If you're a less-than-accomplished cook, constantly on the go, or trying to eat on the cheap, there's one meal that rules all: breakfast. I'll admit that I'm a bit biased — honestly, I could eat breakfast for every meal — but as long as I have a core group of ingredients, I can improvise with them for the rest of the day. During an especially busy week, my grocery list begins and ends with eggs, oatmeal, yogurt, bread, fruit, peanut butter, and jam. While I mostly buy jam for its starring role in PB&J (hello, lunch and dinner), breakfast recipes with jam add just the right amount of sweetness to my morning.
My current "recipe" is simply adding a spoonful to my oatmeal or yogurt, but why stop there? Why not make jam the star, not just the supporting actor? To get more inspiration, we've partnered with Smucker's® on the below list of delicious breakfast treats, from fruit smoothies to thumbprint scones. Whether you're looking for a quick breakfast on the spot or something you can make ahead, we've got you more than covered. Here are six breakfasts that will be your jam this summer.
1. Fresh & Fruity Smoothie
My blender has been getting a workout lately — and because I tend to eat breakfast morning, noon, and night, that means that I'm always looking for new smoothie recipes. This one is a no-brainer, because you probably already have these ingredients in your fridge: fruit preserves, Greek yogurt, strawberries, banana, and orange juice. Done and done.
2. PB & J Oat Bars
Here's a fantastic make-ahead treat that integrates everyone's favorite pairing with jam — peanut butter! Bring a batch of these to the office for breakfast, and I can guarantee they will have disappeared by lunchtime.
3. Banana Almond Butter & Jelly Sandwich
This open-faced sandwich pairs grape fruit spread with almond butter, bananas, and coconut for a grown-up treat that only feels like having dessert for breakfast.
4. Mixed Berry Quinoa Parfaits
If quinoa sounds weird to you as a breakfast food, trust me — just try it. It serves as a great substitute for oatmeal, adding some much-welcomed texture and protein to a familiar breakfast. Here, raspberry fruit spread is layered with Greek yogurt, quinoa, and fresh berries for a delightful parfait.
5. Jam Thumbprint Scones
Scones are my favorite dessert-disguised-as-breakfast treat. Not only are these delicious, but they're perfect to take on the go (or stash in your freezer for later). These light and flaky scones feature a thumbprint filled with jam and a drizzle of sweet glaze.
6. Red Tart Cherry Toasted Macaroon Oatmeal
Sure, oatmeal with jam is a tried-and-true pairing, but this gets points for its complex flavors and attractive presentation. Even the most reluctant breakfast-eaters won't be able to resist this combination of tart cherry preserves and sweet, crunchy coconut.
This post is sponsored by Smucker's®.