18+ Make-Ahead Breakfast Ideas To Make Your Morning Better

It can be hard getting a healthy breakfast and getting out the door on time in the morning! Check out over 18 great make-ahead breakfast options! #recipes

As I’ve mentioned before, breakfast is always the hardest meal for me to get on the table.  We have a couple of make-ahead breakfast recipes, like crockpot oatmeal and breakfast burritos, that we enjoy frequently, but I still turn to cereal more often than I like to admit. 

We’re trying to cut down on processed foods and reduce our grocery bill and saying good-bye to cereal is a good way to accomplish both of those goals.  I needed more make-ahead options, so I asked my friends at the Homestead Bloggers Network to share their favorite make-ahead breakfast ideas!

It can be hard getting a healthy breakfast and getting out the door on time in the morning! Check out over 18 great make-ahead breakfast options! #recipes

Not surprisingly, egg recipes were high on the list of favorite breakfasts for homesteaders (made with their farm-fresh eggs, of course)!  Check out these 5 reasons you should eat more eggs too!  In order to make scrambled eggs fit into your busy morning, make your own healthier and more economical “egg beaters” by cracking several dozen eggs into a clean container (like a milk jug or mason jar), shaking, and refrigerating.  The eggs will stay good for several days.  

If you’re tired of eggs and toast, try making up these sourdough pitas or English muffins the night before.  Both of these recipes can be stuffed with scrambled eggs and frozen–just follow the same instructions for freezing as these make-ahead breakfast burritos!

And who doesn’t love recipes that you can put together the night before and pop in the oven as you get ready for your day?  It’s the best of both worlds–a hot, fresh-out-of-the-oven breakfast with no prep time!  Breakfast casseroles are so versatile with options for eggs and fixins only to recipes that add in hash browns or bread!  Speaking of eggs and bread, overnight french toast is another great make-ahead breakfast option.  Try is as-is or with raspberries (or another fruit of your choice)!  If you need grab and go, try these mini quiches!  They’re totally easy to customize, and I would even let my kids eat them in the car if needed!  

Even cooking pancakes or biscuits can be quick and easy with a little planning.  And, I’m not talking about store bought mixes here.  Check out these great mixes for biscuits and pancakes, plus the handy-dandy printable labels!  Then, smother your biscuits with this freezer sausage gravy.  If you’re really strapped for time in the morning, make and freeze these waffles.  Simply pop a couple in the toaster in the morning!

Are you still missing your boxed cereal?  Give homemade granola a try!  Trust me, it’s easier than it sounds.  Here’s a great basic recipe to get you started.  Also, read about the benefits of soaking your grains first and how to do it.  If you are gluten-free, this raw buckwheat granola is a great option.  Enjoy any of these recipes on there own, as a cereal, or sprinkled over homemade yogurt!

I hope you give some of these options a try and they give you an easier, more peaceful start to your day!

Do you have a favorite make-ahead breakfast?  I’d love to hear it!

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Breakfast Burritos (And The BEST Way To Freeze Them)

Every spring, we go from hoping that our chickens will provide enough eggs that we don’t have to buy any from the store to an egg explosion!  And, I always want to scream, “How do I turn these chickens off?”  

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Unfortunately, chickens don’t come with on and off switches!  Now, don’t get me wrong.  It’s a good problem to have, but until our normal egg customers get back into the habit of getting eggs from us, it can be overwhelming!  So,  I always try to take an afternoon, and make up a huge batch of breakfast burritos for the freezer.

Need a quick and easy breakfast to keep you out of the drive-thru? Check out this freezer breakfast burrito recipe! #frugalrecipe #eggs #farmfresh #farmtotable #makeaheadbreakfast

Without these pre-made breakfast burritos, we would probably end up going through the drive-thru on mornings that we have to get out the door.  And, of course, it’s always nice to have them on hand when I just don’t feel like making breakfast or in the dead of winter when we’re missing our farm-fresh eggs!

By the way, if you would like an alternative to store-bought tortillas, check out the easy 4-ingredient recipe at the bottom of this post, or these recipes for whole wheat or sourdough tortillas!

Breakfast Burritos (And The BEST Way To Freeze Them)
  • Taco sized tortillas
  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Cooked bacon, sausage, or other meat (optional)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Sour cream and picante sauce for topping, if desired
  1. Beat eggs, salt and pepper in a bowl.
  2. Melt butter in a skillet.
  3. Fry eggs and set aside.
  4. Place one tortilla on a plate (or a paper towel for freezing).
  5. Add fried eggs, cheese and optional meat.
  6. Microwave for 15-30 seconds (or heat on griddle) to soften tortilla and melt cheese.
  7. Fold up bottom of tortilla and roll into a burrito.
  8. Add any desired toppings and enjoy!
To freeze, wrap burrito in paper towel after you fold it. Then wrap it tightly in plastic wrap before placing in freezer.

To re-heat, remove plastic wrap and microwave in paper towel.

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Dessert For Breakfast? Try these 12 Make-Ahead Recipes

What could be better than dessert for breakfast? These 12 make-ahead recipes will make you think you're having dessert for breakfast, but without the guilt! #breakfast #makeaheadrecipes #fromscratchcooking

A few days ago, I posted over 18 breakfast ideas that could be prepped ahead of time from my Homestead Blogger friends.  Today, I want to share 12 more recipes that, in my book, take the cake.  What makes these recipes so special?  Well, they all make me feel like I am having dessert for breakfast!  And, who wouldn’t want to have dessert for breakfast?  

