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For most people, mornings are so rushed that they’re lucky if they can find time to gulp down a Carnation Instant Breakfast shake. But every now and then, life surprises you with the gift of leisure. The following is a recipe for one of those rare mornings:

Waffles are so last year.

French Toast?  Who’s that? It’s time to make room for the new kid in breakfast:

Pancake Roll Ups!


Above, Carrot Cake Pancake Roll Ups, filled with raisins and Healthy Cream Cheese Frosting, covered with carrots and more raisins and frosting.

Step One: Cook up your pancakes, a bit thinner than usual. In the photos, I used 24-Carrot Cake Pancakes.


Step Two: Top each pancake with lots of yum-licious ingredients


Step Three: Roll up the pancakes. Side note: I *heart* the cute strawberry plate from Pier One.


Step Four: Put more deliciousness on top!


Step Five: Devour your Pancake Roll Ups before other members in your house see them and beat you to it!

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I just wanted to let you know that after reading about the rude anonymous commenters you had to deal with, I went and updated my blogroll just to add your name to it. I would’ve eventually added you anyway, because I love your blog. But I never get around to updating that thing, and I usually wait until I have a lot of blogs to add to it.

    But to show those jerks that they shouldn’t treat someone so sweet that way, I made a special update! So there to them!

    I’d add you to my google reader too, if I used it.
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  2. Jessica says:

    I just wanted to let you know that after reading about the rude anonymous commenters you had to deal with, I went and updated my blogroll just to add your name to it. I would’ve eventually added you anyway, because I love your blog. But I never get around to updating that thing, and I usually wait until I have a lot of blogs to add to it.

    But to show those jerks that they shouldn’t treat someone so sweet that way, I made a special update! So there to them!

    I’d add you to my google reader too, if I used it.
    Stay strong, because most of us (the ones that matter) love you!

  3. Ok, this IS the most amazing breakfast!! I am totally thinking of stuffing them with yogurt, coconut butter, chocolate chips, peanut butter…fruit…the list goes on and on…and on…

  4. Jessica says:

    Hmmm…my dream combo would be pancakes filled with macadamia nut creme and fresh blueberries. I’m trying to break out of my usual mold! :)

  5. Kristie says:

    Oh my gosh these look so good!
    What about rolling up banana and peanut butter?
    There are so many combinations I could try. This really could replace waffles and pancakes as my new favorite breakfast! What I hate about pancakes is that it’s hard to eat with a fork without the toppings falling off. I love this idea!

  6. candice says:

    Hahaha… so it’s cheesecake mousse? I should’ve known… coconut butter is translucent. 😛

    So this is like, a mix between a crepe cake and pancake, rolled up crepe-style? 😀 Awesome! My perfect pancake roll-ups would contain nut butter, mashed, caramelized banana, and toasted black sesame seeds. ;]

  7. lisa says:

    Since I love putting peanut butter on pancakes, I’d put that in my roll up, but I might add something like dried cherries too. These look delicious!

  8. eaternotarunner says:

    I’m so predictable, but definitely banana, peanut butter and chocolate. My three favorite things!

  9. Sarah says:

    Elvis style!

  10. Megan says:

    Oh I can’t wait to try this! I want to do a CINNAMON ROLL roll-up! Thanks so much for this amazing idea, and all your amazing ideas in general!

  11. *Andrea* says:

    those look so delicious!!!! i am such a sweets vs savory person so i would love to put dark chocolate dreams or the maranatha dark chocolate almond spread inside! maybe wiht coconut too! yummmyy

  12. Kara says:

    Katie, I’m thining these would be so yummy as a savory version with hummus inside! Hve you done a savory version yet? Or maybe some salsa? Oh gosh there are so many choices! I’m going to have to make some!

  13. Erin says:

    Yummm! I’d probably put in peanut butter and chocolate chips so it’s like a dessert or crepe roll-up. Mmm…

  14. Such a cute idea! You know how much I love snacky finger foods and this looks like a way to let breakfast get in on that action. Genius!

    My ideal fillings would be lots of vegan butter, maybe some molasses, and chocolate chips! Mmmm!

    ps. I have a giveaway running that is just made for you, Katie!

  15. Kristie says:

    National pancake month? How did I miss this?!? Great reason to have pancakes at least 3 times a week 😉

  16. mrssturgis says:

    Wow, those look fabulous! And the plate is too adorable :)

  17. Leah says:

    mmm those look delectible! I made something similar this morning only chocolate protein crepes w/chocolate almond milk pudding filling! a bit toooo chocolate-y (who thought that was possible?) buttt they were still pretty good! I’m going to try these next! Keep on bringing sunshine to the blog world!

  18. Danielle says:

    February is national pancake month? Is there a list of all the national food holidays? lol I’m curious as to what tomorrow is…

    The roll-ups look delicious 😀 Honestly, my ideal roll would be carrot cake! But for the sake of being original, I’ll say: cinnamon rolls, elvis rolls, pumpkin pie rolls, ho-ho rolls…omg

  19. erintakescontrol says:

    Your cream cheese mousse, nutbutter, and carob chips, for sure!

  20. Kate says:

    mmm, cream cheese and chocolate chips, or maybe strawberries or cherries. Depends on the time of year.

    Did you know that today (February 8) is Oatmeal Monday?

  21. The Brunette says:

    Yum! I always think your toppigs look so creative and delicious, but pancakes taste SO good with nothing but a little bit of sugar (or stevia, perhaps?) drizzled on top! My mom used to make them for us all the time. I’ll have to try them with your whipped cream, though! And maybe some mango or pineapple (my favorite tropical fruits!). Either way… Yum!

  22. Ooooooh these look YUMMY! Sort of like crepes, only a little healthier. 😉 Nutella, MaraNatha dark chocolate almond butter, fruit spread, chocolate chips come to mind. :)


  23. Stef @ moretolifethanlettuce says:

    yes! when i had pancake sunday yesterday i nixed the fork and knife and folded the pancakes up like a hard taco shell. this is an even better idea!

