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These make-ahead breakfast ideas will help you start even the most rushed day with a healthy meal. Breakfast is knowns as the most important meal of the day since it restarts your metabolism and fuels you up for the rest of your day. These menu suggestions that you can prepare in advance will save you critical time during the most frenzied mornings. You’ll love that they are quick, easy, and hearty enough to keep you and your family full until lunch.

Make ahead breakfasts - collage featuring frozen fruity yogurt bites, honey vanilla parfaits, and baked oatmeal with strawberries and bananas

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and yet so often, we just don’t have time for it (anyone else sleep in as late as possible?).

These great make-ahead breakfasts solve that problem since they’re so easy to throw together for you and the kiddos even on the busiest of mornings

Easy Make-Ahead Breakfast Ideas For Busy Morning

I don’t know about you, but I am not very bright-eyed and bushy-tailed in the mornings (especially early in the morning!). I barely have enough time to brush my hair in the morning – forget about standing at the stove and cooking!

That’s why I needed to come up with some amazing quick-meal ideas that I could make ahead of time. The list I discovered was so good that I had to share it with you too! These tips help you make breakfast speedy and reduce time by helping you:

  • Prepare breakfast in advance and eliminate extra morning decisions.
  • Create customizable breakfasts your whole family will love.
  • Come up with ideas for how to modify most of these meal suggestions.
  • Fill your freezer full of make-ahead meals that you can quickly heat up during the chaotic morning rush.

Use these make-ahead breakfast ideas to help you feed yourself and the kids faster throughout the week and eliminate nearly all prep and clean-up time. There may be nothing more satisfying during a rushed morning than being able to grab a delicious, nutritious meal you made in advance!

1. Make-Ahead Zucchini Bread | Simple Bites

The most versatile zucchini bread recipe ever! Buttermilk and full-fat yogurt help to make this moistest and most delicious zucchini bread of all. Best of all, this recipe can be adapted into many other shapes including cupcakes, mini-loafs, or muffins. It also freezes well, so you can make it in advance and defrost the night before for a wonderful treat the next day. This is sure to become a breakfast favorite in your home.

Loaf of zucchini bread on cooling rack

2. The Best Homemade Granola Bars |Glue Sticks & Gumdrops

Homemade granola bars with M&Ms and raisins? Forgeddaboutit. Homemade granola bars are always a hit with the kids! This recipe is infinitely adaptable by substituting tasty ingredients. You can switch chocolate chips for M&Ms, or add your family’s favorite dried fruit. These work just as well for an after-school snack as a grab-and-go breakfast.

Plate of homemade granola bars

3. Frozen Fruity Yogurt Bites | Eats Amazing

Create your own frozen yogurt and fruit disks for a quick and healthy on the run meal. They look so colorful and cheerful they will brighten even the greyest mornings! Like the homemade granola bars, this make-ahead recipe also works well for a healthy after-school (or anytime!) snack.

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Frozen fruity yogurt bites on blue plate

4. Freezer-Friendly Make-Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches | Damn Delicious

Here is one of the quickest hot meal on the run breakfast ideas. Once made up and frozen, these egg sandwiches can be heated and ready to eat in as little as 2 minutes. Since you assemble them in advance, these are a perfect school-day breakfast solution for busy families! This delicious sandwiches elevate “fast food” to a whole new level.

Tray with breakfast sandwiches made with English muffins, cheese, egg, and ham

5. Healthy Homemade Pop Tarts | The Worktop

Whip up these healthy alternatives to the traditional Pop Tart just once and you’ll never go back to those pre-package toaster pastries again! With less sugar and a healthier white spelt flour crust, this breakfast tart will make both you and your favortie sleepyhead happy.

Plate showing home made pop tarts with candy sprinkle topping

6. Simple Blueberry Cream Cheese Pastries | Just a Taste

These blueberry breakfast pastries are killer, and so much fun to assemble! Beautiful and delicious – these little pastries will be a hit with your whole family every time you make them. Smaller kids will love placing the fresh blueberries onto the triangle of cream cheese before you bake them.

Blueberry and cream-cheese topped pastries drizzled with white glaze

7. Healthy Vegan Breakfast Cookies | Sally’s Baking Addiction

Cookies for breakfast? You bet! These are surprisingly healthy (gluten-free, vegan, and low sugar), and your kids will love the fact they’re getting “cookies” for breakfast! These wholesome cookies are freezer-friendly and very easy to customize. Add dried cranberries, raisins, pecans, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chocolate chips – the possibilities are as endless as your imagination! 

Plate with several healthy vegan breakfast cookies with fresh strawberries and banana slices

8. Bacon and Egg Morning Muffins | Creative Juice

Make these bacon and egg muffins ahead of time and freeze them for a quick and easy school-day breakfast. These healthy and delicious breakfast muffins will remind you of a hearty casserole meal and give your family a nice energy boost to start off your day.

Plate with bacon and egg muffins and strawberries, hand with fork about to take bite, glass of orange juice in background

9. Easy Oven Egg Sandwiches | Ella Claire Inspired

Let the eggs bake for this delicious breakfast sandwich while you chase the kids around getting everybody ready to head out the door. So much easier than pan frying, and clean up is a cinch. These can be individually wrapped and frozen for faster serving during the mayhem of the morning!

