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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so you can’t afford to joke with choices when it comes to taste and nutrition. Throw out the cereal and try one of our handpicked easy-to-make breakfast options outlined below. Many of them take less than 20 minutes to prepare before dashing off to work and school. See if your favourite makes the list:   1. Fruit salad: Ingredients: Red/green apples, bananas, red/green grapes, strawberries Preparation time: 15 minutes Recipe: Nicely cut up pieces of apples, bananas and a handful of grapes and strawberries, mix them up and you’re good to go. Pineapples may be yummy ingredients but cutting them up takes time, so we’ll let them go for now.  
Picture credit: Premium Moission
Photo credit: Premium Moission
  2. French toast: Ingredients: 2-3 bread slices, 2 eggs and melted sugar or honey to taste Preparation time: 10 minutes Recipe:  Shallow-fry a couple of egg-soaked bread slices and garnish with delicious honey.  
Photo credit: Recipetineats
Photo credit: Recipetineats
  3. Toasted sandwich: Ingredients: 4 bread slices, butter, 1 tin of corned beef or 2 eggs Preparation time: 15 minutes Equipment: Sandwich toastmaker Recipe:
  • Grease up insides of machine with butter to avoid bread from sticking
  • Lie flat two slices of buttered bread and add chunks of corned beef for a filling or egg whites and yolks
  • Place an additional slice on top each one and close up machine.
  • Leave to cook for 10 mins
Photo credit: Nigerianfoodtv
Photo credit: Nigerianfoodtv
  4. Indomie:  Ingredients:
  • Indomie packs (1 or 2)
  • 1 tin of corned beef or egg for garnishing
Preparation time: 10 minutes Recipe:
  • Pour noodles into boiling water and add spices when soft (you can also include a dash of hot pepper).
  • Corned beef or eggs can be stirred in when it’s almost done. Leave to cook for a few minutes and serve.
Photo credit: Indomie
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  5. Plain/flavoured custard: Ingredients:
  • 200ml double cream
  • 700ml whole milk
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 3 tbsp cornflour
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Preparation time: 15 minutes Recipe (make-from-scratch):
  • Put the cream and milk into a large pan and gently bring to just below boiling point. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk the yolks, cornflour, sugar and vanilla. Gradually pour the hot milk mixture onto the sugar mixture, whisking constantly.
  • Wipe out the saucepan and pour the mixture back into it. Heat gently, stirring with a wooden spoon (see Steps 1 and 2, for stirring tips) until the custard is thickened, but before any lumps form. Eat hot or cold.
(Recipe source: BBC Good Food)  
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    6. Pap (ogi or akamu): Ingredients:
  • Wet Corn Starch
  • Water (Hot and Cold)
  • Evaporated Milk
  • Sugar (to taste)
Preparation time: 15 minutes Recipe:
  • Put some lumps of raw pap (wet corn starch) in a big bowl to accommodate eventual rising
  • Crush the lumps of pap into very small pieces with a tablespoon
  • Mix with cold water in small quantities till you have a medium consistency
  • Pour in boiling water slowly but steadily in a circular motion, stirring in the process
  • Stop stirring and reduce the flow of water you are pouring till the pap has completely set.
  • Add evaporated milk and some sugar to taste
(Recipe source: AllNigerianrecipes)
Photo credit: Afro Food TV
Photo credit: Afro Food TV
  7. Agidi or Eko: Ingredients:
  • 1 cup corn flour (corn starch)
  • 700mls (approx. 25 fl. oz. ) cold water
Preparation time: 15 minutes Recipe:
  • Mix the corn starch/flour with the 700 mls of cold water in a pot.
  • Stir continuously with a wooden spatula even after it thickens to prevent lumps
  • Pour some water into pot and leave to simmer for about 10 minutes while covered on medium heat.
(Recipe Source: All Nigerian Recipes)  
Photo credit: Blue Print
Photo credit:allnigerianrecipes
  8. Club Sandwiches: Ingredients:
  •  4 slices of bread
  • 2 sardines
  • 1 fresh plum tomato
  • 1 medium carrot
  • ¼ small cabbage
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise or mayonnaise
Preparation time: 15 minutes Recipe:
  • Clean and slice up vegetables neatly
  • Mash sardines separately with a fork and mix with the margarine/mayonnaise.
  • Add vegetables to mashed sardines and stir thoroughly
  • Spread your freshly prepared sardine-veg filling in between slices of crustless bread.
Photo credit: The Bitten Word
Photo credit: The Bitten Word
  9. Bread and scrambled eggs: Ingredients: 2 eggs, 1 tablespoon of milk, frying oil, salt to taste Preparation time: 10 minutes Recipe:
  • Beat egg whites, yolk and milk in a plastic bowl and season with salt
  • Pour into frying pan and stir gently with spatula as it thickens.
  • Leave to cook for a couple of minutes, and you’re good to go with a loaf of hot, fresh bread
agege bread and egg
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  10. Hotdogs: Ingredients:
  • 2 frozen Frankfurters
  • 2 hotdog buns
  • 2/3 tomatoes
  • Ketchup for taste
Preparation time: 5 minutes Recipe: 1. Heat up frozen frankfurters in a microwave for a couple of minutes. Alternatively, you can steam it up in boiling, hot water for 2-3 minutes 2. Chop up tomatoes into neat slices 3. Place frankfurters and tomato slices into buns and top up with some ketchup. Voila!  
Photo credit: Deviant Art (Mind Fresher)
Photo credit: Deviant Art (Mind Fresher)
      There you go! You never have to skip breakfast again. Did we miss any of your favourites? Share them with us below.  

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This article was first published on 15th July 2015


Ify Halim is a Writer and media enthusiast based in Lagos. She enjoys writing self-help/inspirational articles with published work in UYD Magazine, Edufrica, Our Stories Inc. and The Keele Concourse. She currently works at, Nigeria’s Information Portal. Follow her on Twitter @MissHalim or visit her online space at

Comments (15)

15 thoughts on “10 Simple Breakfast Options Made in 15 Minutes or Less”

  • yummy! yuh guyz are stimulating my appetite

  • Agidi shouldn’t be here, after cooking it like u wrote it’s then poued in a bowl/ mould to cool down before eating and that can take hours and if it’s taken like u wrote that means it’s pap. Think smoothie should be here it’s easy just whiz and go. Love the post and the custard a simple buying of the powder will definitely cut down time and allow u to scramble eggs

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    Wonderful and easy recipe.
    Thsnks,a million times.

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