  24. gaby says:

    MMMM it’s like crepes!! I have a cute crepe place a block from my apartment back home and you get to choose from their fillings so I can make it vegan. But I like your fillings and pancakes better!
    I miss baking and cooking so much here! My grandmother is the most OCD person you could ever encounter and I happened to mention I would like to bake something today and she was close to a panick attack thinking about me making her kitchen dirty and using her stuff. I’m not allowed to touch anything! Grr, I’m going to have to go on a massive baking spree when I get back. You should come to houston to help me eat!

  25. Nutella and banana, I mean- if I’m doing pancakes, I’m going to really do them!

  26. Meg says:

    You’re a GENUIS 😀

  27. Jen says:

    Ahhh! Why has no one thought of this before? I mean, crepes are good and all, but they’re so thin that they fall apart. Same thing for pancakes, with the toppings not staying on. So pancake crepes? Haha it’s like the opposite of your crepe cakes!

  28. Yum! I’ve had a serious hankerin’ for pancakes lately. I should give this a try. I also love ’em rolled up with vegan sausage.

  29. Jenny says:

    never thought i’d see the day when French Toast went out of style — but this recipe is a more than worthy replacement. Like little burritos! bueno!

  30. Jennifer says:

    I would put… FUDGE BABIES in mine! How delicious does that sound? Yeah I thought so :)

  31. Christina says:

    Peanut butter, cinnamon, and raisin sounds like the perfect pancake roll up! I can’t afford coconut butter, but that would be in close second :)

  32. Marina says:

    Perfect filing would be yogurt or cottage cheese with frozen cherries. It tastes like ice-cream!
    Or, microwaved banana with cocoa and a bit of vanilla soy milk. Yummy. Can’t wait for morning to come to have some :)

  33. BroccoliHut says:

    Genius! I think my roll-ups would have to include pumpkin or maybe some coconut butter:)

  34. Stefanie says:

    Hmm. . .Yogurt with cocoa powder and banana. That would be a nice meal.

  35. My dream pancake rollup? Hmmm….. How about something super creamy like a raw cashew cream and then lots and lots and lots and lots of fresh juicy organic strawberries. oh, yeahhhh!

  36. wow these are a great idea! i would have to put some nutella and banana into mine!!

  37. Chrysta says:

    My sweet Katie!!!! How have you been girl. Ive been quite the chocolate covered slacker lately in my blogginess. ha. Cest la vie! But I had to of course check out your awesome site asap and Im am in love with these filled pancakes. I had no idea it was pancake month so I have to try some out. I love your carrot cake and coconut frosting toppin. OMG delicious girl!!! How awesome!! Id love to do some banana pancakes maybe, make up some whipped peanut butter tofu to dip it into and lots of cocoa nibs. Have an awesome day hon!!!

  38. becky says:

    So I attempted your chocolate chip cookie dough oatmeal…and it was super runny! It was like a drink! I’m assuming I should use less milk in the blending process, but I’m wondering why mine turned out differently? Hmmmm.

  39. These are so cute!!
    They’re like the ultimate crepe pancake carrot cake hybrid. Did you eat them with chop sticks?! 😀

  40. whydeprive says:

    YUM!! I think anything with coconut would be good in those. Maybe coconut butter and bananas.

  41. Tara says:

    Oh my gosh, I LOVE THESE. I always called them crepe tacos. I used your crepe recipe too! I love pumpkin pie ones. I make plain crepes, and then I make a mixture of pumpkin, stevia, and pumpkin pie spice. That would taste so good with the healthy cream cheese icing! Definitely trying that this weekend.

  42. Katie says:

    I make crepes like this and roll up stir fried veggies! Curried mushrooms, onions, and broccoli inside a pancake? Yes, please!

  43. catms916 says:

    Those look absolutely delicious! I love your inventiveness when it comes to food – every time I see your beautiful pictures I always think how happy and well fed you must be! Keep up the good work and pancake-a-liciousness! I swear that’s a word… 😉

  44. Jess says:

    Pancake roll ups sound incredibly delicious! And with homemade frosting??
    <3 jess

  45. Terecita says:

    Hey there! Those pancake roll ups look so AMAZING!!! I already want to try them!! 😉 Maybe I will try them this week as I am supposed to be cooking pancakes for a friend on Wednesday morning. Mmmm…

    It has been so long since I have been blogging and I missed how things turned out for your raising funds for clicking on your site. I’m sorry but I can’t remember what it was for but I remember you doing it and I was just wondering how everything turned out.

  46. katie says:

    hi katie!
    your blog is fabulous and i really appreciate the effort you put into it day in and day out! i was wondering what kinds of food you eat on the go, say in class or for car rides (could make a great post!). as a vegetarian i find it somewhat difficult to make a healthy well rounded meal out of portable foods. also, has anyone ever told you that you look just like emma roberts?? you are identical, and equally, if not more gorgeous! hope all is well :)

  47. Yum! This looks like a perfect breakfast item, especially for the mornings when you don’t want too much sweetness to it. The mounds roll ups sounds incredible too.

    From childhood, I always loved banana chocolate chip pancakes (my mommy’s specialty), so I’d love to make those into roll ups. Blueberry with cream cheese and roasted pecans would be incredelicious too, though! Mmmm, I really don’t make enough pancakes!

  48. molly b says:

    Those look absolutely amazing! I think I will make some this weekend. If they look presentable, I’ll send you a pic! Thanks for another delicious vegan recipe!

  49. Roselie says:

    oh such an amazing idea!!!simple yet delicious!!

