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22+ Cheap Breakfast Recipes to Start Your Day

These inexpensive breakfast ideas are no yolk!

By: Ben Bland, Editor, CheapThriftyLiving.com
Updated August 09, 2018
22 Cheap Breakfast Recipes to Start Your Day

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so make sure to start your morning with a filling dish! This collection of cheap breakfast recipes will provide enough energy to get you to lunch without straining your wallet or schedule. These inexpensive breakfast ideas won't make you wake up hours earlier to prepare a hearty feast for your family as most can be prepared the night before or within minutes in the morning. Many of these frugal foods even cost less than your standard cereal and milk, saving you money at the grocery store!

Your family will love the array of recipes that will ensure variety to your morning meal. You will have a large assortment of new recipes to your breakfast repertoire that will surely satisfy your entire family each and every morning! 

1. Tasty Overnight Oats in Mason Jars

If you aren't a morning person, waking up and cooking breakfast can be a struggle! Luckily, these overnight oats take little preparation and will be ready when you get up.

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Tasty Overnight Oats in Mason Jars

2. 2-Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins

What's better than a warm muffin in the morning? A warm muffin that only requires two ingredients! These pumpkin muffins are simple and perfect for fall!

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2-Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins

3. Rise and Shine Buttermilk Pancake Casserole Recipe

Pancakes are a breakfast essential but can get repetitive. This buttermilk pancake casserole creates a thicker and fluffier breakfast that will elevate your standard pancakes!

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Rise and Shine Buttermilk Pancake Casserole Recipe

4. Easy Breakfast Burrito Recipe

When you need a grab-and-go breakfast, try these handy breakfast burritos! These rolled creations can be made in large batches and frozen so you can grab one to eat on your morning commute!

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Easy Breakfast Burrito Recipe

5. How to Make Yogurt in the Oven

Have you thought about making your own yogurt? This two-ingredient recipe lets you make yogurt in your oven at home for a fraction of the grocery stores' price.

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How to Make Yogurt in the Oven

6. Baked Eggs 2 Ways

Spice up your morning eggs with these two baked egg preparations. Whether you want some Italian flair to your morning or to bring Mexican spice to the table, these baked egg recipes will add boldness to your breakfast!

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Baked Eggs 2 Ways

7. Homemade Mini Breakfast Pies

These mini pies are perfect for entertaining! The individual breakfasts will greet your guests with bright and exciting flavors in the morning!

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Homemade Mini Breakfast Pies

8. Bacon Pancake Dippers

Everyone loves pancakes and bacon, so why not combine them into one sweet and salty treat! Your family will be surprised when they find the hidden bacon in these dippers!

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Bacon Pancake Dippers

9. Easy Morning Breakfast Quesadillas

Quesadillas are a versatile canvas for inexpensive meals, so bring them to the breakfast party! Add eggs, meats, cheeses, and veggies for a custom creation!

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Easy Morning Breakfast Quesadillas

10. Homemade Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

There's nothing quite like a pan of warm cinnamon rolls to start the morning. These homemade rolls use crescent roll dough for a sweet and inexpensive breakfast!

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Homemade Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

11. French Toast Skillet Sticks

Bring fun to the breakfast table with these French toast sticks! Your kids will love dipping these homemade sticks in syrup and will enjoy the sweet treat!

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French Toast Skillet Sticks

12. Easy Cinnamon Apple Pie Poppers

These apple pie bites are basically fall-inspired donut holes! Enjoy them with a warm glass of apple cider for an amazing autumn morning!

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Easy Cinnamon Apple Pie Poppers

13. Magical Crescent Roll Breakfast Casserole

Broccoli for breakfast? This crescent roll casserole will trick your kids into eating their vegetables, making it a truly magical meal!

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Magical Crescent Roll Breakfast Casserole

14. Rise and Shine Slow Cooker Coffee Cake

The best part of waking up is getting a slice of this coffee cake before it's gone! This chocolate and peanut butter breakfast can be made overnight in your slow cooker so you wake up with a waiting meal!

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Rise and Shine Slow Cooker Coffee Cake

15. Cream Cheese Stuffed Cinnamon Roll Casserole

This casserole is not your average cinnamon roll! This layered breakfast is filled with gooey cream cheese, so you will wake up to a sinfully sweet dish!

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Cream Cheese Stuffed Cinnamon Roll Casserole

16. Sausage Stuffed Biscuits and Gravy

Take your biscuits and gravy on-the-go for busy mornings! These stuffed biscuits take a portable twist on the classic breakfast.

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Sausage Stuffed Biscuits and Gravy

17. Super Easy Potato Frittata

This skillet frittata lets you make an entire feast in just one pan! Cook your vegetables and add in eggs for a quick and tasty family breakfast!

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Super Easy Potato Frittata

18. Homemade Blackberry Waffles

Elevate your standard waffles with a bright and summer fruit! These blackberry waffles will add a thrifty take to classic cuisine. 

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Homemade Blackberry Waffles

19. Red Potato Corned Beef Hash

Hash recipes have always made the most of your leftover ingredients. This corned beef hash is stuffed into pastry shells and topped with an egg for extra flavors to mix with your potatoes, vegetables, and meat! 

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Red Potato Corned Beef Hash

20. Eggs Benedict Recipe

Standard eggs Benedict are a classic brunch dish that can be made frugally at home! With a little practice, you will make the perfect Hollandaise sauce and poached eggs every time!

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Eggs Benedict

21. Puff Pastry Ham and Cheese Quiche

Quiche is a quick and simple breakfast recipe. Prepare the egg mixture and fill the puff pastry before baking until thoroughly cooked.

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Puff Pastry Ham and Cheese Quiche

22. Banana Pancakes

Banana pancakes provide relief from the normal buttermilk variety. These fruit pancakes will use up the bananas that have turned started turning brown!

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Banana Pancakes

BONUS: Cheap Breakfast Beverage Ideas

Skip your morning trip to the coffee shop with these homemade beverage recipes! You'll save money without sacrificing the flavors of your favorite morning drinks.

1. Peppermint White Hot Chocolate

This Starbucks-inspired hot chocolate tastes like winter! The white chocolate and peppermint combine for a delectable drink!

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Peppermint White Hot Chocolate

2. Skinny French Toast Frappuccino Recipe

A French toast frappuccino that's secretly healthy? This coffee creation tastes more like a milkshake than your morning cup of Joe! It is full of protein for a cheap and thick beverage!

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Skinny French Toast Frappuccino Recipe

3. Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino Recipe

Everyone rushes to Starbucks for a pumpkin spice beverage in the fall, so avoid the crowds (and prices) by making your own! This easy frappuccino will save you a lot of trips and money this fall!

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Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino Recipe

4. Dairy-Free Mango Strawberry Smoothie

If you aren't a coffee person, this mango strawberry smoothie could be for you! This smoothie is also dairy-free and vegan-friendly to fit your dietary restrictions.

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Dairy-Free Mango Strawberry Smoothie

5. Thin Mint Frappuccino Recipe

Girl Scout cookies will flavor your morning coffee all year round! This copycat recipe takes an at-home approach to a seasonal Starbucks favorite!

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Thin Mint Frappuccino Recipe

What's your favorite cheap breakfast idea? Let us know in the comments!

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