Healthy Breakfast Recipes Under $2

From hearty egg dishes and casseroles to homemade cereals, these healthy breakfast recipes won't break the bank at less than $2 per serving. They're kind to your waistline, too: Each recipe starts off your day with fewer than 400 calories.

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    Southwest Poblano-Chorizo Strata

    Perfect for brunch or larger crowds, this colorful casserole gets a kick from a spicy sausage-and-pepper combo. Queso fresco is a tangy, creamy addition to this dish that's high in protein and vitamin C.

    Budget Breakfast Price: $1.38 per serving

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    Two-Way Nutty Granola Cereal

    Make your own cereal at home for less than the price of a store-bought box. Serve it cold with milk and fresh fruit or on top of yogurt, or warm it up on the stove for a hearty breakfast.

    Budget Breakfast Price: $0.52 per serving

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    Hearty Breakfast Tacos

    Ready in less than 30 minutes, these meatless tacos offer a low-fat and low-carb breakfast option. Save time in the morning by making your taco shells the night before.

    Budget Breakfast Price: $0.79 per serving

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    Cherry-Plum Bread Pudding

    Ripe plums make this energy-boosting breakfast casserole an instant hit with their naturally sweet flavor. Healthy whole grain bread adds hearty texture to the pudding topping.

    Budget Breakfast Price: $0.97 per serving

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    Mediterranean Breakfast Sandwiches

    Layered between toasted multigrain sandwich thins, fried egg, tomato, and spinach add healthful nutrients and flavor to this 20-minute breakfast sandwich. The best part: Each serving has fewer than 250 calories and boasts 13 grams of protein.

    Budget Breakfast Price: $1.94 per serving

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    Wheat Pancakes

    Make a breakfast classic a bit healthier by mixing whole wheat flour into the batter. Customize these lightened pancakes to make them your own with your favorite spices, fruit, or chocolate pieces.

    Budget Breakfast Price: $0.14 per serving

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    How to Make Homemade Granola

    Start your morning with homemade granola instead of splurging on store-bought. Watch this quick video for so-easy instructions.

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    Sweet Skillet Popover

    This one-dish oven pancake gets its sweetness from a thinly sliced apple, ground cinnamon, and a few tablespoons of sugar. The recipe cooks in just one pan, so cleanup is quick and easy.

    Budget Breakfast Price: $0.31 per serving

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    Greens and Bacon Omelet Wraps

    You'll get 13 grams of fiber and 22 grams of protein with this low-cal breakfast wrap. Turkey bacon is a healthier sub for regular bacon, and collard greens or Swiss chard can replace the kale to further cut this recipe's cost.

    Budget Breakfast Price: $1.67 per serving

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    Banana-Oat Breakfast Cookies

    Cookies for breakfast? Sure! These homemade breakfast cookies are cheap to make and lower in sodium, carbs, and cholesterol. Serve them within 24 hours of baking, or pop them in the freezer to enjoy them for longer.

    Budget Breakfast Price: $0.48 per serving

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    Fried Egg Toast with Tomatoes

    The classic egg-in-the-basket gets a grown-up, healthy spin topped with freshly sliced green onion and chopped tomato. It's a breakfast favorite that can be made in around 20 minutes—perfect for busy weekday mornings.

    Budget Breakfast Price: $1.07 per serving

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    Pumpkin-Apple Quick Oatmeal

    This oatmeal is proof that vitamin-A-rich pumpkin is perfect all year long. The best part: It takes only 15 minutes from start to finish.

    Budget Breakfast Price: $0.73 per serving

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    Crunchy Oat Squares

    Instead of reaching for the cereal box, boost your morning meal with these homemade, protein-rich oat squares. They're easy to make, go great with low-fat milk, and cost less than your typical breakfast cereal.

    Budget Breakfast Price: $0.43 per serving

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    Raspberry-Citrus Swirly Smoothies

    For a healthy, on-the-go breakfast, these fruit-and-yogurt smoothies are perfect. They're low in fat and will give you the energy you need to start your day.

    Budget Breakfast Price: $1.53 per serving

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    Bagel-Lox Strata

    This creamy, make-ahead casserole is rich and hearty without all the guilt. Dill weed and chives add standout flavor to this crowd-pleasing dish.

    Budget Breakfast Price: $1.16 per serving

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    Maple-Pecan Breakfast Porridge

    Loaded with nutrients and low in carbs, cracked wheat lends a distinctively nutty flavor to this breakfast porridge. Chopped apples and pure maple syrup add natural sweetness, making this breakfast recipe a real treat.

    Budget Breakfast Price: $1.26 per serving

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    Asparagus, Zucchini, and Yellow Pepper Frittata with Fontina

    Packed full of fresh, colorful vegetables, this low-cal baked egg dish is perfect to make for a breakfast crowd.

    Budget Breakfast Price: $1.62 per serving

    Editor's Tip: Asparagus is available year-round, but the price fluctuates significantly based on the season. When we shopped around for this recipe's ingredients, it was $3.99 per pound, but in its peak month—April—asparagus can cost $1.99 per pound or less.

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    Bacon, Cheddar, and Tomato Rosti

    Rosti is a Swiss dish that consists mainly of fried potatoes, but we've added a few veggies, bacon, and cheese to give it well-rounded flavor. The easy-to-make breakfast skillet is low in fat, cholesterol, and carbs, and with 208 calories, it's a guilt-free way to start your morning.

    Budget Breakfast Price: $1.83 per serving  

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    Peanut Butter and Fruit Quinoa

    Versatile quinoa can be used in both savory and sweet dishes, and we've opted for sweet in this oatmeal-like breakfast recipe. Peanut butter gives the dish creamy texture, while chopped apples and bananas contribute healthy sweetness.

    Budget Breakfast Price: $0.91 per serving

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    Breakfast Pita Pizzas

    Turn a dinner favorite into breakfast using pita bread instead of pizza dough. Crumbled tofu loads this breakfast pizza with protein, while fresh mushrooms and peppers give you the nutrients you need to start your day.

    Budget Breakfast Price: $1.61 per serving

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