Tasty Treats for Busy Mornings: 7 Make-Ahead Breakfasts


My oldest daughter has been in a bit of a rut lately. Though she’s relished her position as the “big girl” of the family, she’s been having a hard time coming to terms with all that growing up means (looming particularly large is knowing she’ll eventually need to part with her lovey). To give her a boost I’ve been doing little things to cheer her up — reading special books, retelling her birth story, cooking with her, and making weekday breakfasts special.

But if you think the life of a food blogger is paved with pillows of fresh french toast each morning, think again (from overflowing sinks of dishes to begging said big girl to please get dressed for the 5th time, chaos reigns supreme). So I’ve been turning to a few favorite recipes that can be made ahead (often taking only minutes to throw together) and then reheated for a special morning treat. If you have a little one who could use some weekday morning cheer, head below the jump for 7 tasty make-ahead breakfast ideas.

  • Whole Wheat Waffles with Yogurt and Lemon 1 of 7
    Whole Wheat Waffles with Yogurt and Lemon

    Around here, waffles are usually reserved for leisurely weekend mornings. But why wait? To enjoy waffles the other days of the week, simply make ahead, freeze, and toast a few for the morning.

    Make Whole Wheat Waffles with Yogurt and Lemon

  • Cornbread Blueberry Muffins 2 of 7
    Cornbread Blueberry Muffins

    Here, cornbread gets a boost from juicy blueberries. These muffins are great warmed with a pat of butter, or munched down during the daily carpool.

    Make Cornbread Blueberry Muffins

  • Apple Cinnamon Baked French Toast 3 of 7
    Apple Cinnamon Baked French Toast

    Baked french toast has long been a great option for make-ahead breakfasts. But for quick and easy weekday enjoyment, bake the french toast ahead of time, and then reheat breakfast portions over the course of a few days.

    Make Apple Cinnamon Baked French Toast

  • Chocolate Zucchini Muffins 4 of 7
    Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

    Make breakfast vegtastic with these healthy zucchini and chocolate muffins. 

    Make Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

  • Breakfast Casserole 5 of 7
    Breakfast Casserole

    Looking for a savory option? Try this super satisfying breakfast casserole. Simply bake ahead of time and reheat for busy mornings.

    Make Breakfast Casserole

    Image: Jaime Mormann

  • Baked Oatmeal with Blackberries and Ginger 6 of 7
    Baked Oatmeal with Blackberries and Ginger

    Baked oatmeal has quickly become one of my very favorite breakfasts treats. And our version is pretty healthy with bananas and blackberries, and just a bit of sugar.

    Make Baked Oatmeal with Blackberries and Ginger

  • Homemade Granola Bars with Chocolate Chips 7 of 7
    Homemade Granola Bars with Chocolate Chips

    Don't have time for breakfast? No problem, just keep a stash of these salty sweet granola bars on hand and you can have a healthy breakfast on the go.

    Make Homemade Granola Bars with Chocolate Chips

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