Portable breakfasts don't have to be boring
EC: 9 On-the-Go Breakfast Recipes That Are More Exciting Than Energy Bars
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In many ways, a granola bar or an energy bar is the best breakfast for people on-the-go. There's no preparation required, and they're super portable breakfasts. You can eat a granola bar without making a mess on the train, and since only one hand is required, you can even eat breakfast while driving your car. That kind of multitasking is impossible with, say, a stack of pancakes or a even a breakfast burrito. But breakfast bars can get kind of boring, day after day, and they're not always the most filling, leaving you hungry with hours to go until lunchtime.

That's why you need some easy breakfast recipes to replace your morning granola bar. These on-the-go breakfasts are just as portable, convenient, and cost-effective. Plus, you can customize them to your own preferences and tastes because you're making them yourself.

Breakfasts that you're eating on-the-go don't have to be boring or straight off the shelf. They can be healthy and delicious, and even served warm. So if you're ready to shake up your morning routine a little, here are nine of the best grab-and-go breakfast recipes that might just be better than your everyday energy bar.


A smoothie is a pretty classic option for a breakfast on-the-go. Prep your ingredients the night before and store them in the blender, so all you have to do when you wake up is stick the blender on the base and liquefy.

Breakfast Sandwiches

Breakfast sandwiches are, almost by definition, super portable. They can also be surprisingly healthy, especially when packed with protein like this one from Macheesmo, which has an egg and black beans, ensuring you'll stay full until lunchtime.

Oatmeal Cups

Eating oatmeal while driving in a car sounds like a terrible idea, but eating an oatmeal cup seems infinitely more feasible. Mix together uncooked oats, a banana, an egg, and all the other ingredients in a bowl, then bake in a muffin tin. If blueberries aren't your favorite fruit, try adding strawberries or even test out apple cinnamon.

Egg Muffins

These egg muffins are basically mini-frittatas that you can eat with your hands instead of using a fork and knife. You can make a big batch at the beginning of the week, and they'll last you through the week.

Greek Yogurt Bark

Yogurt is another one of those breakfasts that's tricky to eat when you're on the move. So instead of fussing about with a spoon, freeze your Greek yogurt. Simply spread it out on a baking sheet, top with your favorite fruits and granola, then freeze.

Homemade Toaster Pastries

If there's ever been a certain flavor of toaster pastry about which you've been dreaming, you can make it yourself and take it to-go. Homemade toaster pastries seem intimidating to make, but they're fairly easy to assemble. (Plus, if you're not up to the task of making dough yourself, you can always use pre-made puff pastry.)

French Toast Roll-Ups

Take a platter of French toast to-go, and make it car-friendly by rolling up the slices into sticks. This also makes them easy to stuff with other fillings—like Nutella or peanut butter or even your favorite jam or jelly.

Burrito Bites

Breakfast burritos are already fairly portable, albeit occasionally messy if you tear the foil incorrectly. If you want foolproof, mess-free breakfast burritos, try making these bite-sized versions. Place tortillas in a muffin tin, fill with some vegetables or meat, top off with egg, and then bake until done.

Breakfast Popsicles

Perhaps the ultimate on-the-go breakfast hack is eating popsicles for your first meal of the day. This popsicle is made with yogurt and granola, and the stick makes eating with one hand an absolute breeze.

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