Budget and alarm clock friendly!

With breakfast being the most important meal of the day we should really make it a priority. However, when you have 9am lectures and can’t help but repeatedly hit snooze until 8.30 (like me) then you need something easy to refuel in the mornings.

That’s why I love the three recipes I’ve posted below. They’re either quick to make or can be prepared beforehand, meaning they require minimal effort in the morning, so you can actually afford to snooze until 8.30! 

Banana Pancakes

These banana pancakes are pretty much what I have for breakfast most weekends, mostly because they require a blender to make and I don’t want to wake my housemates up throughout the week! I love them so much because not only are they tasty but they are also so so easy to make.

Ingredients: 1 banana, 2 eggs, 2/3 cups of oats, coconut oil

Method: Simply blend the banana, eggs and oats (you can add more or less depending on how thick you like your pancakes to be) and fry them (preferably in coconut oil but, if the student budget doesn’t allow, any oil will still work). You can also add nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla essence… whatever takes your fancy,

Serve with:  Anything! Maple syrup, honey, lemon juice … sometimes I drizzle a little bit of berry smoothie over mine.

Overnight Oats

This is my breakfast nearly every morning because its cheap, its healthy, its filling and all the prep (around two minutes) is done the night before.

Ingredients: 1/2 cup of oats, 1 cup of almond milk, 2tbsp maple syrup

Method: Add the oats in a bowl you’ll eat from, add 1 cup of almond milk (you can use any type of milk here but almond is my fave), followed by the maple syrup. Stir together and pop in the fridge to leave overnight. 

Serve: The next morning just pop in the microwave for a minute to warm up, stir through and add your toppings. I love top my oats with walnuts, raisins and desiccated coconut! Another great combo is banana, apple and cinnamon. Enjoy!


Nearly all my friends love granola and whenever I tell them I make my own they are so surprised which, in turn, surprises me because it’s so easy to do!

Ingredients: 2 cups of oats, 4 tbsps of honey, 2 tbsp coconut oil, 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds, 1/2 cup of nuts, dried cranberries

Method: In a mixing bowl add the oats, honey, coconut oil, pumpkin seeds, and walnuts. Feel free to customise to your taste here. If you don’t like almonds, use cashews or walnuts instead. Sunflower seeds are also a good option if you’re not keen on pumpkin seeds.

Mix the ingredients together with your hands until the oats, nuts and seed are evenly covered in the honey and oil. If not add more of the oil and honey, as the oat/nut mix needs to be covered. 

Serve: Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes at 150c. Leave to cool before adding the dried fruit be it raisins, dried cranberries, gooseberries… whatever you wish. The granola will keep fresh for around 2 weeks if you store it in an airtight container.

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Written by Natasha Simms, 11 months ago

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