My dear husband woke up before me the other day and decided to cook breakfast. He planned to make french toast – a first for him. Since he was cooking, I went to walk the dog. When I got home, there were plates full of bacon and eggs, but the French toast had burned. And all I could think of was: My eggs! My expensive eggs! If you haven’t noticed that the price of eggs has jumped the last few months, you must not eat eggs very much. An avian flu outbreak this summer means there has been a shortage nationwide. And while Arizona has no cases of the bird flu, we’re still affected – local farms have had to make up the shortage. Even my precious Chinese food addiction has been affected – did you notice Panda Express no longer has scrambled eggs in its fried rice? Point is – the shortage means that my now $2 eggs are now almost $1.50 more. So what’s a breakfast plate to do?
Here are seven yummy egg-free breakfast recipes to save on your Pinterest breakfast board. Thank me later; you can use the money you save to buy a new purse.
- Homemade granola bars: This recipe from SeeSalt is not only a perfect breakfast for busy moms with kids, but also is a snack for anytime. I’ve tried tons of granola bar recipes, and this is one of the few that doesn’t use any eggs. I love making a big batch of granola bars so my kids can enjoy them for breakfast and snack. Bonus? They can eat them in the car on the way to school when we’re running late.
- Pumpkin doughnuts: These are billed as Halloween doughnuts, but it’s still pumpkin season, so why not? These cinnamon maple glazed beauties from Oh my nosh! are also gluten-and-dairy free, so even your food-allergic friends can partake.
- Healthy breakfast cookies: There’s one surefire way to get most kids to eat breakfast that never fails. Serve them cookies. These breakfast cookies use ingredients you probably already have in your pantry – plus, the recipe includes chocolate. What’s not to love?
- Peanut butter and jelly smoothie: My kids could eat peanut butter and jelly every day. So this smoothie recipe is right up their alley. I like to make a big batch as a breakfast treat for both kids AND me. For my serving, I like to throw in some chia seeds or flaxseeds and maybe a scoop of vanilla protein powder.
- Cinnamon oatmeal banana pancakes: This is one of my favorite go-to recipes for the weekend (which is the only time I make pancakes). But it’s so simple, you could easily throw it together on a weekday. I was actually surprised my kids love them so much – I actually have to double the batch so that the hubby and I can have some. One hint with this recipe, though: The directions never say to add the cinnamon, so don’t forget to include it before you start cooking.
- Sweet potato hash: This isn’t really a weekday meal, but definitely something to cook on the weekends and put in a portable container to take to work during the week. I love the combo of sweet potato and black beans. If you’d rather have a meatless meal, it’s simple to leave out the bacon in this recipe.
- Overnight oatmeal: If you’re REALLY looking for a timesaver, overnight oats are the key. And thankfully, there is no shortage of recipes for you oatmeal lovers out there. From fruit to chocolate to coconut, there is something no matter what you’re in the mood for. These are also easy to make ahead for the week – and portable to take to work.
Maybe you’ll find one or two recipes that are a big hit with your family, and will continue to be part of your rotating breakfast menu even after the egg shortage is over!
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