Simplify your morning routine by making these breakfasts ahead of time and having them ready to go when you're walking out the door. Customize these ideas to fit your family's tastes and preferences. What are your favorite morning meals to fuel your day? Let us know in the comments!
1. Overnight Oats
With a little preparation the night before, or a few hours before leaving the house, you can enjoy all the fiber-rich goodness of a hearty bowl of oatmeal without breaking a sweat. To prep for the week, make a big batch and divide into small mason jars for an easy breezy breakfast every day. For a single serving, simply combine 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1/2 cup milk or yogurt of choice, 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds or chia seeds, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and a touch of your choice of sweetener to create a filling canvas for whatever creative toppings your heart desires.
Some of our favorite combos:
- Sliced Peaches, 88 Acres Vanilla Spiced Sunflower Seed Butter, and pumpkin seeds
- Blueberries, 88 Acres Pumpkin Seed Butter, and hemp seeds
- Banana, 88 Acres Dark Chocolate Sunflower Seed Butter, and toasted sunflower seeds
2. Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins
Breakfast muffins offer a double benefit. They not only re-purpose the end-of-summer bounty of produce into a tasty treat, but they are a hearty and sustaining, portable breakfast that can be made in advance! Start with a base of quinoa, oat or other whole-grain flour. Combine seed butter, puréed veggies, natural sweetener of choice, and an egg or egg substitute with the dry ingredients and bake the muffins in a traditional muffin tin. Alternatively, you can make them into a quick bread in a loaf pan or use a baking sheet to make round muffin tops or breakfast cookies. Click the link above for the full recipe, featuring a mix of pumpkin, applesauce, dried cranberries, and dark chocolate chips.
Some of our favorite variations include:
- Zucchini, carrot, and dried cranberry
- Butternut squash, dried apple, and candied ginger
- Pumpkin puree and dark chocolate
3. Sweet Potato Crusted Tofu Mini Quiche Bites
In the mood for a savory start to the day? Don’t put the muffin tin away just yet. Tofu is a great egg replacement when scrambled, and baking the scramble mix in a muffin tin makes this breakfast favorite a portable finger food, perfect for when there’s no time for a fork. Baked tofu cups are bursting with flavor, protein-packed, nutrient-dense, and lower in sodium than other savory breakfast options you might otherwise grab from your nearby coffee shop.
To make the tofu bites heartier and more energy-dense, line the bottoms of a greased muffin tin with thinly sliced sweet potato. Lightly sauté veggie fillings of choice, as well as cheese, meat or meat alternative (if desired - they taste just as good with only veggies). In a separate bowl, whisk tofu with garlic powder, salt and pepper. Add the seasoned tofu to the pan and scramble until well-mixed. Scoop the mixture into the sweet potato-lined muffin tins and bake in an oven heated to 375 degrees for 20 minutes, or until bites reach firm consistency. Top with sunflower seeds for added crunch, micronutrients and healthy fats!
4. Loaded Toast
Toast is the ultimate quick breakfast. Taking just minutes to throw into a toaster or toaster oven, hot toasty bread makes a perfect base for so much more than just butter or margarine. Round out the nutrition and turn your loaded toast into a super on-the-go breakfast by starting with a whole-grain base (gluten-free if necessary) and adding protein, a source of healthy fats, and colorful fruits, vegetables and seeds for fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Use what you like, but try these satisfying combinations for an exciting twist:
- 88 Acres Pumpkin Seed Butter (protein and healthy fat), pomegranate seeds, and sliced cherries or blackberries
- Ricotta cheese or vegan cheese alternative (healthy fat), dried apricots, and hemp seeds (protein)
- Avocado (healthy fat), fried or poached egg (or tofu), spinach and radish slices, and sunflower seeds
- 88 Acres Vanilla Spiced Sunflower Seed Butter (protein and healthy fat), sliced stone fruit, and chia seeds
When you have limited time to spare in the morning, smoothies can be the easiest way to get in a full serving of fruits and vegetables at breakfast. Freezing packs of fruits, vegetables, and other smoothie ingredients ahead of time makes preparing them in the morning a breeze. Kids will love the sweet taste and everyone will benefit from starting their day with nothing but good nutrition. Blending as opposed to juicing ensures that the valuable fiber in the fruit stays intact. Make sure to blend in a source of protein and healthy fat for staying power to take this smoothie from snack to meal status.
- Choose 1-2 fruits: such as banana, cherries, strawberries, pineapple, mango, peaches, blueberries, blackberries, or watermelon
- Choose 1-2 veggies: such as spinach, kale, cucumber, zucchini, cauliflower, butternut squash, pumpkin, sweet potato, carrot, or beets
- Choose protein: greek yogurt, chia, pumpkin or watermelon seeds
- Choose healthy fat: avocado, Seed Butter, full-fat yogurt coconut, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, watermelon seeds
Blend with milk of choice or water until desired thickness and enjoy!
Popsicles for breakfast? If they’re packed with protein, fresh fruits and vegetables, then definitely! Popsicles are a fun, kid-friendly way to start the day and are especially refreshing at the beginning of the school year, when days may still be hot and warm breakfasts are out of the question. Blend up your favorite smoothie ingredients using ideas above and pour into popsicle molds before freezing, or try our layered breakfast popsicles using 88 Acres Seed'nola for extra crunch.
7. 88 Acres Bar
When you truly have no time or freezer space to share, 88 Acres Seed Bars come to the rescue with a satisfying, well-rounded, and wholesome portable bar. When paired with a piece of fresh fruit, any Seed Bar makes a perfectly filling breakfast on-the-go. We are partial to enjoying our Seed Bars with a hot travel mug of coffee and a banana dipped in Seed Butter.