Updated December 2019. The morning is my most difficult time of the day. I am trying to get the family ready and out the door, plan my day’s activities and get a healthy breakfast in everyone. It never seemed to happen as planned until I focused on Make Ahead Breakfasts. Inevitably, we’d leave the house and head to the local coffee shop and buy some overpriced (and sugary) snack to tide us over until lunch.
Not any more! I put together a list of make-ahead breakfasts that are as close to grab-and-go as can be! It is so much easier to put these together later in the day and have them ready when I need them in the morning.
What is the purpose of having breakfast that you can make ahead of time?
It’s all about saving you time! If you’re making breakfast for a large group of people or just needing a way to cut down on your prep time throughout the week, you can easily do so with some great make-ahead breakfast recipes. The point of using them is so that you’re not being rushed last minute.
Several Smoothies Recipes
59 Cent Freezer Smoothie Packets
Do you realize how much money you’ll save by this simple meal-prep breakfast idea? Ordering a smoothie anywhere besides your kitchen will cost you at least $4 or more!
This easy breakfast prep idea will have you sipping away on a healthy breakfast smoothie for under a buck.
$0.59 Freezer Smoothie Packets by Savor and Savvy
Freezer Breakfast Smoothies
Did you know that you can completely make freezer smoothies days ahead of time and just take them out the night before you need them? Yep! You sure can!
We can show you how to make your favorites while still doing a quick “grab and go” in the morning!
Freezer Breakfast Smoothies by Savor and Savvy
Yogurt Based Recipes
Homemade Yogurt in a Crock Pot
Did you have any idea that you could use your crockpot to make yogurt? What used to be a time-consuming recipe is no longer that way.
The crockpot does all the hard work and you just get to enjoy the taste.
Homemade Crockpot Yogurt by Savor and Savvy
Breakfast Yogurt Parfait
This is a yummy and budget friendly way to make ahead four days of breakfasts! You can switch out the granola for muesli or mix in different fruits. The options are endless in this under 15 minute breakfast meal prep!
Breakfast Yogurt Parfait by Savor and Savvy
Oatmeal Based Recipes
Crockpot Steel Cut Overnight Oats
Prepping this oatmeal ahead of time is a must but the outcome is absolutely worth it.
Add on some fun toppings in the morning and enjoy!
Don’t forget to have the meal prep containers ready for storing these delicious breakfasts.
Overnight Oatmeal by Life in the Green House
Cranberry Bliss Baked Oatmeal Cups
This is a super yummy and moist oatmeal cup that tastes exactly like the Cranberry Bliss Bars at Starbucks! Who doesn’t love those?
Yes, it’s a little on the sweet side with the drizzle of icing but that is kept at a minimum to keep these as healthy as possible!
These are perfect for keeping in the fridge and grabbing one on the way out the door in the morning for a fun and inexpensive breakfast on those busy days.
Baked Cranberry Bliss Oatmeal Cups by Savor and Savvy
Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets
“Instant” anything for breakfast is always good. I’m all for breakfast recipes that take little time but produce big tastes.
Instant Oatmeal Packets by One Good Thing by Jillee
Healthy Overnight Oats
Five amazing options to create healthy overnight oats on Sunday to provide you breakfasts all week long! These all whip up in under five minutes to leave you extra time to knock off your “to do” list!
Healthy Overnight Oats by Savor and Savvy
Another awesome oatmeal recipe that will have you coming back for more.
Making oatmeal for breakfast presents a great way to have so many different toppings added in.
Refrigerator Oatmeal by Happy Go Lucky
Easy Baked Oatmeal Cups
These are so much fun to make because of the variety of fruits and nuts you can add to make them different each time you whip them up!
I was picking some fresh berries and added the ones that happened to be in season. Those typically taste the best and are fun to add to freezer breakfasts so they last even longer.
They freeze great individually so you can simply grab and go with a zap of the microwave!
Easy Baked Oatmeal Cups by Savor and Savvy
Breakfast Sandwiches and Burritos Recipes
Ham and Spinach Freezer Burritos
This recipe is the best. Being able to pull out a premade burrito from the freezer and just heat it up to eat at your convenience? Talk about a huge time saver and sanity saver, too.
The ingredient choices are endless, but the classic ham and spinach not only cooks well, but reheats very good in the microwave in the morning.
Definitely label the freezer bag so you know what type of burritos you have, and how to reheat them.
Ham & Spinach Freezer Burritos by Sammi Sunshine
Ham, Egg, and Cheese Breakfast Sandwich
I can’t think of a time where I’ve actually not wanted a breakfast sandwich. In fact, they’re one of my favorite things to eat in the morning. This recipe gives that same hearty taste and flavor but really does cut down on the time.
Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches by Eat Cake for Dinner
Grab N Go Vegetarian Breakfast Burritos
Not a fan of meat? No problem! These vegetarian burritos are tasty, simple, and delicious and are great for prepping the night before.
It also saves time and money to meal prep your breakfasts!
I make these in large batches as both my husband and I will grab one in the morning to heat up when we get hungry for breakfast.
