18 Easy Lent Breakfast Ideas

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Easy Lent breakfast ideas the whole family can eat while observing the rules of Lenten fasting. Grab one of these easy breakfasts to eat in the car or enjoy them at home.

A photo collage shows several easy things to eat for breakfast.

It can be so tricky to follow the rules of proper Lenten observance for breakfast when you're operating on auto-pilot before you've had your coffee.

If only I had a dollar for every time I got a desperate text from my husband admitting he accidentally ate a sausage breakfast sandwich in the car on the way to work before remembering it was a Friday in Lent at lunchtime.

If it is important to you to observe the rules of Lent, plan ahead and have one of these easy Lent breakfast ideas ready to go, preferably right next to your coffee mug so you don't forget in the morning! Ha!

If you're looking for clarification on what you're allowed to eat for breakfast during Lent and want some fresh inspiration for Lent-friendly breakfast recipes, I've gathered together everything you need.

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Lent Rules for Breakfast

On Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, fasting rules allow Catholics to eat only one full meal and two smaller meals which, combined, would not equal a single normal meal.

In practice, this generally looks like a normal evening dinner with your family but then breakfast and lunch should be very light and give you just enough fuel to get through your day.

The fasting requirements apply to those ages 18 - 59 so your teens and kids do not need to follow the observance of those smaller meals.

However, as a family we've decided that there's nothing wrong with our kids participating in abstaining from meat on Fridays right from the get go.

There are so many fantastic dinner ideas for Lent your kid can still enjoy even without meat.

Fast or Eat a Very Simple Breakfast

Often, I just drink my morning iced coffee with a heavy pour of 2% milk instead of creamer. The milk can keep me going until an early lunch later.

If you need more fuel than that, consider grabbing a hard boiled egg from the fridge or preparing a simple protein smoothie made from fruit and yogurt.

A small bowl of cereal or oatmeal would be an easy choice as well.

Hard Boiled Eggs
Make perfect hard boiled eggs for Easter egg dying or turning into deviled eggs or egg salad. Light and fluffy yolks and tender, well shaped egg whites for any dish.
5 from 1 vote
A platter of hard boiled eggs have been sliced open so you can see the perfectly cooked yolks.
Grape Ape Smoothie
This pretty purple smoothie will make your kids cheer! Originally featured in The Protein Smoothie Bible: a great resource for smoothie recipes for kids.
5 from 2 votes

Grab & Go Breakfasts

If breakfast happens in a hurry and you usually eat in the car on the way to work or pack something to eat at your desk, try my protein-heavy homemade peanut butter granola bars.

Peanut Butter Granola Bars
These yummy homemade granola bars are filled with protein and just the right amount of sweetness. Creamy peanut butter and chocolate chips make them a treat!
5 from 1 vote
A platter of homemade granola bars has chocolate chips sprinkled over the top.

You could also prepare a Lent-friendly batch of my freezer breakfast burritos by simply omitting the ground sausage from the recipe. The eggs, cheese, and tater tots will be a great choice, especially if you're planning a lighter lunch later in the day.

Make-Ahead Breakfast Burritos
This big batch of spicy egg and sausage breakfast burritos are perfect for feeding a crowd or keeping on hand for busy weekday mornings.
4.49 from 127 votes
A blue plate has a stack of breakfast burritos, one is sliced open to show the sausage, eggs, and potatoes inside.

A breakfast pastry like my one-bowl blueberry scones or a slice of quick bread like my easy zucchini bread recipe are also easy to grab as you run out the door.

Easy Blueberry Scones
These super easy homemade blueberry scones are the perfect recipe for beginner bakers. Light and flaky, they are a perfect weekend brunch menu idea.
4.64 from 11 votes
A blue plate has a pile of homemade blueberry scones on top.
Zucchini Bread
This classic zucchini bread recipe is the perfect base for mixing in a wide variety of combinations of dried fruit and nuts to create your own perfect breakfast bread. Sample the original recipe or mix together your own custom creation!
5 from 1 vote
A platter of sliced zucchini bread sits next to a blue napkin.

Filling Breakfasts with Protein

When your meals need to be small for the Lenten fast, choosing options with plenty of protein will help you stay full until your next small meal.

Choose a cup of apple slices with my creamy peanut butter apple dip or add a sprinkle of hearty oats homemade granola over a small cup of yogurt.

