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10 easy, no-bake breakfast recipes when you don't feel like cooking

Most take less than 30 minutes to make.

no-bake breakfast recipes

We know your mornings are super tough, mama. From getting the little ones up in time to brush teeth and get ready for virtual lessons, preparing home-cooked breakfasts can be hard to fit into your already packed schedule. The good news is that getting a nutritious and creative breakfast that the entire family will enjoy is easier than you think.

We've rounded up our favorite delicious breakfast ideas:


1. Easy breakfast yogurt popsicles

Easy Breakfast Yogurt Popsicles

Serves: 8

Time to cook: 4 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup milk with 2 tsp of honey
  • 1/2 cup granola
  • 1 cup berries/chopped fruits
Instructions:
  1. Mix together the milk, yogurt and 1 tsp of the honey.
  2. Divide the mixture between your popsicle molds.
  3. Place a few berries into each mold.
  4. Mix the last teaspoon of honey with the granola (you can place the honey in the microwave for 10 seconds if you are struggling to mix it) and top the yogurt with a little granola mixture.
  5. Place a wooden ice cream stick into each mold and place the popsicles into the freezer for at least 4 hours before consuming.
  6. To remove the popsicles, run the mold under a little hot water until they come loose.
Recipe from I Heart Naptime.

2. Chocolate peanut butter banana sushi

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Sushi

Serves: 8 bars

Time to cook: 5 mins

Ingredients:

  • 4 bananas still relatively firm
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 cup crisp rice cereal
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts

Instructions:

  1. In a shallow dish, heat up peanut butter for 30 seconds to become easier to spread.
  2. In another shallow dish combine cereal, chocolate chips and nuts.
  3. Dip each banana into the peanut and coat fully, using a spoon if necessary to spread peanut butter over banana.
  4. Coat the banana with the cereal mixture.
  5. Transfer the banana to a plate and allow it to set up in the fridge for 20 minutes or freezer for 5 minutes before slicing into 1-2 inch slices and serving.
Recipe from A Mind Full Mom.

3. Smashed blackberry + goat cheese toasts

Serves: 8

Time to cook: 20 mins

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups blackberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 tbsps sugar
  • 3 tbsps water
  • 1 to 2 tsps cornstarch, sifted
  • 8-ounce challah bread, sliced (or your bread of choice!)
  • 4-ounce goat cheese
  • Fresh mint to garnish

Instructions:

  1. In a medium-sized saucepan combine the blackberries, blueberries, vanilla, sugar and water (covered) over a medium-low flame. Once simmering and the fruit begins to burst (about 5 minutes) gently mash with a fork or potato masher, then whisk in the cornstarch until well incorporated. Cover once more and simmer over a low flame until needed.
  2. Meanwhile, toast the challah bread as desired.
  3. When ready, smear each slice of challah bread with a thick layer of goat cheese, then spoon over with the smashed blackberries. Garnish with mint, then eat!
Recipe from Wrytoasteats.

4. Avocado toast with cottage cheese + tomatoes

Avocado Toast with Cottage Cheese + Tomatoes

Serves: 4

Time to cook: 5 mins

Ingredients:

  • 8 slices hearty whole grain bread
  • 2 cups cottage cheese low fat
  • 1 ripe California avocado sliced
  • 1 tomato sliced
  • Salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste
Instructions:
  1. Lay bread slices out on a large cutting board and top each one with 1/4 cup of cottage cheese. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Top cottage cheese with avocado and tomato slices then season with another pinch of salt and pepper.
  3. Cut bread slices in half and serve.
Recipe from The Lemon Bowl.

5. No-bake breakfast bars

No-Bake Breakfast Bars

Serves: 8 bars

Time to cook: 30 mins

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 3 cups toasted oat cereal
  • 1 cup yogurt chip, save 1/2 cup for melting
  • 1/2 cup unsalted toasted almonds, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil, optional

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, mix honey with peanut butter.
  2. Microwave for 45 seconds, stirring every 15 seconds, or until melted.
  3. In a large bowl, combine oat cereal, 1/2 of the yogurt chips (save the other half for later), chopped almonds, and dried cranberries.
  4. Pour the melted honey mixture into the bowl and stir until well mixed.
  5. Pour into an 8x8 baking pan lined with parchment paper, and gently flatten the mixture evenly around the pan.
  6. Freeze for 30 minutes.
  7. Once the mixture has hardened enough, cut it into 8 pieces.
  8. Melt the other half of the yogurt chips in the microwave for 15 seconds at a time, until melted. (Optional: adding 1 tsp of coconut oil will help with the melting process)
  9. Dip the bottom of the bars in the melted yogurt chips and place on a piece of parchment paper. Freeze for another 15 minutes.
Recipe from Tasty.

