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!
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.
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.
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):
- Banana Crumble Muffins
- Blueberry Muffins
- Breakfast Muffins
- English Muffins
- Melt in Your Mouth Mini Muffins
- Pumpkin Bread or Muffins
- Zucchini Muffin Recipe
- 25 Healthy Muffin Recipes
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.