35 nutritious breakfasts that will keep you full for longer than an hour
filling and fast breakfast fare to power you through your day.
Published Aug 15, 2016 9:00 AM
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Whether breakfast is truly the most important meal of the day is up for debate, but this morning repast can be a gamechanger for setting the tone of your day. Since there’s nothing more annoying than eating breakfast and then finding yourself getting hangry way before an acceptable hour to eat lunch, we’ve corralled 35 breakfast recipes that will keep you satiated and satisfied. From omelettes to protein-powered pancakes to smoothies to huevos rancheros, there’s plenty of variety to keep your taste buds dancing and your hunger quelled so you can go out and rule the world…or take a weekend morning nap. It’s your call how and if you face the day, but one thing’s certain: after these breakfasts, your stomach won’t be the one grumbling.
mushroom and goat cheese omelette with spinach and avocado
There are so many reasons why omelettes are breakfast and brunch staples. Among them: they are delicious and filling and can be filled with just about anything. Goat cheese, mushrooms, spinach, and avocado make this particular recipe hard to resist and just the sort of thing we want after a hard A.M. sweat session.
mean green Buddha bowl
Avocado, broccoli, edamame, eggs, chard: this bowl of deliciousness is the perfect way to get your greens in early. The Buddha bowl is paleo-friendly as is, but you could also mix in some brown rice for more fiber and heft.
chia, quinoa, and banana granola bars
Making homemade granola bars isn’t nearly as time-consuming and fussy as you might think, and one recipe actually makes for 8-10 breakfasts or snacks. Nutty, crunchy, filling, and studded with dried fruit, this chia and quinoa version will convince you dream up other variations as well.
black rice pudding with coconut and mango
Black rice is full of fiber and also has more protein than many rice varieties so this pudding will satiate you (and dazzle you with it’s Thai-inspired flavors). It looks equally yummy as an energizing afternoon snack.
flatbread French toast roll ups
When you want French toast without the fuss (which might just be all the time). These flatbread French toast roll-ups are super easy and begging to be filled with hearty nut butters or a rich sweet cheese and lots of fruit, sprinkled with ground flax seed, and drizzled with maple syrup. If you’re really in a hurry, skip the maple syrup, roll, and eat on the go.
brussels sprout and mushroom hash
Meaty caramelized mushrooms and Brussels sprouts make for a sumptuous fall breakfast, especially when served with some crusty bread or on top of leftover quinoa. Make this on a lazy weekend morning when apple picking, antiquing, or football game watching await you.
no bake cinnamon vanilla breakfast protein bites
These little treasures look a bit like donut holes, but don’t be fooled: they will keep you fueled far longer than those mini white sugar and refined flour gut bombs. Protein powder, nut flour, and nut butter make for a long lasting energy promise.
vegan breakfast burrito
Breakfast burritos are a no-brainer when you want a hearty, healthy option. A quick avocado slaw fancies this one up, and potatoes sautéed with onions complements the spiced black beans.
avocado sweet potato hash
Fifteen minutes is about all you’ll need for this nourishing, Whole 30-friendly meal. Slicing the veggies thinly or spiralizing them speeds up the cooking process. Add some scrambled eggs and top with avocado for a meal that will add a spring to your step and happiness in your belly. Sub scrambled tofu instead of eggs for a vegan option.
yogurt and granola popsicle
Three ingredients (granola, date syrup, and Greek yogurt) are all you need for a make-ahead, one-handed breakfast option that allows you to multitask your mornings like a boss.
hashbrown, spinach, and tomato pie
Using preshredded hash brown potatoes makes this diner-in-a-pan dish a snap. It’s little like a quiche, but with a surprising, satisfying hash brown crust. Feel free to toss in some extra veggies or herbs along with the spinach and tomatoes.
Acai bowls have been having a moment, and it’s not just because eating one is sort of like having melty ice cream and toppings for breakfast. Heartier than a smoothie, acai bowls are endlessly adaptable, so great creative and top with your favorite granola, fruit, coconut shavings, chocolate chips, chopped nuts, and so on.
summer breakfast tacos
Taco Night is always a hit at our house, so it makes complete sense that tacos for breakfast would be a family fan favorite too. The combo of creamy avocado, filling scrambled eggs, fresh tomatoes, chopped cilantro, and spicy salsa fuel and satisfy us every time.
paleo pumpkin coffee cake
You don’t have to wait until October to break out your favorite pumpkin recipes. Whether you have jumped on the Paleo bandwagon or not, add this recipe to your arsenal. You’ll be reaching for this flavorful, rich cake with a sweet and crumbly topping as soon as it’s out of the oven.
miso soup breakfast bowl
We know the idea of miso soup for breakfast may take a little getting used to, but we know that once you give it a try, you’ll be won over. Nourishing and soothing, particularly on chillier days, the soup combines seaweed, rice, leafy green veggies, carrots, and a double protein dose, thanks to tofu and an egg.