  50. Katie says:

    YUM! I can’t wait to make these! I’m not sure about details, but mine would involve nut butter and probably chocolate is some form. :-)

  51. katie,
    Oh my goodness, I don’t even know what to say! Thank you SO much for your sweet compliment!! Emma Roberts is so adorable! (Well, she has to be; she’s related to Julia!)
    And thanks for an awesome post idea too! I’ll definitey spend more time thinking about it and hopefully will get a post up soon. I don’t have to eat “on-the-go” all too often, but off the top of my head, here are some things I eat:
    nut butters, fudge baby bars, fruit, sandwiches, salads/leftovers in tupperware containers, pancakes (can’t leave out my latest obsession hehe), oatmeal (I like my oatmeal cold, so I don’t care if it’s not hot if I have to eat it on the go)… hmm, basically anything can be made portable except the frozen puddings/ ice creams I like. I’m really strange in that I usually like my soups/stir fries/veggie dishes cold or room temp, so I don’t have to worry about keeping portable foods hot.
    Anyway, like I said, I’ll try to be more detailed when I write the post! :)

  52. Michal says:

    No other words are needed :)

  53. jqlee says:

    Dark Chocolate Dreams PB :) I actually like to eat my pancakes with my hands, rolled up and dipped into my syrup. Who needs forks? I made sooo many pancakes the other day to find the perfect recipe. I mean like 3 batches :) I finally found one I liked though!

    Btw, have you tried YouBars before? I had one today, it was called “Great Date with Chocolate” and it totally reminded me of you and your fudge babies (which I STILL need to get around to making). But the texture looked exactly like your “bars” and the ingredients are very similar, just dates, cocoa, and some honey. You are onto something with your fudge babies girl because these bars sell for a little more than $2 each! Pack up the fudge babies and get marketing :)

  54. CaSaundra says:

    Truly amazing! I agree with the comment above–you need to get marketing your creations–I’d sure buy! :-)

  55. Michelle says:

    Yum! How about a savory version…a sugarless whole wheat pancake with tofu scramble and salsa!

  56. brandi says:

    favorite instant breakfast?

    A quick smoothie OR overnight oats, if I remember to make them the night before.

  57. Katharina says:

    Hm.. my favorite instant breakfast would have to be… 18 Rabbits granola bar + Greek yogurt. Is that instant enough? lol

    p.s. I use to be into those Toaster Strudels as well :p


  58. Sarah L. says:

    Overnight oats! It requires so little prep work before and then I know I have a filling, nutrient-packed breakfast waiting for me in the fridge. Perfect!

  59. Steph says:

    my favorite instant breakfast?! Hmmm….green smoothie to-go, or a banana with nut butter!! Yummm :)

  60. Caitlin V says:

    banana with a spoonful of almond butter :)

  61. Stefanie says:

    My favorite instant breakfast is quinoa cooked the night before topped with almond milk and banana. Easy and fast as long as I cook the quinoa the night before. :)

  62. Becky says:

    If I’m in a big rush, I grab a piece of fruit. I know it’s not the best but I’ll try and eat a bit more when I’ve got a bit more time. Sometimes I squeeze in a piece of Ezekiel toast with pb and honey! Mmm.

  63. Sallie says:

    My favorite breakfast on rushed mornings (when I know I’m going to be rushed) is overnight oats. As long as I know I’m going to need them the next day, I combine instant oats with water, spices, a few chia seeds and a few raisins in my Starbucks oatmeal to-go container (check Starbucks for these if you make oats a lot… I use mine all the time, it looks like a little squat to-go coffee travel mug, it’s the perfect oats bowl plus it has a spoon and a goodie compartment in the top). In the morning I just grab the container and head to work. All it needs once I get to work is a stir and usually a little more water. Makes having a good breakfast really easy and no-prep.

  64. *Andrea* says:

    banana smothered in almond butter and sprinkled with dried cherries and granola!

  65. Rick says:

    my favorite pancake roll-ups would have blueberries and strawberries mashed together with agave and lucuma!

  66. Demelza says:

    I think my favorite instant breakfast would be almond butter toast,
    or frozen fruit+cinnamon+cottage cheese blended in to a soft serve consistency and then topped with whipped cream. <3

  67. Nicole says:

    On a busy morning, I’ll toss a handful of oats into a (portable) container of kefir, add some walnuts & currants, and enjoy the creamy goodness an hour or two later when I get where I’m going.

  68. Sweet Cheeks says:

    My favorite instant breakfast is a yogurt and cereal mess. Never fails!

  69. Kim says:

    My favourite instant breakfast on rushed mornings is a handful of Sugarless Carrot Coconut Cookie balls, provided of course that I haven’t run out…like I have this morning! I’ll need to make more today:)

  70. Claire says:

    I hate rushed mornings, and I don’t usually drink protein powders, but if I don’t have time for breakfast (which I *always* eat) I’ll mix some protein powder with a cup of almond milk. It gets my day started well – gotta love breakfast!

  71. sarah says:

    overnight oats! takes some prep time the night before, but makes life so much easier on a rushed morning !

  72. Mo says:

    My favorite instant breakfast is probably toast smothered with peanut butter and sprinkled liberally with cinnamon, with a piece of fruit, most likely a banana, on the side. :) I’d say smoothies but my blender takes some prodding so it isn’t really very instant. 😉

  73. Natalie says:

    My favorite ‘go to’ breakfast for rushed mornings is (I KNOW IT’S SAD) but instant oatmeal that I pump up with pumpkin, cinnamon (of course), and some syrup for flavor! It does the trick for those mornings when you wake up and class starts in 10 minutes. 😉

  74. Becca says:

    Rushed breakfast? Is there any other kind? I’ve started eating Nakd bars recently, and they are so yummy! They’re vegan and raw, and so dense and chewy that they taste like much naughtier food.

