20 Healthy Make-Ahead Breakfast Ideas

A collection of 20 healthy make-ahead breakfast recipes to help you save time and get your metabolism running in the morning. 

healthy make-ahead breakfast- overnight oats.

Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, as it’s important to jumpstart your metabolism to burn calories throughout the day. While I usually start my mornings with a delicious smoothie, I’m not the only one eating in my house! I have a husband and 2 growing boys to feed, and that requires a variety of tasty, easy, and healthy breakfast recipes to get all of our days started on the right foot.

Healthy make-ahead breakfasts- egg bake.

Of course, I also know that planning ahead is the key to success, especially when it comes to making smart food choices first thing in the morning. To get you started, I’m sharing 20 healthy make-ahead breakfast ideas- all of which can be prepared in advance so that you have no excuse for missing that first meal of the day.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What should I eat for breakfast to lose weight?

Make sure your breakfast includes protein so that you aren’t hungry again in an hour!

What is a frugal breakfast?

Meal prepping and making breakfast ahead of time for the whole week is a great way to save money as well as time! But typically meals that include eggs and yogurt are most affordable and accessible.

What breakfast will keep me fuller for longer?

When it comes to feeling full, think protein and fiber! It’ll keep you fuller for longer, usually while consuming fewer calories.

Healthy make-ahead breakfasts- parfait.

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20 Healthy Make-Ahead Breakfasts

Apple Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

4.67 stars average
10 minutes
Creamy, natural peanut butter and crisp, juicy apples are the perfect natural sweetener for overnight steel cut oats.
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Apple peanut butter overnight oats

Ham and Cheese Baked Egg Cups

4.27 stars average
35 minutes
Ham and cheese baked egg cups are the ideal, protein-packed breakfast that can be made ahead in a muffin tin and quickly reheated on busy weekday mornings.
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Ham and cheese baked egg cups 2

Make Ahead Fruit and Yogurt Protein Parfaits

4.03 stars average
10 minutes
These Make-Ahead Fruit and Yogurt Protein Parfaits is packed with plenty of protein and heart-healthy fats to give you all-day energy.
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Make ahead fruit and yogurt parfaits

Make-Ahead Smoothie Freezer Bags

4.34 stars average
5 minutes
These make-ahead smoothie freezer bags are the perfect solution for a healthy breakfast you can sip and enjoy on-the-go. Simply add water or milk before blending!
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smoothie freezer bags

Lemon Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins

4.47 stars average
32 minutes
Replacing 1/2 the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour gives these muffins the extra protein and fiber you need to get through the day.
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Holding lemon blueberry oatmeal muffins

High Protein Homemade Granola

4.56 stars average
40 minutes
Sweetened with cinnamon and honey, this high protein granola is filled with oats, nuts, seeds, and flavor.
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High protein granola

Make Your Own Homemade Instant Oatmeal Mix

4.44 stars average
12 minutes
This recipe is as easy as combining oats with your favorite nuts, fruit and spices.
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Make Your Own Instant Oatmeal

Baked Oatmeal with Mixed Berries

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50 minutes
Naturally gluten-free, this easy baked oatmeal can be made ahead and is made with oats, eggs, berries and a little bit of maple syrup.
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Berry Baked Oatmeal1

Overnight Chia Seed Pudding

3.95 stars average
5 minutes
This creamy, maple-infused overnight chia seed pudding is a naturally vegan breakfast recipe made with just five simple pantry ingredients.
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3 glasses with overnight chia seed pudding inside

Peaches and Cream Overnight Oats

4.56 stars average
5 minutes
An easy, portable, make-ahead breakfast recipe, your family will love these thick and creamy Peaches and Cream Overnight Refrigerator Oats.
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Peaches and Cream Overnight Oats - an easy, make-ahead breakfast recipe

Cheesy Sausage and Pepper Egg Bake

4.34 stars average
40 minutes
This low carb, high protein egg bake breakfast recipe is made with Italian sausage, bell peppers and sharp cheddar cheese.
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Easy Sausage and Pepper Egg Bake with tomatoes on a plate

Banana Nut French Toast Bake

4 stars average
45 minutes
This warm and satisfying banana nut French toast bake is ideal for prepping ahead and baking in the morning. The ultimate crowd-pleasing breakfast recipe!
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Banana Walnut French Toast Bake Recipe

Vegan Pumpkin Pie Chia Seed Pudding

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1 hour 5 minutes
The ideal make-ahead recipe, this vegan pumpkin pie chia seed pudding is perfect for breakfast, snack time, or dessert!
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Vegan pumpkin pie chia seed pudding 2

Pumpkin Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

4.48 stars average
25 minutes
Kids and adults alike will devour these healthy, protein-packed pumpkin oatmeal breakfast cookies.
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Pumpkin Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies Recipe EasyHR

