We’ve all had those days where you don’t want to eat breakfast, but need something to keep you going.
Whether you’re short on time, not that hungry, or prefer a lighter start to your day, breakfast drinks can help start your day right without having to cram food down your throat.
However, it can be hard to figure out what kind of breakfast drinks you can make in the morning. Lemon water and smoothies are all popular choices, but they aren’t the most exciting options to start your morning with.
If you’re struggling to think of breakfast drink options, you’re in the right place! We’ve listed some of the most delicious breakfast drinks in this article.
They’re all quick and straightforward to prepare, so you can easily get one in if you have to run out the door.
Whether you like something light and fruity or creamy and filling, you’re sure to find a breakfast drink that suits you below!
Let’s start our list off with a classic smoothie option. Everyone knows how good peanut butter and bananas taste, but this traditional combination is given a small twist, as strawberries are added to the mix.
The banana and strawberries keep the drink sweet and fruity, while the peanut butter maintains a creamy texture.
This is a great choice if you’re looking for a nutritious breakfast option. Your body will benefit from the peanut butter’s healthy fats, as well as the vitamins from the fruit.
Using frozen strawberries instead of fresh ones will keep the smoothie cool and refreshing. You can also add vanilla protein powder to the blender if you want to improve your protein intake.
Starbucks lovers (see also ‘9 Must-Try Breakfast Sandwiches At Starbucks‘) will adore this breakfast drink. Instead of heading down to your nearest Starbucks, give this Chai Latte recipe a go!
This recipe is so simple as it only uses two ingredients, chai tea, and milk. You can also add sugar and cinnamon to give the drink an extra spicy layer.
All you need to do is heat all of the ingredients up in a saucepan, blend them, then pour them into your favorite mug. That’s it!
Make the most of this recipe by steeping the tea for five minutes, no less. This will make sure that the drink contains enough of the tea flavors.
You might have tasted lemon iced tea out of the bottle, but there’s nothing like the homemade version!
Making iced tea at home means that you can customize the sweetness to your liking, as well as add as much or as little lemon as you prefer.
Iced tea tastes great in the afternoon, but it’s also a fabulous way to start the day! You’ll get a little caffeine boost from the tea and a refreshing feel from the lemon juice.
This recipe is also very easy to make. You just need to brew water, lemon juice, and tea together. Add sugar to your liking then pour over ice cubes – that’s it!
Oatmeal is often thought of as one of the best foods to start the day with, but you can also blend them into a filling, yet tasty drink!
This breakfast drink blends oats, non-dairy milk, and maple syrup. These ingredients make the beverage creamy and sweet.
It also uses vanilla extract, cinnamon, and hemp hearts for extra dimension. The hemp hearts add fiber and protein, while the cinnamon and vanilla give it some added flavor.
You can drink yours in the morning before heading out, or pour it into a travel mug to drink on your journey.
If you haven’t heard of spirulina before, it’s a popular health food within the wellness community.
Spirulina is a very nutritious type of algae. It contains lots of vitamins and minerals, including beta carotene and B vitamins.
It’s also a good source of vegan protein, so it’s clear why you should add some to your morning routine!
Spirulina has an interesting taste which can take a little time to get used to. Despite this, adding extra ingredients can help to counteract its flavor.
Bananas and pineapple are used in this smoothie which keeps it tasting fruity. You can also add vanilla extract and maple syrup if you prefer sweeter drinks.
All you need to do is blend the ingredients and pour them into a tall glass. Sip on this smoothie while you prepare for your daily commute and your body will reap the benefits!
The London Fog might not sound that appetizing, but the name refers to a type of tea beverage. This is an Earl Gray tea latte mixed with vanilla and milk foam.
The most important thing you need to know before making this beverage is to avoid using any kind of tea. Good quality, real Earl Gray tea is essential for making this drink taste good.
You’ll also need a frother to foam the milk up, but if you don’t have one, heat your milk up on the stove instead.
If you love starting the day with a cup of tea, try this option for a change – it might just become your new favorite.
Here’s another Starbucks reminiscent recipe for those that love the store’s coffee drinks.
Caramel frappuccinos are truly decadent. They combine sweet caramel notes with slightly rich coffee undertones.
They might not be the strongest coffee drink in the world, but if you’re a fan of sweet breakfast foods, you might enjoy this drink in the morning for a different option.
Add milk, coffee, caramel sauce, and ice cubes to your blender, but don’t blend the mixture until it’s runny. It’s nicer for frappuccinos to have a slightly thick consistency so they take longer to drink.
Turmeric is well known for its health benefits. This brightly colored spice is thought to be full of antioxidants which can improve cholesterol levels and lower one’s risk of heart disease.
Kickstarting your morning with a smoothie containing turmeric is an easy way of getting this spice into your diet. All you have to do is mix banana, non-dairy milk, and turmeric together in a blender until smooth.
