Make ahead breakfasts – there are so many breakfasts to plan out ahead of time, especially if you have little mouths to feed. We homeschool our kids here, but that doesn’t mean that mornings can’t still be crazy!
Some days, we have errands to run, homeschool group meetings to attend, or we have a chore list that seems to be a mile long and needs to get done NOW!
Those are the days that I am glad we have some of these make ahead breakfasts on hand. Just grab and go! Here are some of our family’s favorite make ahead breakfast recipes.
Really, you can make just about any kind of breakfast ahead of time or customize it to be taken on the go. However, there are some meals that just work better than others. Here are a few ideas to try!
Easy to make ahead, and it keeps well on the counter for 48 hours, up to 4 days in the fridge. We make double and triple batches of this on the weekends, and have breakfast for on the go weekdays!
- 3 cups oats
- 3/4 brown sugar
- 1 stick melted butter
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups milk (coconut milk is awesome in this!!)
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup dried fruit, chopped (optional…we used dried strawberries, blueberries, raisins etc)
Mix all the ingredients together. Pour into a 9×13 greased pan and bake in a 375° oven for 30 minutes.
You can make ahead this awesome waffle mix for the weekends when you have more time, or you can use the recipe and make some waffles ahead and freeze!
- 12 cups of whole wheat pastry flour, or a combination of white/wheat
- 2 Tablespoons of baking powder
- 2 Tablespoons salt
- 4 Tablespoons sugar
Mix the above ingredients and store in a tightly closed container. I put mine in a gallon sized glass jar on my pantry shelves. Use within 6 weeks.
To use the mix,
- 2 cups of the premade mix
- 2 eggs
- 2 1/2 cups milk (you want a thin batter)
- 4 Tablespoons melted butter, or coconut oil
Mix the wet ingredients together, and then mix in gently with the dry until just mixed. You will want your batter to be lumpy. Make your waffles and allow to cool thoroughly on a cooling rack.
Stack in freezer bags and freeze. To serve again, simply pop them in the toaster or in a preheated oven for a few minutes.
Yogurt Parfaits and Smoothies
Simply take some pint sized canning jars and add some frozen or fresh fruit at the bottom. Top with yogurt of your choice. I use plain homemade yogurt, and maybe a drizzle of honey on top of that.
Store in the fridge for up to 4 days. When ready to serve, top with some delicious homemade granola.
To make into a smoothie, simply use a narrow mouth jar and screw the bottom of your blender blade to the jar and whir on the blender itself!
Everything Bagel Quiche
Who doesn’t love a bagel? You can make it healthier with this take that includes eggs and cheese for a heartier, more filling breakfast. Get the recipe.
Overnight oats have received a lot of attention over the last few years – and for good reason. These are delicious, nutritious, and can save you a ton of time in the morning. Get the recipe.
Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
…because…peanut butter! Get the recipe.
Apple Cider Donuts
…or really any donuts for that matter! At least with apple cider donuts we can pretend they’re somewhat healthy, right?
Either way, my kids love munching on a donut or two first thing in the morning. And it’s better than not eating breakfast at all! Get the recipe.
A buckle is a unique pastry that can be considered both a breakfast food and a dessert. It has a ton of fruit along with tender, crumbly cake (some recipes even call for a streusel topping). Get the recipe.
They’re a classic staple. Enough said. Get the recipe.
Blueberry Miso Crumb Cake
This sweet and salty crumb cake is perfect for taking on the go – and it has 100% whole wheat flour for more fiber and better overall nutrition, too. Get the recipe.
Leek, Fontina, and Mushroom Frittata
Frittatas can be served warm or at room temperature. That makes this dish the perfect quick meal in the morning – plus, it’s super nutritious. Get the recipe.
Pumpkin scones are perfect for the fall, but who am I kidding? I would eat this any day of the year. Get the recipe.
Pumpkin Bread with Toasted Coconut
This delicious pumpkin bread has a tropical feel with roasted coconut on top! Get the recipe.
A caramel apple breakfast cobbler is my favorite treat to make for early days, but you don’t have to stick to this recipe. There are plenty of others out there, too. Get the recipe.
These taste just like the store bought granola bars you’re used to buying for your kids – but they’re way healthier. Get the recipe.
An omelet might not necessarily be the best on-the-go option, but if you want to whip up a quick breakfast, try making omelets and just folding them like a taco. This can save some serious time! Get the recipe.
Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins
If you love blueberry muffins but have someone in your home who needs to follow a gluten-free diet, you’ll absolutely adore these GF muffins. Get the recipe.
Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches
All you have to do is cook the eggs and meat ahead of time, slap them on an English muffin or bagel, and put them in the freezer. In the morning, just stick in the microwave. Easy as that! Get the recipe.
Blueberry Spelt Muffins
This recipe is a delicious one to consider – it has whole grain spelt flour and a crispy streusel topping. Get the recipe.
Ham and Cheese Strudels
These are perfect for breakfast on the go – plus, you can freeze them individually and bake them when you need them. Get the recipe.
Zucchini bread is a great way to use up all your garden-fresh squashes – this recipe takes it to the next level. Get the recipe.
Coconut and Grains Porridge
Porridge might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but this recipe is perfect for making in large batches on the weekend.
You can reheat it in the same amount of time it takes to make instant porridge – but it’s way healthier and more economical. Get the recipe.
I live for these make-ahead breakfast wraps, which just take a minute in the microwave when you’re ready to eat. Get the recipe.
Pancakes might not seem like something you can make ahead of time but with this recipe, it’s possible! They use up all those ripe bananas you have lying around – and they’re absolutely delicious. Get the recipe.
Another great breakfast for the sweet tooth in any family is chai cake. It comes together quickly without requiring a ton of special equipment. Get the recipe.
Muffin Tin Scrambled Eggs
Make a big batch of scrambled eggs and cook them in muffin tins. Easy for busy mornings! Get the recipe.
Breakfast cookies taste like dessert – but they’re healthy. Plus, they’re portable. Double win! Get the recipe.
Breakfast Burrito Casserole
You can pan-fry plantains, as this recipe asks you to, you’ll be left with a hard outer shell with custardy, soft innards. Delicious! Get the recipe.
Just like breakfast cookies, these are perfect for providing your kids with the nutrients they need on the go – but they taste like dessert. Get the recipe.
Muesli with Oranges, Dates, Cacao Nibs, and Coconut
Cacao nibs. Oranges. Coconut. Some of my favorite things! This recipe is a spin on porridge, combining fruit, oats, and yogurt in a mixture that gets softer overnight in the refrigerator.
You can whip it up first thing in the morning, too, if you find that you don’t have time before you head to bed. Get the recipe.
If you’ve yet to sell your family on the wonders of quinoa, maybe these quinoa-banana muffins will change their mind? Get the recipe.
Sweet Potato Oatmeal
If you’ve been trying to convince your kids to eat more veggies, this sweet potato oatmeal should fit the bill quite nicely.
It tastes like a sweet dessert, yet it serves as a real powerhouse when it comes to getting in all the nutrients your kids’ need. Get the recipe.
Zucchini Bread with Oats
Zucchini bread is one thing – but zucchini bread with oats has even more fiber for add nutrition to help your kids stay full for longer. Get the recipe.
Chocolate Coconut Date Bars
Again, this recipe is similar to a granola bar or a protein bar – but way more nutritious. You’ll need to pulse everything together in a food processor – it can get kind of sticky, so be warned! Get the recipe.
Strawberry Snack Cake
With olive oil and cornmeal, this simple sheet cake is a spin on your favorite dessert that’s great for breakfast any day of the week. Get the recipe.
Granola scones are sweet, with a dash of dried fruit and a sprinkle of raw sugar to make them tantalizingly scandalous. Get the recipe.
Granola is the perfect breakfast food for busy mornings. You can eat it on the go or mix it into your favorite dish, like a cup of yogurt. Get the recipe.
This recipe can be served lukewarm or hot – it’s perfect for busy mornings. Get the recipe.
Zucchini Lemon Bread
Another take on the classic zucchini bread is this zucchini lemon bread recipe. It is so sweet and tangy – perfect for taking on the go. Get the recipe.
Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins
Another great use for zucchini! These chocolate chip muffins are absolutely delicious. Get the recipe.
Rye and Reuben Strata
If a reuben is your favorite lunchtime treat, you’ve got to try this dish – it’s great for any meal of the day! Get the recipe.
Blue Cheese-Pecan Scones
If you’d rather have a more savory breakfast than a sweet one, choose these tangy scones. Get the recipe.
Dutch pancakes are a bit different from regular pancakes – but like regular pancakes, they’re easy to whip up ahead of time, too. Get the recipe.
Air Fryer Cookies
Are you addicted to your air fryer, like me? If so, you’ll have to give these air fryer breakfast cookies a try. Get the recipe.
Bacon Swiss Quiche
A make-ahead quiche is ideal for breakfast, lunch or dinner on the fly. Get the recipe.
Seedy Cherry Quinoa Bars
Another great granola bar-esque recipe to try! Get the recipe.
Chia pudding is easy to make and stores well for use later in the week. Add any kind of toppings you want, including pineapple chunks, dried apricots, additional chia seeds, and more. Get the recipe.
