November 30, 2023

Healthy Breakfast

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60 Make Ahead Breakfasts Ideas For An Excellent Morning

When the pressure is on to get a meal on the table, there’s nothing more comforting than knowing you’ve got it covered. With these make ahead breakfast recipes, you can serve a weekend brunch crowd or have healthy breakfasts ready to go for the entire week. Whether you prefer a sweet French toast casserole, cheesy grits, or healthy overnight oats, these make ahead breakfast recipes will have you waking up on the right side of the bed every day. The kids will love our Pancake Casserole and Best Ever Sticky Buns, and your book group will love our Cinnamon Coffee Cake.

Whatever you decide to make, you can rest assured these breakfast recipes will be ready to go well before you’re serving. From delicious breakfast casseroles to fresh and light quiches, these pre-made breakfast ideas are going to wake up your taste buds with minimal a.m. prep. Wake up on the right side of the bed with these easy recipes.

Hector Manuel Sanchez

The flavors of asparagus and leeks will have you making this little delights even more often than you planned. You can make these quiches up to 2 days ahead. Chill them in an airtight container and let the quiches come to room temperature before serving.

Jennifer Causey

You won’t be standing over a hot skillet while everyone else enjoys hot cake after hot cake. Bake pancakes in casserole form and you’ll be sitting down to breakfast right alongside your a.m. crowd. This is a marriage of ample servings and a perfect plan.

Jennifer Causey

Honeycrisp apples, rolled oats, pecans, brown sugar, cinnamon, and raisins are a few of the all-star flavors you’ll find in this baked oatmeal. Leftovers can be reheated or enjoyed cold the next day. Either way, you are getting a nutritious serving of everyone’s favorite hot cereal.

Photographer: Jen Causey, Prop Stylist: Christine Keely, Food Stylist: Ana Kelly

This definitely isn’t a light option. If you’re looking for an indulgent way to start your day, try our Tater Tot Breakfast Bake. Tater tots are baked with eggs and milk and topped with sharp Cheddar cheese and thick-cut bacon.

Southern Living

Fresh baby spinach and frozen broccoli florets are cooked into this savory bread pudding. Now, that’s one delicious way to eat your veggies. And won’t it feel good to have ingested a healthy serving of produce with the first meal of the day?

Iain Bagwell

Everyone’s favorite breakfast treat gets a savory update with our Sausage Stuffed Honey Buns. The sweet and savory of the bun alongside the sausage makes this breakfast option widely appealing. Just try to find anyone at the family brunch who will say no to this recipe.

Jennifer Davick

Herbed Sausage Breakfast Casserole is layered decadence. On the bottom is a fluffy layer of hash browns that’s topped with cooked sausage and a vegetable mixture. The whole thing is topped off with milk, eggs, and a blanket of sharp Cheddar cheese.

Victor Protasio

This hearty casserole includes delicious flavors from smoked sausage, baby red potatoes, eggs, milk, and Monterey Jack cheese. A crowd pleaser that will have you making breakfast for dinner, this recipe needs to be bumped up to the top of your brekky rotation.

Jennifer Davick

All of our favorite omelette fillers go into one delicious casserole in this recipe. This saves you needing to execute the full finesse of having to flip your egg dish. Instead, using a casserole to meld all ingredients together gives full approval to make your omelette into a delicious mess.

Southern Living

Prep time for this recipe is only 12 minutes, but it will need to chill for at least 8 hours or up to 18 hours. The delectable result is definitely worth the wait. Those who are lucky enough to be at your breakfast table will be so pleased with your patience.

Iain Bagwell

Pre-make all the elements in this Ambrosia Breakfast the day before. Assemble in the morning and enjoy a quick, easy, and fresh breakfast that will keep you satisfied right up until lunch. And who says you can’t put this on repeat as a fresh dessert option for dinner?

Victor Protasio

Sweet potatoes and savory breakfast sausage make a delicious pair. We used creamy mozzarella in this recipe, but feel free to swap in your favorite cheese variety. This is one of those slow cooker concoctions that will make your kitchen skills seem far more savvy than they might be.

Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Torie Cox

While you may think it’s impossible to re-create your favorite on-the-go morning diner order at home, think again. Try your hand at this delicious breakfast sandwich, which is filled with sausage, egg, and cheese (just how you like it). Anyone lucky enough to grab a bite of this will be ready to tackle they day.

