Quick breakfast ideas for school

by Emily Bunsold

The most important meal of the day, and yet only 36% of high school students actually eat breakfast in the morning. The main reason primarily being because they “don’t have time.” Well, 15 minutes doesn’t seem like that much time at all. So instead of hitting snooze that one last time, try to drag yourself out of bed and down to the kitchen to make a delicious and nutritious meal to start your day off. These four quick breakfast ideas will have you excited and wanting to eat breakfast in the morning. You’ll feel more awake and less hungry during school, and with how late you stayed up trying to finish that paper last night, you could use every ounce of energy available.

Oat Pancakes

Pancakes are the epitome of breakfast, but sometimes they can take forever to cook. But these banana oat pancakes that I saw on Pinterest have 6 ingredients and only take a maximum to 2 minutes to cook. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 bananas
  • 1 egg
  • 1/8 teaspoon on baking powder
  • 2/3 cup of oats
  • a shake or two of salt
  1. In a blender, pour all of the above ingredients and mix
  2. While your batter is mixing, placing a frying pan on a stove and set to medium heat. Place butter or cooking spray on your pan to ensure that the batter will not stick to the pan.
  3. Pour however much batter you want–the more batter, the bigger the pancake–onto the frying pan
  4. Wait…flip…wait
  5. Place on plate
  6. Continue steps 3-7 until batter is all gone

I find that honey tastes best over the pancakes, but you can use peanut butter or syrup of your choice instead. Adding fruit on top is always an option as well.

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time:  2 minutes per pancake (makes 3)

Clean up: 2 minutes

Total time: 13 minutes

pancakes PB

Apple Sandwiches

My second recipe is one you can make and then take it on the go in the car, on the bus, or even when you are walking to school! Nothing is as delicious as these Apple Sandwiches.

What you’ll need:

  • Any apple of your choice
  • almond butter
  • honey
  • mini chocolate chips
  1. Slice your apple so that you have to thick slivers and cut the middle (core) out of the apple. Apples 1
  2. Take your almond butter, honey, and chocolate chips and spread them on the apple chips
  3. Squish together and enjoy!apples 2

You can substitute the almond butter for peanut butter if that’s what you like, and chocolate chips can be traded in for granola or different kinds of berries.

Prep time: 5 minutes

Clean up time: about 1 minute

Total time: 6 minutes

Avocado Egg Sandwich

The next idea is one that does take some time, but is SO worth it in the end! My personal favorite, an avocado and egg sandwich.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 slices of bread
  • half an avocado
  • 2 eggs
  • salt and pepper
  1.  Toast your slices of bread. TIP: To get your bread crispy on the outside and softer on the inside, place them in the same side of the toaster together like seen here:toaster
  2. While your bread is in the toaster, pull out your frying pan and place it on the stove at medium heat
  3. Crack your 2 eggs (I made mine over easy, but if you’re on a time crunch, scrambling them will take a lot less time!)
  4. While the eggs are cooking, take one half of your avocado and mash it up in a small bowl. Add salt and pepper if you want.
  5. By this time, your bread should be out of the toaster. Smear the smashed avocado onto one side of bread.egg avo
  6. If your eggs are done, use a spatula to slide them onto the other slice of bread.
  7. Smush two pieces of bread together and cut them in triangles. Enjoy!egg avo sandwich

There are endless possibilities with this one. You could add bacon, cheese, tomatoes, peppers, practically anything you want on the sandwich!

Prep time: 3 minutes

Cook time: 11 minutes

Clean up: about 1 minute

Total time: 15 minutes

Banana Wrap

My last recipe is probably the easiest out of all of them. This banana wrap took me a total of 4 minutes to make. But it tasted like I spend a whole lot longer on it!

What you need:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 tortilla
  • peanut butter
  • mini chocolate chips
  1. Smear peanut butter all over one side of the tortilla
  2. Sprinkle chocolate chips over peanut butter
  3. Place banana on one side of tortilla
  4. Roll
  5. Cut off sides on tortilla
  6. Eat!

tortillatortilla bananatortilla 2

Prep time: 3 minutes

Clean up: 1 minute

Total time: 4 minutes

I got a little excited to eat this one and forgot to take a picture of it being made, hence the big bite out of it in the picture. But again, any of these ingredients could be substituted to make it suit your tastes.


It can be easy to forget or just not want to make the effort to cook and eat breakfast, but hopefully, some of these quick and yummy ideas will get you a little more motivated to take the initiative to make a healthy meal before school. And as you can see all of these breakfast recipes and ideas can be totally tailored to what you like to eat, so don’t be afraid to experiment and get cooking!


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