    Also, went and noseyed back to the post to which first-commenter-Jessica refers. Love love love your attitude. If more people exercised their patriotism by thinking “how can my country be even better?” rather than by blindly accepting all that they are told, the world would be a truly wonderful place.


  75. Marie says:

    “Instant” breakfast, eh? I think most breakfasts are pretty quick, but I guess when I’m in a hurry I usually snatch a banana and some yogurt from the fridge and pop it in my bag. But I never have any reason to eat in a hurry in the mornings because I naturally wake up so early.

  76. Hanne says:

    For me, it’s wholegrain toast with either ham and mustard or pb&j. Boring, maybe – but tasty and filling :)

  77. Kerry says:

    Favorite “instant” breakfast? A banana! Or a Larabar. If I have time, I make Ezekiel bread toast under my desk at work (where I hide my toaster…)!

  78. joanna says:

    mmm i would love to win some instant protein powder!

    my favorite instant breakfast is a banana absolutely drowning in almond butter! (:

  79. Christin L. says:

    A frozen waffle toasted with some peanut butter is my “instant breakfast!”

  80. Heather says:

    If I know I’m going to have a rushed morning, I usually prepare some muesli the night before (soaked oats, raisins, nuts, etc) and add some fruit and green powder in the morning. Good to go!

  81. Jackie says:

    My favorite instant breakfast is nuked oatmeal, pour ingredients in a bowl nuke for 2 minutes and breakfast is served!

  82. Libby says:

    My favorite instant breakfast is a banana and an apple! No utensils or prep needed (besides washing)

  83. Meg says:

    My favorite instant breakfast is overnight chia seed nanner oats 😀 or a banana and peanut butter paired with a Larabar :)

  84. Jvegegirl says:

    Banana with almond milk!

  85. jqlee says:

    my fav instant breakfast now though is nuked egg whites w/ketchup. it takes like 3 minutes!! or sometimes i’ll just put some instant oats w/hot water (we have a boiler) in a container and get in the car, in a few minutes, it’s ready to eat!

  86. Jessie says:

    My favorite breakfast for rushed mornings is a waffle sandwich. I usually toast a couple of waffles, slather them with nut butter, a bit of jam, and put them together. It’s quick and filling!

  87. melissa says:

    my favorite instant breakfast would be a quick smoothie of whatever fruits i have in the fridge =d

  88. Jess says:

    My favourite instant breakfast is overnight oats!

  89. rushed mornings? an energizing maca shake! i use 1 c coconut milk, 1 tsp maca, 1 tbsp chia seeds i’ve soaked overnight & some vanilla stevia drops + ice. creamy, filling & some seriously delish energy!

  90. Valerie says:

    My favorite “instant breakfast” is a smoothie with a banana, 1 cup almond milk and a scoop of brown rice protein powder!

  91. Lori says:

    My favorite instant breakfast would be a smoothie. But if I were in a super hurry a banana and peanut butter would do the trick!

  92. hope says:

    overnight oats for sure! yum!

  93. Chloe says:

    Instant oatmeal!

  94. Ashley says:

    Second Question of the Day: My favorite grab and go breakfast is either a smoothie using whatever we have on hand or a PB&J on Ezekiel bread. Both are extremely easy to eat in the car or during morning meetings.

  95. Krystina says:

    If I know I have an early or rushed morning, I usually make overnight oats so most of the work is done for me in the morning. All I have to do is add the toppings and go! 😀

    Thanks for the opportunity to win the Vega powder! :)

  96. ashley says:

    My fave instant breakfast is a granola bar or a quick bowl of cereal and milk!

  97. Julia says:

    favorite instant breakfast?

    Eggo nutri-grain frozen waffles with a smear of almond butter! Three minutes to make and it’s delicious!

  98. my favorite quick breakfast is just a container of yogurt and a banana. Usually I mix them up with all sorts of other goodies, but even this works well in a pinch.

  99. Jamie says:

    Rushed mornings: cereal.

    SUPER rushed mornings: yogurt + granola in a baggie to go

  100. MaryZ says:

    Super rushed morning=Green Monster with chocolate protien powder. Got to have my chocolate:)

  101. Heidi says:

    Rushed morning usually include a smoothie because it’s quick. But if it’s super rushed I’ll grab a pre-made granola bar from the freezer.

  102. Katie says:

    Quick breakfasts for me are rare these days (I intentionally keep mornings slow-paced), but when necessary, it’s got to be pb or ab on toast with almond milk :)

  103. Kate says:

    i prep everything for a smoothie the night before so I just have to grab my blender, drop in a few ice cubes and give it a whirl, and run out the door!

  104. Alfreda Walker says:

    Hot brown rice it is already pre-made and ready to go in the mornings. Mix in some peanut butter & chocolate and its yummy

  105. Yuri says:

    If I have to be real quick in the morning and can’t eat cereals as usual, I just take some fruit [usually an apple] along my way to eat on the train… or some dried dates/figs if I have them. Another option would be a cup of chocolate.

  106. Erica says:

    If I know I’m going to have a rushed morning I will usually make something in advance, like overnight oats. Otherwise it’s cereal or instant oatmeal.

  107. Janna says:

    I love a banana with almond butter or a smoothie to-go for a rushed morning!

  108. Kaye Stain says:

    My favorite instant breakfast is a couple of bananas and a handful of nuts or banana milk or blueberry choc smoothie.

  109. Leah says:

    Favorite rushed breakfast…banana and sunbutter perhaps?! Sooo good.

  110. Jade Belzberg says:

    My favorite brekkie on rushed mornings is toast spread thickly with almond butter and a banana. Delicious, filling and fast!

  111. taleoftwovegans says:

    Either a smoothie packed into a to-go cup, or if I’m REALLY in a rush, probably an apple and a larabar. :) -Eve

  112. 2nd question: def a shake but then again I have those everyday for b-fast even if I’m not in a rush! But in a rush they’re less elaborate and usually just almond milk and powder shaken

  113. megan says:

    My favorite instant breakfast would have to be my monkey shake which is bananas, flaxseed, almond milk, and almond butter blended and then frozen for the morning so I can have a cold popsicle on my way to school.

