Are you always on the look-out for quick, easy (and most importantly DELICIOUS) weekday breakfasts for your family?
I am! I grew up on cereal and toast most mornings, and let’s just clear one thing up real quick… there was nothing wrong with that. Nothing! I’d be lying if I said that I don’t always have at least two varieties of cereal in the pantry and one and a half loaves of bread in the freezer AT ALL TIMES.
But when I can, I love cooking a proper breakfast for my family. Even on weekdays. Heck, especially on weekdays! Because weekdays are when I’m sending Jackson to kindergarten, and Everley to playgroup or on a play date, and Chris to work – they need fuel to help them function at their best!
But spending hours in the kitchen – especially on a weekday – isn’t generally very practical. I’m looking for a breakfast that’s quick to assemble and packs a punch.
So I asked a bunch of food bloggers to share their best weekday breakfast recipes with me – and boy did they deliver! From sweet muffins to fruit-packed smoothies to hearty breakfast casseroles to mason jar omelets for eating on-the-go, you are sure to find some options below that work for your family.
This article contains so many yummy breakfast recipes, I’ve gone ahead and broken them into sections. You can scroll through the lot, or easily navigate to the sections that interest you from here (and remember to click the title of the dish to navigate through to the recipe you’re after):
65+ Of The Best Weekday Breakfast Ideas
Healthy Smoothies and Smoothie Bowl Recipes
We usually gravitate more towards warm breakfasts than cold breakfasts. But in Summer, smoothies and smoothie bowls are a no-brainer! Always quick to throw in a blender and whip up, they make the perfect weekday breakfast. You can even do some of the prep the night before to make life easier in the morning.
Who said gingerbread is just for Christmas time? Certainly not me!
These classic flavours pair so well together!
This one is vegan-friendly! It also just happens to sound (and look!) absolutely divine.
The nuts in this smoothie provide an extra little boost of protein… and deliciousness.
Okay, I’ve never tried avocado in a smoothie. But I hear nothing beats the creaminess of it. Yum!
Time to bust out that pack of frozen berries you’ve had shoved at the back of the freezer for months, and use it to make your family a real treat for breakfast.
Honestly, look at that thing. I want to inhale it off my screen right now.
I love green smoothies, and I’ve managed to sneak a few by my kids, too. The key is to use an opaque cup so they can’t see the colour. Wink wink.
Here for that COLOUR. Goodness gracious me. What kiddo wouldn’t devour something that looks like that?
Honestly, this combination threw me off at first. But I’d give it a crack. What a great way to get beans into your kids first thing in the morning!
This just sounds completely and utterly delicious.
Got a little mermaid fan in the house? He/she might just get behind this gloriously-coloured smoothie bowl!
The word “jungle” would 100% convince Jackson to have a slurp of this. And the kiwi and blueberries would keep him around.
Weekday Breakfast Recipes With Eggs
Eggs. Eggs are the BEST weekday breakfast EVER. We go through a couple dozen eggs each week in our house – everybody loves them, in all their various forms. I love how versatile they are, and how quick they can be to prepare. On a weekday, there is nothing more simple and satisfying than a couple of sunny-side-up runny yolks dripping over a slice of hot buttered toast. But that’s only the beginning of their charm…
I love the idea of the Mediterranean flavours added to this classic breakfast recipe!
I love packing vegetables into my breakfast however I can at the moment. So this goodness here is making my mouth water!
You’ve got to love something you can cook a big batch of – and then freeze – ready to grab and reheat on those busy mornings.
This classic hearty Mexican meal is sure to fill everyone’s tummies and keep them going for hours.
True story: I ate a breakfast sandwich juuuust like this on the morning of our wedding while I was getting ready. Spilled egg down my dress (luckily not my wedding dress!). Have multiple professional photos of me with a trail of egg yolk down my front while my hair and makeup were happening. No regrets. It was delicious.
This rich, vibrant dish is a ripper way to eat eggs – it’s a favourite of ours at the Sunday markets, so it would certainly make an extra-special weekday breakfast.
These look super delicious, and super portable – you know, in case you need to gobble breakfast in your car on the way to school drop-off or something.
Scrambled eggs are a huge favourite in our house, and I know my kids would love this sausage-y, cheese-y version of it.
Egg cups are a great cook-ahead-and-reheat breakfast option for fast-paced families.
I feel like I should make a joke here about millennials and avocados and buying houses or something… but Chris and I are millennials who currently don’t own a house so… guess the joke’s on us? Either way, this looks GOOD.
Look, I don’t have an instant pot but if you do… tell me that you’ll make these yummy eggy spheres of goodness?
I also don’t have a Taco Bell here in Australia. But this sounds tasty as heck, so I’d give it a burl for sure.
Simple, tasty, filling, and easy to pump out on a production line.
These yummy, eggy little muffins are sure to be a hit with the kids.
So apparently you can literally make scrambled eggs with just a jar and microwave, and this information has blown my mind just now.
Hello, let the slow cooker do the work for you while you catch up on your beauty sleep (or you know… get up fourteen times to attend to various small kids calling for you in the night). The important thing is, breakfast will be ready and waiting for you in the morning.
Again with the cooking in a jar. Simple, delicious, and novel enough to get the whole family digging in.
Quick and Make-Ahead Recipes With Oats
I’m pretty sure there’s nothing that comes close to being as warm and comforting as a hearty bowl of oatmeal in the morning. We blow through oats in our house. Some mornings I stand at the stove and just cook up a big pot of oatmeal with brown sugar or honey and lots of milk for the whole family. Oats are an energy-packed, belly-filling, budget-friendly way to start the day – ie the perfect family breakfast. They’re also very versatile, and I can’t wait to try some of these new ideas out.
