The Best Make-Ahead Breakfast Recipes for Families 

Simplify your morning routine with my FREE PDF with the best make-ahead breakfast recipes for families! 

Mornings in a busy family home can be a bit of a whirlwind and breakfast often gets overlooked or rushed. But what if I told you there’s a way to simplify your mornings and still savor a delicious, nourishing breakfast together? 

The answer lies in the world of make-ahead breakfast recipes. In this blog post, we’ll discuss make-ahead breakfasts and I’ll share a collection of recipes that my family enjoys. I will also share a few suggestions for rhythms and routines that can help you create a more relaxed start to your day. 

The Importance of Breakfast

You’ve heard it said, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” Well, that statement is true for a few reasons. Eating breakfast provides energy for the day and improves our ability to concentrate. These are the exact reasons we, along with our children need to begin our day with a nutritious breakfast. It is just too important of a meal to skip. 

Convenience of Make-Ahead Breakfasts

Mornings that feel busy and rushed tend to affect other parts of our day. When I’m rushing around the kitchen in an attempt just to get everyone fed, I lose my temper and feel anxious and that’s not the way I want our days to begin. 

I personally love a slow morning. A morning where my children and I can linger over breakfast with conversation or settle in for a read-aloud as we eat. This just isn’t possible when I don’t plan ahead. I recently shared an Instagram reel sharing how just one hour in the kitchen on Sunday made such a difference in my week. In that hour I had enough time to make 3 breakfast options for my whole family. 

I want to share a collection of make-ahead breakfast ideas that will change the way you start your day. By putting in a little work in advance, you’ll reap the benefits on those early mornings throughout the week and your family will have had a yummy breakfast. 

Tips for Successful Make-Ahead Breakfasts

Plan ahead: Dedicate a specific time each week to plan your breakfast menu and prep ingredients. This will save you time and prevent last-minute scrambling. 

Batch Cooking: Make larger batches of recipes that freeze well, such as muffins, burritos, or casseroles. This way, you’ll have a stash of breakfasts for busy mornings. I typically like to do this on Sunday afternoons while my family is napping or playing outside but do whatever works best for your schedule. 

Family Involvement: Get your family involved in the process. Let kids help with simple tasks like assembling breakfast burritos or portioning out yogurt and toppings.

Another tip that’s really helped simplify our morning routine is assigning a day of the week for each child to prepare a breakfast meal. I have 4 children who are capable of helping in the kitchen and have really enjoyed getting to plan, prepare, and serve breakfast to our family. 

Ingredients to Keep On Hand

A lot of our meals are made from scratch so I tend to keep several items stocked in the pantry so I’m not constantly running to the grocery. Cooking from scratch is beneficial in a few ways. One, I find that it’s a great way to save money because cooking from scratch is often less expensive than purchasing prepackaged foods. I mean have you priced a box of cereal lately?! Two, the food I make from scratch tastes better. But the most important reason for choosing to cook from scratch is that you have control over what you’re eating! 

Here’s a short list of items we always have on hand…

  • Eggs: We have 8 hens that keep us supplied with fresh eggs
  • Milk
  • Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Half & Half
  • Butter: The real stuff!
  • Frozen fruits
  • Flour
  • Sugars
  • Vanilla
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • Sourdough Starter & Discard 

Savory Make-Ahead Breakfast Recipes

Savory breakfasts aren’t just for special occasions; they can be a practical and tasty addition to your family’s routine. Let’s put away the cereal boxes for a moment, and let’s explore some simple and hearty savory breakfast ideas that your family will love. 

Sourdough Discard Biscuits: Once you make these, you will never go back to canned. Grab a free guide with step-by-step instructions for establishing a sourdough starter here.

Homemade Frozen Waffles: These are so simple to make and there’s no added junk like the ones you get from the freezer section. Make a big batch of these and freeze them for a super quick breakfast. You could even add chocolate chips or blueberries to the batter before cooking. Serve with real maple syrup. Yum!

Breakfast Casserole: This recipe is hands down one of the easiest breakfast casseroles you’ll ever make. Prepare it the night before, cover it place it in the fridge, and pop it in the oven for breakfast. 

Freezer-Friendly Breakfast Burritos: Looking for a hearty breakfast that quick? Simply whip up some fluffy scrambled eggs, sauteed veggies, cheddar cheese, and ground sausage and make burritos. Freeze on a sheet pan and store in your freezer. Such an easy meal.

Sweet Make-Ahead Breakfast Recipes

Mornings are a little sweeter when you wake up to a sweet treat on the table. And y’all, there’s nothing better than a sweet muffin or scone with a hot cup of coffee. Am I right? You’ll love these easy make-ahead options.

Mixed Berry Coffee Cake: Tastes like it takes a ton of time but is actually made with pancake mix! Mix in your favorite frozen berries and top with a brown sugar oatmeal topping. 

Sourdough Raspberry Muffins: A family favorite! These breakfast muffins are delicious with a warm cup of coffee mid-afternoon. 

Simple Granola: Make a big batch of this simple recipe and serve it over Greek yogurt with fresh fruit or with milk as cereal.

Baked Granola Bars: A great grab-and-go option for little hands. 

Other Quick Breakfast Options

  • Cinnamon-Sugar on Sourdough Toast
  • Breakfast Sandwiches 
  • Avocado Toast
  • Fruit Smoothie
make ahead breakfast recipes

Because I believe make-ahead breakfasts can get your days off on the right foot, I want to offer you a free e-book with both savory and sweet recipes that your family will enjoy! Whether you’re in a breakfast rut or looking for healthy breakfast ideas, this e-book will give you easy breakfast ideas for your entire family. 

To get your free Make-Ahead Breakfast Recipes E-book, simply add your name and address below and my e-book will be sent directly to your inbox!

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