  114. Sarah says:

    My favorite instant breakfast is a peanut butter and banana sandwich. So good!

  115. Laura E says:

    My favorite “instant breakfast” would be cereal! It’s quick and easy and I usually scarf it down anyways. I also like to have a banana with nut butter on the side.

  116. Virginia says:

    When I am pressed for time in the morning I always go for my staple of fruit and nut butter! Mmmm

  117. junghwa says:

    my favorite instant breakfast is banana or overnight oats that i prepare the night before~

  118. Jessica F says:

    I will take a piece of bread (toast if the rushed second allows!) with some good ol’ peanut butter and jelly. Simple, classic, delicious.

  119. Courtney says:

    On rushed mornings I thaw a couple of frozen waffles on the kitchen counter while I am in the shower, toast ’em up as I am packing my bag for work, and make a delish PB sammie that is o-so-portable!

  120. Jo says:

    Instant oatmeal. In a big mug. Unless it blows up, because then it’s not very “instant.”

  121. avryan says:

    Apple and PB. Perfect combo to eat on the run.

  122. Melissa says:

    My favorite instant brekkie?

    A brown rice protein and frozen banana shake… with almond milk.

    For even faster breakfast, a good old banana!
    I love those darn things. :)

  123. Lauren says:

    green smoothies with loads of peanut buttah! yummmeh.

  124. Haylee says:

    My favorite quick breakfast is slices of break with a nut butter and any type of fruit on top with a little sugar or cinnamon! YUM!!

  125. Favorite instant breakfast would be a bowl of cereal with fruit and nuts added on top.

  126. Renée says:

    My favourite instant breakfast would be Luna bars :)

  127. Natalie says:

    My favorite quick breakfast is a toasted whole wheat english muffin spread with a nut butter, topped with banana slices, and sprinkled with cinnamon.

  128. Emily says:

    I don’t understand the “don’t have time for breakfast” thing either… I eat giant breakfast and still hungry for a mid morning snack + lunch + afternoon snack + dinner + late night snack. Fastest breakfast known to man: A whole wheat pita or tortilla, gobs o’ peanut butter and a banana or apple. perfect

  129. Eleanor Jones says:

    Answer to the second question of the day (and shamelessly, in order to enter the draw…!) :-)
    No morning is ever too rushed for breakfast! When I had a general anaesthetic a while ago, I got up at 6am so I could have breakfast before the six-hour nil by mouth rule… (Then went back to bed.)
    But if it was really late, I’d have an Eat Natural bar.
    I don’t know if they sell them in America but they’re just whole nuts with dried fruit, a bit of puffed rice, nuts and a dark chocolate or creamy coating, or plain. Healthy and mmmmmmmm…

  130. kim R. says:

    Mixed fruit ( strawberry banana blueberry ) cinnamon and agave, mmmmm mmmmm good! :+)

  131. veggie365 says:

    For super quick (and portable), I’ll grab a GNU Flavor & Fiber Espresso Chip bar and an apple. Otherwise, it is a bowl of cereal with almond milk – and that is pretty fast too, just not as portable!

    Thanks for a great giveaway! :-)

  132. keegan says:

    Growing up I couldn’t stand the taste oatmeal and now I can’t get enough of it, go figure. I was a simple jam and toast gal, now I shudder at the thought of so little!

  133. I very rarely have a rushed morning because breakfast is a priority to me so I make time for it. A healthy, filling breakfast is crucial to my happiness/productivity every day :). But if I’m short on time, I have a big bowl of cereal with banana in. Honestly though, that wouldn’t hold me over very long. Breakfast is usually my biggest meal of the day!

  134. Instant oatmeal with whatever toppings I desire (usually berries) is quick and delicious!

  135. lisa says:

    Sorry Katie, I posted my answer on the home page. I am very new to the art of comments :)
    I would try apples, with cinnamon, cloves and maybe a little stevia. I love, love, love your gingerbread recipe by the way.
    Thanks and have a great day!

  136. Pamela says:

    My favorite instant breakfast has got to be- whole fuit! I try to keep bananas, apples, oranges etc. on hand at all times, especially when it’s in season for the days I need to just “grab and go”! I find that’s super easy- also, an example of this would be 2 bananas sliced open with chocolate peanut butter (homemade or PB&Co.) put in there! Thanks for the opportunity, Katie!

  137. Kristie says:

    I love making the popular-around-the-blog-world chocolate cherry bomb smoothie when I’m in a rush – it’s probably one of my top 3 breakfasts and it’s so nice to be able to blend it and stick it in a cup to drink as I drive to work! :)

  138. My favorite speedy breakfast is a baggie of gluten free granola with raisins or dried apples thrown in!

  139. Rebecca says:

    My favorite “instant breakfast” is an almond butter and banana sandwich, no cooking required and it’s portable!

  140. Adam says:

    Hey Katie! :) I will most always grab a bag of baby carrots and a spoon full of almond butter dipped in chia seeds on my way out the door if i am in a rush, or even if i’m not! 😉

  141. izzy says:

    Fave instant breakfasts, my GO-TO is bread or pita with chocolate peanut buttah!! I’ve also been known to tupperwear some dry oats + fixings and, if i get the chance, cook it up in the micro at work/school 😉 Bombe!


  142. Kelly says:

    It only takes me 7 minutes to make my protein oats, so that is usually my go to! Though now that I my Vita, it only takes 2 minutes to make protein ice cream!

  143. Vegyogini says:

    That’s easy…a Luna bar!