Not only is this personal skillet-sized delicious, it’s also adorable. Save yourself mucho dinero by making huevos rancheros at home instead of ordering them at a restaurant. If you have some leftover sautéed veggies, like zucchini, onions, or corn, add them to the mix too.
chinese congee (rice porridge)
Congee is a traditional Chinese breakfast and a soothing comfort food. Especially on mornings when you feel a little under the weather or in need of grounding, this simple yet flavorful rice porridge will do the trick. Top with some of your favorite protein if you need even more substance.
chocolate coffee protein chia breakfast bowls
If you need a caffeinated energy boost, this breakfast is calling your name. Chocolate protein powder and cocoa powder make this breakfast bowl into a mocha delight; simply add whatever toppings you are craving.
avocado banana smoothie
If smoothies occasionally leave you hungry, give this one a try. Avocado keeps you feeling full for hours, and we love the light and energizing addition of coconut water.
Quick and easy (and satiating) recipes make our mornings less stressful. Humble apple slices never looked so good; simply top with your favorite nut butter and add whatever toppings you crave. These are especially perfect for when our kids can’t decide what they want for brekkie and are in danger of heading to school on an empty belly.
smoked salmon breakfast stacks
There’s so much to love about these flavorful and fresh stacks of goodness. Our favorite part might be the homemade cauliflower buns that make for a refreshing alternative from English muffins or bagels. If you love you’re A.M. carb loading, you can go more traditional; you’ll still be getting plenty of energy from the avocado, eggs, and smoked salmon.
berry and yogurt breakfast tart with granola crust
Or you can go for the fancy French pastry look with similar breakfast staple ingredients. We love this granola crust recipe so much we’re going to look for excuses to use it in other breakfasts and desserts too.
chunky monkey greek yogurt pancakes
You probably have all of the ingredients for these decadent-looking pancakes on hand, so don’t hesitate to give them a try. They are literally packed with protein and will make you feel like you are having a sinful morning treat when you are truly feeding your belly with a long-lasting and nutritious breakfast.
frozen hot chocolate breakfast smoothie
We know it looks like we’re suggesting a chocolate milkshake for breakfast, but this recipe was actually created for breakfast, with the banana, almond milk, and chia seeds powering you on your way. Whatever gets you out of bed and out the door in the morning, right?
morning glory muffins
This muffin is like a mash-up of carrot cake and spiced apple cake and bursting with nuts, grated apples and carrots, spices, and raisins. The feel good power of having breakfast for several family members accomplished in one fell swoop cannot be overestimated.
strawberry stuffed french toast
French toast can be a total gut bomb, but this lighter, yet still sumptuous version makes us feel like we are getting away with something when we are really making a better-for-you breakfast. Using whole grain bread and full-fat cream cheese will keep you full and happy.
zucchini bread quinoa breakfast cookies
We love the idea of stashing a few of these in our bag for our walk to work or for having on hand to dish out to our kids during the morning rush. Zucchini bread is a perennial flavor fave, but you can also experiment with others (such as lemon poppy seed or cinnamon apple) once you get the hang of this recipe.
spinach artichoke breakfast bake
We love that this casserole can be prepped the night before, and then baked the following morning, making breakfast clean up a breeze. There’s something super satisfying knowing that your healthy and hearty eating plan for the week begins with this tasty and filling dish.
Also known as mini frittatas, egg cups are among over favorite bang-for-your-buck breakfasts. They can be made ahead and stuffed with an array of veggies or additional protein, and we still adore their simple, palm-sized appeal.
salmon hash with yukon gold potatoes and herbs
This salmon and potato hash seems like the kind of breakfast fisherman or frontiersman would make before beginning a long trek or day’s work. If it can power them through the day, we’re certain it will tide us over until lunch time.
sweet potato waffles
These refined flour-free beauties rely on roasted sweet potatoes for a rich natural sweetness. Toppings could include nut butters, berries, and maple syrup of course, but we’d add some caramelized bananas on top too. A fun recipe to try for the sweet potato-phobic.
chocolate hazelnut crepes
We probably had you at “chocolate hazelnut crepes”, but hear us out: these crepes are made from chickpea and buckwheat flour for a healthier and more filling base. The chocolate-hazelnut spread is free of refined sugars, instead relying on sweet potatoes and medjool dates. It may not exactly like the Paris classic, but we have a feeling it’s much, much better for us.
maple roasted blueberry almond oatmeal
Oatmeal has been a go-to filling breakfast for years, but it can get a boring rap. Not so with this yummy version: juicy blueberries get roasted with maple syrup, almond milk adds sweetness and fuller flavor than water, and chopped almonds and chia seeds top the dish, adding protein and crunch.
vegan breakfast sandwich
This breakfast sandwich is stacked with so many layers of goodness, no one would dare ask, “Where’s the protein?” The recipe actually comes together quickly, making it a great option for when hunger hits, but you don’t have time for an elaborate breakfast.
Four ingredients-that’s all you need to know. Well, that and the fact that these pancakes are deliciously and naturally sweet, courtesy of the banana. Keep this recipe filed away in your brain for when you think there’s nothing in your house and you’re tempted to grab a to-go sugary muffin on the way to work that leave you ready for second breakfasts before your coffee gets cold.