27 Make-Ahead Breakfast Ideas That Will Have You Jumping Out of Bed

Blueberry and Mascarpone-Stuffed French Toast Casserole
Photo: Blaine Moats

Start smart with these make-ahead breakfast ideas that take next to no effort come morning. Each of these make-ahead breakfast burritos, prep-earlier casseroles, make-ahead breakfast sandwiches, and more are crowd-pleasers, perfect for when guests swing by.

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Stuffed Waffles

stuffed waffles tomato basil
Blaine Moats

Elevate your toaster waffle game with these savory stuffed waffles. Each square is hiding crispy bacon and ooey-gooey cheddar, plus fresh basil and tomato. For a quick morning meal or a party-worthy breakfast buffet idea, make a big batch during weekend meal prep, then freeze up to 3 months. When you're ready to dive in, toast until warm, then set out bowls to garnish as desired with extra basil, tomato, and bacon.

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Blueberry and Mascarpone-Stuffed French Toast Casserole

Blueberry and Mascarpone-Stuffed French Toast Casserole
Blaine Moats

Put baguettes to brilliant use in this French toast-breakfast casserole mash-up. Each slice gets layered with sweetened berry-studded mascarpone cheese then coated in a cinnamon-y custard. Chill the make-ahead breakfast casserole overnight to allow all the flavors to meld, then bake for about an hour as you get ready for the day ahead.

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Sausage and Potato Mini Egg Bakes

Sausage Potato Mini Egg Bakes
Carson Downing

Pop one or two of the hash brown, turkey sausage, and egg bakes into separate parchment paper packages so you can reheat and eat throughout the week. If you're craving more carbs, stuff one between a toasted English muffin or sandwich thin for a make-ahead breakfast sandwich. Or try these as a make-ahead breakfast burrito, by tucking a halved egg bake inside a warm tortilla.

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Mini Quiches

Mini Quiches
Blaine Moats

How cute are these bite-size quiches?! This shortcut make-ahead breakfast idea can be adjusted for vegetarians (skip the meat), Mediterranean diet followers (add shrimp), or picky eaters (toss in bacon). The night before, make the pastry cups and egg filling. In the morning fill the cups and bake for 15 minutes.

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Potato Cinnamon Rolls

Potato Cinnamon Rolls
Karla Conrad

The day before you're hosting a gathering, prep these gourmet cinnamon rolls. The next morning, they are as easy as baking the store-bought kind. But they taste better and are remarkably light and tender. Everyone will beg for the secret. Psst...it's mashed potatoes.

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Monte Cristo Breakfast Casserole

Monte Cristo Breakfast Casserole
Blaine Moats

This savory-sweet make-ahead breakfast casserole chills overnight in the fridge. Assemble it the night before and you'll have more time in the morning for beauty sleep and mixing mimosas. For the final flourish, dust on powdered sugar at the table.

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Freezer Egg Sandwiches

Freezer Egg Sandwiches
Andy Lyons

The freezer aisle is packed with products like this. But with only seven ingredients, you can devour homemade make-ahead breakfast sandwiches from your freezer. No weird additives or foreign-sounding ingredients, just a scrambled egg mixture on a sandwich thin with cheese and Canadian bacon. For a quick-fix meal, prep a batch ahead, wrap well, and freeze in individual zip-top bags for up to a month.

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Chocolate-Banana French Toast Bake

Chocolate-Banana French Toast Bake
Blaine Moats

Calling all Nutella fans! Here's a ridiculously rich make-ahead breakfast casserole that will satisfy while supplying a serving of fruit. All you need is 20 minutes of prep time, then cover and chill the casserole overnight. Pop it into the oven in the morning for warm chocolate-hazelnut goodness.

