Who here eats breakfast every morning? I do! It’s really not an option for me. I’ll turn into a shaking, starving, mumbling mess a few hours into the day if I skip it. Since my breakfast is mandatory (and I don’t like cereal, I know I know), I’ve found quite a few staple grab-and-go breakfasts over the years.
I’ve learned that breakfast “sweets” are not all created equally. Simple carbohydrates like all-purpose flour pancakes and pastries give me the shakes. Whole grains like oats keep me going for hours, especially when combined with nuts (or nut butter), yogurt and/or eggs. You’ll find a variety of healthy options below, and you can view all of my breakfast recipes here. What are your favorite make-ahead breakfast recipes?
Before I go, here are some notes on storage and reheating: Muffins, pancakes, waffles and granola all freeze well. Just let them cool and transfer them to freezer bags, squeezing out as much air as reasonably possible before sealing them up. I reheat my muffins and pancakes in the microwave (don’t overdo it, or they’ll get tough). If you have the foresight to let them defrost at room temperature or in the refrigerator, you can warm them in a low temperature oven. I reheat my frozen waffles in the toaster (again, don’t overdo it or you’ll burn your waffles). Granola doesn’t require any defrosting.
No. 1: Megan’s Morning Glory Oatmeal
Gluten free and vegan
Creamy, steel-cut oatmeal is a fantastic make-ahead option. Just make a big batch and store it in the refrigerator for later. Gently reheat it in the microwave or on the stove with a splash of milk (almond milk is great). I like to serve mine with a dollop of plain yogurt to up the creamy factor and protein content.
No. 2: Banana Oat Pancakes
Gluten free and freezer friendly
These popular banana pancakes freeze marvelously! I just reheat them in the microwave, wrapped in a paper towel, turning halfway through cooking. They’re great with peanut butter or almond butter and a drizzle of maple syrup.
No. 3: Freezer Breakfast Burritos with Sweet Potato Hash and Black Beans
These burritos are so good that it’s hard to save them for later, but they do freeze well! Just reheat in the microwave and add a drizzle of hot sauce or salsa. Your savory breakfast is served.
Utterly addictive gingerbread-flavored granola. You have been warned. I like to store granola in freezer bags in the freezer. In the mornings, I pour plain yogurt into a bowl and top it with granola (and some fresh fruit, if I have some). Boom.
No. 5: Blueberry Honey Bran Muffins
These hearty bran muffins are nice and fluffy on the inside! You can use frozen blueberries in place of fresh.
No. 6: Arugula and Cremini Quiche with Gluten-Free Almond Meal Crust
Quiches and frittatas store well for up to three days in the refrigerator. You can serve them chilled, at room temperature or reheated—whichever you prefer. This quiche crust is my favorite and it’s gluten free!