Weekday Morning Breakfast Ideas

Think beyond the cereal bowl. Try our delicious ideas for weekday breakfasts, from flavorful fruit parfaits and smoothies to muffins and quick breads you can bake ahead of time.

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Ham and Cheese Crepes

Monica Buck

Ham and Cheese Crepes

When you whip up a batch of crepes ahead of time (or pick up premade ones at the store), morning prep for this savory breakfast is quick and reaps satisfying results. Simply top a crepe with grated cheese and diced ham and tomatoes, roll up, and pop it in the oven until the cheese melts (about 5 minutes).

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Peach Parfaits

Monica Buck

Peach Parfaits

This light breakfast is superfast to prepare and offers a delicious departure from breakfast basics. Blend sliced peaches, milk, and a drop of almond extract for a creamy and nutritious drink. Layer on the goodness with mashed fresh raspberries.

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Banana-Crunch Loaf

Ann Stratton

Banana-Crunch Loaf

Whether leisurely reading the newspaper at the breakfast table or firing off e-mails from your desk, savor a slice of this tasty quick bread, which is packed with potassium-rich bananas and sprinkled with a low-fat granola topping. You can also bake this versatile batter as a pan of muffins (just be sure to reduce the oven time).

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Blueberry-Orange Muffins

Tina Rupp

Blueberry-Orange Muffins

Your whole family will love starting the day with juicy blueberries folded into muffins perked up by fresh orange zest.

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Fruit Smoothie

Fruit Smoothie

Slurping a fruit smoothie for breakfast kick-starts your metabolism, and it tastes as indulgent as a milkshake. Perfect your home blend with nonfat yogurt, orange juice, sliced banana, and frozen fruit such as strawberries or peaches.

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Pumpkin-Raisin Scones

Kate Mathis

Pumpkin-Raisin Scones

Complement your morning latte with these seasonal favorites laced with canned pumpkin, ginger, and raisins. Dip them in coffee, or smear a bit of apple butter for an explosion of fall flavors.

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Back-to-School Breakfast Ideas for Busy Moms

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Egg Knot

Mark Thomas

Egg Knot

Trade your traditional toast for a piece of eggy bread baked on the weekend. The knotted loaf might look tricky to shape, but it's actually quite easy -- no Boy Scout-style knot mastery required. Simply divide your dough in two. Shape half as a basic loaf, and roll the remaining dough into a rope, then divide into balls, which are then placed on top.

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Eggs-for-Supper Casserole

Mark Ferri

Eggs-for-Supper Casserole

Get twice the bang for your baking: Serve this easy egg casserole for supper: then zap leftovers in the microwave the morning after.

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Ham-and-Cheese Biscuits

Ham-and-Cheese Biscuits

Grab-and-go breakfasts don't have to be loaded with sugar. Sate your savory side with these biscuits specked with chopped baked Virginia ham and shredded Cheddar cheese. Though they're mouthwatering when hot from the oven, these biscuits are delicious served at room temperature a couple of days later, too.

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Berry Twist Bread

Berry Twist Bread

This fruit- and nut-filled pastry bread requires a few more steps to prepare the yeast dough, but the effort is worth it -- especially to have on hand for those weekday mornings when you can't bear another bowl of cereal.

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Apple Granola Squares

Apple Granola Squares

For those mornings when it's all you can do to dash out the door on time, satisfy your sweet tooth with a grab-and-go bar topped with baked apples and crunchy raisin granola.

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Chocolate-Applesauce Bread

Chocolate-Applesauce Bread

Who says you can't have chocolate for breakfast? Indulge your inner chocoholic with this cocoa-dusted bread that calls for applesauce instead of high-fat oil.

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Wake-Up Breakfast Bars

Alexandra Grablewski

Wake-Up Breakfast Bars

These breakfast bars are convenient for mornings when eating on the run is the only option. Better yet, they're packed with protein and carbs to fuel your busy schedule.

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Carrot-Zucchini Muffins

Alan Richardson

Carrot-Zucchini Muffins

Skip those too-sweet muffins that tempt at the coffee shop, and opt for homemade whole wheat muffins bursting with healthful ingredients, from shredded zucchini and carrots to sunflower seeds and chopped walnuts.

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Cheese-and-Cherry Danishes

Cheese-and-Cherry Danishes

These rich Danishes are a relatively low-calorie alternative to the shockingly fat-loaded kinds you salivate over at the local bakery. Stuffed with cherry pie filling and pot cheese or cream cheese and sprinkled with almonds, the decadent pastry is still best enjoyed as an occasional treat.

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