Whether you like it or not, we’re in the final stretch of summer – and that means at least thinking about the fall ahead. If you are a student or have a child in school, your inner seasonal clock is probably ticking especially loudly. Regardless, we all feel the impending shift towards cooler weather, shorter days, and subsequently busier schedules.

That last change is what brings us to today’s Girlfriend Recommended post: Tasty and healthy breakfast recipes that can be prepared ahead of time and grabbed on your way out the door. On a busy fall morning, any little thing that saves time and energy helps!

3138407Blueberry Cheesecake Smoothie, Season to Season Eating
A smoothie really is the quintessential breakfast on the go, isn’t it? And we’ve all had our fair share of variations. Here’s one with a secret ingredient that makes it really special: Tofu! The added protein will serve to power-up your early mornings, and the creaminess recreates the decadence of cheesecake – without any dairy!

cookie300Healthy Breakfast Cookies, Nyoutritious
If you haven’t jumped on the breakfast cookie bandwagon yet, then you are seriously missing out! High in protein and fiber, they only taste naughty. We like this particular recipe because it uses only all-natural ingredients, and are simply sweetened by raw banana and a dash of honey. There is also a gluten-free option listed, for those of you with such dietary restrictions.

primal-carrot-cake-breakfast-muffins_low-carb-and-paleo-friendly_0369_600fGrain-Free Carrot Cake Muffins, Living Low Carb… one day at a time
Speaking of gluten-free, how great do these carrot cake muffins sound? The base is a combination of almond and coconut flours, and fragrant spices (cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger) pack these little gems with delicious carrot cake flavor. They’re the perfect muffin for anyone who is avoiding wheat – but even people who aren’t gluten-free are sure to love them as well!

Raspberry-Lemon-Breakfast-Jar-041aRaspberry Lemon Breakfast Jar, Peanut Butter & Peppers
Dessert-like in its deliciousness, this quick grab-and-go breakfast is ideal for anyone with a sweet tooth. However, it is also deceptively healthy – with gluten-free oats, Greek yogurt, and chia seeds. If you’re looking for other flavors of overnight oatmeal jars, they’re easy to find around the web (and especially Pinterest.) This list has a bunch of yummy-sounding combinations.

5.12.13savorycakes3Savory Cornmeal Breakfast Cakes, Brittany Powell
Not a “sweets for breakfast” kinda gal? Then maybe these Savory Cornmeal Breakfast Cakes sound better to you! They’ve got pickled jalapeño peppers and scallions that add Southwestern flair, but they could easily be customized to include any veggies and/or meats that you choose. Grab one to be eaten on its own, or add a dallop of guacamole or salsa.

Do you have a special recipe for a tasty, time-saving breakfast? If so, we’d love to hear it! Please let us know in the “comments” section below what your favorite thing to make in the mornings is!

By Liana Orenstein