You can save a lot of money and feed your family more wholesomely if you ditch breakfast out of a cereal box. However, much of the time, mornings can be busy and there’s not a lot of time to spend making breakfast from scratch.
What’s the solution? Try make-ahead breakfasts!
Here are eight of my favorite ideas:
1. Pancakes and Waffles
Pancakes and waffles can be made ahead of time and frozen. Just whip up a batch of pancakes or waffles, let cool, and then stick in airtight freezer bags. When you’re ready to serve, you can warm them in the oven, microwave, or toaster oven.
If your family prefers fresh pancakes or waffles, you can save time by mixing up the batter the night before and then just cooking the waffles or pancakes in the morning. Or, you can mix up a quadruple batch of the dry ingredients together, divide into fourths, and freeze in freezer bags to make pancake and waffle prep a snap.
2. Homemade Breakfast Burritos
Breakfast burritos are a hearty grab-and-go food that teenage boys and men seem to especially love. Make a big batch on the weekends, freeze individually in foil, and then they can just be pulled out and microwaved before heading out the door in the morning. (Be sure to remove the foil before microwaving!)
We love muffins at our house! To make them ahead, just bake your favorite muffin recipe, let them cool, and stick them in an airtight freezer bag or other container. When you’re ready to eat them, just pull out however many you need and microwave or let them thaw for 15 or 20 minutes and they are ready to eat!
4. Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets
Love oatmeal? Make your own instant oatmeal packets! They are quick and easy to make, very inexpensive, and you can get creative adding in a variety of mix-ins.
If your family loves smoothies like we do, but want to speed up your prep time in the mornings, try your hand at making Homemade Smoothie Kits with some of your favorite smoothie recipe ingredients. Or, Jessica just cuts right to the chase, makes her smoothies, and then freezes them for later use.
6. Homemade Granola
Homemade granola is such a delicious and filling breakfast. You can eat it like cereal with milk or you can layer it with yogurt and fruit to make a parfait. One of our family’s favorite quick and easy granola recipes is this Peanut Butter Granola.
7. Homemade Egg McMuffins
Why stop at McDonald’s when you can make your own Homemade Egg McMuffins for half the price — or less? These can be made ahead and frozen and just pulled out and microwaved or baked when you’re ready to serve.
8. Baked Oatmeal
We’re big fans of Baked Oatmeal around here! You can make it up the night before and refrigerate to bake in the morning or you can freeze it to thaw and bake later.
What are your favorite make ahead breakfast ideas?
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