Quick Breakfast Ideas for the Busy Parent

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Yogurt and Fruit Bowl

With kids going back to school soon, I thought I would share some of my favorite quick breakfast recipes. These are my three go-to breakfast options that leave me satisfied and full until lunch time. They’re also perfect for on-the-go, which is great for those that snoozed the alarm clock one too many times. All three are kid and adult friendly, easily customizable, and contain fruit, healthy fats, and some protein!

Yogurt Bowl

  • 1 single serve container of yogurt (I personally love the Oikos Triple Zero vanilla. You can also buy a large tub and measure it out, just keep in mind this will require some prep so it won’t be as “grab and go” friendly)
  • Fruit of your choice (Blueberries are my favorite because they require no chopping, just a rinse and a sprinkle onto your yogurt)
  • Granola or nuts

1. Top yogurt with fruit and granola and enjoy!

Pancake Bowl


  • ½ cup Pancake Mix (any pancake mix will do, but I prefer the Kodiak Cake mix as it is whole grain and has a little extra protein)
  • ½ cup low-fat milk or water
  • Toppings of choice: Fruit and/or peanut butter are both my favorite toppings
  • 2 Tbsp syrup*


  1. Mix pancake mix and water in a microwave safe bowl until blended well (a shallow bowl is best. Use plastic to-go containers for a grab-and go option)
  2. Place in microwave and cook for 2 minutes. Check to make sure the middle is done, if not add increments of 30 seconds until fully cooked)
  3. Top with peanut butter, blueberries, banana, or whatever you like on your pancake!
  4. Drizzle 2 Tbsp of syrup and enjoy!

*Sugar free syrup is also a great option here! If taking it to-go, top your plastic container with a lid and put syrup in a little container to avoid your pancake getting too soggy, although I haven’t found this amount of syrup to make the pancake very soggy.

Ashley’s Protein Oatmeal

My sister-in-law shared this recipe with me and I think it is the best protein oatmeal recipe I have tried!


  • ½ cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 scoop of protein powder (whatever flavor or brand you like)
  • 1-2 Tbsp Cinnamon depending on your preference
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • ¾ cup water
  • Toppings of choice: I love 1 tsp honey, blueberries or strawberries, and chopped walnuts


  1. Mix all ingredients except the toppings in a microwave safe bowl.
  2. Microwave for 1 minute, stir, and then allow it to sit for a minute or two. It will thicken as it sits.
  3. Add toppings and enjoy

For an on-the-go option:

  1. Place all ingredients except the toppings into a mason jar the night before. Stir well until it’s all mixed together.
  2. Leave in fridge overnight.
  3. For cold oats: stir the oats, add your toppings and enjoy

For warm oats: stir the oats, microwave for 1-2 minutes until it’s heated through to your liking, stir again, add your toppings and enjoy.