  144. Zuzanka says:

    best rushed breakfast is no rushed breakfast :) In my world, I ALWAYS take time to prepare good breakfast and sit down to enjoy it. What can I say, I’m a planner and I always make sure that proper breakfast is scheduled. On days when I don’t eat breakfast until after my morning run or workout, I’ll prepare some vegan overnight oats or a filling smoothie the night before to take with me to work. But even then, I’ll have my 1/2 grapefruit before the workout even if it means getting up at it usually does.

  145. Anisha says:

    I’d have to go with a bar of some sort too, although I HATE rushing breakfast and always end up cranky that I missed my green monster that morning!

  146. I have discovered overnight oats…that can always be quick.

  147. Victoria says:

    my favorite instant breakfast is defnitely a green smoothie.

  148. Zeus' Mom says:

    My favorite instant (rushed or not) breakfast is fruit.

  149. glambaa says:

    my favourite instant breakfast? that would have to be my pumpkin pie in a bowl, based off of your banana bread in a bowl recipe it is soo good. im making myself crave it right now… oh dear. anyways, i blend pure pumpkin, cereal flakes, my vegan protein powder, almond milk, stevia, and a ton of cinnamon all together in my magic bullet. oooh. so. good.

  150. dianna says:

    favorite instant breakfast has to be a green smoothie! i make mine with frozen spinach, parsley, maca powder, spirulina, msm powder, stevia, vanilla, berries and almond milk! absolutely delish and filling too!

  151. shesarunner says:

    My favourite instant breakfast is overnight oats! All the preparation is done the night before so you don’t have to do anything in the morning, just eat. I like to make mine with a mix of oats and buckwheat, chia seeds, almond milk, and half a mashed banana. Healthy and tastes great.

  152. Sünne says:

    My favourite instant breakfast (I just started trying it yesterday :)) are overnight oats! They are really nice and refreshing plus have protein from the (soy) yoghurt, healthy fat from added nut butters and, well, carbs from fruit & oats, obviously!

  153. Allison says:

    I hate to say it but my fave ‘instant’ bfast is a hugeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee coffee from Starbucks! Don’t worry, I almost always eat bfast–this is just in a REAL pinch.

  154. lola says:

    those look so good! on rushed mornings, i usually have a pb & j sandwich…sometimes i’m too rushed and i get pb on my clothes though =)

  155. mama says:

    Larabar’s are great for quick grab n go!

  156. Dianne says:

    oops, I guess I wrote my answer on the wrong post (I wrote it on today’s)! You and your confusing linkage!

  157. My ideal pancake roll up filling wise…hazelnut hummus! I made it the other day and it was gorgeous 😀
    Favourite on the go breakfast – it’s all about the green monsters 😛 packed with cereal, milk, yogurt, banana, spinach….win!

  158. Megan says:

    For those rushed mornings, I’ll just grab some dry cereal in a baggie and a banana on-the-go.

  159. Alisa says:

    My favorite instant breakfast is a banana. Yummy!!

  160. Melissa says:

    I typically eat a pretty substantial breakfast; egg whites, oats, fruit and milk but in an emergency my go-to instant breakfast is cereal in a ziploc bag and a protein shake (I don’t like the “foamy-ness” of a shake right after its blended so I pre-make a couple at a time and keep in my fridge so they have time to “rest”). Only takes a minute to dump cereal in a baggie and grab the shake and I am out the door

  161. Rachel says:

    if i want an instant breakfast i usually prepare it the night before, i’ll put frozen bread/frozen muffin/frozen something in the fridge and it’s thawed out by the morning. i usually like to spend time making my breakfasts, maybe it’s the art major in me that enjoys creating (you should see my bowls of cereal…fancy!) rather than having things in a snap :)

  162. Jessica says:

    My favorite instant breakfast is oatmeal. I put it in baggies (usually with fruit or some other topping) so I can add water and heat it up at work. I wouuld love to try the Vega shakes!

  163. Nicole P says:

    My favorite instant breakfast is cereal with dried fruit, cocoa roasted almonds, and alwaysss dried cherries!

  164. A.B. says:

    My go-to morning madness breakfast is a big bowl of cereal with a drizzle of homemade peanut butter and a sprinkle of flaxseed. Keeps me going all morning long! 😉

  165. I have to say I LOVE making a fast green smoothie to throw into a water bottle! I just throw spinach, milk, protein powder, a banana and flax seed in a blender, then add some ice and I’m on my way! Of course, I do have to put it in a dark colored water bottler, because I imagine the color of my yummy smoothie might give some people stomach-aches! It’s perfect to take with me to class in the morning when I’m running behind.

  166. kathleen says:

    if you consider a smoothie fast, that’s my favorite way to start a busy day.

  167. Hi Katie! i just want you to know how much I adore you !I know you hear that all the time, but you’re such an inspiration to me. I’m VERY VERY thin and LOVE to eat and concoct all sorts of quirky creations in my kitchen too. Everyone in my family worries about me, but the simple fact is, I enjoy creating healthy foods and eat more than they do! I can’t help it I’m thin!:) I’m a nutrition major hoping to be a nutritionist as well so I appreciate your great documentation of calories and importance of certain foods and nutrients. Great job! I’m also ADDICTED to chocolate and I thought I was the only one who ate it multiple times per day ( usually 5-6)!!

    Okay, so my favorite, favorite instant, in-a-rush breakfast is most definitely a chocolate flavored shake I created on my own:

    *The Purple People Eater* ( I used to love that movie and this drink reminds me of it!:) Ha!

