Eating a good breakfast starts the day off right. Take your mornings from drab to delicious in less than 12 minutes with these quick breakfast ideas that will fill you up, give you energy, and get you out the door on time.

These quick breakfast ideas are sure to keep your family full until lunch - Tips from Fun Cheap or Free

Hey Freebs! It’s Britney from Color My Happy and today I’m talking about quick breakfast ideas. Eating a good, healthy breakfast gives me the energy I need to tackle my to-do list with a clear mind. I definitely notice a difference in both my mood and my productivity when I eat an actual meal versus when I skip breakfast or nibble my kid’s leftovers. Anybody else guilty of that?

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Plus, eating a good breakfast before school helps my kids be happier and sets them up for a successful day of learning, growing, and being a kid. However, getting a meal on the table in the chaos of the morning can be really, really HARD. Mornings are insane at our house! Today, I’m sharing 5 quick breakfast ideas that take 12 minutes or less. I love it when I can make a delicious breakfast and still get us out the door on time. It’s a double win!


These ideas are probably a little different for some, but they're so delicious and so filling. Not only do my kids love them, but they're great for mom and dad, too!


This is one of my favorite quick breakfast ideas. It’s easy, delicious, and keeps me full all the way until lunchtime.


First, grab a bagel, slice it in half, and stick it in the toaster.

While that toasts, make an egg scramble. I typically use eggs, real bacon crumbles, and whatever veggies I have on hand (spinach, tomatoes, peppers, etc.). You could also use sausage, diced ham, cheese, add a dash of milk, onions, olives, diced potatoes, whatever you want! I find that about one egg per half a bagel is about right.

A bagel egg scramble is a quick breakfast idea from Fun Cheap or Free

Finally, top the bagel with butter or cream cheese, and throw the egg scramble on top! Trust me…it’s so good! And it typically takes me about seven minutes or so to make. Delicious!


I LOVE fried eggs on toast! In fact, this is one of my favorite quick meals for any time of day. Those nights when I get home at 8:30 and realize I fed my kids but in the chaos of running to activities and appointments and errands, I never ate myself? Yep, fried egg and toast it is!


First, I stick my bread in the toaster, then get started on the egg. I spray the pan with olive oil spray, then I set it to a medium-high heat. Once it’s had a chance to warm up a little, I crack my egg right into the pan.

While that cooks up, the toast is usually ready to butter. I add butter and jam (yes, jam with the fried egg is SOOOOO good. Strawberry is my favorite). Make sure you keep checking on the egg while you're working on your toast so that it doesn't overcook!

When the top of the egg starts to bubble around the yolk, I flip it and let it cook for about half the time it took on the first side. Then I plop it on top of the toast and enjoy!

A delicious fried egg on toast is a great way to start your day - Tips from Fun Cheap or Free

I prefer my fried eggs over medium, so they’re a little runny, but don’t make too big of a mess. Trust me, too runny of eggs on a piece of toast is a lot more difficult to eat.


Smoothies are one of the easiest quick breakfast ideas. Grab some produce and a liquid, stick it in a blender, and BAM! Breakfast. Jordan has a great post on make-ahead freezer smoothie bags as well. With those on hand, all you have to do is dump and press the button in the morning. So easy!

Here are a couple of our favorite simple recipes:


  • ½ cup milk of choice
  • 1-6 oz. container of yogurt, plain or strawberry
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 2 big handfuls of spinach
  • Protein powder (Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides is our favorite tasteless powder)


  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup peach juice
  • 1 frozen banana
  • ½ cup frozen peaches
  • ½ cup frozen strawberries
  • 2 big handfuls of spinach
  • Protein powder

I love these, my kids love these, and I love that we are starting the day with some green veggies, woot woot! You can also add in chia seeds, oats, nut butter, flaxseeds, and liquid vitamins to add density and nutrition to your smoothies.

Smoothies are a delicious and nutritious way to start your day - Tips from Fun Cheap or Free

Honestly, my smoothie recipes change and adapt all the time and have come as a result of tossing things in a blender and seeing what my family likes. So experiment, get creative, and have fun with this!

I also like to let my kids get involved and ask what they want in it. If you have kids that are hesitant to drink smoothies, ask them to help you with the recipe. They’re more likely to try it if they feel like they have a say in it!


I recently found those rectangular hash brown patties at the grocery store and came to the realization that you can pop them in the toaster. Guys, this is a game changer!

This quick breakfast idea is a savory way to start your day - Tips from Fun Cheap or Free

So pop a hash brown in the toaster, fry up an egg, and serve it with a couple slices of avocado. You’ve got a delicious, filling, and fairly healthy breakfast in about five minutes. Ta-da! This is sure to become one of your go-to quick breakfast ideas.


Okay, this one might take more than 12 minutes up front, depending on your family size. I timed it and was able to make it in 12 minutes, but just barely. And that was only 6 slices of French toast (which was enough for my family that one morning).

But what makes French toast extra awesome is you can make it ahead of time and freeze it. Then, in the morning before work or school, simply pop the French toast in the toaster to reheat. It’s seriously just as good as it is fresh! It’s slightly crispy, but still soft, and oh so delicious! Jordan also has a great crunchy French toast sticks recipe for a twist on the classic.


  • Good old butter and syrup
  • Berries
  • Banana slices
  • Powdered sugar
  • Nutella
  • Nut butter
  • Whipped cream

My kids love to make a face on their French toast. We use bananas, berries, and whipped cream and they create a face, which makes it both an activity and a food. My kids get SO excited for French toast day!

French toast is a great make ahead breakfast idea - Tips from Fun Cheap or Free

Freezing Tip: Flash freeze your French toast on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper before throwing them in a freezer bag so they don’t get stuck together. Then you can easily pop out a piece or two as needed!


Cooking breakfast in the morning always seemed intimidating to me. In fact, it took me wayyyyy too long to actually start cooking my family a warm breakfast on a consistent basis. But I’ve learned that having just a few quick breakfast ideas on hand makes all the difference.

These breakfasts don’t take long to make, keep us fuller for longer, give us the energy and brain power we need to tackle our days, and make the whole family’s stomachs happy!

If you’d like to see more tips and tricks from me, check out my blog or follow me on Instagram. I’d love to see you there! What’s your favorite quick breakfast? Let me know in the comments below!

Start the day right with delicious and easy breakfast ideas on the table in less than 12 minutes! From Fun Cheap or Free

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