6. Fig chia pudding

Fig Chia Pudding

Serves: 2

Time to cook: 10 mins

Ingredients:

  • 6 tablespoons whole chia seeds
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup coconut yogurt or natural yogurt
  • 4 tbsp granola
  • 4 figs

Instructions:

  1. In a small bowl combine the chia seeds, milk and vanilla extract. Stir well, cover with a lid and soak in the refrigerate for at least two hours or preferably overnight.
  2. Before you are ready to serve, peel 3 figs, discard the peel and mash the flesh with a fork until it turns into a jam-like texture. Cut the remaining fig into a few slices, chop the rest into quarters and use as decoration.
  3. Take a nice jar or glass and begin to assemble, start by pressing the fig slices against the inside of the jar until they stick. Then fill about 4 tbsps of the chia pudding into the bottom of each jar followed by a layer of granola, fig mash, coconut or yogurt, top with the remaining chia pudding and finish with a sprinkle of granola.
  4. Decorate with the remaining fig quarters and enjoy.
Recipe from The Healthy Tart.

7. Breakfast panzanella

Breakfast panzanella

Serves: 2

Time to cook: 10 mins

Ingredients:

  • Panzanella, about 1 cup per person
  • 1 to 2 fried eggs per person
  • Sliced fresh basil

Instructions:

  1. Take the panzanella out of the fridge. Transfer about 1 cup to each plate and let it come to room temp while you make the eggs.
  2. Fry the eggs and top them onto the plates with the panzanella. Add freshly sliced basil and pinches of salt and pepper.
Recipe from Love and Lemons.

8. Stewed peppers + tomatoes with eggs

Stewed peppers + tomatoes with eggs

Serves: 4

Time to cook: 40 mins

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 28 oz can whole plum tomatoes, drained
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/12 cup fresh parsley leaves, coarsely chopped
  • Crusty bread, optional

Instructions:

  1. Warm oil in a 10 inch skillet over medium heat. Add onion, sprinkle with salt and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in bell pepper and continue to cook, 5 minutes longer. Add garlic, paprika, cumin, red pepper and 1/4 tsp. salt and cook, stirring, until vegetables are very tender, about 3 minutes longer.
  2. Puree tomatoes in a blender or food processor. Stir into vegetable mixture, cover, turn heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce has thickened, about 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Carefully crack an egg into each quarter of the pan. Cover and cook until egg whites are set, 10 to 12 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve with crusty bread, if desired.
Recipe from My Recipes.

9. Instant pot french toast

Instant pot french toast

Serves: 6

Time to cook: 1 hour 5 mins

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 brioche or Challah loaf, cut into 1 inch cubes, preferably day old
  • Powdered sugar
  • Maple syrup
  • Berries

Instructions:

  1. Grease a 7 inch round baking dish with cooking spray. Place trivet inside Instant Pot and pour in water. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, cream, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg. Add bread and gently toss to combine. Pour mixture into prepared dish and cover tightly with foil, then place inside Instant Pot.
  2. Set Instant Pot to pressure cook on high for 30 minutes. Follow manufacturer's instructions for quick release. Remove baking dish from Instant Pot and let cool 10 minutes.
  3. Dust with powdered sugar and serve with maple syrup and fresh berries.
Recipe from Delish.

10. Breakfast apple nachos

Breakfast Apple Nachos

Serves: 2

Time to cook: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 apples, sliced
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter, microwaved for 20 seconds
  • 1/4 cup crushed graham crackers
  • 1/4 cup chopped stawberries
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • Raisins, for topping
  • Honey, for garnish

Instructions:

  1. On a large plate, arrange apple slices on top of one another. Drizzle peanut butter over apples and top with desired toppings. Finish with a drizzle of honey.
Recipe from Delish.

My village lives far away—but my Target baby registry helped them support me from afar

Virtual support was the next best thing to in-person hugs

They say you shouldn't make too many major life transitions at once. But when I was becoming a mama for the first time nearly five years ago, my husband and I also moved to a new town where we didn't know a soul, bought our first house and changed jobs.

To put it mildly, we didn't heed that advice. Luckily, our family and friends still made it feel like such a magical time for us by supporting our every move (literal and otherwise) from afar. They showered us with love through a virtual baby shower (expectant parents nowadays can relate!) featuring the unwrapping of gifts they were able to ship straight to me from my Target registry.

Here's one piece of advice I did take: I registered at Target so I could take advantage of the retailer's benefits for registrants, which include a welcome kit valued over $100, a universal registry function and more. Fast-forward a few years and Target has made the registration perks even better for expectant parents: As of August 2020, they've added a Year of Exclusive Deals, which gives users who also sign up for Target Circle a full year of savings after baby is born on all those new mama essentials, from formula to diapers and beyond.

Honestly, even without the significant perks of a free welcome kit with more than $100 in coupons, additional 15% off coupons to complete the registry and a full year of free returns, registering at Target wasn't a hard sell for me: Even though the experience of shopping for baby items was new, shopping with Target felt like returning home to me… and the comfort of that was such a gift.

