Set yourself up for a stress-free morning
Eating a hot breakfast before work or school every morning is a great idea. The idea of waking up early enough to actually make it? Not so much. But if you follow these easy make-ahead breakfast recipes, and do a little planning at the beginning of the week, you can have a hot breakfast every single morning. The trick is to make big batches of freezer-friendly breakfasts. That might sound intimidating, especially if you're used to just grabbing a cup of yogurt or a banana on your way out the door, but these make-ahead breakfast recipes are really easy to make. Most of the time, you simply have to throw a bunch of ingredients into a crockpot or slow cooker and just let it cook overnight. And once it's all prepped and frozen, all you have to do in the morning is grab a single serving of your big-batch breakfast, heat it up, and be on your way.
It's probably time to clear out space in your freezer, because these eight make-ahead breakfast recipes will revolutionize the way you eat in the morning. And who knows? They might even make you a morning person.
Freezer Breakfast Burritos
Make a big batch of breakfast burritos on Sunday, then wrap them up and freeze them so they'll last you through the week. This recipe from the Country Cook fills the burritos with eggs, hash browns, cheese, and sausage, but you can load up your freezer-friendly breakfast burritos with whatever ingredients you want.
Baked Oatmeal Cups
Oatmeal is a hearty breakfast, but it's not exactly easy to take a bowl of the stuff when you're on the move. This recipe for baked oatmeal muffins from the Wholesome Dish fixes that problem, letting you eat oatmeal with your favorite toppings without making a mess. While it takes 40 minutes to bake these bad boys, afterwards you'll be set for breakfast for the week.
Freezer Breakfast Quesadilla
Make a big batch of freezer breakfast quesadillas and then flash freeze them. When you're ready to eat in the morning, toss them in the microwave or toaster oven for about a minute. Family Fresh Meals recommends getting creative with the fillings, as well, offering up options for both veggie and meat lovers.
Smoked Sausage and Hash Brown Casserole
Make the most of your slow cooker in the morning with this smoked sausage and hash brown casserole from Lauren's Latest. To save even more time, try using pre-cooked sausage and frozen hash browns.
Homemade Bagel Bombs
These bagel bombs are stuffed with eggs, ham, and cheese; it's basically a grab-and-go breakfast sandwich, except way more fun. This recipe from Host the Toast uses pre-made pizza dough for the bagel, so all you have to do is assemble the ingredients, bake, then freeze for future use.
Crockpot Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal
If you can't give up your steaming hot bowl of oatmeal in the morning, but want to save time, try this recipe for crockpot cinnamon roll oatmeal from Moms with Crockpots. It'll be a big batch, so it's a perfect breakfast for families to share or to bring to a group brunch.
Mini Pancake Muffins
These miniature pancake muffins from Six Sisters' Stuff can be baked in advance and then frozen, so you can turn otherwise messy pancakes into a breakfast when you're on the go. You can also add whatever ingredients you like, like blueberries and strawberries if you're feeling healthy, or chocolate chips for something a little sweet.
Crockpot Breakfast Burritos
In this recipe from Moms with Crockpots, you prep the filling for these breakfast burritos in a crockpot, wrap it up in a tortilla, then freeze. But chances are they won't last long in your freezer. They're breakfast burritos, after all.