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Vegan Banana Pancakes

Vegan Banana Pancakes
Jacob Fox

If you think your vegan diet breakfast options stop at granola, oatmeal, or avocado toast, this make-ahead vegan breakfast recipe will expand your horizons. Each hotcake tastes like banana bread yet is completely plant-based, thanks to a flax egg replacement, almond or coconut milk in lieu of dairy milk, and vegetable oil as a butter substitute. Griddle, flip, cool, and freeze (for up to 2 months) a batch of 16 at a time, then reheat in the toaster for a delightful diner-style meal.

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Chilaquiles Breakfast Casserole

Chilaquiles Breakfast Casserole
Chilaquiles Breakfast Casserole. Blaine Moats

Rather than wasting the extra tortilla chips in the restaurant basket, tote them home as the foundation of this make-ahead breakfast for a group. (Or try our oil-brushed corn tortilla variation.) All of the chilaquiles-layers can get piled on top of the tortillas before chilling except for the eggs that should be cracked in immediately before it goes into the oven.

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Fruit, Nut, and Brown Sugar Freezer Oatmeal Cups

Fruit Nut Brown Sugar Freezer Oatmeal Cups
Andy Lyons

Don't settle for cold cereal when you're craving a warm bowl of oatmeal. With a little planning, these individually portioned oatmeal cups (complete with toppings) will be ready to microwave whenever the craving hits. These heat-and-eat treats give a new definition to make-ahead breakfast muffins!

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Spinach and Sweet Potato Sheet-Pan Quiche

sheet-pan quiche
Blaine Moats

Rather than fussing over a skillet playing short-order cook, turn to this serves-12 make-ahead egg breakfast. Build and bake the sheet pan recipe the night before, allow the quiche to cool for 30 minutes, then chill it overnight. Come breakfast time, all that's left to do is reheat the whole pan (or as many servings as you need) for 15 minutes.

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Orange-Honey Overnight Oats

Orange-Honey Overnight Oats
Helen Norman

Overnight oats are a nutritious and simple choice on busy mornings. Prepare and chill the island-inspired make-ahead breakfast bowls or jars the night before. In the morning, add your favorite toppers. (We recommend strawberries, coconut, and orange zest.) Ready, set, go about your day!

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Nutty Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Nutty Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Jason Donnelly

Pancakes are practically a guaranteed recipe for a.m. success, but making them one at a time on your griddle can be time consuming. That's where these do-ahead double-chocolate pancakes come in. You can freeze them for up to 2 months, so you'll never be without a short stack (or a full breakfast for a crowd if you make a batch or two ahead) when cravings strike.

Buy It: Lodge Cast Iron Reversible Griddle ($35, Target)

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Carrot Breakfast Cookies

Carrot Breakfast Cookies
Blaine Moats

Ideal for grabbing on your way out the door, this make-ahead breakfast recipe lets you have dessert first (in a healthy-ish way). We promise you won't notice the shredded carrots and zucchini, especially once you mix in cranberries, pecans, and brown sugar. Feeling decadent? Drizzle the breakfast cookies with honey-sweetened yogurt.

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Peanut Butter-Banana Refrigerator Oatmeal

Peanut Butter-Banana Refrigerator Oatmeal
Karla Conrad

Elvis would approve of this easy make-ahead breakfast idea. Peanut butter, banana, bacon—the gang's all here—alongside nutrition superstars such as yogurt, oats, and flax. Layer them in a Mason jar and chill overnight for one of the most satisfying grab-and go meals ever. See ya, snack bar.

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Cranberry-Orange Tea Ring

Cranberry-Orange Tea Ring
Blaine Moats

Simple scissor work is all it takes to give this gorgeous tea ring its unique look. The make-ahead breakfast idea for large groups is even more irresistible after a drizzle of orange-flecked icing and when you know that it uses frozen sweet roll dough for a no-sweat recipe. Get it oven-ready on a pan and allow it to rise as guests stream in. Once fully puffed, bake for 20 minutes, drizzle, and devour.

