3 Cheap, Easy & Fast Breakfast Ideas (Homemade Pop-Tarts!)

Lori | Home Made Simple
by Lori | Home Made Simple

I’m going to share some of my favorite fast breakfast ideas. I like to spend a little bit of time on the weekend preparing these quick and nourishing meals in my pantry. This way when me and my family are rushing around during the week, we can still have a nice homemade breakfast.

How to make raisin bread

1. Raisin bread

My family loves a good loaf of raisin bread. I love it too because it’s quick and easy to make and it’s very affordable. I start off with 3 cups of flour, 3 tablespoons of sugar, 2 teaspoons of salt, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, and one tablespoon of dry active yeast. I mix those dry ingredients together and then cut in 2 tablespoons of butter. Then I add 1 cup of warm water.

Rolling the raisings into the dough

Once I’ve mixed up all the ingredients I knead the dough for about 5 minutes and roll it into a ball. Then I flatten it out so I can add the raisins. The raisins are optional. If you don’t like raisins, this bread will still be as delicious as plain cinnamon bread.

I add ½ a cup of raisins. I pour the raisins over the bread and roll them up into the dough. Then I put the dough in a bowl and let it rise for about 2 hours until it has doubled in size.

How to make raisin bread

Baking the raisin bread

After it rises I knead the dough again. Then I form it into a log shape. I take a loaf pan and spread some olive oil on the bottom and sides of the pan and then I put the dough inside. Again, I leave it to rise for about an hour or so, and then it’s ready to bake. I put it in a 375-degree oven for about 25-35 minutes.

Homemade Pop-Tarts

2. Homemade Pop-Tarts

I don’t know a single child who doesn’t love Pop-Tarts. If you’re like me, I don’t like to buy ready-made pop tarts because there are so many unhealthy ingredients in them. These homemade Pop-Tarts will make your kids happy and you will feel good about giving them something fresh to eat.

Homemade Pop-Tart recipe

I start by making the filling with ¾ cup of brown sugar. I add one tablespoon of flour, 1 tablespoon of cinnamon, and ½ teaspoon of salt. I mix the dry ingredients together and then I add 2 tablespoons of melted butter and ½ tablespoon of vanilla extract. I mix all the ingredients together and then set it aside to start making the pastry.

How to make Pop-Tarts

For the dough, I start with 1½ cups of all-purpose flour, ½ teaspoon of salt, and 1 teaspoon of sugar. Then I take a stick of butter and slice it up to make it easier to mix in. Once that’s mixed up I take a ½ cup of cold water and put in an ice cube to make sure it’s nice and cool. I like to add the water to the mix one tablespoon at a time so it’s not too watery. I ended up adding 6 tablespoons of water.

Cutting the dough into rectangles

I take the dough and roll it into a ball. Then I put it on a piece of parchment paper and roll it out really thin, like a piece of pie crust. When the dough is rolled out, I cut it into rectangles.

Making an egg wash

I also like to make an egg wash to glaze the Pop-Tarts. I use 1 egg, a pinch of salt, and 1 teaspoon of water. I whisk that together.

Adding the filling to the Pop-Tarts

Next, I add 1 tablespoon of the filling to half of the pastry squares. I spread the filling so it’s flat and coming close to the edges, leaving enough space to connect the ends of the pastry dough around the sides.

Using a fork to press the edges together

Then I add a pastry square to the top of each one and use a fork to press the edges together.

Brushing the tops with egg wash

After that’s done, I brush the tops of the pastries with the egg wash. Then I bake them in a 350-degree oven for about 20-25 minutes.

Homemade granola

3. Homemade granola

This homemade granola is going to be delicious and shelf stable for at least a week, maybe even two weeks. I start with 6 cups of oats. Then I add 1½ cups of chopped walnuts. You can also use almonds, pecans, or any kind of nuts you prefer. Then I add a teaspoon of salt, ½ cup of flaxseeds, and 1 cup of sweetened coconut. You can also add raisins or any other type of dried fruit you like.

How to make your own granola

I mix up all the ingredients and set them aside while I mix the wet ingredients. I use ½ cup of maple syrup, 1/3 cup of packed brown sugar, and ½ cup of melted coconut oil, and I mix it all together. Then I pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.

Baking granola

You’ll want to preheat your oven to 250 degrees, so you can do that before you stir everything together. I mix well until all the oats are coated with the wet ingredients. I line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper and spread the oats as evenly as I can. Then I pop it into the oven for 10 minutes.

Fast breakfast ideas

After 10 minutes I take it out and stir it. It takes about 50 minutes to an hour to finish cooking. I like to stir it every 10 minutes to make sure everything cooks evenly. When it’s done, this granola is so hearty and delicious. I like to eat mine in a bowl with some milk.

Fast breakfast ideas

I hope you guys enjoy these recipes. Please leave me a comment and let me know if you love these recipes as much as I do. I would also love to hear some of your favorite pantry staple easy breakfast recipes, so make sure you go ahead and share those in the comments section as well.

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  • Indiana Molina-Hurley Indiana Molina-Hurley on Jul 06, 2023

    Thank you for sharing… my husband loves pop tarts … but, i refuse to buy them … they’re so unhealthy …(except for the Trader Joe’s Brand) . I like that you make them fresh AND they will be pipping hot AND i control the quality of ingredient's..AND look delicious. I will be making these but for dessert 🙌

  • Lou10390141 Lou10390141 on Jul 08, 2023

    I did not grow up with granola in rural South. Discovered it in college years when I traveled and shared cultures with others. I love granola, and now make my own mixture without the sugars, syrup, or honey. Great for substitute in oatmeal cookies, topping as crumble on hot fruit, yoghurt, berries, etc. Thanks for your recipes. Too many think all must come ready-made in a box.