We’re always looking for ways to make our morning routine less stressful, and one of our favorite tricks is making breakfast ahead of time. From freezer-friendly burritos to super simple smoothies, these make-ahead recipes are sure to make breakfast a breeze. Read on to streamline your routine.
Remix Your Oatmeal
Ever heard of overnight oats? They’re a healthy, super easy breakfast that you can whip up the night before in less than five minutes. We’ve got the rundown on how to make them, including a basic recipe that’s easily customizable and lots of inspiration for mix-ins and toppings. Click here for all the details.
Handheld and Hearty
We love these apple cinnamon baked oatmeal cups from Pumpkin ‘n Spice—they’re filled with good-for-you ingredients like oats and applesauce, and they’re the perfect size for little hands. Breakfast on the go just got way more delicious. Click here to get the recipe.
Egg-cellent Breakfast Muffins
Sick of scrambled eggs? Dinner at the Zoo has the solution. These cute little egg muffins are kind of like handheld omelettes, and you can make a large batch and eat them all week long. You can even sneak some veggies into the mix! Get the recipe here.
Sometimes you just need a great granola on a busy morning. This recipe fits the bill. It takes less than five minutes to whip up and is extra yummy with a dollop of yogurt. Adjust the add-ins to suit your family’s tastes and you’re all set! Get the recipe here.
Best Breakfast Burritos
Spice up your mornings with a truly tasty burrito. These wraps from Life Made Simple are easy to make and easy to customize for everyone in the fam. Did we mention they’re freezer-friendly and great for an on-the-go breakfast? Get the recipe here.
Good (Green) Morning!
Not only can you prep all the ingredients for this smoothie ahead of time, you can also feel good about those ingredients. (Think healthy superfoods: spinach, oranges, pineapple and banana.) Get the recipe here.
Looking for a better batter for your pancakes and waffles? This recipe from Kristine’s Kitchen Blog uses unsweetened applesauce instead of a ton of butter. The result is super tasty and bit healthier than your average pancake, too. And your leftovers will freeze beautifully! Get the recipe here.
Here’s the scoop on these pretty-as-a-picture sandwiches from Damn Delicious: they’re filling, delicious and totally microwavable! You can also customize them to suit your kids’ fave flavors—but ham and cheese is always a classic. Get the recipe here.
Make Your Breakfast Pop!
Think outside your usual yogurt cup and give this idea, courtesy of Boulder Locavore, a whirl. Sporting granola, Greek yogurt and fresh fruit, these breakfast popsicles are a great way to start the day—especially if it’s gonna be a hot one. Get refreshed and get the recipe here.
Cookies for Breakfast
Your little cookie monsters will be thrilled to have cookies for breakfast—and you’ll like that these cookies from Kristine's Kitchen Blog are actually an incognito healthy breakfast. They’re full of fresh carrot and apple, free of refined sugar, and freezer-friendly too! Get the recipe here.
Oats You Ought to Love
If you haven’t yet jumped aboard the overnight oats bandwagon, we’ve saved you a seat with this recipe from My Fussy Eater. It’s full of natural antioxidants and nutrients—not to mention chocolatey-banana goodness. And the prep time? Five measly minutes. Get the recipe here.
Wahoo for waffles! These treats from The Minimalist Baker are gluten-free and freezer-friendly. Whip ‘em up in a snap, and save them for those busy weekday mornings when all you can handle is a toaster breakfast. Get the recipe here.
Bark It Up
We can’t think of a better way to say “good morning” than with this pretty Greek yogurt breakfast bark from Go Eat & Repeat. It takes minimal effort and time and can work as a snack as well as a breakfast. Get the recipe here.
Turn your little one’s morning into a parfait party. We’re digging this version from The Lemon Bowl because it's got kid-friendly flavors and heart-healthy, energy-boosting ingredients. Get the recipe here.
Master the McMuffin
Give the Egg McMuffin a homemade twist with these breakfast sandwiches from Damn Delicious. Not only are they a make-ahead treat that can be frozen and then enjoyed on the fly, they’re also easily customizable for tiny foodies. Get the recipe here.
Super Quick Smoothies
For an extra fast breakfast, stock these smoothie ice cubes from Simply Sophisticate in your freezer, and pop them in the blender. You can even create different cubes to give everyone in the family their fave flavors. Get the recipe here.
Muffins for Your Minis
Apple Pie in a Glass
The kids will love this oat-filled smoothie from The Stay at Home Chef—it tastes like apple pie in a glass! The recipe keeps the sugar to a minimum, making it a healthy way to start the day. Click here to grab the recipe.
Muffin Tin Munchies
We’ve seen a million twists on muffin tin eggs, but you’ll definitely want to try this one from The Cheerful Kitchen. With veggies, cheese and ground beef, it’s filling enough to keep little bellies satisfied until lunchtime. To grab the recipe, click here.
Peanut Butter & Granola
This granola from Joy Food Sunshine is super easy to make, and will make your mornings a breeze. You can serve it up as cereal, sprinkle it over yogurt with some berries or just gobble it up by the handful. Click here to get the recipe.
It's Burrito Time
These breakfast burritos from The Suburban Soapbox can be prepared on the weekend and stashed in the freezer for up to a month. Just pop them in the microwave and they’ll be your savior on stressful mornings. Snag the recipe by clicking here.
Our Favorite Muffins
Make a batch of these oatmeal banana chocolate chip muffins from My Food Story on the weekend, and you’ll be set for the whole week. The chocolate makes them an instant hit with the kids, and the wholesome ingredients make them a win for parents too. Find out how they’re made by clicking here.
Skip the store-bought options and try out The Charming Detroiter’s genius make-ahead breakfast sandwiches instead. Your little foodies will have a new favorite breakfast. To get the recipe, click here.
A Colorful Chia Pudding
For an impressive breakfast totally worth the (night before) effort, you’ve got to try this recipe from Seasonal Cravings. With layers of kiwi, raspberry and chia pudding, it’s as healthy as it is eye-catching. To find out how it’s made, click here.
The Best Breakfast Casserole
You can make this breakfast casserole from The Cookie Rookie on the weekend, and the leftovers will be just as tasty heated up throughout the week. The dish is stuffed with kid-fave ingredients like ham, cheese and crusty bread to start your day off on a delicious note. Grab the recipe by clicking here.
What’s your favorite make-ahead breakfast to serve your kids? Share with us in the comments below!
—Abigail Matsumoto & Susie Foresman