What could be better than dessert for breakfast? These 12 make-ahead recipes will make you think you're having dessert for breakfast, but without the guilt! #breakfast #makeaheadrecipes #fromscratchcooking

We’ve all seen the pre-packaged breakfast cookies at the grocery store.  But, check out these homemade versions!  These Healthy Breakfast Cookies are full of fruits, yogurt and nuts, and these Sugar Free Breakfast Cookies are sweetened with natural sweeteners and are egg, fat, and sugar free.  Both options let you eat cookies for breakfast without the guilt!

Toss the packaged muffins that are packed with preservatives and check out these recipes.  If you’re looking for hearty muffins packed with fruits and veggies, try Morning Glory Muffins!  And, next time you’re making oatmeal, cook an extra cup for these Leftover Oatmeal Muffins.  (While you’re at it, make 9 extra cups and save 8 of them for this Tropical Baked Oatmeal.)  These Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread and Zucchini Bread recipes can both be baked in muffin tins, frozen, and sat out the night before for a grab-and-go breakfast.

Speaking of taking the cake, how about cake for breakfast?  You can with this Sourdough Breakfast Cake.  And where there’s cake, there’s “ice cream.”  This Breakfast Banana Split is close enough–just be sure to save a few bananas for Chocolate and Granola Covered Bananas.  Pudding is not something you would normally consider a breakfast food.  These healthy Breakfast Pudding recipes could change that.  Even Lemon Berry Scones hot from the oven are not out of reach with a little planning!

So, there you have it–12 recipes that will make you feel like you are having dessert for breakfast!  Do you have a favorite “sweet” breakfast treat?

While you’re here, be sure to check out this post with over 18 quick breakfast ideas!

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Italian Meatloaf Balls

These Meatloaf Balls are made without store bought bread crumbs and cooking them in a mini muffin tin lets the grease to drain off.

When I started working toward eating less processed food, my kids weren’t exactly on-board.  So, I started finding ways to make changes “behind the scenes.”  One way I accomplished that was replacing canned soups and dry mixes with my own homemade versions.  These Italian Meatloaf Balls are a family favorite!  And, when I replaced the packaged Italian bread crumbs with rolled oats and my own mixture of spices, they loved them even more!  I can’t say that always happens, but I love it when it does.  😉

These Italian Meatloaf Balls are made without pre-made bread crumbs and cooking them in a mini muffin pan allows the grease to drain off. Plus, they're delicious! #beefrecipes #comfortfood

Prep time on this recipe can be cut down by pre-mixing a big batch of the spices and oats.  Then, dinner is as easy as adding your ground meat, cheeses, and milk.  Cook and enjoy!

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Italian Meatloaf Balls
These Italian Meatloaf Balls are always a hit with adults or kids alike.
  • ⅔ cups rolled oats
  • 2 teaspoons dried, grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Dash of oregano
  • Dash of pepper
  • 2 pounds ground beef or turkey
  • ⅔ cup shredded mozzarella or cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup milk
  1. Run the oats through a blender or food processor until more finely processed to prevent large flakes from showing up in your meatballs.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the processed oats plus the next eight ingredients.
  3. Add the ground meat, shredded cheese, and milk. Mix thoroughly with your hands.
  4. Roll into small balls that fit into a mini muffin pan. (No need to grease the muffin pans.)
  5. Place muffin pans on a baking sheet to avoid spills from any excess grease.
  6. Bake meatballs at 350 degrees until cooked through (20-25 minutes).

Have you altered any of your family favorites to make them healthier?  Did your family notice the difference?

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Mister’s Pink Dip

You know how it is.  You’re working on a project outside and, suddenly, you realize that you lost track of time, and you’re supposed to be at someone’s house in an hour.  You have straw in your hair.  All four of your kids are sitting in a mud puddle.  And, you live 30 minutes away.  

You shift into drill sergeant mode, and, amazingly, get everyone ready on time.  (Never mind the fact that the cute hat is more to cover the straw in your hair than a fashion statement.)  But, then you remember…  You’re supposed to bring a side dish to share.

What?  Wait?  That’s just me?  

Well, either way, Mister’s Pink Dip is the perfect go-to when you need party food in a pinch.  It’s quick, simple and the two ingredients are easy to keep on hand.

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 All you need is cream cheese, Picante Sauce, and a hand mixer.  If you don’t have a hand mixer, this will always do…  (Because, everything needs more than one purpose out here.)

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Mister's Pink Dip
Recipe type: Appetizer/Side
Prep time: 
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This party dip has only two ingredients, and everyone always asks for the recipe!
  • 8 ounces Picante Sauce
  • 8 ounce Package of Cream Cheese
  1. Cut the cream cheese into cubes, place in bowl and let soften. Add 8 ounces of Picante sauce. Use hand mixer to blend until the consistency is the same throughout. Enjoy with potato chips!
  2. Note: Adjust Picante sauce to taste. Less Picante sauce will result in a thicker, "cheesier" dip. More Picante sauce will product a thinner dip.

 I get Mister to mix up a batch of his Pink Dip when I make chicken salad sandwiches!  Here’s the recipe:

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