Using a culinary torch is the best way to caramelize the sugar into a candy shell, but you can also make this old-school breakfast treat using your broiler.
Say that three times fast! Watch closely toward the end of the cooking time and remove from oven when the eggs have plenty of wobble left in them.
Customize with your favorite smoked fish—you can’t go wrong with this combo.
Cherry-Almond Granola Bars
Sweet, salty, and a little chewy, this almond granola bars recipe comes in handy for breakfast or a midday treat.
Hot Oat & Quinoa Cereal
If you think quinoa is only good for savory salads and pilafs, you’re missing out. Pair it with steel-cut oats to amplify its hearty flavor. A little maple syrup brings out its sweet side.
Look for sprouted bread in the refrigerated section of the grocery store.
Carrot Cake Oatmeal
Get a serving of vegetables with this carrot cake oatmeal before you even leave the house!
Green Peanut Butter Smoothie
“A vegan green smoothie with some depth: I love the subtle savory quality the kale adds to the classic PB–banana combo.”—Dawn Perry, senior food editor
Oatmeal with Cacao Nibs and Figs
Cacao nibs are unprocessed bits of the cacao pod. They are intensely flavored, not at all sweet, and give a wonderful depth and crunch to meals. Try blending them into smoothies, or use them to top a long-braised stew.
Big Batch of Steel-Cut Oats
Portion out the oatmeal in individual containers so even if you’re running out the door, you won’t skip breakfast.
Steel-Cut Oats with Blackberries and Hemp Seeds
You can prepare steel-cut oats according to package directions. Or quicken the morning cooking by soaking the oats in boiling water before you turn in the night before; in the morning, just put the pot on the stove and they’ll cook in about 10 minutes
Swap out your morning coffee with this matcha (powdered green tea) latte recipe for an antioxidant boost.
Michael Graydon + Nikole Herriott
We try to have hard-boiled on hand, but when we’re time-pressed, this omelet takes just five minutes before work
Crunchy Cashew-Sesame Bars
These may puff slightly as they bake. For an extra crispy bar press the bars to flatten when they’re still warm using another 8” square pan.
The Green Machine
One sip, and you’ll understand why this juice recipe is called “green machine.”
Banana-Oat Snack Cake
Loaded with oats and bananas, this is a great treat to have on hand after soccer or baseball practice.
Banana Almond Smoothie
A trick we like: Peel all overripe bananas and put in the freezer, then use to make supercreamy smoothies (and banana bread as well). If you haven’t prefrozen a banana, though, don’t worry—throw a few ice cubes into the blender for a slushier effect.
Pomegranate-Chia Seed Yogurt Parfait
Chia seeds form a gel when they are soaked in liquid for awhile, making it a kind of high-protein analog to tapioca pudding. Though you’ll find tubfuls of chia pudding at your local health food store, it tastes especially good when cut with another texture like the yogurt here.
Chia Pudding with Dried Apricots and Pineapple
Try to get this in the fridge the night before for the best texture. If you’re short on time, just top some pineapple chunks with chopped dried apricots and some pan-toasted chia seeds for a little crunch and protein.
Find turmeric at specialty, Asian, and health food grocers.
Peanut Butter–Sriracha Toast
“The fresh herbs and scallion might seem strange, but they work. And the hot sauce? Makes anything better.”—Carla Lalli Music, food and features editor
The ultimate do-ahead, portable power breakfast; it’s also great with fresh fruit.
Almond, Kale, and Banana Smoothie
As bananas turn the corner from ripe to too-ripe, peel them and pop them in the freezer so you can make this anytime (you won’t need as much ice if using frozen bananas).
Quick Miso Soup
No need for powdered packets for this quick soup recipe: Just pack a thermos with veggies, tofu, and miso in the morning. Come snacktime, you’re a cupful of water and a couple of minutes away from a delicious, bone-warming soup.
Chocolate Coconut Date Bars
This mixture gets pretty sticky in the food processor. Don’t be alarmed if you have to scrape and pulse and scrape and pulse to keep the machine moving.
The Perfect Poach
We consulted the perfectionists at Thomas Keller’s Per Se in New York, where chef de cuisine Eli Kaimeh gave us his number-one piece of advice (and recipe) for the perfect poached egg: Start with a fresh egg. This is part of BA’s Best, a collection of our essential recipes.
Orange-Date Muesli with Coconut and Cacao Nibs
Muesli is a cold porridge of oats, fruit, and yogurt that softens overnight in the refrigerator. If you don’t have time to prepare it the night before, don’t worry. You can omit the oats and make a breakfast parfait with the orange (use one large orange), date, yogurt, cacao nibs, and coconut.
Prune-Pistachio Oat Bars
Rinse your hands under cool water or give them a quick shot of non-stick spray. This will keep the mixture from sticking to your hands.