Always in a scramble to get a healthy breakfast in the mornings? Not anymore, here’s the ultimate list of the easiest and healthiest make-ahead breakfasts
- Benefits of Breakfast Meal Prep
- Top tips for prepping breakfast
- Make-Ahead Breakfast Recipes
- 1. Overnight Oats
- 2. Overnight Weetabix
- 3. Chia puddings
- 4. Yogurt Bar
- 5. Smoothies
- 6. Pancakes
- 7. Waffles
- 8. Baked Oatmeal
- 9. Breakfast Cookies
- 10. Muffins
- 11. Pizza Eggs
- 12. Banana French Toast
- 13. Savory French Toast
- 14. Tofu Scramble
- 15. Sheet Pan Eggs
- 16. Scrambled Egg Sandwich
- 17. Croffles
- 18. Lentil Breakfast Casserole
- 19. Quinoa Baby Cereal
- 20. Salmon Quiche
- More Easy Meal Ideas
Benefits of Breakfast Meal Prep
As a mom of two little humans who never fail to wake up past 6am and demands food ASAP, I would not be here today if it wasn't for these quick and easy make ahead breakfasts!
If you are also struggling and dreading getting breakfast prepared and eaten before work and school every morning, help is here!!
All of these recipes are suitable for babies, toddles, kids, and adults! And if you find this post helpful, be sure to hit the heart button at the top right of the screen for quick reference!
These ideas are sure to reduce decision fatigue.
Top tips for prepping breakfast
- Have a game plan - if new to meal prepping, start small. Pick 1-2 ideas from this list and rotate them during the week. For instance with overnight oats and yogurt, you can easily invite variety by switching up the toppings. Once you get the hang of it can do more.
- Start building your freezer stash - while you’re at it, go ahead and double the recipe. Over time you will have quite the collection to rotate through.
- Prep the produce in advance. Dedicate one day to washing fruits and vegetables, cutting, cooking, etc. and then store in containers. That way all you have to do is pull them out from the fridge and add to the plate(s).
- Involve your child in meal planning and prepping! They will be less likely to be picky at meal times and it's a great opportunity to teach them good habits.
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Make-Ahead Breakfast Recipes
Made with simple, wholesome ingredients, these easy breakfast ideas are sure to start you and your family off on the right foot!
1. Overnight Oats
The perfect make-ahead breakfast for babies, kids and adults alike. Easily personalized for the pickiest of eaters and packed with nutrients. These overnight oats take a small amount of prep time but will leave everyone satisfied.
Make in single-serving mason jars so it can be thrown in the dishwasher for easy clean-up.
2. Overnight Weetabix
Similar to overnight oats, overnight weetabix are a great make-ahead breakfast option for the whole family. This layered dish can be customized to the liking of each family member so everyone is happy. Not only is this the perfect breakfast but doubles as an equally amazing snack.
3. Chia puddings
A quick and simple recipe to make for your breakfast meal prep, chia pudding offers endless flavor combinations. No heating required, all you have to do is take out of the refrigerator and eat.
Chia seeds provide great nutrients for the whole family and will leave everyone energized.
4. Yogurt Bar
Some of the easiest recipes you’ll prep, everyone in the family is going to love this vanilla or strawberry Greek yogurt.
A toppings bar can be prepped ahead of time in a freezer tray or muffin pan with endless add-in options so all you need to do is take them out in the morning.
Smoothies are the ultimate quick breakfast. They are so easy to prepare the ingredients ahead of time. Simply add all of your ingredients, minus the liquid, to a freezer bag. In the morning, dump everything together in the blender.
There are so many delicious and nutritious ways to enjoy your smoothies, your family won’t get tired of these anytime soon.
Pancakes are a classic breakfast food with few ingredients and little effort. An easy make-ahead breakfast meal, they can be frozen for quick reheating on busy mornings. There are endless options with add-ins and extra flavors that increase the nutritional value.
Much like pancakes, waffles are another classic breakfast food. These light and fluffy waffles are a must make-ahead breakfast food that can be frozen for the busiest of mornings. Just reheat in the morning and top with nutritious and delicious toppings.