Hector M Sanchez

Calling all Tex-Mex fans, this one is for you. To make this ahead of time, follow the process through Step 2. Cover the casserole and refrigerate until the next day. Before baking, let the casserole stand at room temperature for 20 minutes.

Alison Miksch; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

This savory bread pudding recipe is a decadent combination of croissants, sausage, cheese, eggs, and cream. Serve with a fresh fruit salad to make your breakfast fully rounded. Your breakfast companions will want to linger just to see if there are seconds.

Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

What a great way to address a large lunch crowd. No one will be waiting for their plate to be ready. Lemon brightens up this sweet and springy make-ahead French toast, which you’ll love serving just to see the delicious gratification.

Photo: Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Torie Cox; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke

This hearty breakfast casserole starts with tender pork from the slow cooker. It ends on a plate on the breakfast table, right where it belongs. This is one of those meals that transcends breakfast and can be served for either lunch or dinner without missing a beat.

Photo: Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Torie Cox; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

Prep the grits the night before and bake these adorable mini casseroles the day you’re hosting for easy, no-scoop serving. These will be so easy to ingest, the occasion may call for you to amplify the servings. You definitely don’t want anyone to walk away wanting more.

Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Karin Olsen; Food Styling: William Smith

This bread pudding-like casserole will satisfy every family member’s sweet tooth. The expectation for a dish of this size is to serve it during a large family gathering. But why not surprise your family on any random Sunday with this irresistible take on the classic pancake?

Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling; Kathleen Varner; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Use the seasonal fresh berries you have on hand for these easy muffins. Don’t forget that combining flavors is also more than acceptable. Blueberry-strawberry muffin, anyone?

Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Cat Steele

Put up the sweet taste of fresh figs with bright lemon for up to three months with this simple jam recipe. Not only are the flavors on target, this sweet breakfast condiment is simply gorgeous. Spread on a piece of freshly made bread for a deeper, more satisfying indulgence.

Victor Protasio

This breakfast casserole is our Test Kitchen’s latest favorite way to prep a big-batch brunch ahead of time. You will not regret being game to try this dish, a share-worthy breakfast if we ever tasted one. Be sure to tell your breakfast pals that you’ve been working on this secret recipe for years.

Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia Degaris Pursell

This totally decadent breakfast casserole is holiday-worthy. And when we say that, we mean that you should create a holiday that celebrates this dish. No, we are not kidding.

Photo: Linda Pugliese; Prop Styling: Claire Spollen; Food Styling: Torie Cox

If you like a light breakfast, these grab-and-go homemade granola bars are perfect to have on hand. These may just become a breakfast staple for a busy household. Consider gifting these treats to hiking buddies on the trail, as well.

Antonis Achilleos

There are so many coffee cake recipes to be had in this world, but this will be your new go-to coffee cake recipe. It hits all the high points in texture and flavor, and that traditional balance of sweetness will win you over. Take a chance on this recipe, but know that you are developing a breakfast habit that will be hard to break.

Beau Gustafson; Styling: Sissy Lamberton

You won’t believe how easy it is to mimic those crescent rolls you always have in your freezer. Our recipe will easily convince you that your baking skills measure up. You will be emboldened to ensure your dinnertime includes these crescent rolls as often as possible.

Antonis Achilleos

It’s hard to beat an ooey gooey cinnamon roll straight from the oven, but this big-batch casserole manages to do so. This is one of those occasions where you will be forced to share, but that will only make you the most popular guest at the next potluck brunch event. Bring copies of the recipe along, as you will be pressed for details.

Southern Living

We love a great loaf of sweet bread to accompany breakfast, or to act as breakfast. This tried-and-true banana bread recipe always hits the spot with a cup of hot coffee. This bread also freezes well, and having a back-up loaf at the ready will not disappoint your visitors.

Jennifer Causey

We love how putting up the fresh flavors of summer when canning makes the season last. If you hate to see strawberry season go, savor their sweet flavor even longer with this homemade jam. In the depths of winter, a swipe of this across fresh bread will change your outlook.

Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling; Heather Chadduck Hillegas; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Make a big batch of classic grits in the slow cooker and eat it for breakfast all week long. You’re either on your own in this pursuit and don’t have to share, or will have to allow others access to this tasty experience. Either way, everyone wins.

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck

Everyone at the table can enjoy this meatless dish that’s made extra-creamy from two types of cheese. Strata is a classic, and there are so many takes on how to present this breakfast dish. Should you want to vary the ingredients, it is only a matter of adding sausage or crumbled bacon to the works.

Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Prepare these the night before, bake them the next morning, and enjoy how amazing your house smells. You may also prepare these and then freeze them individually for future indulgences. The sticky bun does tend to make everything better, no matter how your morning might be going.

Caitlin Bensel

This festive breakfast casserole couldn’t be more perfect for a Christmas morning brunch. The flavors are the perfect harmony to pair with a season of indulgence. And if you didn’t know that you could meet the demand of your eggnog craving with a breakfast casserole, now you do.

Southern Living

You can get these classic muffins ready in less time than it would take you to drive to the grocery store and buy them. Truly a quick solution to a longing for freshly baked goods, you may even be able to go with what you have in your pantry already. Take at turn at this easy approach to muffin making, and you’ll be hooked.

Will Dickey

You’re only a few pantry-staple ingredients away from making our Test Kitchen’s signature biscuits. These are not at all difficult to master, and the execution easily takes away any fear you may have had to create the perfect biscuit. This is the kind of recipe you lean on and pass down to those who are worthy.

Alison Miksch

You can assemble this savory casserole up to four days in advance before baking, and that might be the best thing about this dish. Think of your favorite lasagna recipe–surely you let the flavors meld and give the ingredients a chance to get to know one another. Even if a make ahead move isn’t necessary, it may be your best bet for the tastiest result.

Southern Living

Summer is the ultimate time to try and preserve flavors that make our collective palates so happy. Blackberries are definitely one of those treasured marvels of nature’s bounty. Use our recipe to capture the rich flavor of these little delights.

Caitlin Bensel

We can turn just about anything into a casserole, and this recipe is proof it’s always going to be delicious. Making pancakes en masse allows everyone present to get their flapjacks at the same time, instead of having to wait, batch by batch. You might also consider this approach for your next pancake breakfast fundraiser.

Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kathleen Varner; Food Styling: Maggie Ruggiero

If you’re tired of the egg-based breakfast casserole you always make, try out this not-overly-sweet big-batch oatmeal. Once again, make ahead breakfast is meant to prepare for a big crowd, and wins. Leftovers? We’re not so sure.

Greg Dupree; Prop Styling: Cindy Barr; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

This pretty bread is such a fun baking project, and we love it with a cup of hot tea. It looks more complicated than it really is, and those indulging in your handiwork will be so impressed. This one is tough to share, but does make an excellent housewarming gift or gesture for a friend in need of a fresh baked pick-me-up.

Micah A. Leal

These fluffy biscuits only have a slight sweet potato flavor that doesn’t overwhelm from the classic buttermilk biscuits you love. In fact, it really does work to enhance the traditional Southern biscuit. The hint of sweetness also means you’ve made a great choice using fresh produce to boost the nutritional value of your biscuit.

Antonis Achilleo; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Tina Bell Stamos

This is just what it looks like: indulgent, sweet, sticky, and tasty. You will not regret investing time in this make ahead breakfast. A splash of bourbon enhances the maple syrup’s sweetness, but you can just as easily leave it out. And please do consider this as dessert potential. Scoop of ice cream, anyone?

Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kathleen Varner; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

We love the look of the glaze alongside the pecans in this sweet approach to the day’s first meal. Practically professional in the execution, get ready to be amazed: These sticky-sweet muffins can be frozen safely for up to two years.

Caitlin Bensel

This sweet breakfast casserole is so good it’ll make you wish you had two slow cookers. With that in mind, perhaps you should double down and find a second appliance. Why? So you can steal the show at the brunch potluck, of course.

Alison Miksch, Kay E. Clarke, Torie Cox

Everyone loves this easy make ahead breakfast: The now classic overnight oat soak that is hosted in a mason jar. This oatmeal is a simple, healthy way to get your day started, and the presentation is simply charming.

