21 Genius Breakfast Recipes for Brighter Mornings

November  1, 2017

Breakfasts have always been among the more enduring and life-improving Genius Recipes—the olive oil & maple granola loved fervently by all, the oatmeal ratio you should memorize, the 15-second shortcut to custardy scrambled eggs. Here are 21 ways to start your day with your kitchen giving you a wink and a big high-five.

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    Carol Skeer Diamond
I'm an ex-economist, lifelong-Californian who moved to New York to work in food media in 2007, before returning to the land of Dutch Crunch bread and tri-tip barbecues in 2020. Dodgy career choices aside, I can't help but apply the rational tendencies of my former life to things like: recipe tweaking, digging up obscure facts about pizza, and deciding how many pastries to put in my purse for "later."


MarieGlobetrotter November 3, 2017
Anything with lots of fresh fruits and yogurt/ricotta/Labneh. Fruits pump me up in the morning. I springle a few seeds and goji berries on top
sianbum November 1, 2017
Nancy Silverton's Bran Muffins are beyond delicious. So easy and filling. I make them every week!
Caryl November 1, 2017
Toasted sourdough bread, a schmear of almond butter, a sprinkle of sliced almonds, and a drizzle of local honey. It's quick, full of protein, and hits all the right tastebuds. Yum!
kimikoftokyo November 1, 2017
If it has vinegar I’m all for it so the eggs for the win!!!!
Carol S. November 1, 2017
Not a recipe, but my favorite breakfast is a mixture of Muesli, flax, chia and hemp seeds, coconut flakes, walnuts, flesh of a small sweet potato, pumpkin pie spice, maple syrup, and coconut milk. Trying to figure out how to turn all of that into a scone or muffin.....
Emily November 1, 2017