8. Baked Oatmeal
A crowd pleaser, baked oatmeal is so versatile and one of the best make-ahead breakfast meals you could make. With a number of add-ins and toppings to choose from, you can’t go wrong with any of these recipes.
Cut into individual servings, wrap and store in the refrigerator or freezer until ready to enjoy.
9. Breakfast Cookies
For breakfast on the go, these breakfast cookies are sure to entice even the pickiest of eaters. These recipes are great ways to include ingredients that are healthy and filling without a ton of added sugar.
Eat fresh, or whip up a double patch and freeze some for when you’re in a pinch.
My muffin recipes are ones not to be missed. There truly is something for everyone, whether it be sweet or savory.
Made with wholesome delicious ingredients, these are great for those with little time to spare in the mornings, which makes them the perfect breakfast meal prep food.
11. Pizza Eggs
Did someone say pizza? A sure-fire recipe to win over the fussiest eaters in the family. This nutritious breakfast is simple to make and customize for each person in the family, if desired.
Make ahead of time, store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days and pop in the microwave when ready to eat.
12. Banana French Toast
A quick and simple recipe, this banana french toast takes little effort and is ready in no-time. A great option for make-ahead breakfast that the whole family will love.
It’s easy to store and heat back up for mornings when you don’t have a lot of time to spare. Tastes just as yummy cold as it does warm.
13. Savory French Toast
This savory french toast is great for everyone but especially the eater who isn’t big on sweets for breakfast. It’s also a delicious way to incorporate vegetables into breakfast time.
Using vegetables you already have, there is very little extra prep to be done. It comes together quickly and stores easily.
14. Tofu Scramble
Vegetarian breakfast of champions that not only tastes great, but is loaded with protein to keep you and your kids fuller longer. This hearty recipe provides lots of important nutrients, such as iron.
Tofu scramble is extremely versatile, allowing you to toss in whatever veggies you have readily available. This is a great make-ahead breakfast option as it can be stored for the week ahead or frozen for when you need something filling in a pinch.
15. Sheet Pan Eggs
Yes, you can totally meal prep eggs! The ultimate time and money saver - making eggs in a sheet pan with your choice of add-ins will please any crowd. If you are preparing breakfast for a large family, this recipe will be your new best friend.
Store in the refrigerator or freeze, then reheat or eat cold when ready to enjoy.
16. Scrambled Egg Sandwich
Truly an age-old classic, the scrambled egg sandwich is a real crowd pleaser. Very versatile so can easily be made with different spreads or add-ins if making for multiple children who have different tastes.
This make-ahead breakfast can be wrapped and refrigerated for the week ahead or frozen for when you want it later.
If frozen, throw it in the refrigerator overnight to thaw and then pop in the microwave for a quick reheat or toaster oven if you have more time to spare.
What happens when you combine a croissant and a waffle? I introduce you to the Croffle! Say hello to your kids’ new favorite breakfast. They are so easy to make yet so satisfying.
Endless ways to customize, sweet or savory, even the most reluctant of eaters will enjoy. Throw in the refrigerator for the upcoming week or freeze for when you’re in a hurry. Added bonus, they can even be added to lunchboxes.
18. Lentil Breakfast Casserole
A simple yet hearty make-ahead breakfast that will entice the whole family. A vegetarian dish that packs a lot of nutritional value, this recipe will be a go-to for a filling meal.
Once it has been cooked, it can be kept in the refrigerator for the week ahead or frozen for up to 3 months.
19. Quinoa Baby Cereal
I’m sure you’ve seen an endless amount of oatmeal and rice based baby cereals - let me introduce you to baby cereals with a quinoa base! It is loaded with iron and will allow your baby to explore different textures.
Meal prep tip: make a big batch and freeze individual portions in a freezer tray. Once frozen, transfer to a freezer safe bag or container for later.
20. Salmon Quiche
This easy quiche recipe is a great make-ahead breakfast for many reasons - they are a nutritional powerhouse, easy to make and are prepped in individual portions.