Feel free to add any healthy extras into the blender for a real boost. Hemp seeds, flaxseed, and protein powder are all popular options. You can try adding honey to make the smoothie a little sweeter too.
It can be difficult finding tasty breakfast options when you’re on keto (see also ‘33 Delicious Keto Recipes For Breakfast‘). There’s only so long before bacon and eggs (see also ‘33 Egg Yolk Recipes‘) start feeling boring.
Many smoothie recipes aren’t keto friendly due to the amount of sugar-laden fruits, but this one changes that!
This smoothie blends avocado and keto-approved protein powder for a low-carb, creamy, and tasty treat.
Avocados are full of healthy fats that are suitable for the keto diet. If you’re worried about the drink tasting too earthy, the vanilla protein powder adds a pleasant sweetness, all without sugar!
10. Matcha Dalgona
If you haven’t heard about matcha yet, where have you been?
Matcha green tea has become very popular over the past few years. Matcha has around three times more antioxidants, making it a more powerful version of green tea.
Dalgona coffee has also become more popular due to social media. It involves whipping coffee and sugar together to make a creamy whipped beverage.
However, instead of coffee, this drink combines matcha and dalgona to make a beautiful foamy beverage. You’ll get the health benefits and a caffeine boost from the matcha, but in a form that’s a lot more fun!
11. Best Mimosa
We couldn’t create a list of morning drinks without giving you a few alcoholic options!
The mimosa is a classic brunch drink that’s so easy to make. They’re also one of the few alcoholic beverages that are acceptable to have in the morning!
You only need two ingredients for this recipe, which are sparkling wine and orange juice. These may sound simple, but they’re all you need to make a light, bubbly, and flavorful mimosa.
It’s best to make your mimosa just before you serve it, as this will prevent the bubbles from fizzling out later. Pour yours into some champagne flutes, or if you’re serving a lot of people, add the ingredients to a pitcher for everyone to enjoy.
12. The Americano
Sometimes, the only thing that will help you start your morning is a good cup of joe. Coffee just hits the spot in a way that’s hard to describe.
Other than the caffeine boost that can help start a sluggish morning, coffee lovers can enjoy robust and intense flavors, or earthy and slightly sweet ones.
The Americano is a classic drink that many people enjoy in the morning, so we had to include it on the list. It’s also one of the simplest coffee drinks to make, as all you need is espresso and water.
Try to use the darkest espresso you can, as this will ensure that your Americano tastes as rich as possible.
Remember when everyone used to start their day with a cup of OJ? Times have changed since then, so we wouldn’t recommend drinking bottles of orange juice from the store. These can be full of sugar and artificial ingredients.
Making homemade orange juice means that your drink is free from any nasty substances, and is full of the nutritious Vitamin C to keep you energized throughout the day.
The best part is that you don’t need any complex ingredients. All you need are oranges and a juicer.
Bear in mind that homemade orange juice can have a lot of pulp. If you prefer smoother juice, pour it through a strainer to remove the pulp.
14. Peach Smoothie
Smoothie recipes often use classic ingredients, like bananas and berries, but have you ever thought about using peaches?
Peaches have a light flavor that tastes great in a smoothie. It’s a great option if you don’t want a particularly strong breakfast option.
As peaches have such a delicate flavor, their notes can be overpowered by some stronger fruits, like berries or pineapple. This recipe uses light ingredients that bring out the notes in peaches, instead of masking them completely.
You’ll need to peel and freeze the peaches for this, but you may be able to find pre-peeled frozen peach bags at the store.
If you prefer, you can also add some vanilla protein powder to the blender to get some more protein in the morning.
Here’s another alcoholic morning drink for those that are fans of brunch (see also ‘31 Easy Brunch Ideas For Easter Sunday‘)! Just like the mimosa, the Bloody Mary is another classic brunch cocktail that’s suitable at 11 am.
This is great for those that prefer savory foods, as well as those that aren’t a fan of fruity cocktails. With tomato juice, vodka, and Worcestershire sauce in this recipe, the Bloody Mary is nowhere near a sweet drink!
This version adds a little more hot sauce to the traditional recipe to make it spicier, but you can omit this if you prefer.
The cocktail is usually garnished with a celery stick, but you can add olives, lemon, or even pickled asparagus to finish.
We’ve covered how oatmeal is a classic breakfast option above. This smoothie blends oats and common oatmeal toppings, like berries and honey, to make a satisfying and filling drink.
Depending on your preferences, you can choose between frozen berries or frozen peaches for the fruit. Vanilla yogurt and honey keep the drink creamy and wonderfully smooth.
Vanilla extract will complement all of the flavors from the ingredients, while cinnamon adds a pleasant spicy layer on top.
These are perfect to make before a long day, for yourself, or others in your household! You can even top your glass with berries or a sprinkle of rolled oats for presentation.