Plate with baked egg sandwich and fresh strawberries

10. Overnight Honey Vanilla Parfaits | Mom on Timeout

No time to cook in the morning? Assemble these honey vanilla parfaits the night before and grab them as you run out the door in the morning. This is easily adaptable so it can become everybody’s favorite make-in-advance breakfast just by switching up the fruit layer. A healthy win for any busy parent!

Counter with a clear glass jar full of vanilla parfait made from yogurt and fruit

11. Power-Packed Pancake Roll Ups | Kids Activities Blog

Simple and fun, these pancakes roll ups are the perfect weekend treat. Customize these by using chocolate, Nutella, or peanut butter for the pancake topping. Delicious, fun to make, and even more fun to eat, these mini-sized pancake bites are sure to become a family favorite!

Plate showing several pancakes rolled around banana slices

12. Time-Saving Crispy Hash Brown Bites | The Spruce Eats

Eggs, potatoes, cheese, and veggies all in little bite-sized “muffins” that you can eat on the run. Fast and delicious = a hit with the kids and hubby. For quickest preparation, use frozen prepared hashbrowns or tater tots. Add bacon, sausage, or ham to get a little more protein, and these freeze really well too.

Counter with a hashbrown bite muffin on it, with cheese and  green vegetable showing

13. Make-Ahead Breakfast Oatmeal Smoothies | The Yummy Life

These oatmeal smoothies are perfect for when you need a grab-and-go meal that will really fill you up. You can choose the options suggested, or create your own creative concoction – the possibilities are infinite! These bright smoothies are so easy for on-the-run meals, and they are satiffying and nutritious as well. You know the drill by now, right? Yes, these are freezable as well! 

Several jars showing different colored oatmeal breakfast smoothies

14. Make-Ahead Breakfast Burrito Bites | Ella Clair Inspired

Fast and delicious burrito cups are a great make-ahead breakfast idea for brunch or a speedy, low mess breakfast. This recipe takes a little prep with almost no cleanup!

Muffin sheet with several freshly-made breakfast burrito bites in it

15. Oatmeal To-Go Bars | Modern Parents Messy Kids

These DIY granola bars are great, full of flavor, and without any nasty processed sugars. Flax and chia seeds add hiddent nutritional value and the family won’t even suspect a thing! Of course, these bars are freezable for maximum convenience. They are sure to become a new favorite!

Baking dish with oatmeal bars with chocolate chips on parchment paper in dish

16. Baked Oatmeal With Strawberries and Bananas | Inspired Taste

This baked oatmeal is perfect for morning entertaining or a lazy Saturday brunch. Delight your taste buds with this wonderful recipe. Oh, did I mention there’s chocolate in it too?! You can make it in advance and refrigerate it overnight, so in the morning you can just pop it into the oven and fill your home with irresistible smells. Make ahead and freeze for an even easier solution.

Baking dish with a strawberry-banana oatmeal cake-like dish

17. No-Bake Breakfast Balls | Kids Activities Blog

Here’s a fun make-ahead breakfast idea. Yummy granola balls that you and the kiddos can make and stash ahead of time for a quick on-the-go breakfast. With almonds, cashews, and dried fruit, these breakfast balls also power up your family’s energy for the day ahead!

Child's hands holding a blue bowl containing several breakfast balls and fresh grapes

18. Fruity Baked Oatmeal | Made in a Pinch

Since oatmeal is so hearty and versatile, here’s another version of baked oatmeal that’s sure to please. It’s hearty, easy to make, a touch sweet, and filled with apples, peaches, and blueberries.

Plate with oatmeal bite and fresh blueberries on colorful blanket

19. Delicious Chocolate Banana Bread | Glue Sticks & Gumdrops

Chocolate banana bread can double as your morning meal or even dessert on busy days. Be creative and add nuts, chocolate chips, or even vanilla chips for a wonderful color contrast! This banana bread keeps well in the freezer and you can freeze it in whole loaves or sliced for individual serving sizes.

Closeup of loaf of sliced chocolate banana bread

20. Make-Ahead Loaded Breakfast Casserole | Tastes Better From Scratch

This super easy casserole can be assembled the night before. In the morning, just toss it in the oven for a delicious and filling meal. And it’s super simple to modify this one by trying different cheese or changing up the vegetables! 

White casserole dish containing breakfast casserole made with eggs and red and green vegetables

21. Bacon-Wrapped Cheesy Egg Muffins | Food.com

You are not going to want to miss out on these bacon-wrapped muffins. They are super versatile and can be adapted to whatever you have in your fridge.

The kids love to help with assembling these, too. Be creative! 

Close-up of English muffin topped with cooked scrambled egg mixture with bacon wrapped around it

There you go! Twenty-one delicious breakfast ideas that the entire family will love and you will love even more when you get back all of that time.

Final Thoughts on How to Make Morning Breakfast Prep Easier

I hope you found a few recipes in this list that will become new favorites for your family and make your mornings a little easier.

Whether you prefer make-ahead breakfast burritos, make-ahead breakfast casseroles, or something else, this list has you covered. What are you going to prepare next for breakfast?

21 Make ahead breakfast ideas graphic showing smoothie, homemade pop tarts, and egg burrito cups

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