Simple Summer Breakfasts

healthy cherry almond muesli

I love breakfast. The lure of a good breakfast is the only thing that gets me out of bed in the morning. I eat breakfast daily, without fail. I’ll be late to work before I skip breakfast. Bottom line: I’m serious about breakfast.

summer mornings

These days, Cookie practically shoves me out of bed to feed her breakfast. She's lucky she's so cute.

As much as I love spending a leisurely weekend morning making pancakes in my pajamas, I enjoy simpler breakfasts on groggy weekday mornings. I gave up my favorite Kashi cereal about six months ago because I decided even that was too processed. I’ve adapted by developing a few favorite breakfasts that are easy enough to make even when I’m bumping around the kitchen like a sleepwalking zombie.

Today, I thought I’d share some of my favorites. If you’re not a breakfast eater, please, try one of these. You might change your mind. By now, we’ve all heard that regularly eating breakfast is associated with maintaining a healthy weight, right?

If you do regularly eat breakfast, try making one of these instead of your standard cereal. Each is a healthy, whole grain, minimally processed breakfast that is easy to make. They’re worth getting out of bed for.

avocado toast

First up: toast. Avocado toast. Honestly, we could just stop here. I could eat avocado on toast every morning and be satisfied. Just mash some avocado onto a piece of whole wheat toast and add a sprinkle of sea salt. Pepper, a squeeze of lemon juice, or a drizzle of olive oil are optional.

simple summer breakfast ideas

Strawberries and goat cheese on toast is an idea I got from Power Foods, one of my favorite cookbooks. Throw some whole wheat bread in the toaster, then mash strawberries or raspberries in a small bowl. Top your toast with goat cheese, mashed fruit, and a drizzle of honey. Yum.

healthy blueberry banana muesli

Muesli made with milk, steel cut oats, a dash of cinnamon and maple syrup, topped with fresh banana and blueberries.

Muesli. Let’s talk about muesli for a minute. Muesli was a foreign concept to me until this summer. It seems serendipitous that I would come across the idea during the hottest season, since muesli is basically cold oatmeal. Muesli consists of oats, either steel cut or old fashioned rolled oats, mixed with milk or yogurt, and topped with fruit, nuts and whatever else sounds good.

Steel cut oats are delicious and chewy, but you do have to prepare ahead of time by soaking them overnight in milk or yogurt. I like to mix about 1/3 cup steel cut oats with about 2/3 cup or more of milk (cow’s milk, almond milk, or any other kind of milk). Alternately, you can mix Greek yogurt with steel cut oats, but you’ll want to thin the yogurt with water. It sounds a little strange, but the muesli will soak up moisture, so you need to add some extra liquid to the mix. I learned that little trick in Heidi’s Super Natural Every Day.

Old fashioned rolled oats are great because they add texture and substance to yogurt or milk, and you can throw the oats in and eat right away. I like about 1/3 cup oats to 2/3 cup liquid.

However you make your muesli, add some extra flavor with a dash of cinnamon or cardamom, orange zest, and a drizzle of honey or pure maple syrup. Toss in some fresh fruit. It’s about as delicious, healthy and filling as can be (not to mention cheap!).

blackberry and peach muesli

Greek yogurt mixed with a splash of filtered water, old fashioned oats and honey, topped with blackberries and peaches.

cherry almond muesli mark twain

Sometimes it's good to start your day off with an inspiring quote, too. "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sales. Explore. Dream. Discover." -Mark Twain via Roost

You can’t go wrong with cherries and almond! Steel cut oats soaked overnight in almond milk with a dash of cardamom, topped with dark cherries and a drizzle of honey.

I have more ideas, but I’m running out of photos. I often eat plain Greek yogurt with fresh fruit and nuts. Sometimes I make this banana almond smoothie, which is great for when I’m out of fresh fruit because I can make it with ingredients in my pantry and freezer. I also have a freezer stocked with my favorite banana bread and blueberry scones, which are easy to defrost. And hey, sometimes I eat dessert for breakfast. There’s nothing wrong with that, right?

What’s your favorite breakfast this summer?


  1. says

    What wonderful ideas for breakfast. I agree, it is a great place to experiment with flavours. I have been on a savoury oatmeal kick for the past few months. I top my steel cut oats with ponzu sauce and flaxseeds. I crave it every morning now!

  2. says

    I love avocado on toast too! When I want a treat, i add slices of camembert cheese to it. Yum. I make a huge bowl of bircher muesli often so that we can stumble out of bed and dish up straight away! I get grumpy if I don’t eat breakfast!

  3. says

    I’m with you… breakfast is an absolute must every morning. I typically go the sweet rather than savory route for breakfast, and overnight oats have become a summertime staple. I combine 1/3 cup each old fashioned rolled oats, vanilla almond milk, and greek yogurt + banana slices and chill the mixture overnight. In the morning I drizzle on some peanut butter, and it is the best warm-weather breakfast!

