Bowl of porridge with bananas and almonds as a cheap breakfast idea

Start the day the right way with our top 5 go-to breakfasts that are quick to prepare – or can be made ahead – and cost no more than £1* per serving.

A good breakfast can really set you up for the day, but often it’s hard to find the time (and inspiration) to rustle up something that’s quick, easy, nutritious and won’t break the bank. But with our budget-friendly breakfast ideas and a bit of strategic Sunday-night planning, you can wake up to a delicious, substantial breakfast every day of the week.  

We’ve pulled together our top 5 go-to brilliant breakfasts that are quick to prepare – or can be made ahead – and cost no more than £1* per serving. So say goodbye to another sad, under-baked and over-priced croissant and say hello to your new breakfast routine!

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41p per portion

Making your own cereal is a great way to save money, and this tasty DIY oaty cereal comes in at less than 50p a portion! Not only is this homemade cereal recipe super simple, you can customise it to whatever’s in the cupboard, or turn it into a bircher muesli to switch things up. It makes loads and it’ll last for ages (in an airtight container), so there’s really no excuse not to rustle up a batch this weekend. 


10p per portion

These savoury scones are so easy to make and cost literally pennies per serving. Made with a hearty mix of rye flour, oats and yoghurt, they make a substantial base for all kinds of toppings. Try them with eggs and avo, or cottage cheese and berries. We like to spread them with a little nut butter and top with some sliced banana.


29p per portion

A bowl of humble porridge might not seem that exciting, but hear us out! Porridge is a simple, nutritious, and incredibly budget-friendly breakfast staple, and with just a few tiny embellishments, you can turn it into something to look forward to. Try a little grated apple, seasonal berries and a drizzle of honey; some sliced banana, toasted almonds and a pinch of cinnamon, or a spoonful of your favourite nut butter.


84p per portion

Couscous for breakfast? You betcha. This store-cupboard hero is actually pretty perfect at breakfast time and can take on almost any flavour combination. Make a batch at the start of the week, and you can switch up the flavours, depending on what you have to use up. 


59p per portion

Getting your protein in early doors is a brilliant way to start the day. Add some grilled tomatoes or mushrooms on the side, or chuck in a handful of baby spinach leaves at the end of cooking. Served on a slice of wholemeal toast, it’s an absolute classic. 

Thinking about lunch already? Check out our top 5 lunch ideas for under £1 per portion

*Prices correct as of October 2022.