Mornings, particularly weekday or workday mornings, can be incredibly hectic. A healthy breakfast is often sacrificed, but it doesn’t need to be with a little planning ahead a day off.
The recipes in this collection of egg bites, muffins, breakfast casseroles, smoothies, and more make several servings that you can prepare ahead, individually portion, and then grab and go in less than 5 minutes. Some of them are specially designed to freeze and heat up later.
Trust us. The you who gets to work not hungry on a Wednesday morning is going to be very proud of the you who made a batch of breakfast cookies the previous Sunday morning.
Baked Oatmeal with Mixed Berries
This casserole-like baked oatmeal is full of sweet blueberries and raspberries, but the fruits are completely interchangeable. Use the fruit you have on hand, or even shredded zucchini or carrots. Have a slice or two right out of the oven, then store the rest for breakfast throughout the week, hot or cold.
Roasted Red Pepper, Chive, and Chèvre Egg Bites
These egg bites are fluffy, vegetarian, and full of roasted red peppers, chives, and creamy goat cheese. Bake them on the weekend, and you’ll have a dozen (or double for two dozen) bites that you can reheat in the microwave in less than a minute. Frozen, they reheat in 2 minutes.
Freezer Breakfast Burritos With Sausage, Eggs and Salsa Verde
If a hearty breakfast is what you need but taking the time to make one each morning is tough, make a batch of these and you’ll have 8 filling breakfasts at your fingertips. These burritos are full of sausage, potatoes, eggs, cheese, and salsa verde. Wrap each burrito in foil and freeze for up to 3 months. To heat, unwrap a burrito from the foil and microwave for 4 to 5 minutes.
Brownie Baked Oatmeal
Brownie baked oatmeal with can satisfy your sweet tooth on mornings you want something sweet and also full of nutrition from the oats, peanut butter, chia seeds, and bananas. Some espresso powder complements the chocolate flavor and adds a little extra morning caffeine (but leave it out if you want). Enjoy slices throughout the week cold from the fridge or reheat them.
Oatmeal Almond Butter Breakfast Cookies
These cookies pack minerals, vitamins, and beneficial fats into a quick meal that will sustain you until lunch. They contain wheat germ and whole wheat flour, oats, and almond butter, and get a little sweetness from a small amount of brown sugar and chocolate chips.
Strawberry Buttermilk Overnight Oats
Make your morning meal at night. Prepare these overnight oats before bedtime, refrigerate them, and in the morning top with yogurt and berries (that you prepared the night before, too).
Oatmeal Muffins with Raisins, Dates, and Walnuts
Muffins are the ultimate grab and go, and oatmeal, raisins, dates, and toasted walnuts add nutrition that will give your energy for the morning. They’re delicious warm with melted butter on top, and a quick microwaving makes that splurge repeatable every morning. Or, grab a room temperature muffin as you’re rushing out the door.
Ham, Cheddar, and Green Chile Egg Bites
A great use of leftover ham (or deli ham), these egg bites are cheesy and zesty. They take just 30 minutes to make and you have a breakfast for the week that reheats in the microwave or the oven. Or try our broccoli cheddar egg bites for a vegetarian bite.
Spicy Paleo Pumpkin Muffins
A savory muffin breaks the morning sugar cycle. Grain-free, vegetarian, and paleo-friendly, these muffins use fresh grated pumpkin (or any hard winter squash or carrots), diced red bell pepper, diced onion and three types of gluten-free flour: ground almond, coconut, and tapioca. Peppitas or pumpkin seeds give them some crunch.
Make-Ahead Frittata Squares with Spinach, Tomatoes, and Feta
Bake egg, spinach, cherry tomatoes, milk, sour cream, and feta cheese. First, sauté the veggies, mix them with the remaining ingredients, and pop them in the oven for about 40 minutes. Cut the finished product into 9 squares and refrigerate or freeze to quickly heat up in the morning when you’re short on time.