And of course, Target's registry plays a vital role right now, as expectant parents everywhere are being forced to cancel in-person baby showers and navigate early parenthood without the help of a hands-on village. A registry like this represents a safe way for communities to come through for new parents. If you're anything like me (or any of the other mamas here at Motherly), you certainly have emotional ties and fond memories associated with Target.

What to register for at Target was also an easy talking point as I began to connect with moms in my new community. I will always remember going on a registry-building spree with my next door neighbor, who had young children of her own. As we walked the aisles of Target back in 2015, she suggested items to add… and we laid the foundation for what has since become one of my most cherished friendships.

Even as I made connections in my new hometown, I was nervous that expecting my first baby wouldn't feel as special as if I were near family and friends. But my loved ones exceeded all expectations by adding the most thoughtful notes to gifts. They hosted a beautiful virtual baby shower and even encouraged me to keep the registry going after my baby made his debut and new needs arose.

In the years since, "community" has taken on a wonderfully complex new meaning for me… and, in these times of social distancing, for the rest of the world. I've come to cherish my newfound friends in our local community alongside those long-time friends who are scattered around the county and my virtual mama friends.

Now, as my friends' families grow, I'm so grateful that I can show them the same love and support I felt during my first pregnancy. I sing the praises of Target's baby registry—especially in light of the pandemic, since I know mamas can do everything from a distance thanks to Target's website and the added benefit of getting trusted reviews and helpful registry checklists.

And now that I'm on the gift-buying side of the equation, I've found new joy in picking thoughtful gifts for my friends. (Because goodness knows Target has something for everyone!)

For my friend who is a fellow runner, I teamed up with a few others to give the jogging stroller she had on her registry.

For my friend who is a bookworm, I helped her start her baby's library with a few books that are also well-loved in our home.

For other friends, I've bundled together complete "sets" with everything they need for bathing or feeding their children.

I know from my own experience that, yes, the registry purchases are so appreciated, but the thoughtfulness and the support they represent means even more. Because although my village may have been distant, the support they showed me was the next best thing to in-person hugs.

Start your own Target Baby Registry here to experience a Year of Benefits including a Year of Exclusive Deals through Target Circle to enjoy for a full year following your baby's arrival, a year of free returns, two 15% off completion coupons and a free welcome kit ($100 value).

This article was sponsored by Target. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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I never wanted to be a mom. It wasn't something I ever thought would happen until I fell madly in love with my husband—who knew very well he wanted children. While he was a natural at entertaining our nephews or our friends' kids, I would awkwardly try to interact with them, not really knowing what to say or do.

Our first pregnancy was a surprise, a much-wanted one but also a unicorn, "first try" kind of pregnancy. As my belly grew bigger, so did my insecurities. How do you even mom when you never saw motherhood in your future? I focused all my uncertainties on coming up with a plan for the delivery of my baby—which proved to be a terrible idea when my dreamed-of unmedicated vaginal birth turned into an emergency C-section. I couldn't even start motherhood the way I wanted, I thought. And that feeling happened again when I couldn't breastfeed and instead had to pump and bottle-feed. And once more, when all the stress from things not going my way turned into debilitating postpartum anxiety that left me not really enjoying my brand new baby.

As my baby grew, slowly so did my confidence that I could do this. When he would tumble to the ground while learning how to walk and only my hugs could calm him, I felt invincible. But on the nights he wouldn't sleep—whether because he was going through a regression, a leap, a teeth eruption or just a full moon—I would break down in tears to my husband telling him that he was a better parent than me.

Then I found out I was pregnant again, and that this time it was twins. I panicked. I really cannot do two babies at the same time. I kept repeating that to myself (and to my poor husband) at every single appointment we had because I was just terrified. He, of course, thought I could absolutely do it, and he got me through a very hard pregnancy.

When the twins were born at full term and just as big as singleton babies, I still felt inadequate, despite the monumental effort I had made to grow these healthy babies and go through a repeat C-section to make sure they were both okay. I still felt my skin crawl when they cried and thought, What if I can't calm them down? I still turned to my husband for diaper changes because I wasn't a good enough mom for twins.

My husband reminded me (and still does) that I am exactly what my babies need. That I am enough. A phrase that has now become my mantra, both in motherhood and beyond, because as my husband likes to say, I'm the queen of selling myself short on everything.

So when my babies start crying, I tell myself that I am enough to calm them down.

When my toddler has a tantrum, I remind myself that I am enough to get through to him.

When I go out with the three kids by myself and start sweating about everything that could go wrong (poop explosions times three), I remind myself that I am enough to handle it all, even with a little humor.


And then one day I found this bracelet. Initially, I thought how cheesy it'd be to wear a reminder like this on my wrist, but I bought it anyway because something about it was calling my name. I'm so glad I did because since day one I haven't stopped wearing it.

Every time I look down, there it is, shining back at me. I am enough.

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