Breakfast is a crucial part of starting off your day. Most of us don’t have time to eat before starting our day, mostly because we’re still in bed savoring the few extra minutes we give ourselves to sleep. But skipping out on breakfast has its fair-share of consequences—a lack of energy, letting us slip into a food-coma right after lunch, and being generally cranky until we manage to grab a bite.

Here are 5 breakfast hacks that’ll help you start your day quickly, and give you the energy to make it to your early AM classes.

1. Use A Ketchup Bottle For Pancake Mix

pancake batter bottle

Mixing up a batch of pancake batter is really the only thing you have to do before bottling it, so doing that the night before you cook the pancakes will make your morning easier, your only task is turning on the stove and pouring the batter into the pan. What you’re left with is very little mess, and a lot of pancake.

Pancake batter recipe from Allrecipes.com:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
If you need directions, head here. And don’t forget the syrup.

2. Cooking Pasta For Dinner? Hardboil Some Eggs At The Same Time!

Boiling Eggs

This trick is one that is often overlooked, but if you can manage to cook yourself some quick spaghetti for dinner, and you have eggs in the fridge—toss a few in and cook them. Hardboiled eggs make for a quick and easy breakfast (not to mention, healthy.) The flavor of the pasta will remain the same, unless of course you accidentally break the egg. That’s an experiment I’ve yet to try with conclusive results.

[photo via quinnanya on Flickr]

3. Cook Cinnamon Rolls On A Waffle Maker

Cinnamon Rolls Waffle Maker

This tip, via Lifehacker, shows us just how versatile those rarely-used waffle makers are. This one pretty much explains itself, but if you need any further assistance, Lifehacker has your back.

4. Use Your Wafflemaker To Cook Single Servings of Bacon

Cooked Bacon

Everyone loves bacon. Not everyone loves to spend time cooking it all up. What you can do in order to get your daily fix of bacon, is individually bag up the bacon in your desired amount, throw whatever you won’t use in the freezer to keep it from going horribly un-bacon like. Make sure you take your next serving of bacon out of the freezer and put it in the fridge the same day you take one of your non-frozen servings out so that you’ve got a steady stream of bacon coming in each day.

Throw the thawed bacon onto the waffle maker, and cook those pig-strips until you can’t resist the temptation any longer.

[photo via booleansplit on Flickr]

5. Use Your Microwave For Easy Scrambled Eggs

Microwaved Scrambled Eggs

Saving the best for last, here. This is the easiest way to get a scrambled egg from, well, an egg, a mug or microwavable cup, and whatever other ingredients you want “baked” in there.

Simply apply some non-stick oil around the cup—if you don’t, cleanup can get pretty ugly—crack 1-2 eggs into the cup, throw some cheese, bacon bits, and whatever small diced onion-like things you so desire. You could even add a little milk or cream to make the eggs a little fluffier. Once you’re good to go, nuke that mug of ingredients in the microwave for about 1.5 minutes, remove, stir, and back in the microwave for another 1.5 minutes. Then you’re on your way to an eggcellent time.

Couldn’t resist. Sorry.

[Egg photo via erix on Flickr | Top photo credit: pinksherbet on Flickr]