Jennifer Causey

Your favorite banana bread is transformed into a sweet, big-batch breakfast the whole family will love. This method could also be applied to zucchini bread, or any sweet loaf bread that you would consider the perfect coffee pairing. Be ready to tackle this approach to French toast multiple times.

Alison Miksch

This to-die-for recipe can be baked up to two days ahead, and chilled. Or prepare the recipe through Step 3, then top with custard and bake when you’re ready for a hot quiche on a cold morning. Your breakfast genius will be celebrated.

Southern Living

Hearty and filling with warm biscuits and delicious, creamy sausage gravy, you will definitely add this breakfast casserole recipe to your brekky rotation. This is designed for that brunch club appointment, or the four-day girls weekend that includes a group hike.

Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

If you want to make the dish for a friend or family member in need of a home-cooked meal, be sure to let them know the casserole can stay frozen for two to three months. You can either bake it according to the directions and allow it to cool completely before freezing, or you can prepare the hashbrown casserole up to the point of baking before freezing. Either way, you’ve got the perfect plan.

Hector Manuel Sanchez; Styling: Caroline M. Cunnigham

Made with cubed ham, fresh corn, and flavorful thyme, this impressive dish is an easier twist on a soufflé—but will make every family member happy. Make it ahead by covering and storing in the fridge before your breakfast guests arrive. Only 50 minutes in the oven, and you’re ready to serve.

Greg Dupree; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

This dish is made to be frozen, but you can also bake and serve it immediately. The cheddar-cornmeal biscuits are not only delicious in this recipe but would be good served with slices of country ham, fall soups and stews, or alongside a platter of hot fried chicken.

Photographer: Jen Causey, Prop Stylist: Christine Keely, Food Stylist: Ana Kelly

The beauty of this breakfast bake is that it freezes wonderfully as an entire casserole or as individual-sized servings of leftovers. This is an easy approach, and has ingredients that you may just already have stocked in your pantry or fridge, Be ready to impress at your potluck brunch.

Beth Dreiling Hontzas

This dish requires an 8-24 hour chill time, and the sweet payoff will make you the most popular guest at the family breakfast. Understand this recipe will more than likely have to be shared, so come ready with that information. On the other hand, maybe it’s one of your best kept breakfast secrets.

Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Claire Spollen; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Don’t forget that breakfast for dinner can be a thing, and this might be the perfect example. This delightful frittata will please everyone at the table. To get a head start on this assembly, prepare grits a day in advance, and refrigerate. Let them come to room temperature before adding to the egg mixture, and you’ll be plating your meal in no time.

Hector Manuel Sanchez

Imagine a sleepover crowd waking up to this flavor-filled combination of ingredients. Be ready ahead of time so that you’re not stuck in the kitchen with a frying pan while your guests are getting ready for their day. Roll the elements into tortillas, place in a baking dish, and refrigerate the night before.

Jennifer Davick; Styling: Amy Burke

You may process the ingredients for these charming little frittatas the night before, and be ready to bake in the morning with just minor prep left to complete. For this recipe, you can also use a casserole dish and skip the individual servings altogether. But who doesn’t love a personal ramekin of egg goodness?

Sausage Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole

Jen Causey; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

This make ahead breakfast is pulled off by keeping the sausage hash brown mixture separate from the milk mixture until right before you bake the final dish. This will keep the hash browns from absorbing too much moisture from the egg mixture. This is one you will have to put on repeat.

Iain Bagwell

This is one of those versatile breakfast, lunch or dinner options that is worth exploring. Classic Southern flavors will make this a hit with everyone at the table, and your recipe collection just got a little better. It’s always a great payoff when you make grits from scratch, as is required in this recipe.

Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Missie Neville Crawford; Food Styling: Torie Cox

In this satisfying recipe, we replaced the usual pastry shell with a golden crust made from shredded potatoes and bacon. Remember that kitchen shears are useful for cutting up raw or cooked slices of bacon into smaller pieces. The key to getting your crust on the crispy side is to blind bake. This kitchen win will need multiple do-overs.

Greg DuPree

Easier than an omelet, this hearty Italian egg dish makes enough to feed a happy breakfast group, and it’s made in a single skillet. Use any combination of fillings you’d include in a traditional omelet, and you’ll advance this recipe by tailoring it to your specifications.