15 Cheap and Easy Breakfast Ideas

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Mornings are tough, and finding the time to squeeze in breakfast before dashing out the door can feel even trickier. Know this, though — it’s totally possible, and even easy, when you have the right recipes in hand. From super-simple egg wraps to chai-spiced oats, here are 15 smart, easy ideas that make mornings even tastier without breaking the bank.


Consider eggs your breakfast superhero. Packed with protein and nearly endless versatility, this ingredient delivers a nourishing breakfast that comes together fast and under budget.

Masala Chai-Spiced Oatmeal(Image credit: Brie Passano)

Oatmeal and Grains

Lean on the budget-friendly bulk bins for oats and grains that can be easily cooked into warm and comforting breakfast bowls. Just because it’s a bowl of grains doesn’t mean it can’t be exciting. You can top a bowl of oatmeal any number of ways (savory or sweet), or skip the oats all together in favor of quinoa or a savory white rice porridge.

Sweet Morning Potato with Yogurt(Image credit: Sara Kate Gillingham)

Baked Breakfasts

If you crave something sweet to get your day rolling, a simple batch of grab-and-go muffins, hearty oat bars, or a budget-friendly baked sweet potato are the answers for you. These are the items to make in big batches. Getting a week’s worth of breakfasts after one afternoon in the kitchen is pro-level meal planning.

Banana Bread Smoothie(Image credit: Jerrelle Guy)


Filled with nourishing, protein-packed ingredients that get dumped in the blender and blitzed together, these smoothies are just as delicious as they are filling.