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5-Minute Breakfasts So You Can Still Get to Work on Time

By Anisha Jhaveri | June 13, 2017 | Greatist

Whether it’s because you take forever to get dressed, are scrambling after an a.m. workout, or just really like the snooze button, making time to eat a well-rounded breakfast on weekdays can be a serious challenge. Who’s got a half-hour—or even 15 minutes—to stir up a pot of oats or whip up omelets?

But a quick bite before work doesn’t need to mean a bowl of cereal that will only leave you hungry an hour later or a way-too-greasy bagel sandwich from the corner deli. Check out these seven ideas for filling, tasty, and seriously quick breakfasts that take up just five minutes or less.

1. Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

Photo: Everyday Easy Eats

You do need to set aside the five minutes to make this breakfast the night before you actually eat it, but that just means you save even more time in the morning. Give the honey, oats, milk, and banana enough time to hang out while you’re asleep, so that you’ve got a sweet, chewy bowl to enjoy chilled or warmed up when the sun—and you—rise.

2. Quick and Easy Avocado Toast

Photo: The Glowing Fridge

There’s a reason avocado toast is so freakin' popular—it’s loaded with healthy fats, it’s delicious, and it’s quick. This recipe is also super customizable; use any bread you like and keep it simple with the blogger’s version of hemp seeds and cucumber, or go nuts with additional veggies or drizzles of hot sauce.

3. Super-Healthy Breakfast Bowl

Photo: Julie's Eats and Treats

Keep cool on even busier days with this chilled fruit and yogurt bowl. It’s a quicker, deconstructed parfait, and with flaxseeds and chia seeds adding healthy fats, it’s both light and filling at the same time.

4. Five-Minute Cinnamon Pecan “Baked” Breakfast Apple

Photo: Healthy Sweet Eats

Fruit and yogurt parfaits are refreshing, but there’s nothing like a hot meal to comfort you before a hectic day ahead—especially one that tastes like dessert. With healthy fats from the pecans, and a dollop of yogurt to complement the gooey microwaved apples, this bowl is the breakfast equivalent of a warm hug.

5. Protein Breakfast Sandwich

Photo: Macheesmo

Crammed with protein from the black beans, egg, and spinach, this sandwich takes just five minutes to make but will keep you full for hours. We’re into math like that.

6. Paleo “Instant” Oatmeal

Photo: Cook Eat Paleo

When it comes to eating Paleo, planning meals in advance is all the more important. Make breakfast a no-brainer with this four-ingredient bowl. It looks and tastes like oatmeal, but it’s actually a fluffy concoction of mashed banana, almond flour, and shredded coconut. You won’t miss the grains at all!

7. Two-Minute Scrambled Eggs

Photo: Where the Cookies Are

Microwaved meals-in-mugs can be lifesavers when you’re in a pinch but don’t want to resort to buying breakfast outside. This one goes above and beyond where saving time is concerned, nuked and ready to go in just two minutes. We recommend throwing some spinach in there to get a quick fix of veggies too.

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Anisha Jhaveri
Greatist