Breakfast is normally the last meal in which you actually want to put in effort. Maybe on a weekend when you’ve slept in until 10 am, but during the week, before work and rushing to send three kids off to school, breakfast needs to be quick and simple. However, you can still be creative despite the time-crunch. Here are 17 recipes sure to satisfy stomachs and start your day off right.

1. No-Bake Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Cookies


Normally you wouldn’t think “healthy” and “cinnamon roll” go in the same sentence, but this case is the exception. This no-bake recipe lets you go from prep to eating within five minutes, making it the perfect on-the-go breakfast. Check it out at Chelsea’s Messy Apron.

2. Easy Breakfast Quesadilla


This homemade, hand held breakfast means no mess, and is a much better option than a Pop-Tart. With eggs, milk and a cup of organic spinach, it’s a healthy and energizing option to start your day. Check it out at Simply Being Mommy.

3. Monster Cookie Granola


A nutritional breakfast with a little bit of dessert thrown in from the M&M’s®, the peanut butter and oats combine for a salty-sweet taste to awaken the senses in the morning. These can also be saved for weeks! Check it out at Something Swanky.

4. Cherry Breakfast Cake


This sweet and fruity cake combines lemon, cherry and blueberry for a tangy start to your day. There is a little bit of extra time involved in prep, around 15 minutes, but otherwise the oven does all of the work. Check it out at Italian Chips.

5. Granola Bars


These should be made the night before, given the recommended cooling time, but once they are made they become a great grab-and-go breakfast option. You can also add your favorite nuts or fruits. Check it out at Mama Manifesto.

6. Polenta Skillet Eggs with Chorizo


Eggs are always a good option for breakfast, but sometimes a little extra needs to be added for a more delicious flavor. This recipe encourages creativity; add sautéed mushrooms, spinach or even onions to satisfy your palate. Check it out at Feasting at Home.

7. Homemade Prot-meal


Yes, you did read that correctly. It’s homemade oatmeal, with vanilla protein added to it. Buy whatever oats, fruits or nuts you desire, and add in the protein to complete a balanced breakfast. Check it out at Nathan and Jenni.

8. Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes


It may sound like dessert, but it is actually a very healthy way to start the day. Using gluten-free oat flour, these light yet hardy pancakes are easy to make and don’t take much time at all. Check it out at Yammie’s Gluten Freedom.

9. Apple Sandwiches with Almond Butter


If you have an apple cutter, or a knife to do it the old-fashioned way, then you can make these sandwiches. With a generous helping of almond butter spread, you can ensure you and your kids will stay full until lunch time. Check it out at Garnish with Lemon.

10. Toblerone Danish Pastry


A flute with no holes is not a flute. And a doughnut with no hole is a danish. Using ready-made puff pastry, you can go from zero to full in only about 20 minutes. Sprinkle a little powdered sugar on top for extra flavor. Check it out at Skimbaco Lifestyle.

11. Nutella® Stuffed French Toast


The Nutella® craze isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, and this recipe allows you to indulge. Thick Texas toast allows you to enjoy as much or as little of the spread as you like. Check it out at Heather’s Dish.

12. Apple Cider Doughnuts


The laundry list of ingredients may be rather long, but given a blender or a quick whisking hand, you’ll be able to chow down on these within 15 minutes from start to finish. Check it out at Tasty Kitchen.

13. Berry Power Smoothie


Most of the time, your kids are simple in the morning; cereal or a muffin will suffice. But you need a bit more with your breakfast to make it through the day. And this smoothie is the easy, fresh way to start your morning right. Check it out at Kitchen Meets Girl.

14. Mixed Herb Scones with Sharp Cheddar


A lot of scones can take a while to make but these can be ready within a half-hour. The sharp cheddar will add an awakening taste to this flakey breakfast treat. Check it out at Three Many Cooks.

15. Cheerios® Muffins


Cereal and muffins are two breakfast staples, so it only seems natural to combine the two. Cheerios® provide this recipe a little extra breakfast time crunch. Check it out at Smashed Peas and Carrots.

16. Breakfast Pizza


The best part about a pizza recipe is that you can choose your own toppings. This recipe uses fruit and nuts on a bed of cream cheese, but nearly everything else within reason is up for use. Check it out at The Vanilla Bean Blog.

17. Waffle Breakfast Sandwiches


Sure, the frozen kind is all right, but there really is no substitute for the homemade kind. This recipe includes bacon and ham to make a neat little sandwich packed with protein and flavor. Check it out at Cassie Craves.

Fast and Tasty

In the mad rush that often occurs to get out the door in the morning, these recipes show it is still possible to enjoy a delicious and healthy breakfast even in a time crunch. And if you’re looking for great presentation – or simply marking whose dish is who’s for the kids – check out our personalized kitchen items!