I love breakfast. I try to make a point of having a hot breakfast every morning — usually eggs and toast — but this isn’t always feasible. Grabbing a yogurt on my way out the door usually isn’t enough to fuel my morning, though. So what’s the ideal in-between? A perfectly toasted bagel.
Bagels are a versatile base for any breakfast eater — sweet or savory, vegetarian or carnivorous, just a little hungry or ready to visit an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet, you can prepare a bagel to satisfy any craving. For a lighter option, try mixing up your own cream cheese and adding to your favorite bagel. For more filling options, check out these 10 ideas for a fast and fresh morning meal.
1. Yogurt & Berries
Swap cream cheese for Greek yogurt and top with your favorite berries for a quick and healthy breakfast.
2. Pear & Fig
Sure, this Pear, Apple, Cheddar, Carmelized Onion Grilled Cheese Bagel Sandwich looks amazing, but if you don’t have time to whip up the entire recipe in the morning, spreading fig jam on a bagel and topping with arugula and pear is an excellent time-friendly alternative.
3. Cream Cheese & Cucumber
Step up your traditional morning bagel by using veggie cream cheese and topping with cucumber slices. Add lemon juice for extra zest.
4. Banana & Peanut Butter
The classic banana and peanut butter combination is a quick yet filling option. Also try swapping out the peanut butter for Nutella, adding honey, or sprinkling in strawberry slices.
5. Egg in a Hole
Most of the bagel ideas in this post can be ready in 10 minutes or less (or even 5!), but if you can spare 30 minutes in the morning to prep your breakfast, this Egg in a Hole Avocado, Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Bagel is a delicious and fun start to your day.
6. Honey & Fruit
Why stop at berries? Top a bagel with your favorite fruit slices — kiwi? oranges? —and drizzle honey into your cream cheese or Greek yogurt for a sweet treat.
7. Avocado & Dill
Avocado toast may be a household name, but an avocado bagel is just as good! Use mashed avocado as a spread itself, or layer avocado slices on top of cream cheese.
8. Homemade Stuffed Bagels
If you’re willing to spend extra time during your evenings or weekend prepping, you can pull one of these “bagel bombs” out of your freezer and pop in the microwave during busy mornings for a hot, filling breakfast in less than two minutes.
9. Smoked Salmon
Treat yourself to a smoked salmon and egg breakfast sandwich. Add some green to your meal with avocado and/or spinach.
10. Mediterranean Vegetables
An unexpected ingredient like eggplant or pesto sauce (or both!) can take your veggie breakfast bagel to another level in under a minute.