Make Ahead Breakfasts for a Busy Season

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Are you struggling to get a healthy breakfast on the table on busy mornings? These Make Ahead Breakfasts can be prepared in advance to save you time on busy days!

Are you struggling to get a healthy breakfast on the table on busy mornings? These Make Ahead Breakfasts can be prepared in advance to save you time on busy days! #freezermeals #makeaheadmeals #breakfastideas

Make Ahead Breakfasts for a Busy Season

We all go through busy seasons in our lives and it’s nice when we can prepare for them as much in advance as possible. Summer and fall are always busy seasons for me because we are gardening and harvesting. This time it’s been extra busy with my hubby starting a new job during this time as well, plus we are officially starting school as of this week!

I love planning and putting together make ahead meals so that I know no matter what we are going through, my family will be well fed even if I don’t have all hours of the day to get meals on the table. Make ahead meals are also especially nice for those that work outside the home and don’t have as much time to spend over the stove.

Today I’m sharing with you some easy breakfast ideas that you can make in advance as we go into another busy time for most of us…back to school season. I hope that you can use these to plan out your weekly menu and to get your family fed and happy before they head off or start school in the morning! Make sure you share your favorite make ahead breakfasts in the comments section.

Smoothies are always a great make ahead breakfast idea! You can put them together fairly quickly but they can come together even faster by doing a little prep work in advance. Simply measure out your smoothie ingredients and freeze in serving size bags when you have time. Then, when you are ready to make a smoothie just pop the bag out of the freezer, into the blender, and tada! Here are 25 great smoothie recipes to try.

These Breakfast Muffins are another delicious idea. I love that you make them in a muffin tin for perfect portions. It also makes them a great option for a protein-packed breakfast on the go.

Homemade Bagels

If you have a bread machine, you should give these Homemade Bagels a try! Make them ahead of time and freeze. You can enjoy them plain, with cream cheese or toss in an egg and make a quick breakfast sandwich with them. These Homemade Chocolate Chip Bagel Recipe will give you that bakery-fresh taste right from your own kitchen!


These Beef N Bean Burritos can be customized and are easily frozen so you have another hearty meal you can make in advance. Swap out the beef for scrambled eggs for a frugal and more breakfast like alternative and you’ve got a great meal that can be warmed up and taken on the go. These are great for lunch as well. For an alternative to this recipe, you may also want to try these Beef and Potato Burritos.


We definitely love oats and oatmeal in our home. It’s very frugal and it’s gluten-free so our entire family can eat them! Oatmeal is easy to soak and make overnight as you can see with this Overnight Peach Cobbler Oatmeal recipe. If you are looking for some different flavors to try, use the same method for soaking the oats as that article uses but check out these Oatmeal Flavor Suggestions to try as well.


Utilizing your slow cooker to create a breakfast overnight is a great idea! We especially love to do this in the winter months when a warm breakfast is very welcome. There are some simple casserole, oatmeal, and french toast recipes in this Slowcooker Breakfasts article that you should try.

This Breakfast Hashbrown Casserole is perfect for those cool fall mornings when you want a warm meal but don’t really want to do much to get it on the table. Prepare it the night before and stick it in the fridge so all you have to do is warm it up while you’re getting ready the next morning.


Crepes are a great item to freeze and a great item to have on hand for meals. What I love about them is that you can stuff them with practically anything so they are a great way to use what you already have on hand! Check out this recipe for Freezeable Crepes.

Zucchini Breakfast Cookies

Who doesn’t love a good cookie? Especially when it’s one that you can enjoy for breakfast! These Healthy Zucchini Breakfast Cookies are the perfect treat to enjoy with your morning coffee on busy mornings. Their perfect cookie size makes them a favorite with little hands too!


Although not something I make often, French Toast is a great breakfast to plan when we have guests. You can make a simple Make Ahead French Toast the night before with this recipe. For something a bit different you might also want to check out these recipes for Pumpkin Pie French Toast and Peaches and Cream French Toast. You also may want to take a look at this recipe for Make Ahead French Toast Sticks.


What about Muffins? Muffins are simple and basic to make and you can make them in almost any flavor. You can prepare Homemade Muffin Mix Recipe ahead of time to keep on hand in your pantry so that you can quickly bake up a fresh batch in the morning. Or you can make your favorite muffins ahead of time and freeze them.  Here are a few of the recipes for muffins that we have on Little House Living (Banana Mini Muffins are pictured above):

Trying to plan better, more frugal meals for your family so that you always have a warm meal on the table and aren’t wasting money at the grocery store? You’ve got to check out my ebook Meal Planning Made Simple. Even if you thought meal planning didn’t work for your family, this ebook will help you find the perfect fit for your family’s style.

So now I want to know! What are some of your favorite make ahead breakfast recipes?


This post on Make Ahead Breakfasts was originally published on Little House Living in September 2015. It has been updated as of September 2019.

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  1. Great ideas! I like to make sausage and egg ‘muffins’ ahead of time, So easy to grab one from the fridge and eat cold or heat up in the microwave quickly.

  2. I love make ahead breakfast recipes! Overnight oatmeal warming in the oven is the one aroma I know will get everyone out of bed! Especially on a cold and snowy morning! Merissa, I was also wondering(and hoping) to know if you are still working on the interior of your house and if you plan to post anymore pictures? I loved seeing them and used a few of your pictures to inspire some of my own vintage home renovations. I joke that my house has to be owned by at least 2 people-one to hold it up while the other person lives in it!

  3. Thank you for the “busy season recipes”. They look and sound scummiest. The end of the season or me is to see the fall harvest is waning by means of the canning jars growing on the pantry shelves. It is a blessing to gather fresh food from the garden and harvest apples from a tree that you planted. The Liberty Apple was planted in honor my father’s twenty-five years in the Army. My tree was planed spring 2008. The harvest was so plentiful this year that I was able to share apples with two other families ….plus can: applesauce, apple butter, and jelly. Count your blessings.

  4. This may sound like a strange question in relation to this post, but what kind of blender do you have? Thanks for the breakfast ideas.

  5. Love these recipes! I am a breakfast food lover, but unfortunately morning isn’t my favorite time of day 😉 So make ahead breakfasts are just what I need!
    Thanks for including our crepe recipe!

  6. I am bookmarking this! The next day I have a little extra time I’ll be putting some together. We’re always busy in the mornings, and so have cereal more than I would like. Thanks for sharing on Weekend Bites!

  7. We love our overnight french toast! Makes breakfast so much easier to have already whipped up! I need to try the oatmeal in the crockpot-I have never tried that!
    Visiting from the Living Proverbs 31 link-up!

  8. What a great list, thank you so much! I love all the links to the muffin recipes–will have to try some of those.

    I have a yeast pancake recipe that sits in the fridge all night. It makes Pancake Monday go a lot smoother at our house. Make ahead breakfasts are awesome!

  9. I’m always trying to get my kiddo to eat breakfasts thanks for all the planning ideas. Shared…Thanks for joining for the Inspiration Spotlight Party.