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15 on-the-go breakfast ideas


Our on-the-go breakfast ideas are quick and flavoursome, helping you start the day right. Try make-ahead meals like overnight oats or superfood scrambled eggs.

It’s hard to balance a healthy, nutritious diet alongside a full-time job and family life. After making packed lunches in the morning, the last thing you want to think about is whipping up an army’s worth of cooked breakfasts. Or maybe you’re only responsible for yourself, but those extra 20 minutes in bed seem far more worthwhile than a hot brekkie.


For inspiration for breakfasts and brunches on treat-yourself mornings, take a look at our delicious breakfast and brunch recipes.

We've gathered a collection of tasty make-ahead recipes that can be chucked onto a plate without hassle. Or, for those with a few minutes to spare, a selection of recipes that take 10 minutes or less to prepare.

Make ahead


Cooling rack of banana & pecan muffins

Breakfast muffins make a great on-the-go breakfast as you can prepare them the night before, ready to eat in the morning. Our delicious breakfast muffins are healthier than your average muffin, using mashed banana and apple sauce for natural sweetness plus blueberries and seeds for an extra nutritious hit. For a more decadent option, try our easy banana muffins that use buttermilk to make them extra moist and pecans for those buttery healthy fats.

Look at our breakfast muffin recipes for more batches of delicious, fluffy muffins to give you an energy boost in the morning.

Breakfast bars

Pile of granola bars

Our breakfast bars are fruity, chewy flapjacks packed with delicious oats and cereal. Kids will love to help make them, and they’re perfect for lunch boxes. Or try our on-the-run breakfast bars, which can be frozen and saved for a later date.

Breakfast on the go has never been easier with our tasty granola bar recipes. Choose from energy-boosting oats, fruit and nut fillings for a quick snack.

Overnight oats

Bowls of yogurt, berries, almond and chia seeds

Overnight oats are ideal for a busy schedule because they can be prepared the night before. Our banana overnight oats are a great start to any day as they are filling and full of fibre. Or try our chia & almond overnight oats for a healthy and energising breakfast, rich in omega 3. It’s a vegan recipe, but cow's milk and yogurt can be substituted if preferred.

Try more of our healthy overnight oats recipes for a quick and nutritious breakfast.


Granola made of nuts and seeds

Granola is a beautiful way to start the day as it’s packed with heart-healthy oats, seeds, nuts and berries. Enjoy with milk or yogurt and fresh seasonal berries – sure to make you feel great. Try our homemade granola recipe, which can be made in a batch of up to 15 servings, or our nuts & seeds granola which serves 10. Great for saving time as you only have to prepare once every week or two.

Start the day with one of our energy-boosting granola recipes. From crunchy fruit and nut breakfast cereals to tasty snack bars, these oaty treats will power you through to lunch.


Green smoothie next to a bowl of oats, an avocado and a bowl of kale

Smoothies are a great make-ahead breakfast as they're so quick to make – all our recipes having a preparation time of five minutes or less. Our kale smoothie is vegan, gluten-free and gives you a great hit of vitamin C to start your day off. Or try our strawberry smoothie, vegan and gluten-free but a sweeter option as it's made with bananas and orange juice. Try our super speedy two-minute breakfast smoothie for a low-fat alternative.

For more natural energy drinks and filling breakfasts, try more of our nutritious smoothie recipes.

10 minutes or less

Poached eggs on avocado & feta toast

Toast topped with avocado, feta and a poached egg

This variation on the traditional avocado toast is incredibly moreish. The addition of salty feta to the creamy avocado is a great flavour match, with a little chilli for a slight kick. Topped with a runny poached egg, this recipe is irresistible and worth setting aside 10 minutes in a busy morning.

Simple nutty pancakes

Pancakes topped with nuts and syrup

These simple nutty pancakes can be made in just 10 minutes and are a great healthier alternative to regular pancakes with the addition of nuts and agave syrup instead of maple or sugar. The recipe makes four pancakes but can easily be doubled.

Basic omelette recipe

Omelette next to tomatoes

Master the omelette with our easy-to-follow recipe and then add the filling of your choice – grated cheese, ham, fresh herbs, mushrooms and smoked salmon are some of our favourites.

Superfood scrambled eggs

Scrambled eggs on toast topped with salmon, spinach and tomatoes

This variation on the classic breakfast adds pumpkin seeds, curry powder and smoked salmon to take your scrambled eggs to the next level. Enjoy with your toast of choice and season well. Delicious!

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