Oats kheer is an Indian breakfast dish, and it sounds absolutely lovely – my kids would love this!
The apples and raisins in this oatmeal would lend so much sweetness to it. Beautiful!
For a special treat once in a while, this oats concoction looks utterly decadent.
Sure, it’s basically cake for breakfast. But that’s okay, because it’s breakfast cake.
Who wouldn’t want to dig into a baked breakfast that looks like this??
Yes, you can totally find a Summer-friendly oatmeal recipe. This is it. Strawberries can be very transformative like that.
Bananas. Peaches. Oatmeal. Heavenly.
AKA “How to get away with eating cheesecake before 10am”.
Just two steps will get you a nice batch of these ready for a couple of days worth of family breakfasts.
Apple and cinnamon is one of my favourite flavour combinations – these overnight oats are a must-try breakfast recipe for us!
Imagine serving this up for your family, or even guests. Eyes would light with anticipation. And there would be leftovers after. Which would be awesome.
Jackson is a blueberry fiend, and he’d pick all the blueberries out of this in a heartbeat. But I’m personally here for the creamy, fuss-free oats in the morning…
Muffins and Baking
While I don’t think muffins are a great idea every day of the week (unless you love it when your kids are hopped up on sugar every morning!), they do make a great treat once a week or so. Most muffin recipes can be busted out, from start to finish, in half an hour or less. And you can use that 15-20 minutes of bake time to quickly wash the mixing bowl, measuring cups and utensils. Serve muffins as a stand-alone breakfast, or with some chopped up fruit and a little bowl of Greek yoghurt. Mmmmm!
So I might be biased, because this is my own recipe, but these classic apple muffins are a breakfast favourite in our house!
These delicious breakfast muffins are packed with good stuff like carrots, apple, dried fruit and nuts, and apple sauce. I’m pretty sure this is the next batch of muffins I’m baking for my family now.
I bake a lot of banana bread. Like, a lot. And I love mixing it up and trying out new recipes each time. This one is going on the rotation for sure!
This recipe is flippin’ awesome because you actually make FOUR different flavour combinations within a single batch of muffins. This gives everyone in the family an opportunity to pick their favourite for breakfast.
These look so soft and crunchy and tasty and GOOD.
This looks like another totally divine way to use up those old bananas in the fruit bowl…
These yummy oat-packed bad boys should fill up big and little tummies alike.
Blueberry muffins are a classic at breakfast time, so next time try this healthier version.
Vegetarian Breakfast Recipes
Do you add vegetables to your breakfast often? Lately, I’ve been aiming to get at least one vegetable on my breakfast plate most days. Here are a few awesome ideas to get your whole family eating vegetables for breakfast on weekdays.
They look like meat, but these flavoursome “sausage” patties are actually tempeh, red onion, garlic, and a bunch of herbs. They sound absolutely delicious, and I reckon even Chris The Carnivore would enjoy these in place of the real thing on his way out the door to work.
Simple, hearty, and 100% the kind of thing I would order at a cafe (maybe topped with a poached egg for good measure).
Packed with nourishing vegetables, this casserole will keep your family fueled all morning.
I’ve been seeing the sweet potato toast trend popping up for years… it’s definitely time I try it for myself!
Another batch-cooking victory that will see your family through breakfast time for at least a couple of days.
Pancake And Waffle Recipes
What family doesn’t love a pancake breakfast!? Even if it’s a weekly occurrence in your home, it always feels a little bit special. We love switching it up and trying out new pancake and waffle recipes, so I can’t wait to start trying some of these.
My friend Tahlia shared this recipe on my other blog, Her Happy Heart, a couple of years ago and I’ve been making them ever since! They’re yummy, easy on tummies, and the kids love them.
These savoury pancakes are a spin on a classic Russian pancake dish. Topped with sour cream and chives, they’re definitely not the maple syrup-drenched short stacks that we grew up on, but they do look absolutely delicious (and I mean… hidden veggies. So good.)
In my experience, serving your family (specifically the kids!) a stack of chocolate pancakes for breakfast will never go down badly. Case closed.
There’s just something so yummy about banana pancakes – and it’s great to know that you’re sneaking fruit into your kids’ bellies first thing in the morning.
Blending is hands-down one of the fastest ways to whip up pancakes, and these cakes have extra oomph in the form of oats – great for energy, and feeling nice and full.
If the idea of standing at the stove to flip pancakes on a weekday seems totally unreachable, why not try making them in a sheet pan instead? Genius!
Another sheet pan pancake recipe, but less chocolate and more blueberry goodness.
Make waffle batter the night before, and let your waffle iron do all the work in the morning!
Homemade granola is a great little weekend habit to get into, and one that you can easily involve the kids with as well! Keep homemade granola in a nice big glass jar and I can almost guarantee you’ll feel a little bit proud of your efforts at breakfast time when you pull it from the pantry to feed the family.
Just five ingredients for this wholesome bowl – does it get any easier than that!?
Dried fruit lends such a delicious sweet spot to anything you add it to – and the white chocolate in this would just take it to that next level.
You just know you’re giving your family the good stuff when you place a bowl of this in front of them in the morning.
Ohmygosh. There we have it. Over 65 recipes for your family’s weekday breakfast adventures.
Are you feeling pumped? Got some new breakfast goodness to add to your arsenal? Feeling a little bit more ready to tackle the daily hustle that is feeding a family before you’ve had your first coffee of the day? I really hope so!
If you’re looking for even more breakfast recipe ideas, be sure to follow my Easy Breakfast Recipes board on Pinterest – I’m constantly pinning new ideas as I come across them.