Starting at 6 months old, you can introduce these mini quiche to your littlest of eaters. These can be refrigerated for 3-5 days, as well as frozen for up to 3 months. Pop in the microwave when ready to enjoy!
Erin @ Table for 7 says
Awesome round up Min! They all look amazing! Thanks for stopping by and sharing at Inspire Me Mondays..so glad you could join us 🙂 Hope to see you again this week!
Thank you so much for sharing this, I am always looking for breakfast ideas and these are great!
I found your blog via 'Work It Wednesday' and I am now following you on Bloglovin!
You're very welcome, Emma! And thank you so much for the kind words and for the follow 😉
Sonali- The Foodie Physician says
This is such a wonderful and informative post! It sure looks like you've been eating some super yummy and healthy breakfasts. Thanks so much for sharing my strata!
Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor says
I am all for people making resolutions to improve their health but I hate the gym this time of the year! Love your tips, especially saving time by prepping. One of my goals this year is to prep meals ahead of time because it really does make things easier when I get home from work.
Kari @ bite-sized thoughts says
What a fantastic post Min - I too have embraced breakfast more with age and it is such a great meal to start the day with! These ideas for breakfast options are delicious.
EA-The SpicyRD says
Such a great post, with so many fabulous tips Min! I've pretty much always been a breakfast eater, but mine have definitely evolved from "high carb" to protein, fiber, and produce rich, which definitely gives me more energy than a bowl of cereal. Thx so much for including my Mediterranean Egg Muffins in your round-up. I can't wait to try out all the other yummy ideas!
Oh my yum! These look so good!! Thank you for sharing! 🙂
Patty @ Reach Your Peak says
Wow what an amazing post! I pinned and bookmarked so I don't lose this. I love breakfast but usually just eat 2 hardboiled eggs in my car on the way to work haha. I really need to make more hearty meals, like overnight oats or include more with my eggs. That toast with an egg and avocado looks delicious. Thanks for the breakfast inspiration!
rachel @ Athletic Avocado says
mmmm such a great post! Breakfast is my fav meal! I could totally eat all breakfast meals! Can never get enough!
Jamie King says
Seriously, I want to come over for breakfast. 😉 This all looks amazing! Also, confession, I have never ever in my life made overnight oats. I feel like every blogger I know makes them and posts about them....so maybe its time I give it a whirl. So behind... HA!
ooh! can't wait for you to try!! What I love about it is its versatility..and of course the fact that you can dump everything in a jar the night before and it's instant gratification come crazy mornings! 😉
Kristina @ Love & Zest says
Thanks for sharing my veggie breakfast bowl my dear! I'm loving all your helpful tips!
Sarah @ SnixyKitchen says
Love these tips! I'm not a breakfast skipper, but I often try to get by with just a banana - this is a good reminder that I should try to keep things balanced and get more nutrients in the morning. (Thanks for including my smoothie! 🙂
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine says
Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day! There are just so many wonderful options, I am never at a loss! Breakfast pro!
so perfect! and i can't wait to try each one! YUM
Elizabeth @ Enjoy Every Bite says
I love this post! So many great tips and resources. Breakfast is always hardest for my clients to eat and I feel like it is SO important!
gretchen | kumquat says
yummm... all of your breakfasts look so delicious and lovely too! what a great round-up of breakfast options. i just wish someone else would make them all for me every morning. 😉
Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits says
Tip numbers one and two are definitely things I need to be more mindful of. I'm usually very good about having a balanced breakfast and one other veggie-packed meal in the day. Then, something always falls by the way-side, and I'm eating nothing but carbs. Thanks for all this breakfast inspiration!
Thank you Min and have a good day and week.
What a wonderful round-up, Min! Thanks so much for including us 🙂 We'll be sure to share! Happy Monday!
Kerri Olkjer says
Great tips! I'm definitely big on prepping ahead of time. It's a serious lifesaver. I think otherwise my family would eat a lot of junk, lol.
I couldn't agree with you more! I take meal prep very seriously! No excuses 😉