22 Super Easy (& Nutritious) Breakfasts for Hectic Mornings

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Breakfast might be the most important meal of the day, but that means nothing to your kiddo if they aren’t excited about eating it. We want to send them into the new school year with healthy full bellies (or at least postpone the cereal route for a month or so), so we found kid-approved, easy breakfast recipes you can make ahead of time. From overnight oats to super simple smoothies, these easy make-ahead breakfasts are sure to make the morning routine a little bit more palatable. Read on to find your new favorite recipe. 


5-Ingredient Cereal Bars

These cereal bars from Weelicious are a snap to make with only five ingredients! We especially like that they can be thrown into lunch boxes as well as being a quick bite in the morning. 

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Banana Bread

Warm up a few slices of this yummy banana bread, slice up some fruit and you’ve got a great make-ahead breakfast meal. This recipe is a favorite with Red Tricycle’s Editorial Director, get the how-to here

make ahead breakfast casserole
Food Fanatic

Enchilada Breakfast Casserole

Made with chorizo or sausage, enchilada sauce, cheddar cheese, eggs and green bell peppers, you’ll be hitting all the food groups with this Tex-Mex-inspired breakfast casserole. Make it the day or weekend before and you’ll have plenty for the week! Grab the recipe from Food Fanatic here

The View from Great Island

Breakfast Pasta

Pasta for breakfast?? You bet, with this recipe from The View from Great Island. Since noodles take on just about any flavor you want, go heavy on the bacon and eggs for an early morning meal. You can whip it up the night before and pop it into the microwave or in the oven on low before the kids get up.

make ahead breakfast muffins
Dinner at the Zoo

Egg-cellent Breakfast Muffins

Sick of scrambled eggs? Dinner at the Zoo has the solution. These cute little egg muffins are kind of like handheld omelets, and you can make a large batch and eat them all week long. You can even sneak some veggies into the mix!

make ahead breakfast burritos
Life Made Simple

Best Breakfast Burritos

Spice up your mornings with a truly tasty burrito. These wraps from Life Made Simple are easy to make and easy to customize for everyone in the fam. Did we mention they’re freezer-friendly and great for an on-the-go breakfast?

make ahead breakfast pancakes
Kristine’s Kitchen Blog

Pancakes, Please!

Looking for a better batter for your pancakes and waffles? This recipe from Kristine’s Kitchen Blog uses unsweetened applesauce instead of a ton of butter. The result is super tasty and healthier than your average pancake, too. And your leftovers will freeze beautifully!

make ahead breakfast croissant
Damn Delicious

Kid-Friendly Croissants

Here’s the scoop on these pretty-as-a-picture sandwiches from Damn Delicious: they’re filling, delicious and totally microwavable! You can also customize the fillings to suit your kids’ fave flavors—but ham and cheese are always a classic.

make ahead breakfast yogurt pops
Boulder Locavore

Frozen Yogurt Pops

Think outside your usual yogurt cup and give this idea, courtesy of Boulder Locavore, a whirl. Sporting granola, Greek yogurt and fresh fruit, these breakfast popsicles are a great way to start the day—especially if it’s gonna be a hot one. 

Kristine’s Kitchen Blog

Cookies for Breakfast

Your little cookie monsters will be thrilled to have cookies for breakfast—and you’ll like that these cookies from Kristine’s Kitchen Blog are actually an incognito healthy breakfast. They’re full of fresh carrot and apple, free of refined sugar and freezer-friendly too!

My Fussy Eater

Banana Chocolate Oats

If you haven’t yet jumped aboard the overnight oats bandwagon, we’ve saved you a seat with this recipe from My Fussy Eater. It’s full of natural antioxidants and nutrients—not to mention chocolatey-banana goodness. And the prep time? Five measly minutes.

Minimalist Baker

Gluten-Free Waffles

Wahoo for waffles! These treats from The Minimalist Baker are gluten-free and freezer friendly. Whip ‘em up in a snap, and save them for those busy weekday mornings when all you can handle is a toaster breakfast.

Menu Musings

Toaster Puff Pastry

Sure, it looks impressive, but this idea from Menu Musings is actually easy to pull off. Make it ahead of time, and then pop it into the toaster oven in the morning. Voila!

Damn Delicious

Homemade McMuffin

Give the Egg McMuffin a homemade twist with these breakfast sandwiches from Damn Delicious. Not only are they a make-ahead treat that can be frozen and then enjoyed on the fly, but they’re also easily customizable for tiny foodies.

Simply Sophisticate

Super Quick Smoothies

For an extra fast breakfast, stock these smoothie ice cubes from Simply Sophisticate in your freezer and pop them in the blender. You can even create different cubes to give everyone in the family their fave flavors.

Apple Pie Oatmeal Smoothie
The Stay at Home Chef

Apple Pie in a Glass

The kids will love this oat-filled smoothie from The Stay at Home Chef—it tastes like apple pie in a glass! The recipe keeps the sugar to a minimum, making it a healthy way to start the day.

Taco Muffin Tin Eggs
The Cheerful Kitchen

Muffin Tin Meat Muffins

We’ve seen a million twists on muffin tin eggs, but you’ll definitely want to try this one from The Cheerful Kitchen. With veggies, cheese and ground beef, it’s filling enough to keep little bellies satisfied until lunchtime. 

Peanut Butter Granola
Joy Food Sunshine

Peanut Butter & Granola

This granola from Joy Food Sunshine is super easy to make and will make your mornings a breeze. You can serve it up as cereal, sprinkle it over yogurt with some berries or just gobble it up by the handful.

Sue Bee Homemaker

Berry Overnight Oats

This version of overnight oats from Sue Bee Homemaker is bursting with berries and adding a sprinkling of chia seeds ups the nutritional benefits even more. 

make-ahead breakfast sandwich
The Charming Detroiter

Make-Ahead Breakfast Sammies

Skip the store-bought options and try out The Charming Detroiter’s genius make-ahead breakfast sandwiches instead. Your little foodies will have a new favorite breakfast. 

kiwi and raspberry chia pudding
Seasonal Cravings

Kiwi Raspberry Chia Pudding

For an impressive breakfast totally worth the (night before) effort, you’ve got to try this recipe from Seasonal Cravings. With layers of kiwi, raspberry and chia pudding, it’s as healthy as it is eye-catching. 

ham and cheese breakfast casserole
The Cookie Rookie

Best Breakfast Casserole

You can make this breakfast casserole from The Cookie Rookie on the weekend, and the leftovers will be just as tasty throughout the week. The dish is stuffed with kid-fave ingredients like ham, cheese and crusty bread to start your day off on a delicious note. 



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