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What to eat

Quick breakfast ideas to get you through the month

Just because you're short on time doesn't mean you should go without the most important meal of the day.


As the saying goes, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of people that skip this golden meal, setting themselves up for a day of hunger, low mood and brain fog. 

Especially in January, when funds and motivation can be low, people often find it justifiable to miss breakfast, but we're here to help you cut out this bad habit. 

Breakfast doesn't have to be a time-consuming chore; it can be an easy addition to anyone's day. We've rounded up some of our favourite quick breakfast ideas to make sure that you don't go hungry this January. 

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Granola bars

Granola gets a bad rep, thanks to commercially made products containing an absolute mountain of sugar and other odd ingredients. However, the homemade variety can be jam-packed with flavour and nutrients, so don't count it out of your life just yet.

The oats in granola will give you slow-releasing energy, helping you to stay full and alert until lunch, while any seeds or fruit that you add will to give you a boost of antioxidants and vitamins. 

This granola bar recipe is great for a quick breakfast, but if you're feeling extra creative, why not make granola cups? Instead of baking the granola mix in a flat tray, press spoonfuls into a muffin tin, leaving a well in the centre. When baked and cooled, fill with a spoon of your favourite yoghurt, some fruit and whatever else takes your fancy, and you're ready to go. Unfilled, these cups will keep for about a week in an airtight container.

READ MORE: NutShed peanut butter granola recipe

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Breakfast burrito

Burritos are some of the most popular lunchtime options in Ireland – just look at how many Boojums and other Mexican-style restaurants have popped up over the past few years – but they're a great quick breakfast option too.

Instead of filling a tortilla with the usual suspects, whip up some scrambled egg and toss it into a wrap with some sriracha or Ballymaloe relish, chopped tomatoes, avocado, spinach and feta. It will take you all of five minutes to pull this dish together which, as a bonus, can be eaten on the go, adding another level of handiness to this option. 

READ MORE: Breakfast burrito recipe from The Happy Pear

Image by @alanna.waldron on Instagram.
Image by @alanna.waldron on Instagram.

Overnight oats

Overnight oats are some of the quickest and easiest breakfast ideas we've ever tried. All you have to do is combine oats with your favourite milk or yoghurt, leave to sit overnight and you're ready to rock. We love to prep enough overnight oats to fill our favourite to-go containers, that way we have breakfast ready to grab on our way out the door in the morning. 

Flavour combinations and toppings are endless, so you can experiment to your heart's content. Some of our favourite combinations include:

  • Oats, coconut milk, a spoon of crunchy peanut butter and a couple of chocolate chips
  • Oats, Greek yoghurt, cocoa powder, honey and banana
  • Oats, chia seeds, milk and frozen berries

READ MORE: Pantry staples: Oats

Photo by Ella Olsson on Unsplash.
Photo by Ella Olsson on Unsplash.

Breakfast muffins

Breakfast muffins are a sneaky way to feel like you're having dessert for breakfast, even though you can pack them full of delicious, healthy ingredients. The best way to enjoy these muffins is to make a batch early in the week or on a Sunday, then grab one every morning on your way to work.

They're a really good quick breakfast idea because once you have them cooked, you don't need to worry about your meals until you run out. To pack in nutritional value, we like to add oats, banana, fruit and seeds to our muffin batter. 

READ MORE: Hugo Arnold's banana breakfast muffins 


It might seem like an obvious choice, but smoothies and juices are really good for a quick breakfast. Most blenders come with built-in cups, so once your mix is blended you're ready to grab your smoothie and go If you have a little more time, you can pour your drink into a glass and enjoy at your leisure while you get ready.

Our top tip for creating a filling smoothie is to add a scoop of oats or chia seeds to the mix. This way you'll get loads of slow-releasing energy throughout the morning, ensuring you stay full. Again, this is another quick breakfast idea that is infinitely customisable. Mix and match fruit and vegetables to find your favourite pairing, blitz the mix for less than a minute and enjoy.

READ MORE: Blueberry and beetroot smoothie

Berry smoothie. Image from @vegan.recipes.lifegood on Instagram.
Berry smoothie. Image from @vegan.recipes.lifegood on Instagram.