  4. Aly says

    I LOVE breakfast! My summer fav is overnight oats (which I have variations in my blog), where you soak the oats overnight in a mixture of yogurt & almond milk & fruit (I like mashed bananas and strawberries!). Opening the fridge in the morning is literally like Christmas–I can hardly wait! :) Plus, it gives me some variety–usually I’m pretty routine (perhaps mundane) with my oats. Anyway…did I mention I love breakfast? :)

    • says

      I’m so glad my readers love breakfast as much as I do! Sometimes I fall asleep thinking about breakfast. :) I’m definitely going to check out your overnight oats on your blog. Sounds delish.

  5. says

    so yummy. breakfast is my favorite meal of the day…and i love both of your toast ideas. avocado is the most perfect fruit. i’ve never tried strawberries & goat cheese but i may have to now.

  6. says

    I LOVE avocado on toast for breakfast! I also drink a lot peanut butter banana smoothies. Going to try muesli. haven’t had that before. Sounds good!

  7. says

    you’re making me fall in love with breakfast all over again :P this morning, i made pancakes using oats and oat flour! love a long lazy breakfast!
    i often have avocado toast too…def keen to try out the strawbs+cheese combo!

  8. says

    I love this post! I’m a big breakfast girl myself, more so in the fall and winter when it cools down a bit. Oatmeal, avocado toasts, and egg whites with tomatoes are my some of my favorite meals ever. Beautiful display, Kathryne! P.S, Cookie looks happy as a clam in this shot. Love it. :)

    • says

      Oh, I love oatmeal on cold mornings. I could make a whole post on oatmeal this winter… yes, I think I will.

      Everyone who meets Cookie comments on how happy she is! She’s my happy, jaunty little dog.

  9. says

    So inspiring! I especially liked the strawberry+goat cheese and the cherries+almond milk+oats options. I love breakfast, although these days I usually end up making something for my 11-month old and then just cereal or sandwiches for myself :-/ I just don’t have the energy to cook anything for myself or for our Dad! I might use some of your ideas however, because they are really time-saving. Thank you!

  10. says

    I love the concept of this post and all your ideas! Over the years of grown to love breakfast so much, it might be my favorite meal of the day. Working from home, I’m able to make a proper breakfast for the husband and I- set the table, brew a pot of tea, etc. We enjoy this time together so much, it’s hard for the husband to leave for work. :)

  11. Katrina Crosby says

    My sister, Kirsten, just told me about your blog. I love it! Today for lunch I tried out the avocado on pumpernickel toast and then for “dessert” I had strawberry and goat cheese on pumpernickel toast. WOW – so simple, and really delish! I love how fresh and good for you it is. Thanks for the idea!

    • says

      Thanks for visiting, Katrina! You’re lucky to have a sister like Kirsten. She’s the best! :) I’m glad you enjoyed the toast. The other day I toasted a slice of whole wheat bread with goat cheese and tomatoes—that was crazy good. I’ll post it soon for you!

  12. Kate says

    I absolutely LOVE goat cheese…it might be borderline obsession! I tried the toast with goat cheese and strawberries..two thumbs up! Simply delectable :)

    If you have any more goat cheese recipes, please share the wealth!


  13. says

    Hi Kate,
    Thank you for sharing your ideas. In April my son will have a birthday party for his 2nd birthday. I don’t want to serve junk food. Toddlers are hard to please. I am thinking of making mini sandwiches with strawberry, strawberry preserves, and whipped cream cheese for the kids.

  14. Vishal says

    I stay in a hostel so I cant prepare these breakfast as you suggested. Could please suggest something that I can prepare myself.

    • says

      Hi Vishal, could you make toast and top it with avocado and sea salt? When I lived in a refrigerator-less dorm in France, I found little bottles of milk that didn’t have to be refrigerated until opened and ate a lot of cereal.

  15. Babs says

    I totally agree with you on the subject of breakfast! I can never understand how someone could skip it. My favorite summertime breakfast is an English muffin with a sliced hard boiled egg, some scallions and a big fat slice of summer tomato. So good! I’m definitely going to try your avocado toast. Thanks!

  16. Laurie says

    Giving your steel cot oats muesli a go in the morning. They are ‘cooking’ as I type :)

    A favourite breakfast idea (that sometimes masquerades as lunch) in our house is one I borrowed from a good friend living in New Zealand. Avocado mashed on whole wheat toast with diced tomatoes on top and a drizzle of aged balsamic vinegar. Twist of fresh ground black pepper. Perfection!

    Thanks for sharing your good ideas :)

  17. Chaela says

    I have 4 children ages 4 and under with twins on the way. Breakfast at our house is not only an absolute necessity if we are going to make it through the day, but it is also an absolutely crazy mess of tears if it is not ready immediately upon the kids waking up. I love the idea of breakfast getting itself ready while we “sleep” (not something you really do much of with so many little ones) so I can stay in bed for those precious few minutes and still have something ready to hand them as soon as they emerge. Oatmeal has always been a favorite of everyone’s but even I lack the patience to wait for it to cook in the morning. There are so many endless possibilies for flavorings and additives. Thank you for your recipes!

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