Strawberry Oatmeal Muffins
These tender strawberry oatmeal muffins are full of strawberries first in a little sugar macerated with sugar and balsamic vinegar. It concentrates and intensifies the flavor of the strawberries. They’re so good, you’ll want to grab one of these every morning on your way out the door.
Omlette in a Mug
This isn’t a make-ahead breakfast, but it’s so quick to microwave a light and fluffy omlette in just 4 minutes. You can even skip the in the chopped veggies and shredded cheese.
Oat and Tahnini Breakfast Cookies
Cookies for breakfast? Yes, if they’re full of whole grain oats, protein packed tahini and nuts, and dried fruit. The recipe makes 12 hearty, giving you over a week of delicious, nutritious grab and go breakfast cookies.
Hard Boiled Eggs
Eggs are a powerhouse of protein, fats, vitamins, and minerals. Cook up a bunch of hard boiled eggs and you’ll have all that goodness at the ready. Peel the shell, sprinkle with some good salt—if you want—and take a bite.
Copycat Starbucks Egg Bites
Starbucks made the egg bite popular, and these copycat versions with bacon and Gruyère and cream cheese taste very similar to the coffee chain’s bites, but you’ll save a lot of money (and time standing in line to buy them from Starbucks) if you make them at home.
Cheesy Hash Brown Egg Bites
These egg bites get some heft from the addition of shredded potatoes, and while the recipe calls for spinach and cheddar, feel free to switch out the veggies and/or the cheese for your faves such as broccoli, peppers, mozzarella, or pepper Jack. Add bacon, sausage, or ham. Make them your own, and then heat them throughout the week for breakfast.
Mini Muffin Frittatas
Similar to egg bites, these mini frittatas baked in mini muffin tins will make nourishing yourself and your family in the morning a breeze. Filled with eggs, feta cheese, mushrooms, onions, and Swiss chard, you’ll enjoy these tasty little frittatas for days on end.
Light, fluffy, and packed with fresh or frozen blueberries, the secret ingredient that keeps these muffins moist is sour cream. They freeze well if you pack them in a freezer bag. Then you can pull one out at a time, defrost overnight or in the morning in the microwave, and enjoy a classic muffin in the morning.
Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Muffins
These delicious muffins are both gluten-free and vegan. Filled with dairy-free chocolate chips, they’re moist and hearty with a tight, dense crumb.
Apple-Cinnamon French Toast Muffins
Not-quite-muffins and not-quite-French-toast these muffins are the best of both. They start with a loaf of French bread cut into cubes and soaked in an egg mixture. It’s all topped with an apple, sugar, cinnamon, and butter mixture. Delicious hot out of the oven or reheated in the microwave throughout the week.
What goes better with your travel mug of coffee than a scone? This buttery, rich scone recipe makes 8 scones and you can’t customize the recipe to your liking. Make them plain or add fresh or dried fruits, chocolate chips, nuts, and more.
Strawberry Banana Smoothie
Make quick work of mixing up a morning smoothie by making frozen individual bags of ingredients so you can just dump them in the blender. For this smoothie, measure out the bananas and strawberries and freeze them. Then just mix with the other few ingredients in the morning.
Strawberry Almond Oat Smoothie
For something a little more substantial, throw some rolled oats in the mix. They puree surprisingly smooth, enough so that they add some heft yet keep the texture silky smooth. Once again, you can pre-portion the fruit in the smoothies and freeze it in individual bags.
Morning Glory Muffins
Carrots add moisture, color, and nutrition to these muffins that are less sweet than carrot cake. Grated apples, orange zest, raisins, walnuts, a mix of flours, and the wonderful trio of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice make for flavor-packed muffins you’ll be happy to grab on your way out the door.
Asparagus Artichoke Breakfast Casserole
Make this on Sunday, have a slice or two, then freeze the remaining slices to heat up quickly during the week. Full of asparagus, artichokes, bacon, cheddar cheese, rustic bread, milk, and egg, one slice is sure to fuel your morning.