Cheesy Egg Cups with Sausage, Peppers and Potatoes

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35 minutes
These easy, make-ahead egg cups are filled with sweet Italian sausage, sautéed peppers and Little Potato creamers. The perfect healthy breakfast recipe!
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Sausage and Potato Egg Cups Recipe

Overnight, No-Cook Apple Pie Oatmeal

4 stars average
5 minutes
Apple Pie Refrigerator Oatmeal is everything you love about fall turned into a healthy, make-ahead breakfast.
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Apple Pie Refrigerator Oats - The Lemon Bowl

Almond Flour Raspberry Muffins

4 stars
40 minutes
These gluten-free raspberry muffins are light, nutty and super moist. Naturally low carb and high in protein, these muffins are the perfect make-ahead healthy breakfast or snack.
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Almond flour raspberry muffins

Spinach and Feta Greek Egg Bake

4.02 stars average
40 minutes
A high protein, low carb breakfast recipe, this Mediterranean inspired Spinach and Feta Greek Egg bake is full of flavor and great for making ahead of time
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Spinach and feta Greek egg bake 2

Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

4.95 stars average
10 minutes
The ultimate make-ahead breakfast recipe, chocolate peanut butter overnight oats soak in the fridge to be perfect come morning.
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Chocolate peanut butter overnight oats 2

Sausage and Kale Frittata

3.78 stars average
25 minutes
Ideal for prepping ahead of time, this protein-packed sausage, kale and feta frittata is delicious served warm, room temperature or chilled.
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Sausage and Kale Frittata
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24 responses to “20 Healthy Make-Ahead Breakfast Ideas”

  1. Joanne Avatar
    Joanne

    I can’t go more than 20 minutes after being awake without breakfast and coffee. It’s my favorite meal! Lately I’ve been chowing down on chia pudding like it’s my job, but I think it’s time i branched out into some of these other awesome options!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Would you believe I’ve never had chia pudding??

  2. Jamie | Jamie's Recipes Avatar
    Jamie | Jamie’s Recipes

    Breakfast by far is my favorite meal. My three year old son eats like a beast at breakfast. When he wakes up the first thing he says is “I’m hungry” or “Can I have breakfast?” It must take lots of energy to grow toddler boys. :)

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      It’s so true!! They had another huge one today!! haha

  3. Susan Avatar
    Susan

    Liz, reading about how your boys eat, I am envious. Clearly they don’t have all sorts of garbage stressing them out and activating their eating stress response. My emotions and tiredness speak way louder than my stomach by the end of the day!

    I’m going to have to check out a bunch of these breakfast ideas – they sound great! And I love being able to prepare breakfast beforehand. That’s one reason why I make overnight oats pretty frequently.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      You make such a great point. I really think we should all take a cue from kids eating habits sometimes!

  4. She Rocks Fitness Avatar
    She Rocks Fitness

    So many great recipes…That french toast looks amazing…and I did a lot of meal prep this weekend, since I know it is going to be a busy one. I always do it for breakfast and dinner, since I’m usually on the go during those times and need something quick and easy!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Good for you getting the meal prep in girl!

  5. Lee Avatar
    Lee

    Breakfast is my JAM! Love this round-up, lady!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      haha Breakfast is my jam too!!

  6. Shawnna Avatar
    Shawnna

    Yummy!! The recipes look really good!! Makes me hungry!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thank you!

  7. Marsha A Avatar
    Marsha A

    Yum!! This is a great recipe round-up!! Thanks, Liz!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thanks Marsha! Enjoy!

  8. Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen Avatar
    Valerie | From Valerie’s Kitchen

    Oh man, your little guy is a cutie! Thanks so much for including my Crispy Baked Breakfast Taquitos in this fantastic collection of breakfast goodies. Pinning :)

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      My pleasure!! Thanks Valerie!

  9. Amy @Very Culinary Avatar
    Amy @Very Culinary

    I could eat breakfast for lunch and dinner. And often do! Now I have 19 more reasons. Thanks for including me, Liz!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      haha I love Brinners!!

  10. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness Avatar
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    My goodness, I want to make these ALL ahead and eat them at once! Thanks for including my Pop Tarts! Pinned!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      My pleasure!! :) Thanks girl!

  11. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch Avatar
    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

    I love these healthy ideas, Liz! So great to have make ahead ideas that are still so good for the family – and me! Delicious!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Exactly – it’s a win win! Hope you’re doing well Robyn!

  12. Emma {Emma's Little Kitchen} Avatar
    Emma {Emma’s Little Kitchen}

    Yay! Trying to survive a full time job and an infant has given me a whole new appreciation for the make ahead breakfast! Great round up Liz :)

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      No kidding right?? Thanks Emma!

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Hi I’m Liz!

Hey there, I’m Liz Della Croce and I’m thrilled to have you here! My aim is to motivate and ignite your passion for cooking amazing meals for your loved ones.