Bored of the same old breakfast? We've got you covered. Read on as we look at some incredible breakfast hacks that you have to try at least once.
Breakfast. It’s the only meal of the day where it’s as acceptable to have any number of egg and meat combinations as it is to have sweet pastries more suited to a dessert menu. Or indeed, a combination of the two – pancakes topped with bacon and maple syrup, anyone?
But even though you can have almost anything you want for breakfast, how often do you actually whip up something special? No time combined with a serious lack of energy before that first caffeine hit kicks in makes even pouring cornflakes into a bowl feel like an effort.
Luckily, there are some great breakfast hacks out there to help you change all that. Keep reading to learn the tips and tricks that will help you step up your breakfast game!
1. Quick Raspberry & Chocolate Oatmeal
If you’re looking for easy breakfast hacks, you might rule out oatmeal altogether. After all, it’s time-consuming to prepare and you’re left with a dirty saucepan to clean afterward.
But, blasting your oats in the microwave can save you time and the extra washing up! And the best part is, it tastes just as delicious as oatmeal cooked on the stove. So, how do you make it?
First, add 1.4 oz of rolled oats and around 5.5 oz of milk to a deep microwaveable bowl. Stir the mixture then microwave for one minute. Next, add some frozen raspberries to your bowl, stir the mixture again, and microwave for another minute.
By now, your oatmeal should be ready. If it’s still runny, stir it and put it back in the microwave for a little longer. Once you’re happy with the consistency, mix it around and top it with a dollop of Nutella. Delicious and oh-so-easy!
2. Waffle Iron Hash Browns
You won’t need your trusty cast-iron skillet this time – one of the most ingenious breakfast food hacks around involves using your waffle iron to cook up a batch of crispy hash browns.
To make your hash mixture, you’ll need to mix grated potatoes, two tablespoons of melted butter, one tablespoon of flour, and one beaten egg. As with many of the best breakfast hacks, prepping this the night before will save you time when you’re in a rush.
Come morning, turn your waffle iron to a medium-high heat and brush it with butter when it’s hot. Then, place the hash mixture inside and close the lid. Cooking times depend on your waffle iron but you can expect to have homemade crispy hash browns sitting on your breakfast plate within 10 minutes!
If you thought your waffle iron was only good for making, well, waffles, think again!
3. Microwave Scrambled Eggs
What better way to turn those waffle iron hash browns into a filling, protein-packed breakfast option than by cooking up some microwave scrambled eggs to go with them?
Breakfast food hacks don’t come much easier or quicker than these scrumptious scrambled eggs. In fact, if you like your eggs with toast in the morning, your toast will likely take longer to cook than this egg-cellent recipe!
To make it, all you need to do is beat two eggs and a splash of milk in a microwaveable bowl, then zap the mixture in the microwave for 45 seconds. Stir again then put it back in the microwave for 30 seconds or until the eggs are almost set. Top your scrambled eggs with grated cheese, then sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste, and enjoy!
4. Crockpot French Toast
There’s nothing like coming home to a homemade hearty stew cooked up in a crockpot while you were at work. Except, of course, waking up to a crockpot full of fluffy French toast!
To make what could be the best breakfast hack ever, you’ll need six eggs, two cups of milk, a teaspoon of cinnamon, a teaspoon of vanilla, and a teaspoon of brown sugar. Mix the ingredients together then pour a little of the mixture into the crockpot.
Next, you’ll need to start layering the bread on top. Around half a loaf of day-old bread should do, with each slice broken in half. Challah works well here, as does French or Italian bread, brioche, or sourdough bread. Keep topping the bread with the egg mixture as you go, then pour whatever is left of the mixture over the bread at the end.
Before you head off to bed, set your crockpot to the lowest setting and cook your French toast for at least six hours. When you wake up, remove the crockpot lid so the mixture can brown and toast a little on top. Then, serve and enjoy!
5. Make-Ahead Breakfast Burritos
So pushed for time in the mornings that you need something to eat on the run? Get a head start on your busy schedule by preparing a batch of breakfast burritos on a Sunday night so you can enjoy the fruits of your labor all week!
Everyone has their own idea of what the best breakfast burrito ingredients are but we love salsa, scrambled eggs, cheese, and refried beans in our wraps. Or, if you’re vegan, you might want to try scrambled tofu instead of the eggs.
Whatever fillings you choose, roll your burritos up in aluminum foil and store them in the freezer to keep the ingredients fresh. Then, when you’re ready to eat them, they only take a minute in the microwave to reheat from frozen.
Breakfast Hacks You Have to Try
As these breakfast hacks show, with a few smart swaps and clever techniques, you can whip up a delicious breakfast in no time!
And now you know how quick and easy it can be to make everything from scrambled eggs to indulgent oatmeal, there’s no excuse for serving up the same boring breakfast every day.
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