Quick and easy breakfast ideas that'll set you up for a 9am

Maddy McKennaon 15 September 2021
pancakes, strawberries and yoghurt on a plate

Waking up in time for lectures is no easy feat. But that doesn't mean you should skip breakfast. Here are easy five-minute breakfast ideas to prepare you for the day.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But for students, getting up in time for a lecture means breakfast is often overlooked. 

However, with days jam-packed with studying, socialising and sporting activities, students need to be energised from the get-go. Here is your go-to guide for quick and easy breakfast ideas that’ll have you out the door in no time. 

Toast or bagel with a topping of your choice

Even the most basic student accommodation has a toaster, so you can get creative in the morning when it comes to toppings. There are some obvious frontrunners in nutrition, such as avocado (a staple for the classier student) or Marmite and peanut butter for those looking to up their protein intake. 

avocado toast

Cereal or "nature’s cereal"

If you love cereal but are worried about the monotony of eating a family pack of Special K all to yourself, buy a variety pack. It’s about the same price, and they are super convenient to throw in your bag for breakfast on the go! Alternatively, share a few boxes with your flatmates.

If you want to spice up your cereal, add some fruit or check out Lizzo’s recipe for Nature’s Cereal. A mixture of berries, fruit and coconut water, it’s a refreshingly chilled breakfast to get your brain working. It will also help you detox from the pints you had the night before.

Lizzo saying "let's go"

Overnight oats

As the name suggests, this breakfast idea means it requires zero preparation in the morning because, clever you, you sorted it the night before. It’s as simple as soaking your oats in natural yoghurt or fruit puree and then adding some water in the morning to loosen them up. Add whatever toppings you like. 

Check out recipe inspiration on BBC Good Food, Minimalist Baker and, everyone’s favourite, Pinterest.  

Pesto eggs

After going viral on TikTok, it seems everyone is trying out this breakfast idea. Simply cook a fried egg as you would normally, replacing the oil with a spoonful of pesto. 

These eggs are best served on toast, but they deserve their own section for both taste and aesthetics. 


Before you completely dismiss this breakfast as a boujee weekend brunch idea, think about this - what if there was a way to make quick, fluffy pancakes every morning? We’ve got the solution.

Simply make your favourite pancake batter the night before and store it in the fridge, ready for flipping first thing in the morning. Here are some recipes for the batter that you can make ahead of time

Dwight Schrute eating pancakes

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Just because you don’t have hours to whip up your breakfast, that doesn’t mean you can’t make a feast. Make basic scrambled eggs in the microwave, pop in some toast and heat a can of baked beans. Vegetarian, ready in five minutes and packed with protein. Perfect brain food.

Breakfast smoothie

This is one of the more expensive options as you’ll need a blender and fruit but it is still possible on a budget if you opt for frozen fruit. 

With so many recipes to choose from, a smoothie is a sneaky way of packing nutrients into your diet while protecting you from Freshers’ Flu. 

Blender spilling everywhere

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Maddy McKennaon 15 September 2021