Homemade Granola
This deliciously crispy homemade granola has hints of cinnamon and vanilla, crunchy almonds, and chewy raisins. Perfect for topping a yogurt parfait for an above-average weekday breakfast or a special addition to your brunch menu.
5 from 1 vote
A bowl of yogurt topped with homemade granola and fresh strawberries sits on a blue napkin.
Creamy Peanut Butter Apple Dip
This fluffy and creamy peanut butter dip is the perfect after school snack with fresh crispy apples and salty pretzels.
5 from 1 vote
A serving bowl has creamy peanut butter apple dip and is topped with salted peanuts. There are green apple slices in the dip and on the plate with pretzels.

A single serving of eggs in a basket or a baked egg patty on a breakfast sandwich would be an excellent choice, too.

Baked Egg Patties
Easy baked egg patties are the perfect make ahead protein for adding to a quick breakfast sandwich or wrap on a busy morning. Mix up the seasonings for fun variations on a delicious breakfast that you can store in the fridge or freezer.
5 from 44 votes
A breakfast sandwich has 2 egg patties, sliced tomato, and fresh arugula leaves on an english muffin.
How to Make Eggs in a Basket
This simple breakfast is a perfect recipe for kids to learn to cook all by themselves. Just in time for Mother's Day, it's a great option for breakfast in beds that the kids can make for mom.
4.50 from 2 votes
A fry pan with melted butter and a slice of bread with the center hole missing. An egg has been cracked into the hole.

Toaster-Friendly Breakfast Ideas

My freezer-friendly buttermilk waffles reheat in the toaster perfectly. Spread them with some almond butter or peanut butter for a bit more protein.

Easy Buttermilk Waffles
These sweetly spiced vanilla buttermilk waffles are a perfect make-ahead breakfast for busy mornings or for a relaxing weekend brunch. Kids can reheat them in the toaster for fresh and crispy waffles all week long.
5 from 1 vote
A white plate is filled with buttermilk waffles.

This Irish soda bread with raisins is very comforting when toasted with a pat of butter.

Irish Soda Bread with Raisins
This oven baked traditional Irish soda bread with raisins or currants has hints of orange zest to add a fresh burst of flavor to the slightly sweet authentic bread.
5 from 46 votes
A loaf of Irish soda bread is being sliced on a bread board.

A simple slice of challah bread spread with butter and jam is easy, but toasted it could also make a simple egg sandwich with a fried egg.

Bread Machine Challah Bread
This challah bread loaf is the easiest homemade bread to enjoy for Hanukkah. The dough could be braided and then baked in the oven if you prefer, but the simple bread machine loaf is wonderful as well. This traditional Jewish egg bread makes absolutely amazing French toast and bread puddings as well.
4.65 from 48 votes
A fresh baked challah loaf is in the bread machine pan cooling on a wire rack.

The almond poppy seed bread is a delicious quick bread on it's own but actually tastes amazing when gently toasted for a minute.

Almond Poppy Seed Bread
This buttery almond poppy seed bread tastes like Christmas married a birthday cake. Serve this easy quick bread recipe for a festive weekend brunch or delight your kids with a special school morning breakfast.
5 from 1 vote
A sliced loaf of almond poppy seed bread is ready for serving on a white platter.

Egg Breakfast Ideas

We definitely eat a lot of eggs during Lent in general, but they absolutely make amazing Lent breakfasts.

You could always just scramble, poach, or fry an egg, but my easy eggs benedict could be tweaked to be completely meat-free. Just add extra tomato slices.

Easy Eggs Benedict
This delicious eggs benedict variation is so much easier to make than the original! Perfect for making a single serving or scaling for a large crowd for a special brunch menu. You can plate the assembled sandwiches or serve the elements family-style at the table.
5 from 1 vote

Or scoop a small serving of egg salad. I enjoy having a few cherry tomatoes on the side.

Deviled Egg Salad
Classic egg salad combines all the best flavors from deviled eggs into a delicious sandwich spread. You could also serve a scoop over a bed of salad greens.
5 from 40 votes
An egg salad sandwich sits on a blue plate.

Make a simple veggie-heavy easy quiche and you could eat slices for a couple days by simply reheating it.

Easy Quiche
This classic quiche recipe can be mixed and matched with your favorite fillings to make a delicious egg dish for your brunch menu.
4.50 from 4 votes
A slice of spinach quiche is on a plate next to additional baby spinach.
A photo collage shows several easy meatless breakfast ideas for Lent.

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