By the time you're faced with the reality of eating a sad desk breakfast, you're probably genuinely wondering what unfortunate life choices you made that led you to eating day-old, semi-stale pastries from the office kitchen. The bad news is that sad desk breakfasts can happen to the best of us every once in a while, because we all run late in the mornings sometimes. But there's no reason to force yourself to eat a sad desk breakfast every single day. You deserve better than that, and with a little bit of planning, you can avoid eating a sad desk breakfast most of the time.
The first thing to do is to figure out what to make, since that can be the hardest part about packing breakfast for work. You want a portable breakfast that's easy to make, ideally in big batches. That way, you can make the recipe once at the beginning of the week, portion it out, store it in the fridge or the pantry, then just grab on your way out the door.
And these five breakfast recipes definitely fit that bill. They're quick, easy, and office-ready. So if you're ready to say goodbye to sad desk breakfasts for now, here are five breakfasts, one for each workday, that'll make your mornings better.
Maple Nut Granola
Make a big batch of granola, like this maple nut granola, and store it in a glass jar at the office. Bring a cup of yogurt to work each morning, and simply sprinkle out your homemade granola on top. If you forget yogurt, try pouring milk from the office coffee station into a cup of homemade granola for some gourmet cereal.
Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats
If you're able to put in 10 minutes of effort the night before, try making overnight oats. All you have to do is put the ingredients in a jar, shake them together, then let them "cook" overnight in the fridge. This recipe for apple cinnamon overnight oats from Tastes Better From Scratch uses applesauce to add a touch of sweetness, but you can always add honey if you want an even sweeter dish.
3-Ingredient Banana Bread
You only need three ingredients and 30 minutes to make this loaf of banana bread, and then you'll have enough breakfast for a whole week. Simply cut off a slice of bread before you head to work. Throw it in the toaster or microwave for ten seconds when you get to the office for an extra special breakfast.
Avocado toast is definitely in the running for most Instagram-worthy breakfast item ever, but that doesn't mean you can't make it in the office. All you need is bread and an avocado. Toast the bread at work, and then simply add some avocado slices on top. (And there's no need to make an avocado rose—this breakfast is already impressive.)
This recipe for a wrapped breakfast quesadilla from The Kitchn is a slightly more ambitious one—but if you put in the time to make a batch of them on Sunday night, you'll be fed until Friday. Plus, this homemade breakfast quesadilla is totally portable with minimal mess, and it can be reheated in the office microwave.