5 Quick Inventive Breakfasts to Make Before Your 9am Lecture

5 Quick Inventive Breakfasts to Make Before Your 9am Lecture

How many times have we heard ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day?’ But that doesn’t stop some of us (me included) from rushing to leave the house and grabbing a cereal bar on the way out! Here are some super quick and inventive breakfast ideas, tried and tested by me! The quickest was the smoothie bowl at around 7 minutes, and the longest were eggs in hash brown at 25 minutes.

Banana pancakes

These are so quick and only 2 ingredients! Mash up a banana in one bowl, whisk in two eggs and mix together. If you want them fluffy add ½ teaspoon of baking powder. Fry in a bit of oil/butter, and for an added twist you could add cinnamon, vanilla extract, nuts….anything you want! The recipe makes 6 fluffy pancakes (and from experience tastes great with Nutella or maple syrup).

Egg cooked in a hash brown 

Peel and grate 2 potatoes, then wash them in cold water to remove starch. Dry them thoroughly, making sure to remove as much water as possible (use a tea towel) as this helps the potato to stick to the shape you mould it in when frying. Add a drizzle of oil and any seasoning you want e.g. salt and paprika. Cook for 3-4 minutes on both sides, and when they are starting to brown assemble into a ring shape in the pan and fry for a few minutes longer. Cooking them for a few minutes before will help them to stick in the ring shape. Flip the ring over before cracking an egg in the middle. Once the egg is set it’s ready!

Green smoothie bowl

There are so many smoothie bowl recipes, but you can blitz whatever fruit you have around. I tried blending a banana, ½ kiwi, a pear, ½ cup of spinach and a cup of ice to make this green smoothie bowl. Blend until smooth, put into a bowl and add whatever takes your fancy for toppings (I used kiwi, almond and desiccated coconut). If you don’t have ice, remember to freeze the fruit and veg you’re going to blend in advance, and use ½ a cup of water/almond milk/apple juice instead of ice.

French toast

An absolute classic! Beat together 1 egg, a teaspoon of vanilla extract and ½ teaspoon of cinnamon. Add ¼ cup of milk and mix, then soak slices of bread in the mixture, quickly so the bread doesn’t become too soggy. Cook the bread on a griddle pan on both sides until brown. Serve with whatever takes your fancy (I had maple syrup and cinnamon). This made 4 slices of French toast.


Breakfast Pizza crumpets

Toast a crumpet and turn on the grill. While the crumpet is in the toaster, take some tomato passata (or crushed tomatoes) and mix in herbs such as basil, rosemary or thyme. Take the crumpet out of the toaster, add the tomato mix and top with cheese. By this time the grill will have heated up- grill the crumpet until the cheese is melted and enjoy!

The next time you think you don’t have time for breakfast, or want to try something new, have a crack at one of these recipes!

About the Author

Hi, I’m Sumona and I’m a UCL medical student. I’m passionate about medical education and I hope that my posts are interesting and inspiring for you. Check out my personal blog for posts on travel, food and my experiences being a student in London!


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