By: Patricja Okuniewska
Photos by: Caroline Thomas
If you’re like most college students, running to class after sleeping through the three alarms you set in the morning has taken precedence over eating breakfast. We’ve all heard before and I’ll say it again: breakfast really is the most important meal of the day! Or else, you’ll be stuck in your lecture with people around you giving you looks for your grumbling stomach. While you could buy a pack of muffins from Safeway, this may not be the healthiest option. I’m here to help you out, because the following three recipes are cheap, healthy, tasty, and can easily be made in the few minutes you might have during your usual morning scrambling.
This first recipe requires overnight refrigeration. I know what you’re thinking—that’s more than a few minutes! But if you take two minutes one night to throw these ingredients in a jar, you’ll be set on breakfast for at least two to three days! Overnight oats can take on a variety of forms, but the basic idea is to combine oats with a liquid and then add your preferred ingredients. After placing them in the fridge overnight, they will condense with the liquid and you’ll have a sweet and filling breakfast. Here are the ingredients you’ll need for the recipe I think is the easiest (and tastiest) to make:
- A cup of rolled oats
- A cup of a liquid (milk of any kind, or water)
- Sweetener (honey, agave, maple syrup, or sugar)
- Two bananas
- A tablespoon of yogurt of choice (if you want a thicker consistency)
- Add-ins of choice: cinnamon, nuts, fruit, etc.
After gathering all these ingredients, pour the oats, liquid and yogurt into a sealable jar with an airtight lid and stir together. Then, mash up a banana and add to the jar with a tablespoon of honey and cinnamon (add based on personal preferences). Mix the contents of the jar together again. Finally, slice up a banana and place at the top of the mixture. Seal the jar and set it in a refrigerator overnight, or for at least six hours.
The next recipe is one that you can make in your room or even in Leo’s. It’s super simple but sure to give you that boost in the morning when waking up is the biggest struggle. It requires a minimum of two ingredients (apples and peanut butter), but the more the merrier! Here’s one possible combination:
- An apple
- Peanut butter
- A banana
- Any other additional toppings (raisins, chocolate chips, coconut flakes, etc.)
After gathering the necessary ingredients, slice the apple. Next, (liberally) apply peanut butter onto the slices. Add a banana slice or two on top, depending on how big your apple slices are. Finally, top the slices with preferred toppings. In this case, I have chosen to add some oats and a dash of cinnamon.
The last recipe is one that you can grab on the way out the door and eat on your way to class! This recipe combines some of the ingredients used in the past two recipes, but utilizes them in a new way. It’s a variation of the beloved avocado toast that has become a breakfast staple. Here’s what’s needed to make the third recipe:
- Toast of choice
- A banana
- Peanut butter
- Toppings of choice (berries, raisins, nuts)
This recipe is super simple (in case you weren’t already getting that idea from the other ones). Basically, mash up your banana on a piece of toast. Smear on some peanut butter and drizzle a little bit of honey. Top it all off with some almonds, a dash of cinnamon, and enjoy!
And there you have it—three simple (and realistic) breakfast ideas. And, since they have similar ingredients, you definitely won’t be breaking the bank on ultra-specific ingredients. These have become some of my favorites before my daily 9:30 AMs (I know the struggle), so good luck and enjoy!