Make-Ahead Breakfast Ideas

Start the morning on the right foot with any of these scrumptious make-ahead breakfast and brunch recipes. Each one is a crowd-pleaser, perfect for when you have guests.

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    Fruit, Nut, and Brown Sugar Freezer Oatmeal Cups

    Don't settle for cold cereal when you're craving a warm bowl of oatmeal. Instead, think ahead, and make these oatmeal cups (complete with toppings) in advance. Then just heat them up in the microwave!

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    Bacon-Mushroom Quiche with Gruyere and Thyme

    Decadent Gruyere cheese and bacon combine with fresh mushrooms and thyme to create a full-flavor filling surrounded in a flaky piecrust for the ultimate make-ahead breakfast.

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    Make-Ahead Ginger-Pear Scones

    These yummy scones can be made then frozen up to two months in advance. Don't you want to be known as the person who always has scones on hand?

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    Blueberry Surprise French Toast Casserole

    The secret to this blueberry-studded breakfast casserole is pockets of luscious, melty cream cheese. Top it off with your favorite breakfast syrup for a sweet finish.

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    Cranberry-Orange Tea Ring

    Simple scissor work is all it takes to give this gorgeous tea ring its unique look. A final drizzle of orange-flecked icing makes it irresistible.

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    No-Bake Peanut Butter Oat Bites

    Not only are these peanut butter bites easy to make, they're also easy to grab on the go. Thanks to rolled oats and PB, they'll keep you full for a while, too.

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    Poblano-Chorizo Strata

    Sausage, poblano peppers, and oregano flavor this colorful Mexican-style dish. A sprinkling of queso fresco adds a delicious finishing touch.

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    Potato Cinnamon Rolls

    The day before you're making a big breakfast, prep these gourmet cinnamon rolls. The next morning, it's just as easy as baking the store-bought kind—but they taste better.

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    Spicy Apricot and Sausage Braid

    This beautiful braided bread is worth a little extra effort for the tender, spicy-sweet results. It makes an exciting addition to your brunch buffet or a hearty snack for holiday guests.

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    Peach-Prosciutto Cornmeal Muffins

    Chopped peaches and prosciutto add a distinct sweet and salty twist to the classic cornmeal muffin. For added sweetness, serve them with honey or peach preserves; if you prefer a saltier flavor, serve with butter.

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    Caramelized Onion Breakfast Casserole

    Hosting a brunch? Make this pretty and delicious casserole the night before. With sourdough bread and crumbled bacon on top, your guests will eat it right up.

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    Overnight Cranberry Coffee Cake

    Tart, citrusy, and buttery, this slightly crumbly cake is perfect paired with coffee for breakfast. Pecans or walnuts work in place of almonds, if you prefer.

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    Bagel-Lox Strata

    The bagel-and-cream-cheese breakfast is elevated with the addition of lox-style salmon, eggs, and herbs in this breakfast strata.

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    Baked Apple-Spice Donuts

    Shredded apple, spices, and a dusting of cinnamon-sugar give these donuts fabulous fall flavor. And because they’re baked and not fried, you can indulge without guilt.

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    Ham Souffle Roll

    The souffle is spread in a shallow pan and baked, then topped with ham and cheese and rolled into a spiral. The result is an elegant brunch entree that’s sure to impress.

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    Spicy Brunch Lasagna

    Layer upon rich, decadent layer of sausage, cheese, pasta, potatoes, and creamy Alfredo sauce will satisfy even the largest appetite. If you have any chives or green onion left over, sprinkle them on top for a fresh garnish and a pop of color.

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    Baked Oatmeal

    Baking fruit-filled oatmeal is an excellent way to use up any leftover fruit in the house. Don’t worry about which fruits work together best—any combination is delicious in this recipe.

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    Caramel-Pecan French Toast

    Gooey caramel, crunchy pecans, and tender bread are an unforgettable taste sensation for anyone with a sweet tooth at breakfast.

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    Baked Denver Strata

    The classic Denver omelet is transformed into a one-dish meal complete with veggies, meat, English muffins, cheese, and, of course, eggs. Serve with a side of your favorite fresh fruit to get all the food groups.

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    Easy Chocolate-Almond Croissants

    Chocolate croissants are a staple at any pastry counter. You'll quickly discover you can create an equally delicious treat at home in a jiffy with this shortcut make-ahead version.

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    Instagram-Worthy Breakfast Bowls You Can Make at Home

    Sweet or savory, hot or cold, breakfast is better when served in a bowl. Fill it up with hearty, healthy, and delicious ingredients for a breakfast bowl recipe that's satisfying and nutritious. You'll start your day with your best foot forward--and maybe even get an Instagram out of the breakfast recipe.
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