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No-Bake Peanut Butter Oat Bites

No-Bake Peanut Butter Oat Bites
Andy Lyons

Not only are these peanut butter bites simple to make, but they're also a cinch to grab on the go. They'll keep you full for a while, too, because rolled oats and PB are in the mix. Painlessly adapt this easy make-ahead breakfast for gluten-free diners by opting for GF vanilla and oats.

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Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls
Brie Passano

Caramel apples are A-OK to eat at times other than fall—and as courses besides dessert! This make-ahead breakfast for a crowd combines our marvelous mashed potato cinnamon roll recipe with caramel rolls and brown butter-laced apples. Our mouths are already watering. Form and chill the rolls up to 24 hours, thaw at room temp for 30 minutes, then bake for half an hour.

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Bacon-Mushroom Quiche with Gruyere and Thyme

Bacon-Mushroom Quiche with Gruyere and Thyme
Andy Lyons

This might be the ultimate make-ahead egg breakfast. Decadent Gruyère cheese and bacon combine with fresh mushrooms and thyme to create a full-flavor filling in a flaky piecrust. Assemble and parcook the quiche 2 to 24 hours before brunch, then cook for the final 10 minutes as guests start their first cup of coffee.

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Caramelized Onion Breakfast Casserole

Caramelized Onion Breakfast Casserole
Blaine Moats

Hosting a brunch? Build this colorful and craveable casserole the night before. Sourdough bread and crumbled bacon will entice guests to eat the make-ahead breakfast idea the moment it's finished its 40-minute appointment in the oven.

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Pear-Prosciutto Strata

Pear-Prosciutto Strata
Carson Downing

This breakfast for a crowd offers a one-two punch of make-ahead benefits. Not only does it come together on low in the slow cooker as you finish the rest of brunch prep, but it also can be assembled up to 24 hours before you're ready to set and forget. (Just store the slow cooker crock in the refrigerator in the meantime.) Dig in to this make-ahead breakfast and you'll be treated to a sweet and savory egg strata that—with pears, honey, cheese, and prosciutto in the mix—tastes a bit like a charcuterie board-egg casserole mash-up.

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Peach-Prosciutto Cornmeal Muffins

Peach-Prosciutto Cornmeal Muffins
Andy Lyons

Upgrade a sit-down or grab-and-go meal with these make-ahead breakfast muffins. Savor the flavor of summer with sweet peaches, which complement the salty-savory prosciutto beautifully. The pair 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, spread with butter.

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Baked Apple-Spice Donuts

Baked Apple-Spice Donuts
Andy Lyons

Shredded apple, spices, and a dusting of cinnamon-sugar give these baked donuts fabulous fall flavor. This make-ahead breakfast gives you permission to eat apple pie before noon! And because they're baked and sneak in yogurt and whole-wheat flour, they're surprisingly well-balanced nutritionally. Don your apron after dinner to prepare a batch. Then in the morning, simply slip into your slippers to pop them into the oven.

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Ham Soufflé Roll

Ham Souffle Roll
Blaine Moats

Now you're on a roll. The soufflé is spread in a shallow pan and baked, then topped with ham and cheese and rolled into a spiral. The result is an elegant make-ahead breakfast for a crowd that's sure to impress. It looks tricky—and admittedly, does take some time—but everything besides the final bake can occur well before anyone knocks at the door.

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Spicy Brunch Lasagna

Spicy Brunch Lasagna
Kritsada Panichgul

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 around, sprinkle them on top for a fresh garnish and a pop of color. You can prepare this entire make-ahead breakfast casserole in advance (yes, oven time too), then cover and refrigerate until it's time to reheat it—all at once or slice by slice.

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Easy Chocolate-Almond Croissants

Easy Chocolate-Almond Croissants
Blaine Moats

Chocolate croissants are a staple at any bakery. And for good reason: chocolate + buttery dough = bliss. You'll quickly discover you can create an equally delicious treat at home in a jiffy with this shortcut make-ahead breakfast recipe. Bake and store in an airtight container up to three days. When you're ready to indulge, reheat in the oven for 5 minutes.

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