Over 25+ Easy and Healthy Grab and Go Breakfast Ideas (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free) to make ahead and save time and keep you satisfied. All are freezer friendly, easy to prep and kid friendly- Dairy free, sugar free, whole 30 and nut free options included!
Grab-and-go breakfasts which are portable, easy to prepare and taste like dessert? You have NO excuse to skip meals ever again!
They say breakfast is a brain food or meal.
There is a ton of evidence to show that people don’t necessarily need breakfast to function. I’m not part of that group, so I cannot vouch for it. During my busy school days, grueling university and college classes and once I started work- Breakfast was indeed key for me to be able to function.
We live in a day and age where having a ‘good breakfast’ or a ‘filling breakfast’ comes with excuses. When we turn to something easy like cereal, well, there comes another spanner in the works. Old classics like cereal with milk, toast with peanut butter and even a smoothie have all been vilified. If that isn’t the excuse that is used, the next one is that they are ‘boring’.
Breakfast should not only be a daily staple, but it should be something enjoyable, delicious and deceptively healthy. Why have cereal and milk when you could have a slice of cake? Why have a piece of toast when you could have a healthy baked doughnut with a protein packed glaze?
I’m an advocate for eating delicious breakfasts which keep you satisfied all day but are also easy to prep. By putting aside a couple of hours on the weekend, you can easily and quickly make several different grab-and-go breakfasts.
The below recipes are all simple, quick to prepare and make several servings each. There is also a ton of variety, including hearty baked goods, no bake bars and filling smoothies. Some can be prepped the night before, and many can be made way in advance and frozen in freezer-friendly singular portions. Not only that, the recipes featured are simple and very kid friendly too.
Not only are most of the recipes below paleo, vegan, dairy free and gluten free, but most are also sugar free and high protein. For those with peanut allergies or nut allergies, please refer to the recipes themselves for tested options.
HEALTHY BAKED GRAB-AND-GO BREAKFASTS
Muffins and cakes are usually considered to be desserts or a mid-afternoon sweet treat. However, I’ve shared many healthy versions designed specifically for breakfast. These breakfast cakes are made without any white sugar (by using a monk fruit sweetener or coconut palm sugar) or processed flour (I prefer using oat flour or even brown rice flour).
The frostings or icings are packed with protein and low in fat. Every recipe is balanced to keep you satisfied and fueled, and leave hunger at bay!
Flourless Carrot Breakfast Cake (Vegan, Gluten Free, Sugar Free)
Carrot Cake Breakfast Muffins (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free)
Sticky Cinnamon Roll Baked Oatmeal (Vegan, Gluten Free, Sugar Free)
Flourless Blueberry Breakfast Muffins (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free)
Flourless Cinnamon Bun Breakfast Cake (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free)
Sweet Potato Breakfast Brownies (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free)
Flourless Cinnamon Bun Breakfast Doughnuts (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free)
4 Ingredient Flourless Breakfast Brownies (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free)
HEALTHY NO-BAKE GRAB-AND-GO BREAKFASTS
Want to make these healthy grab-and-go breakfasts even easier? Don’t bother turning on an oven at all! There are many grain free flours which are suitable to be enjoyed without any baking necessary, like coconut flour or almond flour. For something grain-based, grinding up quinoa flakes or rolled oats are also viable options.
The below recipes are easy, delicious and require zero baking. They are freezer friendly and smaller portions can be tucked away in lunch boxes to be enjoyed as a snack later in the day. You’ll notice protein powder in a handful of them. Please note, these are all optional and can be omitted completely!
No Bake Peanut Butter Cup Breakfast Bars (Vegan, Gluten Free, Sugar Free)
4 Ingredient No Bake Flourless Breakfast Brownies (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free)
No Bake Superfood Breakfast Cookies (Vegan, Gluten Free, Sugar Free)
No Bake Vanilla Cake Batter Breakfast Cookies (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free)
No Bake Cookies and Cream Breakfast Bars (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free)
HEALTHY HOT-OR-COLD BREAKFAST BOWLS
I love eating from bowls, but that happens….rarely. The beauty of these breakfast bowls is that they can be made portable by prepping them in Tupperware and enjoyed hot or hold! Not only that, they can be batch cooked or prepped individually the night before.
For the oatmeal recipes, I opt for using rolled oats, as I love the texture. They can all be switched to quick oats, oat bran and even steel cut oats. You’ll just need to adjust the liquids to compensate. If you cannot tolerate oats, swap it out for another breakfast grain, like quinoa flakes or buckwheat flakes.
Sticky Cinnamon Roll Batter Oatmeal (Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free)
Vanilla Cake Batter Oatmeal (Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free)
Snickers High Protein Overnight Oats (Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free)
High Protein Almond Joy Overnight Oats (Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free)
Golden Milk Overnight Oats (Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free)
Sticky Cinnamon Roll Chia Seed Pudding (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free)
Brownie Batter Chia Seed Pudding (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free)
HEALTHY AND FILLING SMOOTHIES
Smoothies get a bad rap for being bland, boring and unsatisfying. The below recipes prove otherwise. Outside of the frozen fruit and milk/non-dairy milk, there are ways to thicken up these breakfast beverages, and give them so much more staying power!
Adding rolled oats, some peanut butter or nut-free alternative or a scoop of protein powder turns a traditional mid-meal snack into a satisfying and filling morning meal!
Brownie Batter Oatmeal Smoothie (Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free)
Carrot Cake Oatmeal Smoothie (Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free)
3 Ingredient Banana Breakfast Smoothie (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free)
4 Ingredient Mixed Berry Smoothie (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free)
4 Ingredient Chunky Monkey Smoothie (Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free)
Low Carb Snickers Breakfast Shake (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free)
HEALTHY FREEZER FRIENDLY PANCAKES AND WAFFLES
Gone are the days where pancakes are a sometimes or treat morning meal. Now, you can enjoy pancakes or waffles every single morning. To do this, you’ll simply need to batch cook whichever pancake or waffle recipe you would like. Once cooled, you will baggie each portion individually, and place in the freezer. The night before you want to enjoy them, simply thaw out and toast or reheat! Spread with some almond butter or sunflower seed butter and voila- Satisfying, filling and secretly healthy!
Thick and Fluffy Banana Smoothie Pancakes (Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free)
Low Carb Vanilla Pancakes (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free)
Thick and Fluffy Zucchini Bread Pancakes (Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free)
Low Carb Vanilla Waffles (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free)
Thick and Fluffy Blueberry Smoothie Pancakes (Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free)
Enjoy these 25+ Easy and Healthy Grab and Go Breakfast Ideas (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free) and let’s get rid of all the morning excuses and get fuelling!
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So many very good recipes to choose from. I like your breakfast cakes, and easy to bake the night before.
I am SUCH a sucker for your breakfast recipes! I remember biting into my take on your lemon blueberry breakfast cake and being in HEAVEN. Ugh, it was amazing! 😀
My Four Ingredients Brownies came out for like a thick fudge consistency. They taste good though. Any idea as to why they turned out like that?
It must be the amount of starch used or protein powder 🙂