Vegetarian Breakfast Burritos by Savor and Savvy
Homemade Breakfast Pockets
Talk about a unique and fun breakfast recipe! You just need a few simple ingredients and everyone in your house will be chowing down on these delicious pockets.
Mix and match the ingredients to give everyone their favorites.
Homemade Breakfast Pockets by Or So She Says
Crockpot Breakfast Recipes
Crockpot French Toast
Cooking up some French Toast in your crockpot is totally simple.
Just plan ahead a little bit and you’ll be dipping that toasted bread in syrup in no time at all.
Crockpot French Toast by Today’s Creative Blog
Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole
Get out the bowls and plates! This crockpot casserole recipe is so addictive and delicious!
Crockpot Breakfast Casserole by Stockpiling Moms
Recipes Based on Eggs
Oven Baked Eggs for Meal Prep Breakfasts
With the words “make-ahead” in the title, you know that this is a great way to meal-prep for breakfast. These breakfasts can be made for under $2. That is under $2 for a week of breakfasts. You can’t beat that!
This is a great low carb and work perfect with a keto diet. You can even keep the yolks in. Add a touch of salt and pepper or other seasonings for this to be a great breakfast to grab on the run
Make Ahead Oven Baked Eggs by Savor and Savvy
Scrambled Egg Salsa Cups
These quick to make egg salsa cups whip up in a flash and add quite a bit of flavor with just the addition of the salsa!
I like to add a spicy salsa as it adds a fun kick to the eggs. You don’t use that much salsa for it to be overpowering, so the little bit of kick works really well with it. This is another fun muffin tin breakfast!
This breakfast meal prep requires very little effort for the payback of breakfasts made for the week!
Scrambled Egg Salsa Cups by Savor and Savvy
Baked Eggs in a Muffin Tin with Ham
These are protein packed for those busy days when you need to not worry about your next meal. They are also inexpensive to make and whip up in under 15 minutes!
Baked Eggs in Muffin Tin with Ham by Savor and Savvy
Hash Brown Quiche Cups
These Hashbrown Egg Cups can be made up to a couple weeks ahead of time and frozen!
You simply take them out the night before and zap them in the microwave! Just pay attention to freezer instructions and you are good to go.
This is a great recipe to use leftover veggies from the fridge. It is better to use them than let them go to waste. Mix up the veggies in these quiche cups and have them last throughout the week.
Hashbrown Egg Cups by Savor and Savvy
Cookies and Granola Recipes
Homemade Granola Bars
What I love about this simple recipe is that it’s good for breakfast but also as a grab and go snack that you can take with you when you go out and about.
I adore the wrapping on these granola bars too. Seriously! I almost don’t even want to eat it as it looks so great as is.
To be fair, it tastes just as good as it looks!
Homemade Granola Bars by Cooking Classy
Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies
These are the easiest breakfast cookie to make! They are inexpensive and so good for your.
These are perfect for busy mornings on the run or to take on a hike with friends.
Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies by Savor and Savvy
Homemade Cookie Crisp Cereal
Forget that store-bought cereal and opt to make your own instead. This recipe is simple, delicious, and whipped up right in your kitchen.
It is always nice to mix in a sweet breakfast option every now and then.
Homemade Cookie Crisp Cereal by The Late Farmer
Cranberry Peanut Butter Granola
This is super quick and delish granola to make to eat on the run or to add to yogurt or a bowl with milk! Either way, you control the ingredients and know that it is healthy and chocked full of nutrients to kick off the day!
Cranberry Peanut Butter Granola by Savor and Savvy
Other Make Ahead Breakfast Ideas
Vegetarian Meal Prep Breakfasts
These are perfect meal prep breakfasts to grab and go in the mornings when you need to be at work early!
They are incredibly healthy and delicious. When you eat them, you taste nothing but clean vegetables without all the additives and mystery ingredients hidden in store bought pre-processed breakfasts.
Definitely check out this collection of recipes and ideas to help you make a healthy meal prep breakfast.
Vegetarian Meal Prep Breakfasts by Savor and Savvy
Grab and Go Freezer Pancakes
This recipe is a must for moms and dads. All kids want pancakes for breakfast, but what parent really has the time?
These freezer pancakes make it super simple to have hot pancakes for them to enjoy before they head off to school.
Freezer Pancakes by Savor and Savvy
Healthy Yogurt Pumpkin Muffins
These delicious and healthy muffins are great for the fall or all year around! If you are a pumpkin lover, you will adore the infused fall flavors all wrapped up into a healthy muffin!
Healthy Pumpkin Yogurt Muffins by Savor and Savvy
Blueberry Zucchini Muffins
These scrumptious muffins are whipped up in a flash and freezer friendly to make them a top favorite of ours! These muffins taste incredibly clean to the palette with no surprising after tastes or mystery ingredients!
Healthy Blueberry Zucchini Muffins by Savor and Savvy
Once a Month Meals – Meal Planning Breakfast
Need more meal prep breakfast ideas? Once a Month Meals has lots of ready-to-go freezer breakfast meal plans. Best of all, you can customize your selections and have the grocery list created as well as instructions for the day of cooking and the day of reheating.
It saves a TON of time and money!
I would love to hear from you! What are your favorite make ahead breakfasts? Please leave a comment below!