This might be called a chocolate smoothie, but it’s full of healthy ingredients! The recipe uses a blend of bananas and cocoa powder to give a sweet, chocolatey feel.
Cocoa powder contains polyphenols, which are antioxidants that have a variety of health benefits. These may improve blood sugar, lower cholesterol levels, and lower the risk of heart disease.
The recipe only uses natural ingredients, so it’s completely Paleo-friendly. It also uses non-dairy milk, meaning that it’s suitable for dairy-free individuals, as well as those on gluten-free plans (see also ‘29 Delicious Gluten-Free Breakfast Recipes‘).
Try freezing any leftovers to make creamy pudding pops later!
Hot chocolate isn’t traditionally known as a low-carb drink, but this recipe makes some changes so that low-carb individuals can enjoy it for a change!
The recipe uses cocoa, vanilla bean powder, dry milk powder, and sweetener. Cocoa can be bitter by itself, but the vanilla and sweetener helps to keep the drink sweet.
You need to whisk all of the ingredients together, then add hot water to make the drink.
The vanilla bean powder is optional, but if you do leave this out, we’d recommend adding some vanilla extract later. You can swap milk powder for coconut milk powder to make it dairy free too.
Here’s the last alcoholic beverage on our list! A Morning Mule is a blend of a Moscow Mule and the classic morning drink, the mimosa. It’s also so simple to make!
You just need to mix vodka, ginger beer, and orange juice. Orange juice always has a morning feel to it, but vodka will give the cocktail a harder edge that’s great for brunch (see also ‘33 Brunch Ideas To Please Your Mum On Mother’s Day‘).
The mix of orange juice and ginger beer is very refreshing too, so it’s great for warmer days too!
Garnish your Morning Mule with some orange slices or lime wedges for presentation.
20. Oat Milk Latte
Oat milk has become a popular non-dairy milk substitute. If you love a latte in the morning, try making yours with oat milk instead of your usual brand.
Oat milk has nice nutty tones that pair well with espresso. This recipe also uses vanilla, cinnamon, and maple syrup which all complement the roasted notes from the milk.
Cinnamon and maple syrup also has added health benefits that can get your day off to a good start.
Top your oat milk latte off with another sprinkle of cinnamon, or even a light swirl of maple syrup if you’re a fan of sweet flavors.
Greek yogurt is such a versatile ingredient. You can eat it on its own, with fruit, or even add it to smoothies to thicken them up. Greek yogurt is also full of protein which can help you feel fuller for longer.
This recipe pairs yogurt with other filling things, like peanut butter, oatmeal, and bananas. It may contain a lot of ingredients, but it will be packed with fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals.
This is perfect if you need a filling breakfast, but don’t have much time to prepare a full dish.
If you prefer lighter breakfast options, this is the drink for you. This drink juices cucumber, celery, ginger, and pineapple together. The result is a refreshing beverage that has lots of health benefits.
Cucumber and celery are full of water which will keep you hydrated. Ginger and lemon are known for their antioxidant properties, which can improve your immune system, lower blood sugar, and may even prevent cancers from growing.
If you want your juice to be a little bit more filling, add some chia or flax seeds for a fiber boost.
The last drink on our list is a variation of a latte. This recipe uses tea as the base instead of traditional coffee. It also uses caramel syrup to sweeten the drink, but the syrup also helps to bring out the flavors of the tea.
Tea lattes are generally served hot, but this iced version is great if you want a change from hot beverages. Make sure that you use a good English Breakfast tea blend, as lower quality ones can have a poor effect on the latte’s flavor.
You can swap the caramel syrup for another one if you like. Vanilla and hazelnut syrups are nice options, but be prepared, as they will bring out different notes from the tea, making it taste different.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is The Healthiest Drink To Drink In The Morning?
There are plenty of healthy drink options to have with breakfast, but the healthiest one for you will depend on your goals.
Green tea is a popular choice thanks to its many antioxidants, but if you’re looking for more of an energy boost, a smoothie filled with bananas and berries will set you up for the day.
Lighter options include cinnamon and honey which can improve your immunity, as well as the classic hot water and lemon, which hydrates you and may improve your digestion.
What Are The Two Most Popular Drinks To Go With Breakfast?
Coffee and tea are the two most popular breakfast drinks around the world, but they are drunk differently depending on which area you are in.
Tea, for instance, is drunk with milk and sugar in the U.K. In India, however, tea is known as chai, and is drunk with spices like cinnamon and cardamom pods.
What Can I Drink In The Morning Instead Of Coffee Or Tea?
If you’re looking for a caffeine replacement, matcha green tea is a good choice. It has enough caffeine in it to keep you awake in the morning, but is still lower in caffeine compared to coffee.
Caffeine-free options include golden milk (milk with turmeric), lemon water, and kombucha. These all have added health benefits and won’t add to your caffeine intake.