    *1 cup So Delicious Coconut Kefir in Vanilla flavored
    *1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, 2 tbsp. flaxseed,
    *1-1 oz. of Ghiradelli 100% dark cacao
    *1 tsp. Hershey’s 100% dark cacao dutch cocoa powder
    1 tsp. cinnamon
    1/2 cup of frozen blueberries ( these go great with the chocolate and create a beautiful purple hue:)
    *1/2 cup raspberries

    OPTIONAL if I have it on hand:
    *I also add in a scoop of Nutiva’s Hemp Protein Shake powder in Chocolate because it is literally SO good
    * 1 tbsp. of Artisana Raw coconut butter:)

    I keep my chocolate squares already chopped and ready to eat in Ziploc bags so I just grab one, toss it in the lovely Vitamix, then the cinnamon, the chocolate, and coconut butter ( these are all in the same cabinet so they’re easily accessible). Then I go to the fridge, grab the flax, the hemp protein powder in chocolate and grab the almond milk and kefir. Pour all of that in, put it back in the fridge. Go to the freezer and grab the berries ( which I keep pre-portioned in freezer bags. Dump in the berries, blend on high and out comes a BEAUTIFUL purple drink that makes me smile:) Takes only about 45 seconds total time:)

    I see you’re posting a VitaMix ice cream post on Thursday:) That’s so funny because I just posted on my own food blog this past Sunday!!!:) Check it out at :


    You’re great Katie:) I read your blog every day and its nice to know there’s another chocolate loving girl out there who’s comfortable with her unique style of eating:)

    Heather McClees
    Moore, SC

  168. Abbey says:

    overnight oats with a banana! Always filling fuel for a busy day.

  169. Sara says:

    Hug a fat! Get out a spoonful of almond butter, yum!

  170. christine says:

    A cashew cookie larabar! (not as good as homemade, but quicker!)

  171. Jen says:

    On a rushed morning I like to either grab a Larabar or quickly mush a banana on a piece of toast. Delicious. :)

  172. Karen says:

    Thank you for doing this giveaway. My favorite instant breakfast is a chocolate cherry Kashi bar. Yum!

  173. My favorite, instant breakfast that I like to make when I am in a hurry is a yogurt, and toast spread with peanut butter!! It’s fast, easy, and totally nutritious!!

  174. Sydney says:

    My fav quick breakfast would be overnight oats, eaten cold! However, if I didn’t plan ahead my favorite quick breakfast would have to be a banana and soy yogurt.

  175. Mikaela says:

    If I’m truly rushed and need an instant breakfast, I will grab a piece of fruit from the counter (such as a banana or peaches or some fruit from the fridge (I loooove cold apples and oranges!!) I then make up for the calorie and nutrient deficit when I get to wherever I needed to be in such a hurry :)

  176. Ariel says:

    When I’m in a hurry, I grab a couple of pieces of fruit or half a melon or papaya. 😀 Sometimes I make a blenderful of smoothie and save half for the next morning if I know that I will be leaving the house early. Chia pudding is also easy to prepare the night before and I can take it with me to work.

  177. caronae says:

    I like trail mix baggies: I throw some nuts, dry cereal, and dried fruit into a ziploc and run out the door. Also, pb and j sammies!

  178. Diana says:

    Instant oats !!

  179. erica rose says:

    Ooh, I hate eating in a hurry! But if I absolutely have to… instant oats w/ a dollop of PB. I eat stovetop oats everyday, so I like to stick w/ the same meal, just a wee bit modified. fingers crossed!

  180. meandchew says:

    Toasted Ezekiel with Earth Balance and/or fruit spread! Or overnight oats if I know it’s going to be a rushed morning .. :)

  181. Gina G says:

    a odwalla bar and almonds! thanks katie! =)

  182. Mandy says:

    Wow carrot cake for breakfast. Definitely need to try that :)

    If i’m in a rush i’ll grab and apple and a hardboiled egg. But i’m a fan of taking time for breakfast. I don’t like to be rushed.

  183. Lindsey says:

    Honestly, I’ll just eat a nutrition bar and maybe a piece of fruit… Of course, I often eat this when I’m not rushed as well, because I can never think of what to eat. I’m sick of oatmeal, too lazy for pancakes or anything cool and delicious.
    But it works!

  184. Kelly says:

    I work for several schools as a Speech Pathologist. Since I LOVE my sleep so much, I usually eat my breakfast in my car on the way to my first school. My go to breakfast this year are Larabars, preferably Cherry Pie, Peanut Butter Cookie or Key Lime Pie(MY FAVORITE!).

    Love your blog!!!

  185. Katie says:

    Green smoothie in a mason jar!

  186. Amy H says:

    If I am in a huge rush, I will usually just grab a banana and whatever healthy bar I have lying around.

  187. Sarah says:

    I know its not considered a breakfast food. But if im in a hurry i love tossing a bunch of veggies in a steamer bag, nuke it for 5 minutes and off we go!

  188. Danielle says:

    I take yogurt, cereal, and fruit in a tupperware to go!

  189. emilie says:

    i like kashi golean in greek yogurt and banana slices! protein bonanza!

  190. MsAlex says:

    My instant breakfasts are usually whatever is to hand, my favourite so far was a kind-of-breakfast-smoothie -with -lots-of-energy-stuff-in. So, rice milk, a banana, a glob of peanut butter, handful of oats and spoonful of low-fat chocolate ovaltine all whizzed up.

    Yes it sounds gross but I tell you, it WORKS.

  191. Katie says:

    Favorite instant breakfast is smoothie. I usually put all the stuff in the blender the night before, and stash it in the refrigerator. Then I just pull it out and whir away in the morning. 30 seconds…max. :-)

  192. Theresa says:

    I always have time for a green smoothie even on the craziest mornings! I dump all I can into a blender, pour it in a to go cup, and run out the door!!

  193. Sana says:

    My favourite instant breakfast is a green smoothie! Takes 2 minutes to prepare if I prewash my greens and fruits beforehand.

  194. Favorite instant breakfast is a banana + Peanut butter rolled in a whole wheat wrap…it is so easy to eat on the go and it is really good!! 😉

  195. Michal says:

    My favorite quick breakfast is a piece or two of fruit! :)

  196. Favorite “instant” breakfast? A bowl of Udi’s Au Natural granola and some almond milk. Mmmm.

  197. alex says:

    My favorite “instant breakfast” is overnight oats. make it the night before, and poof! Its ready the next day. I love making chocolate cherry oats!

