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8 Make-Ahead Breakfast Ideas

You can save a lot of money and feed your family more wholesomely if you ditch breakfast out of a cereal box. However, much of the time, mornings can be busy and there’s not a lot of time to spend making breakfast from scratch.

What’s the solution? Try make-ahead breakfasts!

Here are eight of my favorite ideas:

1. Pancakes and Waffles

Pancakes and waffles can be made ahead of time and frozen. Just whip up a batch of pancakes or waffles, let cool, and then stick in airtight freezer bags. When you’re ready to serve, you can warm them in the oven, microwave, or toaster oven.

If your family prefers fresh pancakes or waffles, you can save time by mixing up the batter the night before and then just cooking the waffles or pancakes in the morning. Or, you can mix up a quadruple batch of the dry ingredients together, divide into fourths, and freeze in freezer bags to make pancake and waffle prep a snap.

A few of our favorite freezer-friendly recipes: Whole-Wheat Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Whole-Wheat Chocolate Pancakes, Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Waffles, and Carrot Cake Waffles.

2. Homemade Breakfast Burritos

Breakfast burritos are a hearty grab-and-go food that teenage boys and men seem to especially love. Make a big batch on the weekends, freeze individually in foil, and then they can just be pulled out and microwaved before heading out the door in the morning. (Be sure to remove the foil before microwaving!)

3. Muffins

We love muffins at our house! To make them ahead, just bake your favorite muffin recipe, let them cool, and stick them in an airtight freezer bag or other container. When you’re ready to eat them, just pull out however many you need and microwave or let them thaw for 15 or 20 minutes and they are ready to eat!

Recipes to try: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins or Pumpkin Carrot Cake Muffins

4. Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets

Love oatmeal? Make your own instant oatmeal packets! They are quick and easy to make, very inexpensive, and you can get creative adding in a variety of mix-ins.

5. Smoothies

If your family loves smoothies like we do, but want to speed up your prep time in the mornings, try your hand at making Homemade Smoothie Kits with some of your favorite smoothie recipe ingredients. Or, Jessica just cuts right to the chase, makes her smoothies, and then freezes them for later use.

Some of our favorite smoothie recipes: Pick-Me-Up Smoothies and Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothies

6. Homemade Granola

Homemade granola is such a delicious and filling breakfast. You can eat it like cereal with milk or you can layer it with yogurt and fruit to make a parfait. One of our family’s favorite quick and easy granola recipes is this Peanut Butter Granola.

7. Homemade Egg McMuffins

Why stop at McDonald’s when you can make your own Homemade Egg McMuffins for half the price — or less? These can be made ahead and frozen and just pulled out and microwaved or baked when you’re ready to serve.

8. Baked Oatmeal

We’re big fans of Baked Oatmeal around here! You can make it up the night before and refrigerate to bake in the morning or you can freeze it to thaw and bake later.

What are your favorite make ahead breakfast ideas?

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90 Comments

  • Melissa says:

    If you want to speed up the homemade mcmuffins even more, you can use the trick we do : crack an egg into a “pyrex” ( or any brand) glass 2 cup measuring cup, stir a bit with a fork and microwave for 50 seconds. Great if you only want to make a few at a time 🙂

  • I recently came across this post and I love the idea of make-ahead breakfasts too. In fact I wrote a cookbook on the topic. Some of our favorites:

    – soaked oats (in the morning they only need to be warmed, not cooked, but some prefer them cold)
    – overnight breakfast casseroles. I prep everything in a 9×13 pan and cover with plastic wrap the night before, then put the dish in the oven in the morning These are our favorites, so filling!
    – oatmeal clafoutis – reminiscent of the French dessert, this is basically baked oatmeal with sliced fruit on top, pear and apple are lovely.
    – make-ahead muffins. I make the batter the night before and place in the fridge, then bake in the morning.

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