Sausage and Pancake Casserole
Can’t decide whether you want your breakfast to be sweet or savory? How about both? This casserole does it all. Get the recipe.
You can make breakfast calzones the same way you’d make them for dinner – but consider adding breakfast-friendly ingredients like salami and eggs for best results. Get the recipe.
Eggs Benedict Toast Cups
Eggs Benedict is one of my favorite breakfast meals, but it can be time-consuming to make. These cups come together quickly! Get the recipe.
Hash Brown Bake
This bake includes leeks, prosciutto, and tons of other delicious ingredients. Get the recipe.
Here’s another fun breakfast burrito recipe to try! Get the recipe.
Bacon and Grits Casserole
If you love grits and have some fresh corn from the farmers market, you may want to consider this casserole. Serve it with some hot sauce and avocado and you have everything you need for a fast, nutritious meal. Get the recipe.
Overnight Flax Oatmeal
Here’s a spin on the classic overnight oats idea. Get the recipe.
Make Ahead Blintz Casserole
I’m obsessed with blintzes, but they can be time-consuming to make. Give this make-ahead recipe a try for an easier spin on the classic! Get the recipe.
Raspberry Ginger Muffins
These muffins come together fast – you can even whip up a batch and store them in the freezer! Get the recipe.
Cherry Almond Granola Bars
These are great for midnight snacks, too. Get the recipe.
Green Eggs and Ham
You can whip this up as a casserole and just toss it into the oven the morning of your big brunch. It’s quick and easy – and a kid pleaser! Get the recipe.
Scallion and Corn Tart
This is one of those unique recipes that tastes just as delicious for lunch and dinner as it does for breakfast. Brunch, perhaps? Get the recipe.
Cinnamon Swirl Quick Bread
I love quick breads in general, but this cinnamon swirl recipe is a big hit. Get the recipe.
Company Eggs Casserole
Add greens for a dose of vitamins and minerals first thing in the morning. Whip up a large batch over the weekend and all you have to do on the weekend morning is pop this dish in the oven. Get the recipe.
Biscuits. Enough said. Add peanut butter and some fruit for a complete breakfast. Get the recipe.
GF Apple and Oat Muffins
Is somebody in your family following a gluten-free diet? If so, you’ll love these apple and oat muffins. They’re naturally sweetened with just a dash of maple syrup! Get the recipe.
Breakfast Sausage Patties
You can pan fry a few sausage patties over the weekend and store them in the fridge to be used later in the week. Easy peasy! Get the recipe.
Morning Barley with Squash, Lemon, and Date Compote
Sick of the same-old, same-old early morning oatmeal? Try this unique combination of other whole grains. Get the recipe
Homemade English muffins – need we say more? Keep your muffins nice and hydrated to form those telltale nooks and crannies! Get the recipe.
It’s got bacon – need we say more? Get the recipe.
Savory Porridge with Eggs and Pea Shoots
If a savory breakfast (rather than sweet) is more what you have in mind, you’ll want to give this savory porridge with pea shoots and eggs a try. Get the recipe.
Brown Butter Pecan Granola
Here’s another fun granola recipe to try! Get the recipe.
Spelt Porridge with Grapes and Sausage
This all-the-food-groups rockstar sounds good but the sausage and grapes pair together nicely over a bed of long-cooking spelt. Get the recipe.
You can add as many upgrades or mix-ins as you’d like to this sweet and savory recipe! Get the recipe.
Who doesn’t love classic banana bread? Walnuts are optional! Get the recipe.
Porridge with Radicchio and Apples
Again, this combination might sound odd – but the surprising toppings really make the dish in this case. Get the recipe.
Hash Brown Quiche Cups
Another classic cup recipe? Hash brown quiche cups. They’re phenomenal! Get the recipe.
Spain’s classic tapas dish, this recipe calls for eggs and has a custard-like texture. Get the recipe.
French Toast Casserole
Whip this up the night before and all you need to do in the morning is bake. It’s perfect for a more hands-off brunch! Get the recipe.
Barley Porridge with Plums
Another simple porridge recipe, this one is made with barley. The honeyed plums add a nice kick of sweetness at the end. Get the recipe.
Prune-Pistachio Oat Bars
To keep this mixture from sticking to your hands while you’re cooking, just rinse them under cool water before working with the mix. Get the recipe.
There you have it! Some of my favorite make-ahead breakfast recipes to try. Keep the family well-nourished (and yourself stress-free!) with these fun recipes.
What are some of your favorite make ahead breakfasts?
last update Nov 9th 2021 by Rebekah Pierce
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