  198. Cellabella says:

    My “instant” breakfast is always cereal with soymilk and bananas and whatever fresh fruit is on hand. If I’m in a super-rush, I put it in a tupperware container with a plastic spoon to eat on-the-go!

  199. runRedrun says:

    If I’m really rushed, I sometimes forgo breakfast all together (not often though, I’m usually too hungry!). Otherwise, I’ll just grab whatever is handy like some bread, fruit, or nuts.

  200. Lindsey says:


  201. Vanessa says:

    When I’m in a rush I can always count on grabbing a banana and yogurt. Maybe a quick spoonful of almond butter too. =)

    Or, if I was thorough the night before, a breakfast cookie a la Fitnessista!

  202. Marianne says:

    Favourite instant breakfast would probably be a larabar or a peanut butter & jam sandwich :)

  203. Treslyn says:

    My favourite quick breakfast is an almond butter sandwich, a banana and a fruit leather too, depending how hungry I am. No matter what else I have for breakfast, I must have a banana every morning!

  204. kelli says:

    My fave quick breakfast is a healthy whole grain cereal soy milk and fruit!

  205. Mary says:

    my favorite instant breakfast would be omelet with toast! :)

  206. Alex says:

    Mmmmm…..My fav. quick breakfast would have to be a smoothie made of TONs of fruit and yogurt, and leave the blender out for my mom to clean up 😉

  207. Sarah says:

    On a really rushed morning, I like to make an almond butter and jam sandwich, folded in half… tht way it’s easy to eat running out the door!

  208. Hmmmm, my absolute favorite quick breakfast is either a banana with some of my fresh ground almond butter, ooooooor greek yogurt with frozen berries and homemade granola on top! Both are super quick to throw together and hold me over for quite some time! Hope I win the protein powder!!! :-)


  209. My favorite “instant breakfast” is usually just a banana and a handful of raw almonds! Tasty and satisfying!

  210. My fave instant breakfast is definitely a Strawberry-Chocolate Smoothie. I mix-in a scoop of chocolate protein powder (would LOVE to try Vega’s new Choc-o-lat flave) together with frozen strawberries, ice, almond milk, maca, cinnamon and some dark chocolate chips. A quick & delicious start that keeps me energized all morning long!

    Keep up the amazing work Katie! xo.

  211. ruby red says:

    Haha, I just can’t do an instant breakfast!! Even if I’m running late, I always must make my beloved stove-top oat bran. These days, I’m making a soymilk+almondmilk or hempmilk/banana/flax/pinch-of-salt base with a toppings bar of honey roasted PB, dried turkish figs, homemade warm blueberry compote, and ARTISANA COCONUT BUTTER blobs! Yes, not instant. But I can’t do without it. And I can make it in less than 25 mins and eat it in less than 15. =)

  212. Shirley says:

    hmm, i don’t really do instant breakfasts much, but if i must, it’ll usually be fruit with peanut butter or sometimes a protein bar. however, it’s pretty easy to just grab and go toast too and if anticipating a busy morning, i like overnight oats :)

  213. Lisa says:

    If I really have no time, then I’ll just grab a banana. Totally still hungry afterwards, but I guess it’s better than nothing.

  214. Jessica says:

    A peanut butter and banana sandwich :)

  215. Tracy says:

    my favorite “in a rush” breakfast is to add protein powder (esp syntrax cappucino flav!) to my milk for my my coffee, blend in the magic bullet, grab and apple, and go! so im at least getting a good 20grams of protein and killing 2 birds with one stone.

  216. Erica says:

    My “instant breakfast” in the morning is either green juice, a green smoothie, or a bowl of fruit!

  217. Haley says:

    My favorite instant breakfast on rushed mornings is either overnight oats (if I have had the foresight to make it the night before) or fruit cereal (YUMMMM!)

  218. Allison W. says:

    My favorite quick breakfast is a banana that has taken a dip in the almond butter jar!

  219. BitterSweet says:

    Favorite instant breakfast? Frozen steel cut oats. Defrost, add cinnamon and fruit, and I’m good to go!

  220. My favorite grab and go breakfast is a piece of ezekiel raisin bread with either a nut butter or earth balance. Quick and easy and it’ fills me up. YUmmy!

  221. Kat says:

    My favorite instant breakfast is a green juice or smoothie… or a dip in the AB jar :) haha

  222. M.E. says:

    Larabars (sometimes with extra nut butter on top!) are my favorite when I’m in a hurry!

  223. Kathryn says:

    my favorite quick breakfast is overnight oats!

  224. esther you says:

    my favorite instant breakfast in a fruit smoothie with nut milk and a handful of greens for energy!

  225. Nicole says:

    My favourite quick breakfast is yogurt and fruit or better yet yogurt and fruit blended into a smoothie!

  226. katherine says:

    my go-to “instant breakfast” is an AB&R (almond butter and raspberry) sandwich :) mmmm…

  227. Mara says:

    My favorite rushed breakfast is a Clif bar! Pretty much any flavor will do.

  228. Jenny R. says:

    my fav quick breakie is a banana and cashew butter wrap!

  229. Becca says:

    My instant breakfast? I grab an apple and rush out the door!

  230. Anonymous says:

    I opt for a fruit smoothie to take with me or some kind of bread/tortilla roll up. If I have muffins on hand, I take a couple of those with a banana to eat on the go.

  231. VEGirl says:

    Ooops! that was me before– accidentally forgot to enter a name!

  232. Jennifer says:

    A banana and some fudge babies! Assuming, of course, that I haven’t been too all-around rushed to actually MAKE fudge babies!