we found in the bottom of our handbag is all that gets us through from lights off to lunch time.
Which is why we decided to do the hard work for you, and round up 10 amazing breakfasts that are easy to make, delicious to eat and will have you full of energy as you shoot out the door. Some of these can be made the night before (bonus) while others take just a matter of seconds to whip up.
So go on, make one of these a daily staple. Or, better still, mix and match to keep you morning meal the highlight of your day.
Bircher muesli with fruit
For the time-strapped
When the weather is warm, switch your porridge for Bircher muesli. Bircher fans say it has to be soaked overnight in juice and New Zealand blog fromthekitchen.co.nz offers two variations you can easily switch between: one with almonds, blueberries and raspberries, and the other with hazelnuts, golden raisins and dried pears.
For the bread and butter hater
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In New York and San Francisco, 'artisanal toast' - particularly with sweet toppings - are starting to find their ways onto menus at bakeries and small cafes. It's a simple concept and when done right, turns a basic breakfast into something special. Blogger Emily Schuman has summarised the trend perfectly with these four sweet and savoury varieties.
For the Mediterranean enthusiast
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This recipe contains some very common breakfast ingredients - scrambled eggs, buttery toast and diced tomato - but it's all down to the presentation that replicates Italy's famous antipasto. They're easy to make and can be held in one hand while you attempt to get work done.
Strawberry, banana and oatmeal smoothie
For the health focussed
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If your mornings involve you racing out the door, this recipe might be your saviour. With only five ingredients, it will keep you full until lunch and is deliciously fruity.
Five-Minute No-Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars
For the breakfast snacker
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These vegan and gluten free (if you use gluten free certified oats and brown rice cereal) bars far my most popular recipe ever posted on Washington DC based marathon runner and dietitian Anne Mauney's blog fannetasticfood.com. They only take five minutes to whip up and it involves no baking. Make them on a Sunday night (though they only take 30 minutes to settle in the fridge) to last you throughout the working day all week.
Maple Apple Rings
For the American pancake lover
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A stack of pancakes is the ultimate American breakfast, but let's face it, they're not very healthy. Many diners also find the thick pancakes to be far too stodgy. If that's you, behold this light, fluffy and fruit alternative: slices of apple are coated with a batter and cooked on a skillet until they are a warm. Drizzle maple syrup over the top. If you're feeling adventurous why not swap the apple for pineapple.
For the cereal devotee
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It's very easy to make a breakfast parfait - layer yoghurt with fruit and granola - but we loved this recipe which allows you to top it off with your favourite cereal, no matter whether you're a Crunchy Nut or Cheerios fan.
Twice Baked Breakfast Sweet Potatoes
For the experimenter
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Did you know, breakfast is one of the only meals you can eat both sweet and savoury? This hearty recipe merges the two palettes perfectly and is ideal if you're having guests over for brunch. Bake the sweet potato the night before to save time so that, when the sun rises, all you have to do is mash the sweet potato, place it back in the skin, break one egg and cook it for 15 minutes.
Turmeric & Blueberry Breakfast Muffins
For the sweet tooth
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It's hard to find a breakfast muffin that doesn't make you feel like you're eating a dessert. Over at blog Green Kitchen Stories, is a recipe filled with ingredients that would normally make an appearance at the breakfast table. These muffins have a wonderful rich walnut flavour with a turmeric and blueberry twist. They are sweet, although in a perfectly breakfast kind of way. One will fill you right up.
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